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But you can build a future out of anything. A scrap, a flicker. The desire to go forward, slowly, one foot at a time. You can build an airy city out of ruins. -- Lauren Oliver
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Like I've been sketched by an amateur artist: if you don't look too closely, it's all right, but start focusing and all the smudges and mistakes become really obvious. -- Lauren Oliver
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And there it is: Even though we're standing in the same patch of sun-drenched pavement, we might as well be a hundred thousand miles apart. -- Lauren Oliver
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In a world without love, this is what people are to each other: values, benefits, and liabilities, numbers and data. We weigh, we quantify, we measure, and the soul is ground to dust. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's the thing: We didn't really care. A world without love is also a world without stakes. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's for the best. But no matter how many times I repeat it, the strange, hollow feeling in my stomach doesn't go away. And ridiculous as it is, I can't shake the persistent, needling feeling that I've forgotten something, or missed something, or lost something forever. -- Lauren Oliver
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Amazingly, i'd actually forgotten that i'm supposed to be plain. i'm so used to alex telling me i'm beautiful. i'm so used to feeling beautiful around him. a hollow opens up in my chest. this is what life will be like without him: everything will become ordinary again. i'll become ordinary again. -- Lauren Oliver
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I think I'm able to do so much because writing is what I love to do. So, often when I have free time, I choose to write and edit. -- Lauren Oliver
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Kent?" I say, and my voice seems to have to rise from inside the fog, taking forever to get from my brain to my mouth.
"Yeah?"
"Promise you'll stay here with me?" I say.
"I promise," he whispers. -- Lauren Oliver
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What glitters may not be gold; and even wolves may smile; and fools will be led by promises to their deaths. -- Lauren Oliver
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An eternity of chocolate fountains and perfect love and guys who always call when they say they will and banana sundaes that actually help you burn calories. -- Lauren Oliver
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It was the final, explosive demonstration of summer, the line in the sand, a desperate attempt to hold fall forever at bay. But autumn nibbled the blue sky with its teeth, tore off chunks of the sun, smudged out that heavy veil of meat-smelling smoke. -- Lauren Oliver
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He can't parade back into my life and expect me to throw confetti at his feet. -- Lauren Oliver
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I start to follow her, and Alex grabs my hand.
"I'll find you," he says, watching me with the eyes I remember. "I won't let you go again."
I don't trust myself to speak. Instead I nod, hoping that he understands me. He squeezes my hand.
"Go," he says. -- Lauren Oliver
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No wonder the regulators decided on segregation of boys and girls: Otherwise, it would have been a nightmare, this feeling angry and self-conscious and confused and annoyed all the time. -- Lauren Oliver
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He wasn't afraid. He just didn't care. And that was very, very different. -- Lauren Oliver
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Still, the vivid green of the grass-where the grass is actually managing to assert itself through the dirt-seems out of place.
This seems like a place where the sun should never shine: a place on the edge, at the limit, a place completely removed from time and happiness and life. -- Lauren Oliver
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Everyone just wasting time because they have so much of it to waste, minutes slipping by on who's with who and did you hear. -- Lauren Oliver
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Take it from me: If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging up your back and runing its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do-the only thing-is run. -- Lauren Oliver
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Now I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie. -- Lauren Oliver
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I get that rush that comes when you know you're doing something wrong and are getting away with it, like stealing from the school cafeteria of getting tipsy at a family holiday without anyone knowing it. -- Lauren Oliver
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For a second something deep and old rises inside me and I could fall on the ground and weep for joy, or open up my arms and spin. After being enclosed for so long, I want to drink in all the space, all the bright, empty air stretching around me on all sides. -- Lauren Oliver
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People do terrible things, sometimes, for the best reasons. -- Lauren Oliver
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And I love you too." His fingers skate the edge of my jaw, dance briefly
over my lips. "You should know that. You have to know that. -- Lauren Oliver
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The reason you can never go home again isn't necessarily that places change, but people do. So nothing ever looks the same. -- Lauren Oliver
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So I guess this is the next big thing. And I guess that's when it starts to hit me: the whole point is, you do what you can. -- Lauren Oliver
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In my mind, I was reliving my whole life again-slowly, taking my time. Delaying.
Because I knew, sooner or later, I'd get to her.
And then ... Well, I'd already died once. I couldn't live through it again. -- Lauren Oliver
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As soon as she sees me she swings forward and hits a key on her keyboard. The music cuts off instantly. Strangely, the silence that follows seems just as loud. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's the time of the night I like best, when most people are asleep and it feels like the world belongs completely to my friends and me, as though nothing exists apart from out little circle: everywhere else is darkness and quiet. -- Lauren Oliver
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And when we are with Alex, I might as well not be there. They speak in a language of whispers and giggles and secrets; their words are like a fairy-tale tangle of thorns, which place a wall between us. -- Lauren Oliver
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On the fourth ring there's the sound of fumbling. Then Kent's voice, warm and reassuring: 'Hunky Heroes, rescuing distressed women, captive princesses, and girls without wheels since 1684. How can I help you? -- Lauren Oliver
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As soon as I look up, his eyes click onto my face. The breath whooshes out of my body and everything freezes for a second, as though I'm looking at him through my camera lens, zoomed in all the way, the world pausing for that tiny span of time between the opening and closing of the shutter. -- Lauren Oliver
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I told you," he whispers back. I can feel his breath just tickling the space behind my ear, making my hair prick up on my neck. "I like you."
"You don't know me," I say quickly.
"I want to, though. -- Lauren Oliver
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Take down the walls.
Otherwise you must live closely, in fear, building barricades against the unknown, saying prayers against the darkness, speaking verse of terror and tightness.
Otherwise you may never know hell, but you will not find heaven, either. You will not know fresh air and flying. -- Lauren Oliver
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I know the past will drag you backward and down, have you snatching at whispers of wind and the gibberish of trees rubbing together, trying to decipher some code, trying to piece together what was broken. It's hopeless. The past is nothing but a weight. It will build inside you like a stone. -- Lauren Oliver
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Please understand. Please forgive me.
I prayed every day for you to be alive, until hope became painful.
Don't hate me.
I still love you. -- Lauren Oliver
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You broke my heart.
I fell for you and you broke my heart.
Period, done, end of story. -- Lauren Oliver
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I guess that's the really nice thing about disappearing: the part where people look for you and beg you to come home. -- Lauren Oliver
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Running is a mental sport, more than anything else. You're only as good as your training, and your training is only as good as your thinking. -- Lauren Oliver
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Are you ever afraid to go to sleep? Afraid of what comes next?"
He smiles a sad little smile and I swear it's like he knows. "Sometimes I'm afraid of what I'm leaving behind," he says. -- Lauren Oliver
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You should only fall in love with people who will fall in love with you back. -- Lauren Oliver
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And in that moment, the wordless thing passed between us, the thing that wasn't quite love but was so close I could believe in it sometimes. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's like high school holds two different worlds, revolving around each other and never touching; the haves and the have-nots. I guess it's a good thing. High school is supposed to prepare you for the real world, after all. -- Lauren Oliver
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I'd rather die my way than live yours. The -- Lauren Oliver
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I am tired of fighting, of hitting and being hit. This is the strange way of the world, that people who simply want to love are instead forced to become warriors. It's the upside-down nature of life. -- Lauren Oliver
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Everytime he brushes me with his fingers, time seems to tether for a second, like it is in danger of dissolving. The whole world is dissolving, I decide, except for us. Us. -- Lauren Oliver
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Their eyes were flat, incurious, and old- impossibly old, as though instead of looking forward, their eyes saw back to a distant past. -- Lauren Oliver
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Still, the idea continued to drum through her, like the constant patter of the rain: that no one would ever love her. -- Lauren Oliver
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Despite the fact that Raven and Tack are often fighting, it's impossible to imagine one without the other. They are like two plants that have grown around each other - they strangle and squeeze and support at the same time. -- Lauren Oliver
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I am now officially married to Fred Hargrove. Nothing will ever be the same. -- Lauren Oliver
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I remember that he split two maple-wing seeds and struck one on his nose and one on mine, telling me that this way everyone would know we were in love. -- Lauren Oliver
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Julian will go to the gallows for us, and we will smile, and dream of victory
hazy-red, soon to come, a blood-colored dawn. -- Lauren Oliver
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Alex laughs softly. "After poetry," he says, leaning down to kiss me, "we move on to fairy tales. -- Lauren Oliver
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My wild, uncured, erratic, incomprehensible heart. -- Lauren Oliver
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But many, perhaps most siblings share a private universe tropical with benevolence, betrayal, vendetta, reconciliation, and the use and abuse of power of which their parents know practically nothing. -- Lauren Oliver
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If they really want us to be happy, they'd let us pick ourselves. -- Lauren Oliver
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Life isn't life if you just float through it. -- Lauren Oliver
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The sun is rising, a rusty color, the color of old blood, and I'm so -- Lauren Oliver
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With the same people who had never dreamed their way out of here. -- Lauren Oliver
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Just thinkin' about tomorrow clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow ... . -- Lauren Oliver
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An itchy feeling began to work its way through my body, as though a thousand mosquitoes were circulating through my blood, biting me from the inside, making me want to scream, jump, squirm.
I ran. -- Lauren Oliver
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Amazing, isn't it? That hearts that once beat in sync could be so perfectly and forever separated. That's the whole process of life, I think: a long, slow process of separation. It can be cured only by the reabsorption into everything, into the single heartbeat of time. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's like there's a filter set up in my brain, except instead of making things better, it twists everything around so what comes out of my mouth is totally wrong, totally different from what I was thinking. -- Lauren Oliver
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I guess it's the same way trees grow around the very vines that are killing them, so they're strangled and sustained all at once. After a long time, even pain can be a comfort. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's what time does: We stand stubbornly like rocks while it flows all around us, believing that we are immutable - and all the time we're being carved, and shaped, and whittled away. -- Lauren Oliver
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Home is where I built my life.

- Henry Morbower -- Lauren Oliver
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The last laugh, the last cup of coffee, the last sunset, the last time you jump through a sprinkler, or eat an ice-cream cone, or stick your tongue out to catch a snowflake. You just don't know. -- Lauren Oliver
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His neck is thin, and his Adam's apple prominent, as though he has swallowed a peach pit at some point in his life and it has been lodged there ever since. -- Lauren Oliver
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Of course. That's what people do in a disordered world, a world of freedom and choice: they leave when they want. They disappear, they come back, they leave again. And you are left to pick up the pieces on your own. -- Lauren Oliver
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It occurs to me that there is so much I never knew about him
his past, his role in the resistance, what his life was like in the Wilds, before he came to Portland, and I feel a flash of grief so intense it almost makes me cry out: not for what I lost, but for the chances I missed. -- Lauren Oliver
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Roses are red, violets are blue, if I get you in bed, it would be really cool. -- Lauren Oliver
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Minna sometimes imagined Dr. Upshaw having sex with her husband, lying there almost motionless, fat sticky thighs sagging on the bed, saying, "I think you're onto something, David," in her low, encouraging voice. -- Lauren Oliver
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As we're standing there I realize we're almost exactly the same height. We must look like the dark and light side of an Oreo cookie, and I think how just as easily it could have been the other way around. She could be blocking my path; I could be trying to slip around her into the dark. -- Lauren Oliver
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That was torture
being able to see, and smell, and hear, and being trapped in a cage. Like standing on the wrong side of the fence, only a few feet from freedom, and knowing you'll never cross it. Yeah. Like that. -- Lauren Oliver
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Funny how easily you could look this shit up online. Explosives, bombs, Molotov cocktails, IEDs . . . anything you wanted. Learning how to blow someone up was easier than buying a frigging beer. -- Lauren Oliver
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We leave Pippa behind, standing in the dark, teeming bowels of the camp, while the sun begins to stain the sky electric, and from all sides the guns draw closer. -- Lauren Oliver
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His easiness and self-assurance aggravate me, just like they did at the labs. It's so unfair, so different from how I feel, like I'm about to have a heart attack, or melt into a puddle. -- Lauren Oliver
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Her fierce and fearful friend
who loved country music and cherry Pop Tarts and singing in public and the color pink, who was terrified of germs and dogs and ladders. -- Lauren Oliver
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Someday all the wilds will be razed, and we will be left with a concrete landscape, a land of pretty houses and trim gardens and planned parks and forests, and a world that works as smoothly as a clock, neatly wound: a world of metal and gears, and people going tick-tick-tick to their deaths. -- Lauren Oliver
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All this time, I thought we were growing apart because I was leaving Lena behind. But really it was the reverse. She was learning to lie.
She was learning to love. -- Lauren Oliver
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He was still in love with you, anyway. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's what you do for family.
Anything. -- Lauren Oliver
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It occurs to me that for a long time she has been doing
her own version of resisting. -- Lauren Oliver
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I've never really had a party before." "Why did you have one now?" I say, just to keep him talking. He gives a half laugh. "I thought if I had a party, you would come. -- Lauren Oliver
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We come from two different worlds, and we belonged to two different sides. But everything will be okay. -- Lauren Oliver
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Be honest: Are you surprised that I didn't realize sooner? Are you surprised that it took me so long to even /think/ the word
death? Dying? Dead?
Do you think I was being stupid? Naive?
Try not to judge. Remember that we're the same, you and me.
I thought I would live forever too. -- Lauren Oliver
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I guess that's just part of loving people: You have to give things up. Sometimes you even have to give them up. -- Lauren Oliver
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And when it started to get dark you pointed to the sky, and told me there was a star for every thing you loved about me. -- Lauren Oliver
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I'm so tired after dinner I fall asleep with my clothes on, almost as soon as my head hits the pillow, and so I forget to ask God, in my prayers, to keep me from waking up. -- Lauren Oliver
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In one of the tents, Julian is sleeping. And in another: Alex -- Lauren Oliver
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[S]he'd realized that he had loved her only because she belonged to him. -- Lauren Oliver
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Most of the time
99 percent of the time
you just don't know how and why the threads are looped together, and that's okay. Do a good thing and something bad happens. Do a bad thing and something good happens. Do nothing and everything explodes. -- Lauren Oliver
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I guess they'll find out that freedom doesn't keep you warm, -- Lauren Oliver
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There it is: the spoken admission that he was hers to lose. As soon as the words leave my mouth, I feel weirdly deflated, as though they've been swollen, balloonlike, in my chest this whole time -- Lauren Oliver
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My heart is fluid and soaring. There's no longer any space between heartbeats. -- Lauren Oliver
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Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,I pay thee, Lord, my soul to take. -- Lauren Oliver
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Every choice is limited. That's life. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's surprisingly nice out here, peaceful and pretty-strange to be standing in the middle of a little garden while enclosed by the massive stone walls of the prison, like being at the exact center of a hurricane, and finding peace and silence in the middle of so much shrieking damage. -- Lauren Oliver
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When you love someone, when you care for someone, you have to do it through the good and the bad. Not just when you're happy and it's easy. -- Lauren Oliver
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I'm overwhelmed with sadness for everything that was lost, and filled with anger toward the people who took it away. My people-or at least, my old people. I don't know who I am anymore, or where I belong.
That's not totally true ... I know I belong with Alex. -- Lauren Oliver
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Most things, even the greatest movements on earth, have their beginnings in something small. An earthquake that shatters a city might begin with a tremor, a tremble, a breath. -- Lauren Oliver
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The only thing worse than having no friends is being pitied for having no friends. -- Lauren Oliver
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People need other people to feel things for them," she said. "It gets lonely to feel things all by yourself. -- Lauren Oliver
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The thing is, you don't get to know. It's not like you wake up with a bad feeling in your stomach. You don't see shadows where there shouldn't be any. You don't remember to tell your parents you love them or
in my case
remember to say good-bye to them at all. -- Lauren Oliver
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Rage will make you careless -- Lauren Oliver
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I think dystopian futures are also a reflection of current fears. -- Lauren Oliver
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I didn't know it would be like this," he says in a whisper. And then: "I'm scared. -- Lauren Oliver
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But from the beginning, I knew that in a world where destiny was dead, I was destined, forever, to love him. Even though he didn't - though he couldn't - ever love me back. -- Lauren Oliver
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I don't understand how everything changes, how the layers of your life get buried. Impossible. At some point, at some time, we must all explode. -- Lauren Oliver
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I feel like a curtain has dropped away and i'm seeing people for who they really are, different, and sharp, and unknowable. -- Lauren Oliver
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We all need mantras, I guess - stories we tell ourselves to keep us going. -- Lauren Oliver
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The past is nothing but a weight. It will build inside of you like a stone. -- Lauren Oliver
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Both of us will die today, gunned down or smashed up or exploded in some terrible moment of fire and twisted metal, and when they go to bury us we'll be so melted together and entwined they won't be able to separate the bodies; pieces of him will go with me, and pieces of me will go with him. -- Lauren Oliver
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But all you see is the crap. So you don't have to believe in anything. So you'll have an excuse to fail. -- Lauren Oliver
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Welcome to the free world. We give people the power to choose. They can even choose the wrong thing. Beautiful, isn't it? -- Lauren Oliver
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She's like a person looking through the wrong end of a telescope, complaining that everything looks small. -- Lauren Oliver
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People are like ants: Just a few of them give all the orders. And most of them spend their lives getting squashed. -- Lauren Oliver
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I try to write characters that are as real, emotionally and psychologically, as I can make them; I feel the same way about setting. This often means that I'm drawing from my experiences and observations. -- Lauren Oliver
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Out of control- thats what it was, that's what I hated. -- Lauren Oliver
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I think of the quietness of Julian's voice as he said I love you, the steadiness of his rib cage rising and falling against my back, as we sleep.
I love you, Julian. But the words don't come. -- Lauren Oliver
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I wonder if this is how people get close: They heal each other's wounds. -- Lauren Oliver
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Maybe next time, but probably not. -- Lauren Oliver
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There are times I wish I was more conventional. I would get a husband and a baby and a big SUV in the 'burbs and be happy. But forging my own way - my career, my relationships with wonderful but troubled people - that's who I am. -- Lauren Oliver
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Remember everyone's path is different. Amid constant broadcast & comparison, it's the most loving thing you can do for yourself. #LOveTip -- Lauren Oliver
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I suppose that's the secret, if you're ever wishing for things to go back to the way they were. You just have to look up. THROUGH -- Lauren Oliver
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She felt as though, just for a second, she had understood something vastly important, had had a glimpse of it: love, pure and simple and undemanding. -- Lauren Oliver
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What the hell is the matter with you?" My voice is low. I have to push the words out past the hard lump of anger in my throat. "I - I'm sorry," Alex whispers. He shakes his head. "I didn't mean ... I don't know what happened. I'm sorry, Lena." If -- Lauren Oliver
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For years that's been the buzzword of the house: Sam just wants to be left alone... ...Things change after you die, though -- I guess because dying is about the loneliest thing you can do. -- Lauren Oliver
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I feel an ache in my throat, but I manage to smile. Two conflicting desires go through me at the same time, each as sharp as a razorblade: I want to see you grow up and Don't ever change. -- Lauren Oliver
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I feel an overwhelming rush of sadness ... I'm just struck with a sense of time passing so quickly, rushing forward. One day I'll wake up and my whole life will be behind me, and it will seem to have gone as quickly as a dream. -- Lauren Oliver
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I'm mesmerized by the way his fingers move confidently along her skin, as though her body is his to reat and touch and tend to. She was mine before she was yours: The words are there, unexpectedly, surging from my throat to my tongue. I swallow them back. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's the way I feel, at least: like there's a real me and a reflection of me, and I have no way of telling which is which. -- Lauren Oliver
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They'd already taken her from me once. I didn't want to lose her again. -- Lauren Oliver
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No guy in his right mind would ever choose me when there are people like Hana in the world: It would be like settling for a stale cookie when what you really want is a big bowl of ice cream, whipped cream and cherries and chocolate sprinkles included. -- Lauren Oliver
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I'm sorry," he repeats again, too low for Raven and Tack to hear. "I'm sorry for everything. -- Lauren Oliver
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The wind whispers Alex's name and the ocean repeats it; the swaying trees make me think of dancing. -- Lauren Oliver
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I don't care about that," he says, lower. Another pause, and then: "I just don't want you to hate me. -- Lauren Oliver
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I was glad when the invalids were executed -- Lauren Oliver
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Finishing books - and leaving the world you've created - is always a kind of emotionally wrenching experience. I usually cry. -- Lauren Oliver
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A room full of words that are nearly the truth but not quite, each note fluttering off the steam of its rose like a broken butterfly wing. -- Lauren Oliver
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I let her stay a few feet ahead of me and try to memorize her exactly as she is: running, laughing, tan and happy and beautiful and mine; blond hair flashing in the last rays of sun like a torch, like a beacon of good things to come, and better days ahead for us both. -- Lauren Oliver
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And then, just at that moment, when I'm no longer sure if I'm dreaming or awake or walking some valley in between where everything you wish for comes true, I feel the flutter of his lips on mine. -- Lauren Oliver
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I could feel the heat from all the colored lights pressing down on me like a hand, and the music seemed to echo somewhere behind my ribs, making my heart flutter and skip in time. -- Lauren Oliver
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But how could anyone who's ever seen a summer - big explosion of green and skies lit up electric with splashy sunsets, a riot of flowers and wind that smells like honey - pick the snow? -- Lauren Oliver
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Everywhere he touches is fire. My whole body is burning up, the two of us becoming twin points of the same bright white flame. -- Lauren Oliver
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I am growing stronger. I am a stone being excavated by the slow passage of water; I am wood charred by a fire. -- Lauren Oliver
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Now, after so many years, I understand what the Coldness was and where it came from - this sense that everything is lost, and worthless, and meaningless. -- Lauren Oliver
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I loved to be alone in the woods, especially in the late fall when everything is crisp and golden, the leaves the color of fire, and it smells like things turning into earth. I loved the silence - the only sound the steady drum of the hooves and the horse's breathing. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's not my fault I can't be like you, okay? I don't get up in the morning thinking the world is one big, shiny, happy place, okay? That's just not how I work. I don't think I can be fixed. -- Lauren Oliver
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Step on a crack , you'll break your mama's back.
Step on a stone, you'll end up all alone.
Step on a stick, you're bound to get the Sick.
Watch where you tread, you'll bring out all the dead.
- A common children's playground chant, usually accompanied by jumping rope or clapping. -- Lauren Oliver
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He said it with this really serious look on his face, like he was in the process of farting out some really important wisdom. -- Lauren Oliver
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I'm not even sure whether I'm missing my mother, or simply the old routine of my life: a life of school and playdates and rules that kept me safe; boundaries and borders; bath time and curfews.
A simple life. -- Lauren Oliver
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simply the old routine of my life: a life of school and playdates and rules that kept me safe; boundaries and borders; bath time and curfews. A simple life. The -- Lauren Oliver
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Live free or die.
Four words. Thirteen letters. Ridges, bumps, swirls under my fingertips.
Another story. We cling tightly to it, and our belief turns it to truth. -- Lauren Oliver
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Love. I love you. I'll always love you, my love. You are the love of my life. -- Lauren Oliver
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I guess there are some things you never get used to. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's the problem with therapists: you have to pay them to say the same dumb shit other people will tell you for free. -- Lauren Oliver
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People are new everyday. -- Lauren Oliver
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Raven has lost deeply, again and again, and she, too, has buried herself. There are pieces of her scattered all over. Her heart is nestled next to a small set of bones buried beside a frozen river, which will emerge with the spring thaw, a skeleton ship rising out of the water. -- Lauren Oliver
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But now I give in, let the anger surge. I'm sick of people acting like this world, this other world is the normal one, while I'm the freak. It's not fair; like all the rules have suddenly changed and somebody forgot to tell me. -- Lauren Oliver
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My boyfriend's an idiot," I say as soon as he lurches away.
"A cute idiot," Ally corrects me.
"That's like saying 'a cute mutant.' Doesn't exist. -- Lauren Oliver
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Are you sure that being like everyone else will make you happy? -- Lauren Oliver
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I run for I don't know how long. Hours, maybe, or days. Alex told me to run. So I run. -- Lauren Oliver
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Popularity's a weird thing. You can't really define it, and it's not cool to talk about, but you know it when you see it. Like a lazy eye, or porn. -- Lauren Oliver
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Sometimes day and night reverse. Sometimes up goes down and down goes up, and love turns into hate, and the things you counted on get washed out from under your feet, leaving you pedaling in the air. -- Lauren Oliver
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Look, I'm not going to have sex with him just so he'll say that he loves me, you know?
... That isn't why I was planning to have sex with Rob - to hear the words, I mean. I just wanted to get it over with. I think. Actually, I'm not sure why it seemed so important. -- Lauren Oliver
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It strikes me how strange people are. You can see them every day, you can think you know them and then you found out you hardly know them at all. -- Lauren Oliver
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You can't be really happy unless you're unhappy sometimes. You know that, right? -- Lauren Oliver
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I love to sleep. I'm an excellent, excellent sleeper. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's us against them, three against countless thousands. But for some reason, and even though it's absurd, at that moment I feel pretty damn good about our odds. -- Lauren Oliver
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Mistake, mistake, mistake. A strange word: stinging, somehow. -- Lauren Oliver
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You know what your problem is? You want everything to be shitty. You have a sister who loves you. Friends who love you. I love you, Heather. -- Lauren Oliver
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I've learned to get really good at this - say one thing when I'm thinking about something else, act like I'm listening when I'm not, pretend to be calm and happy when I'm really freaking out. It's one of the skills you perfect as you get older -- Lauren Oliver
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The idea - the fact of it, the fact that he even noticed and thought about me for more than one second - is huge and overwhelming, makes my legs go tingly and my hands feel numb. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's an incredible thing, how you can feel so taken care of by someone and yet feel, also, like you would die or do anything just for the chance to protect him back. -- Lauren Oliver
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Her voice has always reminded me of bees droning flatly in the heat. -- Lauren Oliver
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He's speaking in the tone of voice that everyone uses when they're about to break you apart. Gentle - kind, even - like they can make the news sound better just by speaking in a lullaby voice. -- Lauren Oliver
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And suddenly I am blindingly angry at Raven
for her lectures, and her stubbornness, and for thinking that the way that you help people is by driving them against a wall, by beating them down until they fight back. -- Lauren Oliver
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With 'Delirium,' I had to spend time thinking about the political, social and religious structure of a different world. But it was a fun challenge. -- Lauren Oliver
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The second time my world exploded, it was also
because of a word. A word that worked its way out of my
throat and danced onto and out of my lips before I could
think about it, or stop it.
The question was: Will you meet me tomorrow?
And the word was: Yes. -- Lauren Oliver
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Shhh."my mother said She presses her lips to my forehead, strokes my hair, just like she used to when I was a child. I am a baby once again in her arms - helpless and needy. "I'm here now. -- Lauren Oliver
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He has left nothing except for a note, which I find neatly folded under one of my sneakers.
The Story of Solomon is the only way I know how to explain.
And then, in smaller letters:
Forgive me. -- Lauren Oliver
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So are you going to be my knight in shining armor or what?'
Kent does a little bow. 'You know I can't resist a damsel in distress. -- Lauren Oliver
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Strains of music spring up, crystallizing in the night air like rain turning suddenly to snow, drifting to earth. -- Lauren Oliver
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But I am going to keep going. I am going to soar, and soar, and break away - up, up, up into the thundering noise and the wind, like a bird being sucked into the sky. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's the beauty of the cure. No one mentions those lost, hot days in the field, when Thomas kissed Rachel's tears away and invented worlds just so he could promise them to her, when she tore the skin off her own arm at the thought of living without him. -- Lauren Oliver
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She thought all you needed to do - all any of them needed - was to get out. But maybe you carried your demons with you everywhere, the way you carried your shadow. -- Lauren Oliver
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There are some losses we never get over. -- Lauren Oliver
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If I could make it better I would, he says. In some ways it's a stupid, obvious thing to say, but the way he said it, so honest and simple like it's the truest thing there is, makes the tears prick in my eyes. (Before I Fall) -- Lauren Oliver
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Love obeys no laws -- Lauren Oliver
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Dystopian novels help people process their fears about what the future might look like; further, they usually show that there is always hope, even in the bleakest future. -- Lauren Oliver
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And it's the funniest thing: as soon as I see it, the whistling in my ears stops and the feeling of terror drains away, and I realize this whole time I haven't been falling at all. I've been floating. -- Lauren Oliver
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A string of bright white buildinh, glistening like teeth over the slurping mouth of the ocean. -- Lauren Oliver
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Black is too morbid; red will set them on edge; pink is too juvenile; orange is freakish -- Lauren Oliver
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In the quiet, and the dark, I got stronger. -- Lauren Oliver
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No one can tell us no. No one can make us stop. We have picked each other, and the rest of the world can go to hell. -- Lauren Oliver
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Letting go is easy: it's all downhill. -- Lauren Oliver
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This was what true fear was
that you could never know other people, not completely. That you were always just guessing blind. -- Lauren Oliver
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There's no way to escape the crushing sense of loss, the endless exhaustion of time sawing away at the people and things I've loved. -- Lauren Oliver
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The hours here are flat and round, disks of gray layered one on top of the other ... they move slowly, at a grind, until it seems as though they are not moving at all. They are just pressing down ... -- Lauren Oliver
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The cancer was back, this time pressing at the base of my brain stem." His hands tighten on the sides of the podium -- Lauren Oliver
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Waterbury, he answers immediately. My stomach knots up. I know it's stupid - I know the stakes are higher than the two of us - but I can't help but feel a flash of anger. Of course he disagrees with me. Of course. -- Lauren Oliver
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I just wanted you to be safe," my mother says. "Do you understand that? Safe, and happy. Anything I could do ... even if it meant I couldn't be with you ... -- Lauren Oliver
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And now I know why they invented words for love, why they had to: It's the only thing that can come close to describing what I feel in that moment, the baffling mixture of pain and pleasure and fear and joy, all running sharply through me at once. -- Lauren Oliver
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An open society is a healthy society; transparency is necessary to trust. -- Lauren Oliver
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I wonder if this is how people always get close: They heal each other's wounds; they repair the broken skin. -- Lauren Oliver
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It was a bird. A bird struggling through stickiness: a bird coated in paint, floundering in its nest, splashing color everywhere.
Red. Red. Red.
Dozens of them: black feathers coated thickly with crimson-colored paint, fluttering among the branches.
Red means run. -- Lauren Oliver
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It sounded like the world was ending.
But it wasn't. -- Lauren Oliver
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Human beings, in their natural state, are unpredictable, erratic, and unhappy. It is only once their animal instincts are controlled that they can be responsible, dependable, and content. -- Lauren Oliver
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there will be four evaluators staring at me for close to two hours. -- Lauren Oliver
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He's stuck with me and I'm stuck with him. We're stuck. That's what growing up is all about, I guess. -- Lauren Oliver
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Sometimes people stop loving you. And that's the kind of darkness that never gets fixed, no matter how many moons rise again, filling the sky with a weak approximation of light. -- Lauren Oliver
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I wonder idly how long i can go without sleep before I flip my shit and start running down the street in my underwear, hallicinating purple spiders. -- Lauren Oliver
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This is one of my favorite things about the Underground: the crashing of the cymbals, the screeching guitar riffs, music that moves into the blood and makes you feel hot and wild and alive. -- Lauren Oliver
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I've been trying so hard not to think his name, not to even breathe the idea of him -- Lauren Oliver
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It's funny, isn't it? When you are young you just want to be old, and then later you wish you could go back to being a kid. -- Lauren Oliver
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Despite everything that has happened tonight, it's this stupid, basic fact that makes me feel like I am going to cry: He didn't deny that she was his girlfriend. -- Lauren Oliver
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I used to think that's what love was: knowing someone so well he was like a part of you. -- Lauren Oliver
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She's the kind of person who makes you feel drunk just by being around her, like suddenly the world's edges are dulled and all of the colors are spinning together. -- Lauren Oliver
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The walls are covered -crammed- with writing. No. Not writing. They are covered with a single four-letter word that has been inscribed over and over, on every available surface.
Love. -- Lauren Oliver
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She felt as if there were a glass ball in her chest- something delicate and beautiful that might shatter if she said the wrong word, if she disturbed the balance in any way. -- Lauren Oliver
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We'll go." Her voice is surprisingly deep and forceful. Set in her sunken, shipwreck face, her eyes burn like two smoldering coals. "We'll fight. -- Lauren Oliver
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"You're my hero," we both say at the same time. I don't hear Kent move, but all of a sudden his voice is closer, and he's found my hands in the dark, and he's cupping them in his. -- Lauren Oliver
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Still more people are arriving:so many people, it makes you wonder how all of them could exist, how there can be so many individual lives and stories and needs and disappointments. -- Lauren Oliver
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Then I think of the dark, and the lights, and the roaring, and Juliet, and before I can think of anything else, I fight the final few steps to the door and step out into the cold, where the rain is still coming down like shards of moonlight, or like steel. -- Lauren Oliver
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You don't reach points in life at which everything is sorted out for us. I believe in endings that should suggest our stories always continue. -- Lauren Oliver
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If she could see the beauty of this underground world, and appreciate what it means: the music, the dancing, the feeling of fingertips and lips, like a moment of flight after a lifetime of crawling. -- Lauren Oliver
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The Wilds aren't safe anymore, -- Lauren Oliver
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Funny how time heals. Like that bullet in my ribs. It's there, I know it's there, but I can barely feel it at all anymore. -- Lauren Oliver
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the bright, clipped voice that all nurses seem to share, like it's part of their medical training. -- Lauren Oliver
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I guess that's what saying good-bye is always like
like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you're in the air, there's nothing you can do but let go. -- Lauren Oliver
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I was a troubled teen and I was constantly looking for someone to throw me a rope. Those ropes are connections. They allow us to see that life exists beyond the little worlds we are currently a part of. -- Lauren Oliver
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There is a vast world for us, a boundless space beyond and between the fences and the rules. We will travel it freely. We will be okay. -- Lauren Oliver
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We wanted the freedom to love. We wanted the freedom to choose. Now we have to fight for it. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's amazing how close I have been, all this time, to my old life. And yet the distance that divides me from it is vast. -- Lauren Oliver
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Who the hell calls at two in the morning?"
"Maybe it's Matt Wilde, confessing his love," Lindsay says.
"Very funny, -- Lauren Oliver
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I reached and ran a finger along her collarbones, my favorite place: like the silhouette of tiny wings. -- Lauren Oliver
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How is it possible, I think, to change so much and not be able to change anything at all? -- Lauren Oliver
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I'm not ugly but I'm not pretty either. Everything is in-between. I have eyes that aren't green or brown, but a muddle. I'm not thin but I'm not fat either. the only thing you could definitely say about me is that: I'm short -- Lauren Oliver
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Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you - sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever. -- Lauren Oliver
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He pauses for only a fraction of a second. Then he leans forward and presses his lips to mine, and the whole world powers off, the moon and the rain and the sky and the streets, and it's just the two of us in the dark, alive, alive, alive. -- Lauren Oliver
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A name that brings a taste of sunshine, and of sunshine raising mist from the trees, and of mist reaching toward the sky. -- Lauren Oliver
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Because if it weren't for me, Lena and Alex would never have been caught at all.
I told on them.
I was jealous. -- Lauren Oliver
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School is only hard when you care about doing well. And when you're the stupid one in the family, no one expects you to do well. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's like there's a glass wall between us now, invisible but impenetrable -- Lauren Oliver
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revealing a splotchy red forehead, shiny with sweat. -- Lauren Oliver
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They told us that love was a disease. They told us it would kill us in the end. -- Lauren Oliver
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Poetry isn't like any writing I've ever heard before. I don't understand all of it, just bits of images, sentences that appear half-finished, all fluttering together like brightly colored ribbons in the wind. -- Lauren Oliver
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When I can no longer go forward, even by an inch, I lay my head on the ground and wait to die. I'm too tired to be frightened. Above me is blackness, and all around me is blackness, and the forest sounds are a symphony to sing me out of this world. I am already at my funeral. -- Lauren Oliver
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A strange and baffling truth: that the people we're supposed to know best can turn out to be strangers, and that near strangers can feel so much like home. -- Lauren Oliver
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I still wanted to know why. As though somebody was going to answer that for me, as though any answer would be satisfying. -- Lauren Oliver
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Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That's what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side. -- Lauren Oliver
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Or maybe it's life that is the infection: a feverish dream, a hallucination of feelings. Death is purification, a cleansing, a cure. -- Lauren Oliver
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People could push and pull at you, and poke you, and probe as deep as they could go. They could even tear you apart, bit by bit. But at the heart and root and soul of you, something would remain untouched. -- Lauren Oliver
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I hope she's alive. Even more, I believe. -- Lauren Oliver
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Won't go wrong." Hana stands up and stares at me for a moment. "I promise," she says slowly, giving each word weight, "that everything will go perfectly. -- Lauren Oliver
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I'd rather die on my own terms than live on theirs. I'd rather die loving Alex than live without him. -- Lauren Oliver
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Most of us won't see one another after graduation, and even if we do it will be different. We'll be different. We'll be adults
cured, tagged and labeled and paired and identified and placed neatly on our life path, perfectly round marbles set to roll down even, well-defined slopes. -- Lauren Oliver
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Fourth period I have "life skills", which is what they call gym when you're old enough to be offended by forced physical activity (Elody thinks they should call it slavery instead, for accuracy). -- Lauren Oliver
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I just want to be normal, like everybody else."
"Are you sure that being like everybody else will make you happy? -- Lauren Oliver
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Who taught you to go around falling on rats ans squishing on hats? Terrible, terrible. Must always be mindful of your manners. -- Lauren Oliver
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For all the people who have infected me with amor deliria nervosa in the past
- you know who you are.
For the people who will infect me in the future
- I can't wait to see who you'll be.
And in both cases:
Thank you. -- Lauren Oliver
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My stomach gets that hollowed-out feeling. It's amazing how words can do that, just shred your insides apart. -- Lauren Oliver
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...even though he's supposed to be obsessively in love with me. Not that I want him to be in love with me, obviously. It's just a constant that's always been comforting, in a weird way. -- Lauren Oliver
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And for a split second I find her, silhouetted by the sky, arms outstretched like she's making snow angels in the air or simply laughing, turning in place; for a split second, she comes to me as the clouds, the sun, the wind touching my face and telling me that somehow, someday, it will be okay. -- Lauren Oliver
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And even though I'm standing in the middle of the biggest crowd I've ever seen in my life, I suddenly feel very alone. -- Lauren Oliver
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This is the first day of my new beginning. From now on I'm going to do things right. I'm going to be a different person, a good person. I'm going to be the kind of person who would be remembered well, not just remembered. -- Lauren Oliver
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And, of course, we kiss. We kiss so much that when we're not kissing it feels weird, like I get used to breathing through his lips and into his mouth. -- Lauren Oliver
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There's a poster with Thomas Edison's quote: GENIUS IS 1 PERCENT INSPIRATION AND 99 PERCENT PERSPIRATION. -- Lauren Oliver
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The disease. Amor deliria nervosa. You can't catch it from me. I'm safe." Alex told me that very same thing, once. I push the memories of him away, willing them deep into the darkness. "And -- Lauren Oliver
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In the lower half of one wall, she has traced the word so many times in such enormous script - LOVE, each letter the size of a child - and gouged so deeply into the stone that the O has formed a tunnel, and she has gotten out. -- Lauren Oliver
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Summers that slapped you in the face like a dog's tongue. -- Lauren Oliver
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I think of Grace and feel a sharp pain in my chest. -- Lauren Oliver
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This is it: somehow, in these pictures, the mystery of the accident is contained, and the explanation for Dara's subsequent behavior, for the silences and disappearances. Don't ask me how. I just do. If you don't understand that, I guess you've never had a sister -- Lauren Oliver
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You want everything to be shitty ... So you have an excuse to fail. -- Lauren Oliver
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The horizon is touched with red: the sun is rising, a rusty colour, the colour of old blood, and I'm so filled with fear it is an agony, a shredding feeling, worse than any nightmare I've ever had. -- Lauren Oliver
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I'm not scared, if that's what you're wondering. The moment of death is full of sound and warmth and light shooting away, arcing up and up and up, and if singing were a feeling it would be this, this light, this lifting, like laughing ...
The rest you have to find out for yourself. -- Lauren Oliver
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He who jumps may fall, but he may also fly.
It's time to jump. -- Lauren Oliver
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My anger is ebbing away now, replace with a crazy grief for the stupid, dumb, trysting animal, who was running too fast and didn't look where it was going and still -even after its leg was scissored in the trap- believed it might escape. Stupid, stupid, stupid. -- Lauren Oliver
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Prodigies! Geniuses! Artists! The lumer-lumpen are some of the most sensitive, the most brilliant, the wisest creatures on the earth or inside of it. There is more wisdom in the head of a lumpen than you will find in all the libraries of the world ... If only they could speak ... -- Lauren Oliver
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I'm a nonperson, a shadow, a ghost. Even before the accident I'm not sure that I was a whole person - that's what I'm realizing now. And I'm not sure where the damage begins. -- Lauren Oliver
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Only when it rains. and sometimes, too, when i remember. -- Lauren Oliver
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Everyone is asleep. They've been asleep for years. You seemed ... awake.
I'm tired of sleeping. -- Lauren Oliver
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Alex loved books. He was the one who first introduced me to poetry. That's another reason I can't read anymore. -- Lauren Oliver
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The windows are open, admitting the September breeze: a month that smells like notepaper and pencil shavings, autumn leaves and car oil. A month that smells like progress, like moving on. -- Lauren Oliver
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The sky doesn't set so much as break apart. The horizon is brick-coloured. The rest of the sky is streaked with shock-red tendrils. -- Lauren Oliver
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As we walk I can hear the barrel of his gun, slapping against his thigh. -- Lauren Oliver
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I think all artists are only interested in a couple of themes, really. I'm primarily interested in change and connection as being this restorative force. I write about them because that's what I think about in my own life. -- Lauren Oliver
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At a certain point your brain stops to rationalize things. At a certain point it gives up, shuts off, shuts down. -- Lauren Oliver
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He has given me a time and a place. He's telling me to meet him. -- Lauren Oliver
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You can't go home again - isn't necessarily that places change but people do. -- Lauren Oliver
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Funny, isn't it, how quickly the future becomes the past. -- Lauren Oliver
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Later: I'm seeing everything in pieces and fractions, like a series of photographs shuffled randomly together. -- Lauren Oliver
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We should be protected from the people who will leave us in the end, from all the people who will disappear or forget us. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's so strange how life works: You want something and you wait and wait and feel like it's taking forever to come. Then it happens and it's over and all you want to do is curl back up in that moment before things changed. -- Lauren Oliver
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If there is a God, I guess he has nothing to say about it. If there is a God, he must have gotten tired of watching a long time ago. -- Lauren Oliver
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She knew that this day, this feeling, couldn't last forever. Everything passed; that was partly why it was so beautiful. Things would get difficult again. But that was okay too.
The bravery was in moving forward, no matter what. -- Lauren Oliver
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Here's something else you might as well learn now: If you want something, if you take it for your own, you'll always be taking it from someone else. That's a rule too. And something must die so that others can live. -- Lauren Oliver
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Fridays are the hardest in some ways: you're so close to freedom. -- Lauren Oliver
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Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow. A beautiful word, when you really think about it. -- Lauren Oliver
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He doesn't love me. He never loved me. All along, he's loved her. -- Lauren Oliver
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I'll find you," he says, watching me with the eyes I remember. "I won't let you go again -- Lauren Oliver
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I'm not sure whether he's looking for a frozen dinner or just taking advantage of the free cold air. -- Lauren Oliver
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I remember something Mrs. Harbor once said on one of her crazy tangents in English: that Plato believed that the whole world - everything we can see - was just like shadows on a cave wall. We can't actually see the real thing, the thing that's casting the shadow in the first place. -- Lauren Oliver
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Memory is as thick as mud. It rises up, it overwhelms. It sucks you down and freezes you where you stand. Thrash and kick and gnash your teeth. There's no escaping it. -- Lauren Oliver
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Are you sure you can't dematerialize? Not even a little?"
"I'm sure. -- Lauren Oliver
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Until, one day, she wasn't. -- Lauren Oliver
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Love, the deadliest of all deadly things.
It kills you.
Alex.
When you have it.
Alex.
And when you don't.
Alex. -- Lauren Oliver
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If singing were a feeling it would be this, this light, this lifting, like laughing ... -- Lauren Oliver
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That's what Zombieland is: frozen, calm, quiet. -- Lauren Oliver
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The normalcy of it almost kills me. Even in a world turned upside down, a world of war and insanity, people hang their clothing; they fold their pants; they make their beds.
It is the only way. -- Lauren Oliver
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My former people were not totally wrong. Love is a kind of possession. It's a poison. And if Alex no longer loves me, I can't bear to think that he might love somebody else. -- Lauren Oliver
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She has the same pinched look as her mother did. She -- Lauren Oliver
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The flyers lift and sigh in unison, like a thousand people waving white handkerchiefs, a thousand people waving good-bye. -- Lauren Oliver
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There's a metaphor in that somewhere - like all of life is about ending up somewhere you didn't expect, and learning to just be happy with it. -- Lauren Oliver
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I love you. Mom loves you. Dad loves you.
That doesn't count. You guys have to love me. It's practically illegal not to. You probably just love me so you won't go to jail. -- Lauren Oliver
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For a second I feel a rush of sadness: for the horizons that vanish behind us, for the people we leave behind, the tiny-doll selves that get stored away and ultimately buried. -- Lauren Oliver
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Whatever I was writing, I was always trying to write my way back to you. -- Lauren Oliver
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Everythings end, people change and you don't look back. It's how gotta be. -- Lauren Oliver
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His eyes are the color of honey. These are the eyes I remember from my dreams. -- Lauren Oliver
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When she was little, she'd liked to pretend that stars were really lights anchoring distant islands, as if she wasn't looking up but only out across a dark sea. She knew the truth now but still found stars comforting, especially in their sameness. A sky full of burning replicas. -- Lauren Oliver
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I don't know exactly what to wish for: to be safe or unsafe, for things to change or for things to stay the same. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's amazing how words can do that, just shred your insides apart. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me - such bullshit. -- Lauren Oliver
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He gives my hand a quick squeeze, surprising me- there are somethings, I guess, that come naturally, even if you've never done them before. -- Lauren Oliver
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And I look back. Alex -- Lauren Oliver
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The worst is knowing I can't tell anybody what's happening -or what's happened- to me. Not even my mom. -- Lauren Oliver
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Days pass, time ticks away, seconds click forward like dominoes toppling in a line. -- Lauren Oliver
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For the first time in my life I've done something for me and by choice and not because somebody told me it was good or bad. -- Lauren Oliver
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It suddenly seems incredible to me that this was my best friend, that we could hang out for days and never run out of things to talk about, that I would come home from her house with my throat sore from laughing. It's like there's a glass wall between us now, invisible but impenetrable. I -- Lauren Oliver
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It seemed a lifetime ago i'd lain in bed with Lena and felt her breath tickling my chin and held her while she slept, felt her heart beating through her skin to mine.
it was a lifetime ago. everything was different. -- Lauren Oliver
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We're killers, all of us: We kill our lives, our past selves, the things that mattered. We bury them under slogans and excuses. -- Lauren Oliver
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So many things becomes beautiful when you really look. -- Lauren Oliver
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Time is really just a test of patience. -- Lauren Oliver
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Time waits for no man, but progress waits for man to inact it. -- Lauren Oliver
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It was so strange, the way that life moved forward: the twists and the dead ends, the sudden opportunities. She supposed if you could predict or foresee everything that was going to happen, you'd lose the motivation to go through it all. The promise was always in the possibility. -- Lauren Oliver
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Love is a kind of possession. It's a poison. -- Lauren Oliver
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with a face like a fish pressed to glass; eyes so large they appear distorted. "Is -- Lauren Oliver
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There's a place for everything and everyone, you know. That is the mistake they make above. They think that only certain people have a place. Only certain kinds of people belong. The rest is waste. But even waste must have a place. Otherwise it will clog and clot, and rot and fester. -- Lauren Oliver
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Raven jerks and stiffens. For a second, I think she is only surprised: Her mouth goes round, her eyes
wide.
Then she begins teetering backward, and I know that she is dead. Falling, falling, falling ... -- Lauren Oliver
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You have to understand. i wasn't just thinking of me. i was thinking of her, too. -- Lauren Oliver
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I'm glad the choice is made for us. I'm glad I don't have to choose-but more than that, I'm glad I don't have to make someone else choose me. -- Lauren Oliver
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There is a nocturna for every single person in the world! And each night the nocturni sip dreams from the River of Knowledge, and fly out into the world, and deliver them to their humans. -- Lauren Oliver
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... he had never once been frightened of a living one before. They were too fragile, too easily broken and dismantled: They had bones that broke and skin that tore and hearts that gave up with a sigh and rolled over. -- Lauren Oliver
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Somewhere in the endless spinning of eternity that one, tiny, fraction of a second where our lips met is lost forever. -- Lauren Oliver
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Liza made a sudden decision. "I'll be your friend," she announced. she had trouble speaking the words but was glad once she had spoken them. She did not really want to be friends with an enormous rat of questionable sanity, but it seemed the right thing to say. -- Lauren Oliver
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This is what I want. This is the only thing I've ever wanted. Everything else - every single second of every single day that has come before this very moment, this kiss - has meant nothing. -- Lauren Oliver
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Every single floorboard quivers and shudders under my feet, and I start mentally bargaining with the house: If I make it to the front door without waking up Aunt Carol, I swear to God I'll never slam another door. I'll never call you "an old piece of turd" again. -- Lauren Oliver
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Once you let in the word, once you allow it to take root, it will spread like a mold through all of your corners and dark spaces - and with it, the questions, the shivery, splintered fears, enough to keep you permanently awake. -- Lauren Oliver
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I read once that you get deja vu when the two halves of your brain process things at different speeds: the right half a few seconds before the left, or vice versa ... that would explain the weird double feeling that it leaves you with, like the world is splitting in half
or you are. -- Lauren Oliver
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That thing - the heart of hearts of me, the core of my core - stretches and unfurls even further, soaring like a flag: making me feel stronger than I ever have before. I -- Lauren Oliver
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Don't worry about what you're writing or whether it's good or even whether it makes sense. -- Lauren Oliver
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This is not what I wantef. This is not why I came to the Wilds, why Alex wanted me to come: not to turn my back and bury the people I care about, and build myself hard and careless on top of their bodies, as Raven does. This is what Zombies do. -- Lauren Oliver
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She knew, now, that there was always light - beyond the dark, and the fear, out of the depths; there was sun to reach for, and air and space and freedom.
There was always a way up, and out, and no need to be afraid. -- Lauren Oliver
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This is the strange way of the world, that people who simply want to love are instead forced to become warriors. -- Lauren Oliver
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If you take, we will take back. Steal from us, and we will rob you blind. When you squeeze, we will hit -- Lauren Oliver
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If you are one tardy away from missing out on a big competition, you should probably make your coffee at home. -- Lauren Oliver
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I think of all the thousands of billions of steps and missteps and chances and coincidences that have brought me here. Brought you here, and it feels like the biggest miracle in the world. -- Lauren Oliver
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HAPPY ARE THOSE WHO HAVE A PLACE; WISE ARE THEY WHO FOLLOW THE PATH; BLESSED ARE THEY WHO OBEY THE WORD. -- Lauren Oliver
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She had never seen snow before, except in TV shows and movies. It had looked to her like the stars were flaking out of the sky. It had looked like thousands of fireflies in the moonlight; like breathlessness, like time stopping, like the most beautiful thing she had ever seen. -- Lauren Oliver
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Sometimes I feel like she deserves a best friend who is just a little more special. -- Lauren Oliver
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I've been alone with him countless times, but this feels different. Here there are no eyes waiting to catch us, no voices waiting to shout at us, no hands ready to tear us apart
just miles and miles of space. It's exciting and terrifying at the same time. -- Lauren Oliver
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Feelings aren't forever. Time waits for no one, but progress waits for man to enact it. -- Lauren Oliver
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the desire to see him, to kiss him again, to let him put his fingers in my hair - is a monstrous, constant, crawling feeling in my blood and bones. It -- Lauren Oliver
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That, too, is an itch - the desire to see him, to kiss him again, to let him put his fingers in my hair - is a monstrous, constant, crawling feeling in my blood and bones.
It's worse than a disease. It's a poison.
And I like it. -- Lauren Oliver
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She deserved an angel, and I wanted to be hers. -- Lauren Oliver
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- And you completely blow me away and rip my world up and everything else, and then you go back to ignoring me."
"I blew you away?" I squeak out before I can stop myself.
He stares at me steadily. "You blew everything away. -- Lauren Oliver
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People are stubborn and stupid. They're irrational. they're destructive. that's the point, isn't it? That's the whole reason for the cure. People will no longer destroy their own lives. They won't be capable of it. -- Lauren Oliver
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The tunnels may be long, and twisted, and dark; but you are supposed to go through them. -- Lauren Oliver
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Maybe it would be better if we didn't love. If we didn't lose, either. If we didn't get out hearts stomped on, shattered; if we didn't have to patch and repatch it until we're like Frankenstein monsters, all sewn together by who knows what -- Lauren Oliver
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It was unfair that people could pretend to be one thing when they were really something else. That they would get you on their side and then do nothing but fail, and fail, and fail again. People should come with warnings, like cigarette packs: involvement would kill you over time. -- Lauren Oliver
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Liesl knew then that Po had been lying. The ghost did miss the living side. She understood then, too, that everyone drowns differently; and that for everyone, even ghosts, there is a different kind of air. -- Lauren Oliver
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What did Saturday's used to taste like? Like eggs and fried ham and the bitter smell of hair in heavy rollers. Like long quiet hours and making up after a fight. Like ointment and bruising. Like waiting, especially, for something - anything - to happen. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's as though the shadows were an ocean, and the tide has gone out leaving a barren, rigid landscape of empty streets. -- Lauren Oliver
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Po flickered. "Thank you?" it repeated. "What is that?"
Liesl thought. "It means, You were wonderful," she said. "It means, I couldn't have done it without you. -- Lauren Oliver
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Through wind, and tempest, storm, and rain; The calm shall be buried inside of me; A warm stone, heavy and dry; The root, the source, a weapon against pain -- Lauren Oliver
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That's what everyone wanted, in the end: to be part of something bigger. -- Lauren Oliver
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I suppose, in some sense, wills are like maps: they are the imprint we leave, the places our affections have been entrenched; the work we have done; the money we have burrowed away; the furrows and the paths that lead back to spaces we have gone, and marked, and loved. -- Lauren Oliver
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There were days I asked for it-prayed for it when I went to sleep. The belief that I would see you again, that I could find you-the hope for it-was the only thing that kept me going. -- Lauren Oliver
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This is pretty much the answer to every problem you encounter in suburbia: plant a tree, and hope you don't see anyone's privates. -- Lauren Oliver
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Perhaps this was how the sparrows did it too; perhaps they were looking so hard at the peaks and tips of the new rooftops coated with dew, and the vast new horizon, that they only forgot that they did not know how to fly until they were already in midair. -- Lauren Oliver
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The details that are my life's special pattern, like how in handwoven rugs what really makes them unique are the tiny flaws in the stitching, little gaps and jumps and stutters that can never be reproduced. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's all I want. Just you and me. Always. -- Lauren Oliver
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They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that's not how it happened for me. -- Lauren Oliver
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Like I am Alice in the Wonderland and have gotten too big for the room. -- Lauren Oliver
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When people were afraid, they did not always do what they knew to be right. They turned away. They closed their eyes. They said, Tomorrow. Tomorrow, perhaps, I'll do something about it. And they said that until they died. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's too late. I've seen things ... I've lost things you can't understand. -- Lauren Oliver
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You can't tell me what to feel -- Lauren Oliver
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It is a ruined-world, a nonsense-place. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's when I realized that certain moments go on forever. Even after they're over they still go on, even after you're dead and buried, those moments are lasting still, backward and forward, on into infinity. They are everything and everywhere all at once.
They are the meaning. -- Lauren Oliver
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Waste today, want tomorrow... -- Lauren Oliver
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so I can get paired. -- Lauren Oliver
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was a bird. A bird struggling through stickiness: a bird coated in paint, floundering in its nest, splashing color everywhere. Red. Red. Red. Dozens of them: black feathers coated thickly with crimson-colored paint, fluttering among the branches. Red -- Lauren Oliver
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That is the rule of the Wilds: You must be bigger and stronger and tougher. You must hurt or be hurt. -- Lauren Oliver
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Juliet!' I whip around but not quickly enough. She's swallowed by the crowd, the gap that allowed her to break for the door closing just as quickly as it opened, a shifting Tetris pattern of bodies ... -- Lauren Oliver
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A good friend keeps your secrets for you. A best friend helps you keep your own secrets. -- Lauren Oliver
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I don't know how i stay on my feet, why i don;t just shatter into dust right there, why my heart keeps beating when i want it so badly to stop -- Lauren Oliver
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The rules of Panic are simple. Anyone can enter. But only one person will win. -- Lauren Oliver
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But that's the problem with love - it acts on you, works through you, resists your attempts to control. -- Lauren Oliver
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Cassie asked too many questions. -- Lauren Oliver
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Over the past week, I've accepted that I will never love Julian as much as I loved Alex. But now that idea is overwhelming, like a wall between us. I will never love Julian like I love Alex. -- Lauren Oliver
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But the guilt goes even deeper than that. It, too, is dust: Layers and layers of it have accumulated. Because if it weren't for me, Lena and Alex would never have been caught at all.
I told on them.
I was jealous.
God forgive me, for I have sinned. -- Lauren Oliver
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All I can think is: I need air. The rest of my thoughts are a blur of radio static and fluorescent lights and lab coats and steel tables and surgical knives -- Lauren Oliver
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She fell in love with men who would not have her or could not keep her. -- Lauren Oliver
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If you don't watch out, they'll grab you. They'll take you to the underworld and turn you into a bride. -- Lauren Oliver
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Old words; words that nearly brought me to my knees. Live free or die -- Lauren Oliver
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Live free or die. I -- Lauren Oliver
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Live free or die. -- Lauren Oliver
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He who leaps for the sky may fall, it's true. But he may also fly. -- Lauren Oliver
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We talked about how terrible the natural world could be. Of course, the bamboo is only doing what it must. Everything obeys it's own inner laws. Everything is greedy and moving toward a version of light. -- Lauren Oliver
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Nobody ever said life was fair. -- Lauren Oliver
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This is not the person I wanted to become: Hatred has carved a permanent place inside me, a hollow where things are so easily lost. -- Lauren Oliver
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I was the one who was really buried that day -- Lauren Oliver
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We'll walk together holding hands, and kiss in broad daylight, and love each other as much as we want to, and no one will ever try to keep up apart. -- Lauren Oliver
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On the day that started it all, that rocketed me forward and landed me here, in this new body, in this new future. -- Lauren Oliver
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And when I wake up it's wonderful, like I've been carried quietly onto a calm, peaceful shore, and the dream, and its meaning, has broken over me like a wave and is ebbing away now, leaving me with a single, solid certainty. I know now. -- Lauren Oliver
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I've relived that moment so often in my head, I can never be sure what really happened and what we only embellished afterward. But does it matter? We make reality our own, handle it until it is as soft as pressed butter. -- Lauren Oliver
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The world has nothing to offer me, no single shred of interest. I'm a woman trapped on a balcony, watching a passing parade, a blur of noise and motion that eventually turns to a single point on the horizon, a gutter full of trampled and muddy cups, and the sense of wasting an afternoon. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's my favorite thing about him. I like to lie next to him when it's late, dark, and so quiet I can hear my own heartbeat. It's times like that when I'm sure that I'm in love. -- Lauren Oliver
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I close my eyes. An image flashes - emerging from the van with Julian after our escape from New York City; believing, in that moment, that we had escaped the worst, that life would begin again for us.
Instead life has only grown harder. -- Lauren Oliver
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When I got home, my roof was gone. Overnight the weight of the snow became too much to carry. What tipped the scale? Think about it: there must have been a final snowflake that did it, a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a milligram that made all the difference. -- Lauren Oliver
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I reach out and grab her wrist. It feels impossibly tiny in my hand, like this one time I found a baby bird near goose Point, and I picked it up and it died there, taking its final gasping fluttering breaths in my palm. -- Lauren Oliver
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I'm dead, but I can't stop living. -- Lauren Oliver
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He passes beyond me and stops by the new girl. "Here," he says. His voice is gentle, the voice of the old Alex, the Alex of my memories. "I brought you some water. Don't worry. It's clean. -- Lauren Oliver
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And yet in only a few hours we've managed to erase her almost entirely. All of her things - bought, received, painstakingly selected; her tastes and preferences; all the random stuff accumulated over the years - all of it sorted, trashed, or packed up in less than a day. How easily we get erased. -- Lauren Oliver
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Scratching my way through minutes that feel like years, and years that have run by me like sand, like waste. But -- Lauren Oliver
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What can I say about Trenton? A sad sprout of a human being, halfway between a boy and a broccoli. -- Lauren Oliver
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Life's the sum total of all our small mistakes, little tragedies, bad choices. Addition on top of addition. They pile up and pile up until the cost of keeping up appearances is too high and the weight is just too much. Then: collapse. -- Lauren Oliver
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An eye for an eye.
And the whole world goes blind. -- Lauren Oliver
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This is a monster-story, and he has come back to me a terror-creation, patched together, broken and hateful, and I will wake up and he will be here, and whole and mine again. -- Lauren Oliver
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Less than a month ago all of August still stretched before us - long and golden and reassuring, like an endless period of delicious sleep. -- Lauren Oliver
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My parents were pretty liberal, but they were still parents. I definitely had my teenage rebellion. -- Lauren Oliver
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Are seeds of hope, yes. Of course." ... "The nocturni are the bearers of the hope seeds." ... "That's why it's such bad luck to cross them ... They carry the seeds Above, and plant them in souls where they're needed. -- Lauren Oliver
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What was the point of trying at all, if in the end you were no better, no longer, no more real than a bathroom sink and a rust stain? -- Lauren Oliver
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But that wasn't why the boy, whose name was Will but who also answered to "Useless" and "Hopeless" and "Snot-Face" and "Sniveler" (at least when the alchemist was the one calling to him), felt sorry for himself. -- Lauren Oliver
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I'm used to a feeling of doubleness, of thinking one thing and having to do another, a constant tug-of-war. -- Lauren Oliver
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Chance. Stupid, dumb, blind chance. Just a part of the strange mechanism of the world, with its fits and coughs and starts and random collisions. -- Lauren Oliver
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Certain stories must remain mine, so that there is a me to remain. -- Lauren Oliver
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Ants are driven by fear. -- Lauren Oliver
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Holy mother of Lord Cocoa Puffs -- Lauren Oliver
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By then the streets are empty and quiet, night about to fall, curfew about to come down like a giant warm embrace, keeping us all in our places, keeping us all safe. -- Lauren Oliver
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Things change after you die, though, I guess because dying is the loneliest thing you can do. -- Lauren Oliver
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I often write two books simultaneously. Usually one of them starts out as a fun experiment designed to give me a daily break from the real book I'm writing. And then that becomes a real book too. -- Lauren Oliver
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Roll up the window. I can't explain the feelings going through me, a rush like you get from laughing too hard or -- Lauren Oliver
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And for a second I feel an overwhelming sense of joy, and I think she's done it, she's flying, and time seems to stop with her glittering in the air like a beautiful bird. But then time resumes, and the air doesn't hold her ... -- Lauren Oliver
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I said, I prefer the ocean when it's gray. Or not really gray. A pale, in-between color. It reminds me of waiting for something good to happen. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's the way he says my name: like music. -- Lauren Oliver
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But maybe happiness isn't in the choosing. Maybe it's in the fiction, in the pretending: that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's one of the reasons I love him. -- Lauren Oliver
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He and I have a head-nod friendship, since that's pretty much the limit of our interaction. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's worse than a disease. It's a poison. -- Lauren Oliver
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There's something backward about living in a place so obsessed with the past; it's like everyone's given up on the idea of a future. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's so good I could cry, and Sarah actually does cry, sitting and sobbing in front of her plate. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's okay," she says at last, returning her gaze to the fire. "He was still in love with you, anyway. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's the easy thing about falling: there is only one choice after that. -- Lauren Oliver
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Into hate, into refusal, against hope and without fear -- Lauren Oliver
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Love: It will kill you and save you, both -- Lauren Oliver
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Love grew inside me like a delicious secret. -- Lauren Oliver
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They told us love was a disease. They told us it would kill us in the end.
For the very first time I realize, that this, too, might also be a lie. -- Lauren Oliver
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The sparrows jumped before they knew how to fly, and they learned to fly only because they had jumped -- Lauren Oliver
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The kidnapping, the kiss. I brought him here, after all. I rescue him an pulled him into this new life, a life of freedom and feeling. -- Lauren Oliver
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I'm feeling anxious about tonight - half dread and half excitement - like when you hear thunder and know that any second you'll see lightning tearing across the sky, nipping at the clouds with its teeth. -- Lauren Oliver
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He makes me feel like music -- Lauren Oliver
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But it's not about knowing. It is simply about going forward. -- Lauren Oliver
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No guest rooms." I shake my head resolutely. "I want to be in a room room. A lived-in room. -- Lauren Oliver
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If only bodies were like rooms, and people could pass in and out of them at will. -- Lauren Oliver
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And then she left, and it broke my heart so completely I could hardly breathe. -- Lauren Oliver
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Then he does the absolutely, positively unthinkable.
He winks at me. -- Lauren Oliver
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He winks at me. At -- Lauren Oliver
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They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past. But we are still here.
And there are more of us everyday. -- Lauren Oliver
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Hunky Heroes, rescuing distressed women, captive princesses, and girls without wheels since 1684. p. 450 -- Lauren Oliver
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They didn't get me, I should have said. They saved me. -- Lauren Oliver
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The problem is that he isn't Alex. -- Lauren Oliver
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We are all identical drips and drops of people, hovering, waiting to be tipped, waiting for someone to show us the way, to pour us down a path. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's when you really lose people, you know.When the pain passes. -- Lauren Oliver
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I love you. They can't take it away. -- Lauren Oliver
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You can't cheat if there are no rules -- Lauren Oliver
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He sprayed on a bit of this man's body-spray thing his mom had gotten for free at Walmart, feeling like a douche, but thinking it was better to feel like a douche than to smell like an asshole. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's the thing about faith. It works. -- Lauren Oliver
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Fear. Blame. Don't forget. Mom. I love you.
-Lauren Oliver, Delerium -- Lauren Oliver
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In one,Einstein is pictured over the words GRAVITY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR FALLING IN LOVE. -- Lauren Oliver
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But hope got in, no matter how hard and fast I tried to stomp it out. Like these tiny fire ants we used to get in Portland. No matter how fast you liked them, there were always more, a steady stream of them, resistant, ever-multiplying.
Maybe, the hope said. Maybe. -- Lauren Oliver
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You're too skinny."
I could almost laugh. "Yeah, well. The restaurants in the Wilds are mostly closed. They're mostly bombed, actually. -- Lauren Oliver
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For a moment the mole let his disappointment show on his snout. Then he grunted, "You're much smarter than you smell." Liza let out a whoop of satisfaction and chose not to worry too much about what stupidity smelled like. -- Lauren Oliver
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This woman who wants to lead a revolution for love and doesn't even acknowledge her own daughter -- Lauren Oliver
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I haven't been falling all this time. I've been flying -- Lauren Oliver
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It's like the smell of bread baking at Subway. You know it's not the way nature or God intended it to smell, but something about it's addictive. -- Lauren Oliver
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This is one symptom of the deliria no one ever tells you about: Apparently the disease turns you into a world-class liar. -- Lauren Oliver
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This is what amazes me: that people are new every day. That they are never the same. You must always invent them, and they must always invent themselves, too. -- Lauren Oliver
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That is all there is for me to do: listen, watch, stay quiet. -- Lauren Oliver
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And you should hear the music. Incredible, amazing music, like nothing you've ever heard, music that almost takes your head off, you know? That makes you want to scream and jump up and down and break stuff and cry ... -- Lauren Oliver
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I need to live my life in the light of their deaths. I need to live. -- Lauren Oliver
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There's that confidence again, that semi-infuriating easiness of his, the tilt of his head and the smile. but today it's not infuriating. Today I like it, feel like it's somehow rubbing off on me, like if I was around him enough I would never feel awkward or frightened or insecure. -- Lauren Oliver
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Funny how things can stay the same forever and then change so quickly. -- Lauren Oliver
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Nothing in the world is ever really nothing, and everything is possible in some way ... -- Lauren Oliver
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The air is still and freezing cold. The sky is a perfect, pale blue. The sun has just risen, weak and watery-looking, like it has just spilled itself over the horizon and it's too lazy to clean itself up. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's going to be okay. Words that mean nothing. really, just sounds intoned into vastness and darkness, little scrabbling attempts to latch on to something when we're falling. -- Lauren Oliver
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I have had to give up so much, so many selves and lives already. I have grown up and out of the rubble of my old lives, of things and people I have cared for ... -- Lauren Oliver
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They're pretty subtle. Only a few dozen of them. I can see how you might not have noticed. -- Lauren Oliver
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Rainstorms are incredible: falling shards of glass, the air full of diamonds. -- Lauren Oliver
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There's still always the possibility that I've gone totally, clinically cuckoo. But somehow I don't think so anymore.
An article I once read said that crazy people don't worry about being crazy - that's the whole problem. -- Lauren Oliver
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We will have to trust too-that the world won't end, that tomorrow will come, and that truth will come too. -- Lauren Oliver
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Here's the last thing that occurs to me as Sarah recedes in the rearview mirror, slamming out of the car, jogging across the parking lot: if you're one tardy away from missing out on a big competition, you should probably make your coffee at home. When -- Lauren Oliver
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Suicide. A sideways word, a word that people whisper and mutter and cough: a word that must be squeezed out behind cupped palms or murmured behind closed doors. It was only in dreams that I heard the word shouted, screamed. -- Lauren Oliver
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This
is the language of the world before - a world of chaos and confusion and happiness and despair - before
the blitz turned streets to grids, cities to prisons, and hearts to dust. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's what magic is, Nick," she says, her voice soft. "It's just faith ... -- Lauren Oliver
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I am five feet two inches tall and I am in-between in every way. But -- Lauren Oliver
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If you cross a line and nothing happens, the line loses meaning. -- Lauren Oliver
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Frank keeps massaging his gun, and something about the motion - gentle, almost, like he's willing it to life - makes me feel sick. -- Lauren Oliver
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I wish that photographs were physical spaces, like tunnels; that you could crawl inside them and go back. -- Lauren Oliver
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With the cure, relationships are all the same, and rules and expectations are defined. Without the cure, relationships must be reinvented every day, languages constantly decoded and deciphered. Freedom is exhausting. -- Lauren Oliver
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His secret name, which belongs to me, and to him, and to no one else. -- Lauren Oliver
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She liked the word ineffable because it meant a feeling so big or vast that it could not be expressed in words.
And yet, because it could not be expressed in words, people had invented a word to express it, and that made Liesl feel hopeful, somehow. -- Lauren Oliver
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Everything looks beautiful. The Book of Shhh says that deliria alters your perception, disables your ability to reason clearly, impairs you from making sound judgments. But it does not tell you this: that love will turn the whole world into something greater than itself. -- Lauren Oliver
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So much between us went unsaid; that is the danger, and beauty, of life without the cure. There is always wilderness and tangle, and the path is never clear. -- Lauren Oliver
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He liked to put his cigarettes out on my tongue. -- Lauren Oliver
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If people changed, it meant that she was allowed to change too. She could be different.
She could be happier. -- Lauren Oliver
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At the same time I know that it's not really their fault, at least not completely. I did my part too. I did it on a hundred different days and in a thousand different ways, and I know it. But this makes the anger worse, not better. -- Lauren Oliver
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Love obeys no laws other than its own. That's what always made it frightening. -- Lauren Oliver
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It seem absurd to me that they don't know, haven't felt any change or tremor, even as my life has been completely turned upside down. -- Lauren Oliver
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He is beautiful. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's what made it so
frightening to the lawmakers: Love obeys
no laws other than its own. -- Lauren Oliver
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Normal is a word invented by boring people to make them feel better about being boring. -- Lauren Oliver
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We are free to choose the wrong thing. -- Lauren Oliver
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The lights burn bright for those who obey; the others will live in shadow all the days of their lives (The Book of Shhh, Psalm 17). -- Lauren Oliver
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You see, we didn't know. -- Lauren Oliver
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We are all Hangmen. -- Lauren Oliver
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Happiness is found when no one is looking -- Lauren Oliver
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Anything, anything is possible, if you can just see the sky. -- Lauren Oliver
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Nothing has ever been so painful or delicious as being so close to him and being unable to do anything about it: like eating ice cream so fast on a hot day you get a splitting headache. -- Lauren Oliver
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Coincidences; mix-ups; harmless mistakes and switches. And so a story is born. -- Lauren Oliver
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It was like she had dropped away for a second - my best friend, my only real friend - and in her place was a stranger. That -- Lauren Oliver
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The gears of God don't turn unless all the pieces fit right. -- Lauren Oliver
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This is what hatred is. It will feed you and at the same time turn you to rot. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's funny how you can know your friends so well, but you still end up playing the same games with them. -- Lauren Oliver
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At night I sleep dreamlessly. In the mornings I wake to fog. -- Lauren Oliver
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And we'll punish the people who don't conform. Not bodily of course. This is a civilized country. -- Lauren Oliver
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For a moment, my heart aches for him. I should never have asked him to join me here; I should
never have asked him to cross. -- Lauren Oliver
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I worked in publishing before I became an author, so I knew how a book gets made. -- Lauren Oliver
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Is this freedom? Is it happiness? I don't know. I don't care anymore. It is different
it is being alive. -- Lauren Oliver
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The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and
when you don't. -- Lauren Oliver
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I want to be healed and whole and perfect again, like a misshapen slab of iron that comes out of the fire glowing, glittering, razor-sharp. -- Lauren Oliver
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It's as though the words are trapped, buried under past fears, past lives, like fossils compressed under layers of dirt. -- Lauren Oliver
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And thinking never did anybody any good, no matter what your teachers and parents and the science-club freaks tell you. -- Lauren Oliver
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When he speaks again, I can tell that he's smiling. So I guess we saved each other. -- Lauren Oliver
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The whole point of growing up is learning to stay on the laughing side. -- Lauren Oliver
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I don't love you, Lena. Do you hear me? I never love you. -- Lauren Oliver
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Birds feed; then they nest. Paint them any color you want, send them halfway around the world, but they'll always find a way back. And eventually they'll show their true colors again. -- Lauren Oliver
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Liberty in acceptance; peace in enclosure; happiness in renunciation. -- Lauren Oliver
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But no. I'm the one screaming. I am screaming as I run. I am screaming when the first bomb falls, and the Wilds turn to fire around -- Lauren Oliver
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This is how Tack and Raven work: It's their private language of push and return, argument and concession. With the cure, relationships are all the same, and rules and expectations are defined. Without the cure, relationships must be reinvented every day, languages constantly decoded and deciphered. -- Lauren Oliver
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It all boils down to the same thing: are you going to play the cards you got, or are you going to fold? -- Lauren Oliver
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One of the things I've tried to do in my career is really write different kinds of books, so I'm able to broaden people's expectations of what I'm allowed to do. -- Lauren Oliver
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She knew that there were electrical currents in the body and was what she was reminded of now. of currents flowing between them, of thousands of lights. -- Lauren Oliver
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Nothing says 'I love you' like a brick through the window. -- Lauren Oliver
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Only humans are unpredictable. -- Lauren Oliver
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This is the past: It drifts, it gathers. If you are not careful, it will bury you. -- Lauren Oliver
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There is nothing else for people to do. They do not think. They feel no passion, no hatred, no sadness; they feel nothing but fear, and a desire to control. So they watch, and poke, and pry. -- Lauren Oliver
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Another day bleeds out on the horizon, red and pink and gold; staring up at the sky. -- Lauren Oliver
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We are always being pushed and squeezed down one road or another. We have no choice but to step forward, and then step forward again, and then step forward again; suddenly we find ourselves on a road we haven't chosen at all. -- Lauren Oliver
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Alex's T-shirt is red, and -- Lauren Oliver
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It is as though he has just recognized me. Then his eyes continue to sweep, and my heart comes hammering back to my ribs. I'm just being paranoid. -- Lauren Oliver
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This is what we are made for: promises, pledges, and sworn oaths of obedience. -- Lauren Oliver
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Everything comes up in the end. -- Lauren Oliver
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We make reality our own, handle it until it is soft as pressed butter. -- Lauren Oliver
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That's the whole point, after all: There's no going back. -- Lauren Oliver
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The old Lena is dead, I say, and then push past him, back down through the gully toward the camp. Each step is more difficult than the last; the heaviness fills me and turns my limbs to stone. You -- Lauren Oliver
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It affects your mind so that you cannot think clearly, or make rational decisions about your own well-being. -- Lauren Oliver
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There are no happy endings, only breaks in the regular action. -- Lauren Oliver
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They must learn that freedom will not keep them warm. -- Lauren Oliver