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We don't even love each other. I do a bit, you know. You do what a bit? You know. Like you ... whatever ... love you a bit. I think I kind of love you too. -- Melina Marchetta
What's the difference between a trip and a journey?"
"Narnie, my love, when we get there, you'll understand. -- Melina Marchetta
Sometimes he felt he needed to inhale it and place it in a storage are in his soul. Just in case -- Melina Marchetta
I love this school. I love how uncomplicated it is and the fact that we come from almost two hundred suburbs, so we have to work hard at finding something to hold us together. -- Melina Marchetta
It's Tolstoy, by the way," I say as I open the door.
He turns around. "What?"
Shut up, I tell myself. Shut up.
"The writer of Anna Karenina. Not Trotsky. Trotsky was a revolutionary who was stabbed with a
pickax in Mexico in 1940. But I can understand how the T thing could confuse you. -- Melina Marchetta
In a kinder world," he whispered, "one I promise you I've seen, men and women flirt and dance and love with only the fear of what it would mean without the other in their lives. -- Melina Marchetta
There are always jobs I have to learn because all good Italian girls know how to do them and one day I'll need them to look after my chauvinistic husband. -- Melina Marchetta
Balthazar pledged to die defending his royal house of Lumuatere. Finnikin swore to be their protector and guide for as long as he lived. Lucian vowed he would be the light whom they traveled toward in times of need. -- Melina Marchetta
And I hate him and love him and curse him and feel sorry for him, all at the same time. -- Melina Marchetta
Because we don't live in a society anymore, Tom. We live in an economy. We're not citizens. We're customers. -- Melina Marchetta
Does she belong to you, Finnikin?" Yata asked, her eyes piercing. "No," he said after a moment. "But she belongs to my heart. I feel her absence strongly and it brings me ... sorrow. -- Melina Marchetta
Just 'Your mother.'" But it doesn't work if girls say it to each other," she continues. "You have to have a penis for it to affect you in such a way. -- Melina Marchetta
I'm sorry," he says, "for that time I kissed you at that party and for that time at the wedding and more than anything for the thousand times that I wanted to and didn't have the guts to. -- Melina Marchetta
But in ten years, no one had ever asked what he was thinking. And he knew that the novice Evanjalin was asking for more than just his thoughts. She wanted the part of him he fought to keep hidden. The part that held his foolish hopes and aching memories. -- Melina Marchetta
I do keep him at the back of my mind for those times I get me hopes raised about something. So then I can slap myself into reality and remind myself of what happens when you let someone into your sacred space. -- Melina Marchetta
Brothers always. Balthazar is with us too. We make this work,' Finnikin said fiercely. 'We bring peace to these kingdoms. We deserve it. Our women do. All of us have lost too much, Froi. We've lost the joy of being children. Let's not take that from Jasmina and Tariq and those who come after them -- Melina Marchetta
But grief makes a monster out of us sometimes ... and sometimes you say and do things to the people you love that you can't forgive yourself for. -- Melina Marchetta
You go shake your foundations, Will. I think it's about time I saved myself. -- Melina Marchetta
And I don't know why, but I sit on that step until the last person's gone home and I'm still grinning. Like someone who has a bit of a crush. -- Melina Marchetta
He knows bad days. Bad days take him completely by surprise. They make him not trust the good days because it's likely something is lurking twenty-four hours away. -- Melina Marchetta
Oh, you've outdone me twice now, you queen of forgiveness. The ring's a promise of peace and I'm greedy with hope. It's a song that we sing in a tongue that we share. And though you say it's a gift from a king to a king, I say it's a sign from a queen to a queen. -- Melina Marchetta
I'm angry that I want to cry because I feel like I've been manipulated by the soundtrack in my head - the same one that made me cry in some shit sentimental movie with Julia Roberts where the mum is dying of cancer. -- Melina Marchetta
Then he holds her and for a moment I hear total silence; that totally silent part of a cry that announces that the most horrible grief is going to follow. And it does, and he's muffling it, but I can hear and I want someone to come over and jab her with a sedative because its pitch pierces my soul. -- Melina Marchetta
So when good leaders don't want their people to die, they spend quite some time trying to work out how to achieve things without going to war. It's that simple! -- Melina Marchetta
Why do they always have to remember the pathetic stuff? Why can't they ever remember something positive being said about me? -- Melina Marchetta
As Froi crossed this icy tomb, it occurred to him that he might never see Lord August and Lady Abian again. That he had never told them the truth. Finn and Isaboe had taught him to love, but the village of Sayles had taught him to belong. -- Melina Marchetta
Lucian was beginning to get used to hearing her small observations at night. More than anything, he realized he liked her voice in the dark. It made him feel less lonely. -- Melina Marchetta
Beatriss looked away, fighting tears. She gripped their hands. "I'm forgetting what the truth is, friends," she said. "We were here, Lady Beatriss. We saw it all, so when you forget what the truth is, you come to us and we'll remind you. -- Melina Marchetta
Are you an idiot, or an idiot?' Gargarin hissed.
'The first one. I really resent being called the second. -- Melina Marchetta
But it's the look in his eyes that I can't help responding to, and I think to myself, forget the girlfriend. Just go for it. And I want to. But his girlfriend is there, a smiler, not a grinner. -- Melina Marchetta
If you weren't driving, I'd kiss you senseless," I tell him.
He swerves to the side of the road and stops the car abruptly.
"Not driving any more. -- Melina Marchetta
The girls would always tell me not to take things personally, but I never believed there was any other way of taking it. -- Melina Marchetta
I'd like to think I'm Elizabeth, but deep down I think I'm the one whose name no one can remember. Not Lydia the slut or Mary the nerd or Jane the beauty or Elizabeth the opinionated. I'm the second-youngest. The forgotten one. - Francesca Spinelli -- Melina Marchetta
Little people irritate me. I felt like this monstrous giant alongside them. -- Melina Marchetta
He took a deep breath and closed his eyes. "Okay, would you like pizza?"
"I don't think you deserve my company but I feel sorry for you so I'll say yes."
"God help me," he said, half under his breath. -- Melina Marchetta
She rubbed it onto his hands one day in Year Eleven, feeling the texture of his fingertips, callused by the strings of his guitar, and his palms, rough from woodwork. ("Productive, despite your lazy streak," she had said, inspecting them.) -- Melina Marchetta
Everything's going to be fine. She'll be back at work soon. Let's just keep the house clean. Oh yeah, I want to say, because a clean house will result in peace in the Middle East as well. -- Melina Marchetta
This is what I know. I look like my father. My father disappeared when he was seventeen years old. Hannah once told me that there is something unnatural about being older than your father ever got to be. When you can say that at the age of seventeen, it's a different kind of devastating. -- Melina Marchetta
It's too late. Seventeen-year-olds don't need fathers.
Oh god. I'm thirty-four years old and I need a father. I can't even begin to think what my daughter needs. -- Melina Marchetta
The idea that God works in mysterious ways is rubbish. There's nothing mysterious about his ways. They're premeditated and slightly conniving, and they place you in an impossible situation. -- Melina Marchetta
Once, last year, I started going through my sins and Father Stephen said, "Oh, it's you, Josie."
Can you believe it? He recognised me by my sins. I'm so boring that I can't even change my sins from term to term. -- Melina Marchetta
If I did something to hurt Frankie and she said that I was never getting near her heart again, I'd spent the rest of my life trying anyway. That's the difference between you and me, Tom. I'd go back to the moment it all fell apart and I'd start there. -- Melina Marchetta
According to Dickens, the first rule of human nature is self-preservation and when I forgive him for writing a character as pathetic as Oliver Twist, I'll thank him for the advice. -- Melina Marchetta
I never thought meeting you would be this boring. I thought we'd put our Italian emotion into gear and scream the place down. I never expected indifference. -- Melina Marchetta
I think I'm a bit in love with these girls. They make me feel giddy. Like I haven't a care in the world. Like I'm fearless.
Like I used to be. -- Melina Marchetta
Where did this come from? Do you know what this is? Luca is going to sneak out of bed in the middle of the night and squirt it on his tongue. It's like drugs for ten-year-olds. Today it's Ice Magic. Tomorrow, heroin. -- Melina Marchetta
You're judging her by her literacy," Tara says. "You're a literacist."
"You've made that up. -- Melina Marchetta
For reasons he couldn't understand a sadness came over him and it was then he saw the girl standing on the other side of the dirt road, her eyes pools of absolute sorrow, her light brown hair glowing in the splinters of sunlight that forced their way through the trees. -- Melina Marchetta
I look over to the other side of the road and watch Griggs as he walks. It's a lazy walk but so full of confidence that you want to be standing behind him all the way. -- Melina Marchetta
He's Post-it-noted the window," Tom says, peering to see what it reads. "It says 'Call me' and his mobile number. I might just do that," he muses. "He's kind of cute. -- Melina Marchetta
Land?' Froi whispered. 'You're giving them land? I'm not worth the valley.'
'You're worth a kingdom,' Finnikin said, turning back to the crowd. -- Melina Marchetta
He's gods' blessed. He can do more than one thing at once. Be an idiot and be responsible. He has these multiple skills."
"Much like women, but they're not called gods' blessed. They're just called women. -- Melina Marchetta
Josie, life is not a Mills and Boon book. People fall out of love. People disappoint other people and they find it very hard to forgive. -- Melina Marchetta
People fall out of love. People disappoint other people and they find it hard to forgive. -- Melina Marchetta
She misses him more now than when he was away -- Melina Marchetta
Hold my hand because I might disappear. -- Melina Marchetta
The gods whispered to you once, Finnikin. And you listened. But they are proud and refuse to speak to those who do not believe that there is something out there mightier than the minds and intellect of mortals. -- Melina Marchetta
Up in the distance the whistle of the wind sang to her from the mountain. From Lucian's mountain. It beckoned and taunted and she wanted to run towards it. To be enveloped in its coat of fleece and to hear its safe sounds. -- Melina Marchetta
As I walk back to the school on my own, I realise I'm crying. So I go back to the stories I've read about the five and I try to make sense of their lives because in making sense of theirs, I may understand mine. -- Melina Marchetta
Do what I don't got the strength to do myself -- Melina Marchetta
Don't let anyone take care of you. Can you maybe leave that for me to do? I mean, take care of you? Feel free to take care of me in return ... because I think I'll need you to do that. -- Melina Marchetta
You don't use words like 'kind of interested' to describe how I feel about you. -- Melina Marchetta
Phaedra looked across the water and her eyes met Lucian's. Their needs came second. It came from the privilege of being trusted.
But that doesn't mean I love you less. -- Melina Marchetta
It was strange to have his parents needing something from him. Something this big. In the past, they needed silence from him if he was making a racket. They needed him to apply himself. "I need you to be sensible, Tom." But not this need. Not the need to make everything right. -- Melina Marchetta
But I want to give in to it sometimes, only because I'm tired and the feeling that I've had for a while-that something is haunting me down-becomes all consuming and I'm frightened that one morning there will be not enough to keep me going. -- Melina Marchetta
Don't ever ask me again if I hate living anywhere with you and Jasmina. This Rock reminds me of the boy I was and being with you in the palace reminds me of the man I want to be.'
'Not just any man,' she whispered. 'A King. Mine. -- Melina Marchetta
I am disappointed. Violette knows how I feel about smart girls turning into needy sex objects for dumb boys. -- Melina Marchetta
And there it was. That slight lisp. That awful accent. That funny face that made him ache. Charlie wasn't just a cheat. He was a liar as well. Because Violette Zidane wasn't just the girl he was shagging, like he told the cop. She sort of owned his heart a little. Kind of a lot. -- Melina Marchetta
Who do you hang out with? Natalia asks, looking over my shoulder. She's always done that. Wherever you are, whoever you are, she'll always look over your shoulder to see if there's someone more exciting to speak to. It used to make me feel paranoid. -- Melina Marchetta
Yes, I did," he says casually. "In the first minute I met them. Then in the second minute, I decided I wasn't going to be into dudes who treat others like crap only because they can. And then in the third, I actually stopped noticing they were around. I'm easily bored around stupid people. -- Melina Marchetta
When it was over, she gathered him in her arms. And told him the terrible irony of her life.
That she had wanted to be dead all those years while her brother had been alive. That had been her sin.
And this was her penance.
Wanting to live when everyone else seemed dead. -- Melina Marchetta
Left alone with the dial tone ... excuse me, operator, why is no one listening? -- Melina Marchetta
They camped that night under a full moon and a sky crowded with stars that made Froi forget that there was an old man waiting to die and remember that there was a kingdom dying to live. -- Melina Marchetta
But then Froi looked back to where his work lay unfinished and it made him sad because there had been something about the touch of earth in his hands that made him feel worthwhile. -- Melina Marchetta
Trevanion wrapped his arm around his son's neck like shepherd's hook and dragged him along playfully. when he let go, Finnikin thought he would have liked his father to hold on a moment longer. -- Melina Marchetta
And for Narnie, hours without them went by, and then days, and then weeks. And in between those seconds and minutes and hours and day and weeks was the most acute sense of loneliness she'd ever experienced -- Melina Marchetta
Don't let them take away our little king, Froi. Not the Avanosh people or Bestiano. I'm begging you, Froi." That she had to speak the words broke something inside of him. "I will protect you," he whispered. "I will never let anything happen to you or our child. -- Melina Marchetta
My lord," Froi heard Dorcas call out from the battlement above.
"You're going to have to cover his head. He'll catch a chill. Fekra made him a cap."
"Thank you, Dorcas. -- Melina Marchetta
Sometimes I feel like a junkie. One minute something happens in my life and I'm flying. Next minute I take a nose-dive and just as I'm about to hit the ground with full force something else will have me flying again. -- Melina Marchetta
We're not eight kingdoms, but an entire land with one heartbeat. It's why people like you and I need to record our people's stories so we can find those moments when our paths cross, and only then will we know true peace. -- Melina Marchetta
Thomas Mackee and Jimmy Hailler grasp each other's hands, one of those brothers-in-arms-we-fought-in-Nam-together grips, but outside this room I don't think they relate. -- Melina Marchetta
We're so different. You're an intellectual. I'm an idiot."
"Don't say that," I yelled. "You're not an idiot, you stupid idiot. -- Melina Marchetta
And if the gods were to give me a choice between living a better life, having not met them, or a wretched life with the slightest chance of crossing their path, then I'd pick the wretched life over and over again. -- Melina Marchetta
I'm thinking that after last night you shouldn't have to spend your morning in a hospital finding out if my mother has tried to OD."
"And I'm thinking that after last night I want to be anywhere you are and if that means being in a hospital asking about your mother, then so be it. -- Melina Marchetta
I'm beginning to realize that things don't turn out the way you want them to. And sometimes, when they don't they can turn out just a little bit better. -- Melina Marchetta
Froi saw the foolishness of dreamers, and he decided he'd like to die so foolish. With a dream in his heart about the possibilities, rather than a chain of hopelessness. -- Melina Marchetta
Maybe she'd always been there. Maybe strangers enter your heart first and then you spent the rest of your life searching for them. -- Melina Marchetta
We have to make a human pyramid displaying the foundations of the Catholic Church and the most frightening aspect, according to Brother Louis, is that Thomas Mackee is holding up the pyramid which makes the whole future of the church incredibly shaky. -- Melina Marchetta
It still amazes him how they could have been misled by her personality in Year Eleven. It's what depression does to a person, it changes them completely. -- Melina Marchetta
I stand up, sure of one thing and one thing only. That my father will come and get me. He won't give me a lecture, he won't try to teach me a lesson. He won't ask a thousand questions or ask me to apologize. He'll just come and get me.
Just tell me where you are. -- Melina Marchetta
Promise me you'll never stop dreaming. -- Melina Marchetta
My life isn't as bad as I make out and sometimes I think it's all in my head, but I can't help it. -- Melina Marchetta
We didn't let them do anything to us, Travanion," Beatriss said fiercely, "They did it without out permission. -- Melina Marchetta
You can't go around feeling too much", Captain Travanion had explained watching a moment to ensure the man was indeed dead. "Because if you feel too much, enough to want to kill them so savagely then one day you are going to feel enough to spare their lives. -- Melina Marchetta
It's not that I miss my mother. It's just that I miss the idea of what one would be. -- Melina Marchetta
It's all rather political, mourning is. -- Melina Marchetta
My father will hear about this"(395). -- Melina Marchetta
Was. What does was actually mean? The verb to be. Past tense of is. Does it mean that someone is no longer being? -- Melina Marchetta
I want to be sitting in front of my computer, where you can press a button to block out your junk mail.
These two are my junk mail. -- Melina Marchetta
I would rather die than ever see you suffering this way. I don't want you or any child I ever have or any woman I ever love to go through or feel what you're going through, but it's happened and I don't know what to do. -- Melina Marchetta
I'm very disturbed to find out that the leader of the Townies has a soul and I'm beginning to develop a bit of a crush on him. -- Melina Marchetta
I wasn't there that day to get on the three forty-seven to Yass", he says. "I was there to throw myself in front of it. -- Melina Marchetta
When I turn around, he cups my face in his hands and he kisses me so deeply that I don't know who is breathing for who, but his mouth and tongue taste like warm honey. I don't know how long it lasts, but when I let go of him, I miss it already. -- Melina Marchetta
I'll run one day. Run for my life. To be free and think for myself ... I'll run to be emancipated. -- Melina Marchetta
Girls under the age of fourteen are the most frightening creatures I have ever come across. -- Melina Marchetta
But then I catch Grigg's eye and he looks at me in a way that tells me exactly what he's feeling and I love that look. Suddenly I want to yell out to everyone, It's a game, these territory wars. They loved eachother. -- Melina Marchetta
We have arsonists. -- Melina Marchetta
I would pick them when they bloomed. And when she called me home for supper, I'd place them in her hair and the contrast would take my breath away. -- Melina Marchetta
When I grow, I'm going to be my mother. -- Melina Marchetta
Teresa, Teresa. Have we taught you nothing?" Raffy says in an irritated voice. "It's war. You go in and you hunt him down until he realises that he's made a mistake. -- Melina Marchetta
Oh God, Frankie, I breathe in rhythm with that man. You think that's not my flesh and blood after all these years? -- Melina Marchetta
Nothing worse than a weak man with ambition, who gains power because those before him died rather than because his ideals were grand. -- Melina Marchetta
We just wanted to have fun. Mia wanted us to change the world. -- Melina Marchetta
What's with what you're wearing?" Griggs asks while we stand outside waiting for the others.
"It's pretty hideous, isn't it?" I say.
"Don't force me to look at it," he says. "It's see-through."
That kills conversation for a couple of seconds. -- Melina Marchetta
He wanted her to acknowledge that it was she who had bed him the night they gave themselves to each other. That his broken spirit and hers had created rather than destroyed something for the first time in their wretched lives. -- Melina Marchetta
I just want it to go back to the way it was."
"It'll never go back to the way it was, Frankie. But you have to make sure it goes forward. -- Melina Marchetta
What are you so sad about? We're going to know him for the rest of our lives. -- Melina Marchetta
One of Sir Topher's rules was to never indulge in sentimentality, never return for what was left behind. -- Melina Marchetta
In the games of queens and kings, we leave our dreams at the door and we make do with what we have. Sometimes if we're fortunate, we still manage to have a good life. -- Melina Marchetta
This isn't romance. This isn't a declaration of love or affirmation of friendship. This is something more. -- Melina Marchetta
Sometimes ... sometimes keeping alive is too tiring," she whispered, wringing her hands. Before he knew what he was doing, he pressed his lips against her brow. "Don't ever say that. Ever. -- Melina Marchetta
No, no, no, no,no,' he gasped. 'You can't bring up your mum and dad while your hand is down there, Finke -- Melina Marchetta
She and me? We the same in some fings. We live. The others, those orphan kids, they dead. Because she and me, we want to live and we do anyfing to make that happen. That's the difference between us and the others. -- Melina Marchetta
Love's easy. It kind of comes with the territory. But liking is another story. -- Melina Marchetta
I wish everyone would stop crying, Tom. Uncle Joe would be so angry about it." But she's crying herself now. "He'd be so angry at us, Tom, for crying so much when all he did was laugh. -- Melina Marchetta
And won't he grow up to be the healthiest of young men, all because she kept him safe? Ready for the world. Ready to one day conquer it. To travel. Get on a train. Go to work. Get blown out of her life.
Maybe she should be having that glass of wine and cigarette after all. -- Melina Marchetta
He takes the coffee from her, needing fresh air because if he doesn't get out of this room, he'll suffocate from memories. He's felt like that for more than a month now. There's no particular reason for it, but sometimes he feels like he can't breathe, like his body is shutting down. -- Melina Marchetta
It starts off ridiculous and goes downhill from there as we each take a turn. We dance in a way that's only possible when there are no boys around. The rule is not to take yourself seriously, but whoever gets a solo has to keep as straight a face as possible and go for it. -- Melina Marchetta
They always prided themselves on looking youthful. "Forty's the new thirty," they'd joke.
Until heartbreak and grief enter your life, and then forty's the new one hundred. -- Melina Marchetta
In the end, the sum of my vices is all me. -- Melina Marchetta
But it was Finnikin he tried not to look at, except her heard something come from him that sound like some wild animal and then Finnikin said her name and as long as Froi was alive he had never heard a word said with such pain and he knew he never would again. -- Melina Marchetta
She clutched him, her fingers digging in like she needed to gather parts of him to act as her own second skin for the rest of her life. -- Melina Marchetta
She's tired and leans her head on his shoulder, which is the resting place for all their heads, but when Justine and Siobhan and Francesca use his body so shamelessly he doesn't feel the need to turn his head and press his mouth against their hair. -- Melina Marchetta
I so don't want to be attracted to him, and the fact that I am surprises me. Sometimes when I get home, I convince myself that I'm just romanticizing anyone who's actually spoken to me, but then I see him the next day and my heart starts beating fast and I can't really kid myself. -- Melina Marchetta
One day" came.
Because finally I understood. -- Melina Marchetta
The one who reigns must die,
At the hands of she born last,
And the last will make the first,
When the bastard twins are one,
And blessed be the newborn King,
For Charyn will be barren no more. -- Melina Marchetta
He knew that a part of his life was complete and that whatever path he chose, he would experience the ache of unfulfilled dreams. -- Melina Marchetta
We stay like that for a while. No one tries to analyze it or offer solutions. No one interrupts. Sometimes, momentarily, I'm embarrassed by the whole disclosure, but I realize that I trust these people and I don't know how or when that happened. -- Melina Marchetta
I wonder if he sees the blood of someone who cut themselves while carving out their soul. Or if he's imagining what he'd write if he had a knife in his hand -- Melina Marchetta
You don't die. You just ... get really angry and then after you're angry you hurt a lot and then the best thing is that one day you remember something she said or did and you laugh instead of crying. -- Melina Marchetta
What are you doing?" she asked, trying to raise herself.
"First, I thought I'd show you what a pity it would be if they cut off my wicked tongue. -- Melina Marchetta
I don't believe you should be a virgin when you get married,' Sera said. 'You should experiment. Men do'
'Yes, but only if you're in love with them,' I said. -- Melina Marchetta
A blind man can see what she feels for you and you for her. Your souls are not merely entwined; they are fused. -- Melina Marchetta
I've had it with this waiting business. I can cope with another woman, but I can't cope with being ignored when there's nothing in his way. -- Melina Marchetta
Since when do you look at the side of wonder?"
"I'm trying very hard. It's irritating me, but I'm not giving up. I try to think of a wondrous thought every day when I wake, if you'd really like to know."
"Yes, it's very annoying, but slightly contagious. -- Melina Marchetta
I used to tell your mother she looked like Sophia Lauren." He looks at me, frowning, and then it registers.
"Oh God, some guy's using that line on you, isn't he?"
"Not just 'some guy'." I tell him. "The guy. -- Melina Marchetta
I have to say it's a bit traumatic at times, not knowing when the next penis will appear. -- Melina Marchetta
I can hazard a guess, but I'll never know/ Why you put these walls up, I can't get through/It's as though you want to be lonely and blue. -- Melina Marchetta
You always seem so in control."
"And you don't?"
He laughed, but somehow not humorously. There was a darkness in his eyes that had nothing to do with color.
"I'll let you in on a secret. I'm not. Sometimes I think that this life is shit. I mean, don't you find it pathetic? -- Melina Marchetta
Do you want to hang out? At your place or something?" Hanging out with Jimmy Hailler will mean that I have to say hello to him every day. I'm not ready to say hello to him every day. Too much commitment. It's bad enough that I'm sharing chocolate brownies swith him. I shake my head. "Not today. -- Melina Marchetta
Your problems are out there. But they're small. They only grow out of proportion when they climb inside your head. -- Melina Marchetta
I've wept enough in my life. I have no tears left. -- Melina Marchetta
That she would never see the moments in my life that were full of neglect and fear and revulsion, moments I can never go back to because I know they will slow me down for the rest lf my life if I let myself remember them for one moment -- Melina Marchetta
He took her face in his bloody hands. I'll come and find you wherever you are. I'll not stop breathing until I do. So you're going to have to promise me that you won't lose hope. That you will keep yourself alive. -- Melina Marchetta
Guilt is the greatest monster. Remorse, a killer. But the worst are the memories. Yet sometimes, they are the only things that keep our people alive. -- Melina Marchetta
So between you and me," I tell Justine on the phone that night, "we're either bitchy or stupid."
"Oh God," she moans. "Everyone thinks I'm an idiot."
"Thanks! -- Melina Marchetta
You blame me for this, don't you?" he says.
"I don't need to. You're doing a better job. -- Melina Marchetta
And without taking along a Cadet who will change the way I breathe for the rest of my life -- Melina Marchetta
Froi fell in love. He didn't want to. Not with a Charyn city. But he did because people didn't stand around in Paladozza and stare suspiciously, They sat around and spoke to each other and laughed. -- Melina Marchetta
A different Australia emerged in the 1950s. A multicultural one, and 30 years on we're still trying to fit in as ethnics and we're still trying to fit the ethnics in as Australians. -- Melina Marchetta
Despite the voice in his head that says he doesn't want anything that's owed to his father, Tom can't wait to get his hands on it.
Just take it. Hit your old man over the head with it. You're dying to. -- Melina Marchetta
I still don't say anything. I want to but I can't. I want to explain everything that's going on in my head but I can't find the words -- Melina Marchetta
Bribes over two dollars are tax deductible -- Melina Marchetta
Phaedra of Alonso's death was a never-ending pain that gnawed at his insides. It made him a prisoner in his own cottage. -- Melina Marchetta
Wives can replace their husbands, Georgie," her aunt once told her. "But sisters can't replace their brothers. -- Melina Marchetta
A dead look in her eye, a thin grimace to her lips, a sick pallor to her skin that spoke of despair -- Melina Marchetta
She was the most beautiful woman in the world. If she was alive I'd probably be a better person. -- Melina Marchetta
I only know one word. It means friend. I said it in her ear 'Sora. Sora. Sora.'"
"And who taught you this Charynite word for friend?"
"Phaedra of Alonso did. She said it was the prettiest word in Charyn."
And Lucien ached to hear those words. -- Melina Marchetta
Sometimes you don't let us talk about how we're feeling. If we feel scared, you say, 'Nothing to worry about, guys,' but that doesn't make it go away. It makes it grow. -- Melina Marchetta
Tom made her watch all three movies one afternoon," Justine says. "I wonder if Tara's ever forgiven you."
The phone beeps again and she reads, "I want those ten hours of my life back. -- Melina Marchetta
I love it when you're demented like this. -- Melina Marchetta
People aren't interested in the truth, Dafar. They're interested in what keeps them safe. They're interested in being looked after. They're interested in a tale being spun ... Mighty men have moments of great despair that common people do not want to know about. -- Melina Marchetta
I'd run you know. It's like when you're really busy doing something and you don't have time to think about things. Well, I'd run and run and run so I couldn't think. -- Melina Marchetta
Her eyes pools of absolute sorrow -- Melina Marchetta
You're going to set us all on fire, you homicidal feral fruitcake. -- Melina Marchetta
Someone asked us later, "Didn't you wonder why no one came across you sooner?" Did I wonder? When you see your parents zipped up in black body bags on the Jellicoe Road like they're some kind of garbage, don't you know? Wonder dies. -- Melina Marchetta
Comfort zones are overrated. They make you lazy. -- Melina Marchetta
I think back to my dream of the boy, because in it I find solace. I like that word. I'm going to make it my word of the year. There is just something about that boy that makes me feel like I belong. Belong. Long to be. Weird word, but semantics aside, it is up there with solace. -- Melina Marchetta
The pages aren't numbered, so I don't know whether I have the beginning or end or whether it's in sequence but these days I'm not really looking for continuity. All I'm after is something that makes sense to me. -- Melina Marchetta
No stories or explanations,' Finnikin had once told him. 'When it comes to women, straight into an apology and you will find the rest of your life bearable. -- Melina Marchetta
A piece of me is gone," she told me once while we were bra shopping. "I think we're made up of all these different pieces and every time someone goes, you're left with less of yourself. -- Melina Marchetta
They either don't get it or don't want to. Maybe I'm just not selling it well. -- Melina Marchetta
When she's gone, Tom dares to look at Sam and then the ultrasound photo again. You've fathered the elephant man. Someone has to tell her. -- Melina Marchetta
And it was this image that was stamped on the hearts and minds of all who were present that day. Of Froi of the Exiles holding the future of Lumatere in his hands. -- Melina Marchetta
I'm comparing you to ... rugby and ... my voice breaking ... and everything I love but don't understand." "To the failures in your life." "No. I'm comparing you to all the things I love doing best and I just can't have when I want them. -- Melina Marchetta
He's slightly too cool-looking to be considered goofy, but it's a very fine line that he walks. -- Melina Marchetta
And he saw it in her eyes. Still. The belief that there could be someone other than herself. You, he wanted to shout. You. No one but you. Stupid, stupid girl. -- Melina Marchetta
It's not that I like you least [ ... ] it's that I feared you most. The reginita taught me to like you. There was a strange joy to her that lifted my spirits. But you, Quintana of Charyn, you made me love you. -- Melina Marchetta
Froi noticed that she said "carrying mine," not "carrying you." Lirah and Gargarin still had not acknowledged him as theirs, and he realized that he wanted more from them than they were willing to give. But they seemed broken people who were not good with words, so he kept his silence. -- Melina Marchetta
The chorus of disapproval is like one of those formula songs that seem to hit number one all the time. You know the tune in a moment and it begins to bore you in two. -- Melina Marchetta
He stares at the them, mid mouthful. 'Please,' he says, after he's swallowed. 'It's bad enough that the middle-aged are having sex, without thinking of my aunt doing it. And I don't know why someone just doesn't tell Sam to use a condom instead of impregnating the women of the inner-west. -- Melina Marchetta
Logical Tom begs emotional stupid dickhead Tom not to ask the question.
'Are you alone?' he asks quietly.
He hears her breathing so close to his ear.
'Good,' he says, his voice croaky. 'I'll sleep like a baby. -- Melina Marchetta
Just say up on the hill is the meaning of life and someone knew it and they wanted everyone else to enjoy it. So they put a red vinyl sofa up there. -- Melina Marchetta
He has a strange face. It's all sharpness and angles and incredibly fair skin. But then he's got this thatch of black hair that's such a contrast. It's like two cultures had a massive fight over his face and neither won. -- Melina Marchetta
We look at each other for a moment and for once I feel awkward. It's not that I'm not into humility; I've just never had to practise it. -- Melina Marchetta
He wanted to be all poetic, but in an instant he forgot Joe's poem about Japan except the part about 'you are the bell, and I am the tongue of the bell, ringing you,' and a new sound entered his life ... -- Melina Marchetta
How can someone who made me look this happy no longer be in my life -- Melina Marchetta
Sluts and losers are tolerable to my friends. But a person with a social conscience is from Pluto. -- Melina Marchetta
And being that happy makes me feel guilty. Because I shouldn't be. Not while my mum is feeling the way she is. How I can dare to be happy is beyond me, and I hate my guts for it. -- Melina Marchetta
I just don't trust people who have bodies that change with their moods.
Well then you'll never trust the opposite sex again. -- Melina Marchetta
Why do I feel like something's missing in my life without them and they don't feel the same about me? -- Melina Marchetta
Everyone else would have danced around the truth for too long a time. Lirah, was able to slap them in the face with it until it could be avoided no longer. -- Melina Marchetta
He came third in the state for woodwork,"
Francesca explains. "We actually had to be proud of him for a whole week. Tough times. -- Melina Marchetta
A very underestimated part of the world, The Entrance is. -- Melina Marchetta
I shrug. "I'll probably mention that I'm in love with you."
He chuckles. "Only you would say that in such a I-think-I'll-wash-my-hair-tonight tone. -- Melina Marchetta
We could look at the side of wonder. -- Melina Marchetta
You're a bully and I know you don't care, but I just thought you should know that I think you're scum. He's probably some miserable kid with his own demons and he doesn't need yours. -- Melina Marchetta
I think that we vote, not to get the best party in, but to keep the worst party out. -- Melina Marchetta
You're the father of the person who is my life. -- Melina Marchetta
Death is death and loss is loss. -- Melina Marchetta
They drive back home to grab his backpack and as he bends and kisses his grandma Agnes, she scrunches a one-hundred-dollar bill in his hand. "Buy yourself some chocolates, Tom."
It's what she'd say to him as a kid with a twenty cent coin. -- Melina Marchetta
I remember on the day I was separated from Froi outside the Paladazzo, I learned that I could be loved. That was his greatest gift to me. From you, I learned that I could love my people. Don't ever underestimate the power of that. -- Melina Marchetta
It's shit punk.[..] That doesn't mean I think punk is shit [...] it means that when someone plays unk ina shit-like manner, it's excruciating. So either find yourself yourself a good punk band or move on, Tom. Because it kills me to say this, but you're actually a tiny bit gifted. -- Melina Marchetta
I had a life with people who I would die for! You've ruined everything. I despise you," he spat.
"You're supposed to despise him," Arjuro muttered. "He's your father. -- Melina Marchetta
And slowly the mornings begin to change. Nothing too friendly or exciting, but by the time I get to school, the sick feeling that I wake up with every morning disappears. Not for long, but enough to get me through the day. -- Melina Marchetta
Later, when they were almost asleep he had called out to her.
'We'll make a great team. You plant. I build, -- Melina Marchetta
City people. They may know how to street fight but they don't know how to wade through manure. -- Melina Marchetta
I wrote to you for a year and you never wrote back. I rang you over and over again and you would never come to the
phone. What part of that gives the impression that I didn't care?
~Jonah Griggs -- Melina Marchetta
We do not consider the kingdom damned," Lord August said politely. "We prefer not to use that word."
"What would you call it, Lord August?" Finnikin asked. "A little magic? A slight curse? A bit of bad luck? -- Melina Marchetta
Froi thought for a moment. I never imagined I was looking for something in a woman. But if I did, I'd have to judge her by the way I felt lying beside her before I went to sleep at night and how I felt in the morning waking up to her. -- Melina Marchetta
So much hate and depression is making me feel sick, although that could also be attributed to the Pringles that I sandwiched between two Oreos. -- Melina Marchetta
Our spirit is mightier than the filth of our memories. -- Melina Marchetta
What is it? A prize or something?
No. It's not a prize and I'm not a prize. But it's mine. It belongs to me and I can only give it away once, and I want to be so sure when it happens. I don't want to say that the first time for me was bad or it didn't mean a thing. -- Melina Marchetta
Because being so dependent on people scares me. -- Melina Marchetta
Sir Topher finally looked up. "Because any hope beyond that, my boy, would be too much. I feared we would drown in it."
"Then I choose to drown," Finnikin said. "In hope. Rather than float into nothing. -- Melina Marchetta
I'm scared to die," I whispered as Michael walked in.
"He was scared to live," he said kissing my forehead. -- Melina Marchetta
They were uninhibited when it came to music and sometimes the three of them had a tune inside their head that no one else could hear, and tonight it's there between them and they're fucking the space with their bodies. -- Melina Marchetta
I heard your song the moment we were born. And years later, it dragged me back from the lake of the half-dead when all I wanted to do was die. Each time someone tried to kill me, it sang its tune and gave me hope. -- Melina Marchetta
I think my family has come a long way. The sad thing is that so many haven't. So many have stayed in their own little world. Some because they don't want to leave it, others because the world around them won't let them in. -- Melina Marchetta
Because being part of him isn't just anything. It's kind of everything. -- Melina Marchetta
It's like you have a plan and someone comes along and makes you want to change it all, but you still like your first plan, no matter how fantastic the second one makes you feel. -- Melina Marchetta
Strange? I don't think that word comes anywhere near it. My troops are on an overnight camp three hundred kilometres away from here. I had to sleep at the Santangelo penitentiary for pre-pubescent girls. -- Melina Marchetta
He was very solemn; she wasn't. Phaedra couldn't stop smiling. -- Melina Marchetta
Everyone agreed that Lucian would ruin this. -- Melina Marchetta
He just watched the way Finnikin's hands rested on Evanjalin's neck and he rubbed his thumb along her jaw and the way his tongue seemed to disappear inside her mouth as if he needed a part of her to breathe himself. -- Melina Marchetta
She shrugged. "I don't have my horse anymore."
"Your horse? The horse was mine."
"Don't be ridiculous." Evanjalin continued walking up the track. "You would never have stolen the horse in Sarnak if I didn't encourage you. So I consider it mine. -- Melina Marchetta
How unladylike of you to mention such a thing. -- Melina Marchetta
And at last Finnikin understood why he had felt so sorrowful and silent these last few days. He knew how to be Finnikin of the Rock to Evanjalin of the Monts. But he had no idea who to be to Queen Isaboe. -- Melina Marchetta
Blood!" Froi said, horrified. "Loins? Same loins you stick
"Froi!" Trevanion snapped.
"Flowing at times like a gutted pig," Evanjalin said.
"Evanjalin! -- Melina Marchetta
He watched as Finnikin swung onto the horse, his sleeve stained with blood. Froi liked the way Finnikin reached behind him and took Evanjalin's hand, placing it around his waist. It made everything seem normal because Finnikin always wanted to touch her. -- Melina Marchetta
An arm was instantly around his neck. A dagger to his throat. A savage growl in his ear. Sagra. How he missed her. -- Melina Marchetta
She gently placed his hand against the beating pulse of her heart. Always, always it beat out of control, and he held his hand to it until he felt it perfectly match his. -- Melina Marchetta
Sit back and get some sleep. Oh great. So if we have an accident and I'm asleep my resistance toward fighting death will be down and I'll wake up in a morgue. -- Melina Marchetta
I hear Mr. Palmer tell Hannah that it was an electrical fault. Five arsonists in one school and it ends up being something so technically boring. -- Melina Marchetta
She knows that feeling too. Of believing that each time someone says her name, it's to tell her that something bad has happened. -- Melina Marchetta
And in that dark silence where it seems that everyone is someplace but me, it all comes back. -- Melina Marchetta
I don't despise you for what you allowed to happen to me. I despise you because when I was released, you refused to be found and I needed you more than anything in my life. Not to mend my broken bones, Arjuro. I needed my brother to mend my broken spirit. -- Melina Marchetta
Some of us weren't born for rewards, Froi. We were born for sacrifices. -- Melina Marchetta
People divulge things to you that they would not divulge to anyone else. -- Melina Marchetta
You are strong and young, and you will find a way out of this darkness. But that path will belong to you. No one else. -- Melina Marchetta
It will make her stronger."
"She was strong enough! -- Melina Marchetta
Hannah's house has been unfinished ever since I can remember. Deep down I think that's always been a comfort to me, because people don't leave unfinished houses. -- Melina Marchetta
It's called peaceful coexistence, Santangelo. You should try it and if it works we may sell the idea to the Israelis and Palestinians -- Melina Marchetta
We approach the house and I wave at Jimmy.
"And if he thinks he's eating with us, he's got another thing coming," my dad says.
Jimmy approaches us and takes the shopping bags from me, looking inside them.
"Lamb roast. Am I invited? -- Melina Marchetta
So, like I asked, what's with the nightie?"
"It smells like what I always think mothers smell like," I tell him honestly, knowing I don't have to explain.
He nods. "My mum has one just the same and you have no idea how disturbing it is that it's turning me on. -- Melina Marchetta
So plunge that fact into your conscience and allow it to rotate for a while. Until it hurts. -- Melina Marchetta
Sheep. Looting. Cousins.
Lucien cursed and got out of bed. -- Melina Marchetta
Despite her ability to enjoy most of their days, sometimes her despair was so great that, in a melancholy moment when she'd allow herself to think of her family, she'd almost stop breathing -- Melina Marchetta
The next night he asked Jonah if he could take $9.49 out of Jonah's secret stash that only Danny and his mum and Jack knew about. Jonah kept it in his sock drawer next to a photograph of Jonah and a girl with sad eyes, taken in one of those railway station photo booths. -- Melina Marchetta
You list the dead. You tell the stories of the past. You write about the catastrophes and the massacres. What about the living, Finnikin? Who honors them? -- Melina Marchetta
Guys don't like chicks who are down all the time. -- Melina Marchetta
Mercy', Finnikin said, grinning from ear to ear. 'We're going to have a bed full of children and I'll have to holler out to my wife, Hello there! It's been a long time since we last spoke! -- Melina Marchetta
They're my best friends, I'm going to know them until the day I die. -- Melina Marchetta
Her voice stopped him. I woke with your name on my lips every morning. Like a prayer of hope. For now, that's all I can offer. -- Melina Marchetta
Tom always did anger well. Hid it well, but showed it even better -- Melina Marchetta
All I need to understand is the unwritten law of warriors," he said firmly. "And women and children are never sent to do our work without our protection." He pointed to the trees, emphatically. "That's the language I share with them. -- Melina Marchetta
Somehow, even in the worst of times, the tiniest fragments of good survive. It was the grip in which one held those fragments that counted. -- Melina Marchetta
Japan. Not about the Japanese, but about moments of perfection. Commit it to memory and make good use of it. Because if I come home and you're still pining over this little girl without having given her a chance, I will call you a chicken shit for the rest of your life. -- Melina Marchetta
Phaedra shook her head. If your people mean no offense, they should not speak their thoughts out loud in front of their children, Tesadora. Because it will be their children who come to slaughter us one day, all because of careless words passed down by their elders who meant no harm. -- Melina Marchetta
If I become king, do I have to ask your guards and your ladies permission each time I want to touch you in my marriage bed?"
Her eyes blazed. "When you become my king, Finnikin, you can touch me whenever you want. Wherever you want. -- Melina Marchetta
Do not cry," she said fiercely, but her own tears flowed. "Do not cry, Finnikin. For if we begin, our tears will never end. -- Melina Marchetta
Finnikin had learned over the years not to think of anything beyond the practicalities of getting from one point to another. To focus on the achievable. -- Melina Marchetta
But Trevanion would not listen. "I travel south," he said, his voice heavy. "And I will do all I can, Finnikin, to convince you to travel with me rather than take a path that may destroy you."
"If you travel south, I am already destroyed," Finnikin said. -- Melina Marchetta
Froi woke to see five faces staring down at him.
"You fainted," Lirah said.
"No, I didn't."
"Yes, you did," Gargarin argued.
"You climbed down well enough, but the moment we touched the ground, you fainted," Finnikin said.
"I've never fainted a day in my life. -- Melina Marchetta
Today this courtyard was filled with great warriors. What is more? But it was not filled with great men who have the heart to rule a kingdom. Any man can kill, Finnikin. It is a stroke, an action with one's hand. But not every man knows how to lead. -- Melina Marchetta
Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best. -- Melina Marchetta
Everyone had told him to be strong for her, but Finnikin didn't know how to be strong for himself. -- Melina Marchetta
Silence is not just about secrecy, Your Majesty. It is grief and it is shame. -- Melina Marchetta
It becomes one of those defining moments in your life, when your mother does that -- Melina Marchetta
I was wrong, I thought to myself. I honestly believed it. Not because Sister Louise told me or because she made me believe I was. I knew deep down that I was wrong and I think that my emancipation began at that moment. -- Melina Marchetta
I think if I'm ever asked to recall what Year 12 was all about, I'll remember it as one big cappuccino experience. -- Melina Marchetta
I hope you're not smoking in front of her,' Lucia says to him.
'Yeah, I lie in bed and puff in her face, Lucia,' he says, irritated. -- Melina Marchetta
He held her against him and for once he understood what she had felt every day that he had known her -- Melina Marchetta
Simple dreams are the hardest to come true -- Melina Marchetta
And when you'd finished running you'd be thousands of miles away from people who love you and your problem would still be there except you'd have nobody to help you. -- Melina Marchetta
I want so much not to do the teenage angst thing, but I have to tell you that I hate the life that, according to my mother, I'm not actually having. -- Melina Marchetta
Taylor Markham," said Raffaela, "I'm going to say a prayer for you." And although I wanted to mock her and explain I didn't believe in anything or anyone, I realised that no one had ever prayed for me before. So I let her. -- Melina Marchetta
I want to tell him that deep down each time Hannah looked at him she was grateful it was him because Jude did something that the others didn't. He came back for her. -- Melina Marchetta
One day Tate was there, a ghost of Tate -- Melina Marchetta
Mama says that satisfaction isn't what I should search for. Respect is. Respect?
I detest that word. Probably because in this world you have to respect the wrong people for the wrong reasons. -- Melina Marchetta
In his time since Sarnak, Froi had come to learn as much about the power of silence as the power of words. -- Melina Marchetta
It's way too tense. Someone's either going to get into a fight or cry. Neither option is preferable. -- Melina Marchetta
I look at him.
"It's odious," he says.
"Detention?" I ask, confused.
We have no idea what the other is talking about.
"What's odious?" I ask.
"O.D.S," he says, pointing to his discman and obviously referring to some dropkick band.
Like I really care. -- Melina Marchetta
If Froi understood anything, it was that in this world one's worth came from others. -- Melina Marchetta
He came to understand the difference between the gods' blessed and a smart man. His uncle was one. His father the other. -- Melina Marchetta
But that's it. When I think of you, I think of future stuff. I think of this is it and I'm not supposed to think this is it at my age. I don't look at you and think nice. I look at you and think, oh my God, I want to hold her and never let her go. I think, sex - right here, right now - -- Melina Marchetta
..I need to know that I can still breathe properly when he's not around. -- Melina Marchetta
I feel tears well in my eyes and I can't even stop them from happening. I can't stop anything from happening in my life. -- Melina Marchetta
Just having my own time-out; a bit of self-pity here, a bit of self-loathing there. -- Melina Marchetta
Go to hell," he said, but there was a desolate fear in his eyes and I couldn't look away.
"Been there. Trust me. It's so overrated. -- Melina Marchetta
Do something that scares you everyday. -- Melina Marchetta
He's only slept with us when he's cold and lonely."
"Isaboe, he is a hound. He will feign loneliness the rest of his life just to lie on this bed,. My bed. I was the king of this bed. -- Melina Marchetta
Don't believe in God. Love the world just the way it is. -- Melina Marchetta
I found it very cruel that the sun shone and the weather was perfect during the darkest of my days. -- Melina Marchetta
All they needed to do was look up close at what it was they were afraid of and they'd probably realise that it wasn't so frightening after all. -- Melina Marchetta
Imagine the state of one's mind if they were to recall its details. All those months cocooned and then the onslaught of this ugly world. Lights and noise and strangeness. It's no wonder we scream with terror at our birth. -- Melina Marchetta
What do you want from me? he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More. -- Melina Marchetta
When I grow up, I'm going to be my mother. -- Melina Marchetta
Placing Raffaela in the path of an oncoming car becomes one of the major priorities of the next ten seconds of my life. -- Melina Marchetta
It was the type of pain he felt he could endure for as long as he had to. -- Melina Marchetta
I'm frightened to look at myself in the mirror because maybe nothing's there. -- Melina Marchetta
Fifteen minutes later I was an expert. That's all you need. I think I was even getting the upper hand, which is very simple with a guy. Anything seems to turn them on. -- Melina Marchetta
My friends always told me they wanted to rescue me from Siobhan, and I relished being saved because it meant that people stopped tapping me on the shoulder to point out what I was doing wrong. -- Melina Marchetta
But grieving people are selfish. They won't let you comfort them and they say you don't understand and they make you feel useless when all your life you've been functional to them. -- Melina Marchetta
But you pashed Jonah Griggs and he's the leader of the enemy. -- Melina Marchetta
Do you want to know something about tyrants? When faced with death, they weep and they beg just like the rest of us. -- Melina Marchetta
I want to step outside my circle and look at the other options. I don't want to do what other people think I'll end up doing. -- Melina Marchetta
Does it help?" he asks. "The e-mailing."
She nods. "A tiny bit. It's strange. You're writing a letter to someone who's never going to read it, so it kind of frees you up a bit. -- Melina Marchetta
Froi heard Zabat's voice echo over and over again throughout the gorge. Wonderful. The gods had found a way of multiplying the idiot's voice. -- Melina Marchetta
Lucian stared at him, overwhelmed. "What are you all of a sudden?" he demanded gruffly. "An ancient wiseman?"
Jory pointed to himself.
"Look at me, cousin. Did ancient wisemen have shoulders like mine? -- Melina Marchetta
She asked me what type of contraceptive I use.
Underwear. Keeping it on prevents pregnancy. -- Melina Marchetta
I've been passionate about two things in my life. One was Christina Alibrandi. The other is Josephine Alibrandi. -- Melina Marchetta
Living is the challenge. Not dying. Dying is so easy. Sometimes it only takes ten seconds to die. But living? That can take you eighty years and you do something in that time. -- Melina Marchetta
Did he say my name?"
"Did he have to? When your name is written all over his heart? -- Melina Marchetta
How could you possibly want to compete about who suffered most?' Beatriss said sadly. 'For if you want to covet that prize, take it! Take it, but don't bring my child into your bitterness. -- Melina Marchetta
If she allowed herself to give in to the whole sadness of it, she'd never ever be able to operate like a normal person again. -- Melina Marchetta
Like some crazed masochistic yo-yo -- Melina Marchetta
When your're both finished trying to frighten each other away with the sordidness of your pasts, can you help me, please? -- Melina Marchetta
He knew he should have counted. It was the rule to count to ten in his head before he opened his mouth. It was the rule to count to ten if he wanted to smash a man in the face for saying something he didn't like. It was the rule to count to ten if instinct wasn't needed, but common sense was. -- Melina Marchetta
Scatter?' Tate said. 'Why? We stay here. Why go anywhere else?'
'Because we'll never know how great this place is until we leave it,' Narnie said. -- Melina Marchetta
They have a quick verbal exchange but only get to cover the alphabet from A to F, outdoing each other with the most choice of words. -- Melina Marchetta
Lucian's father had warned him to fear idle men. Without the pride gained from a good day's work, they were left to their vices and the doubts that crowded their head. Their hatred. Their envy. -- Melina Marchetta
Causing a riot is what I do best. -- Melina Marchetta
Is a person worth more because they have someone to grieve for them? -- Melina Marchetta
Thirdly is how I feel about you, but more than anything how I feel about me because of you. -- Melina Marchetta
What if she's all I give you in this life of ours, my love?" she asked quietly.
"Then I'll shout at the goddess in fury," he said fiercely. "I'll beg to know why I've been given so much when other men have so little. -- Melina Marchetta
Men don't rape women because their women are ugly," cousin Jostien said, but there was a protest at his words.
"That's what my fa said! He says that inside their hearts and spirits they are nothing but little men who need to feel powerful. -- Melina Marchetta
They never leave home without their safety nets and I think, good for them, but the thing with safety nets is this. I got tangled in them so many times and the Stella girls always seemed to leave me dangling, upside down, to the point where I almost couldn't breathe anymore. So I dance. -- Melina Marchetta
About my first memory, sitting on the shoulders of a giant who I know can only be my father. Of touching the sky. Of lying between two people who read me stories of wild things and journeys with dragons, the soft hum of their voices speaking of love and serenity. See, I remember love. -- Melina Marchetta
I see the look on her face that says nothing can happen to her if she's holding on to her dad. It kills me to hate them so much for having that. -- Melina Marchetta
The gods do make playthings of us ... but it is we mortals who provide them with the tools. -- Melina Marchetta
You just have to belong. Long to be. -- Melina Marchetta
So why would I want someone to be my everything when one day they might not be around? -- Melina Marchetta
We'll kill each other, Priestling."
"I'll win most arguments, but you'll get used to it. -- Melina Marchetta
Unexpectedly, a fierce sense of protectiveness comes over me. Except I fight it back because I can hardly look after myself these days. -- Melina Marchetta
Her voice echoed and its volume took him by surprise. He walked to the rock's edge, wanting to listen to it until the last echo disappeared, wanting to capture it in his hands. -- Melina Marchetta
You are mistaking me for someone with choices, Froi. I don't have choices. -- Melina Marchetta
No. But it's like the argument 'don't donate to third-world countries because the money mightn't get to them.' People only say that because it makes them feel better about the fact that they do nothing. -- Melina Marchetta
She thinks she knows who I am because she thinks who I am is who she tells me I am. -- Melina Marchetta
His father's made us paint half this town and if we stick around any longer he'll make us paint the rest of it. -Jonah Griggs -- Melina Marchetta
When he felt her fingers, he flinched; he had not been touched with such gentleness since his childhood. He was no stranger to women and had felt their hands on all parts of his body, but her touch made him feel like he belonged some place. -- Melina Marchetta
Well, I'm not sure what suspicious looks like. Sometimes when you come down the mountain and stand behind those trees, you look suspicious. -- Melina Marchetta
Why did I feel so grateful that people treated me well? -- Melina Marchetta
Sometimes Webb believed that he would never experience a better feeling than when he was looking at her, would never see anything or anybody bursting with more life and spirit. Sometimes he felt he needed to inhale it and place it in a storage area in his soul. Just in case. -- Melina Marchetta
What was it like out there? Kind of describe it to us, Jessa says, beaming at them and then at me. Trini beams at her and there's a lot of beaming happening. -- Melina Marchetta
He kisses her and wants to beg her and the others to never give up on him. Ever. But he gets a feeling that he would be preaching to the converted -- Melina Marchetta
This morning, my mother didn't get out of bed. -- Melina Marchetta
I'm scared I'm going to spend the rest of my life in a state of yearning, regardless of where I am. -- Melina Marchetta
Those full of fear were the most dangerous of people. -- Melina Marchetta
The worst thing about the slivers of light is that you get to catch people's expressions for only a split second; then they disappear again, and in between you are forced to think about what it is that could make a person look so devastated. -- Melina Marchetta
I still wake with your name on my lips every morning. -- Melina Marchetta
I think were made up of all these different pieces an every time someone goes your left with less of yourself. -- Melina Marchetta
See them together and you will feel a force that will take your breath away. -- Melina Marchetta
I spent the whole morning looking at him. He looked at Mama. Mama looked at me. Then he would look at me. I would look at Mama. She would look at him. In different circumstances, I'd be amused. -- Melina Marchetta
The silence accentuates the beauty of him. The beauty of this first boy of theirs. -- Melina Marchetta
Because people with that much spirit frighten the hell out of me. They make me want to be a better person when I know it's not possible. -- Melina Marchetta
Maybe memories should be left the way they are. -- Melina Marchetta
They separate us into groups. The Ringleaders and the Others. I belong to the Ringleaders because my weak, pathetic, traitorous, fundamentally base peers point to me when someone asks them who is in charge. -- Melina Marchetta
Our voices sound kinder in the skin of our own language. -- Melina Marchetta
You grab at any sign of hope. You grab it with both hands and breathe life into it, day after day. You do anything to keep it alive. -- Melina Marchetta
I ran away one day. He was running in the same direction. -- Melina Marchetta
She pointed above the little king's crib where a cutout piece of parchment hung from the ceiling. Froi's eyes followed her finger across the ceiling to the wall, where the light from the moon made a shape of a rabbit. -- Melina Marchetta
He stops and looks at me. 'I'm here because of you. You're my priority. Your happiness, in some fucked way, is tuned in to mine. Get that through your thick skull. Would I like it any other way? Hell, yes, but I don't think that will be happening in my lifetime. -- Melina Marchetta
I wanted to say, 'Your face has been taken by another, so I've forgotten the malice in your eyes and the bitterness of your mouth. -- Melina Marchetta
You know what? You didn't do anything wrong. I did. It's this dumb thing I do. I look into things and see more than I'm supposed to. -- Melina Marchetta
Strange things happen when we stand face to face with our enemy, don't they, Phaedra of Alonso? -- Melina Marchetta
I don't care what my friends think."
"You care what they'l do when they remember that
you're the one with personality. -- Melina Marchetta
I want to cry because my mind is working too much -- Melina Marchetta
At home, at our most vulnerable, she's Mummy. When we're talking to other people she's Mum, but in my head she's just Mia because I've been angry at her so many times that I've wanted to distance myself from her. -- Melina Marchetta
When he wins the bet, I tell Griggs that it will take me a lifetime to save up two trillion dollars and he tells me that he's only giving me seventy years. -- Melina Marchetta
You know something,Jacob, I'd hate to be as smart as Jonh. I mean he was really, really smart, and to be that smart means you know all the answers, and when you know all the answers there's no room for dreaming. -- Melina Marchetta
Because your grief at what you saw in those moments was too much for her to bear. Your pain made her weak. Her pain made you strong. Light and dark. Dark and light. -- Melina Marchetta
And then he got all religious on her. Very quickly.
- The Piper's Son -- Melina Marchetta
I remember love. It's what I have to keep on reminding myself. It's funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. -- Melina Marchetta
I look around for the counter that sells my scent, but I'm so petrified that if I spray it in the air, nothing will come out. And then Mia's scent seems to fade away and everything else fades away with it and I know that all I have to do to recapture it is press the spray button again. -- Melina Marchetta
Because photos are testimony that someone did live. A reminder of past we may have loved or hated. A piece of our lives. -- Melina Marchetta
Catch the news/One more day/Big wide world/Swallowed whole/Rhythm breaks me/Out of step/Need to shake this/'Less I break/'Cause nothing counts when you're not here/Too much sadness, too much fear -- Melina Marchetta
Worse still, he doesn't know how to follow the piper anymore because it's a path Tom has lost faith in.
And the piper knows it. Tom can see it in his father's eyes now. And the more he stares, the clearer it becomes. -- Melina Marchetta
There's not much you need to know about the world. Except how to use a sword and trust very few. -- Melina Marchetta
It's funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that's why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It's not the pain they're getting over, it's the love. -- Melina Marchetta
If the munchkin, whose face I used to wash, tries to explain to us what a sixty-niner is, I'm going to report myself to child protection. -- Melina Marchetta
He was impressed and surprised and, more than anything, he was intrigued. He was growing to enjoy the way her eyes squinted and her mouth twisted as she concentrated hard. Sometimes he heard her murmur, "Hmm, yes, I know," and he wanted to creep inside her head and join in her madness. -- Melina Marchetta
The two horsewomen of the apocalypse still win, despite their dwindling numbers. -- Melina Marchetta
It was that he knew that voice, had dreamed it over and over again in a lifetime of rot and misery, and Froi wanted to weep. For he knew he would break his bond to his queen not just with his body but also with his heart. -- Melina Marchetta
And Bish thought it strange that seventeen-year-old girls who had sex with idiot boys could still cry like babies for their fathers. -- Melina Marchetta
Do you think people have noticed that I'm around?"
"I notice when you're not. Does that count? -- Melina Marchetta
He could hardly breathe at the though of his son and Quintana in Sorel with no one to protect them. -- Melina Marchetta
There's nothing to took forward to any more if you don't have dreams," he said. "Because dreams are goals and John might have run out of goals. So he died. -- Melina Marchetta
You're going to have to learn to ride a horse on your own, Phaedra', he said. 'It will make the journey faster.'
'The mule and I have an agreement.'
'The mule and you have similar traits. -- Melina Marchetta
I have an aunt and I have a Griggs and this is what it's like to have connections with people. -- Melina Marchetta
Great to know that I'm in love with a girl with a cool name."
"It's Taylor's middle name, -- Melina Marchetta
Will you be my wife?"
"You're asking me?"
"Well, no one else is. -- Melina Marchetta
If we forget who we lost, then we forget who we once were, and if we forget who we once were, we lose sight of who we are now. -- Melina Marchetta
Even five minutes of your time can make someone's day, -- Melina Marchetta
What kind of freak is this kid who's giggling hysterically with the girls in the neighbouring beds, each with a crush on the other for being the same age when the rest of the world seems so old? -- Melina Marchetta
Whatever is now covered up will be uncovered and every secret will be made known. -- Melina Marchetta
What were you doing with her?" I ask quietly.
"Apart from questioning her about your whereabouts, I was listening to the most intriguing story about my life moonlighting as a kidnapper. -- Melina Marchetta
From this distance everything is so bloody perfect. -- Melina Marchetta
Imagine who she would be if we unleashed her onto the world. I think she would rip the breath from all of us. -- Melina Marchetta
And at that moment Jude thought something that he would never forgive himself for.
He wished that he had never met any of them. -- Melina Marchetta
My ideal community? Anywhere but here. -- Melina Marchetta
But she stepped forward and placed a finger to his lips and there it was before him. The greatest prayer to the gods he could muster with a heart so broken. Don't let me outlive this woman. Don't let me exist one moment without her. -- Melina Marchetta
Fantastic. My little brother's ambition is to be a stick-in-the-mud moron with no personality. -- Melina Marchetta
I would like to die of natural causes and not of boredom -- Melina Marchetta
We just have to learn to meet each other halfway okay? -- Melina Marchetta
And his face is so close to mine that it's like he can see inside my soul -- Melina Marchetta
My heart's already sunk before I can save it. -- Melina Marchetta
Before I can finish, he turns away and sits down, his back to me, as if I was never there. I stare at the back of his head. There's something about it that makes me want to commit a violent act with a blunt instrument. -- Melina Marchetta
You shy, Francesca?" Javier asks me later on.
I shake my head. "Not really." I'm just sad, I want to say. And I'm lonely. -- Melina Marchetta
Froi didn't know where home was anymore. He wanted to return to Lumatere, and he wanted to stay in Charyn. What strangeness was that? To belong in two kingdoms. He felt a sob rise within him that he swallowed hard the moment he felt Lirah and Gargarin at his shoulders. -- Melina Marchetta
It's Thursday afternoon, and we have sports. These are the choices for the girls: watching an invitational cricket game; studying in one of the classrooms; or watching the senior rugby league. As you can imagine, I'm torn. -- Melina Marchetta
It's my birthday today. I'm not 17 anymore. The 17 Janis Ian sang about where one learns the truth. But what she failed to mention is that you keep on learning truths after 17 and I want to keep on learning truths till the day I die. -- Melina Marchetta
No chance. It'd be like cutting off our hands."
"Then learn to live without your hands."
"No, because then we won't be able to do this," Ben says, giving him the finger [ ... ] -- Melina Marchetta
If he can still piss her off, then it's a whole lot better than indifference. -- Melina Marchetta
You chicks get hot and bothered about anything. -- Melina Marchetta
I think you'll just have to wait for that Loser of the Month tiara a little while longer while I wear it, with pride, around my neighborhood. -- Melina Marchetta
A home to come back to every day of their lives.
Where they would all belong or long to be.
A place on the Jellicoe Road. -- Melina Marchetta
Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words? -- Melina Marchetta
He held up the ring and the light from the rising sun caught the stone and Froi thought he had never seen anything so beautiful. It was the ring that had given him a life he could never have imagined. It was all things magnificent about Lumatere. -- Melina Marchetta
Not about the Japanese, but about moments of perfection. commit it to memory and make good use of it. -- Melina Marchetta
And life goes on, which seems kind of strange and cruel when you're watching someone die. -- Melina Marchetta
When a woman has not received much flattery in her life, she will be seduced. -- Melina Marchetta
A wise man has tolerance for such people. A wise man walks away or finds a means of changing the way they think. -- Melina Marchetta
I wonder if everyone is shy the morning after or whether they chat and laugh as if it's the most natural thing in the world. I wonder if we're unnatural. -- Melina Marchetta
I live on the Jellicoe Road. Where trees make canopies over-head and where you can sit at the top of them and see forever. -- Melina Marchetta
At times it's like sadness has planted itself on her face, refusing to leave, an overwhelming sadness, and sometimes I see despair there, too. -- Melina Marchetta
He bursts out laughing. It's short, as if he regretted allowing me to make him laugh, but the satisfaction's already mine. -- Melina Marchetta
She told him that from this angle the treetops looked like cauliflower and she had once heard them beckon her to jump, promising her that if she did, they'd bounce her back in the air again. Some days, like today, he was petrified she'd listen to them. -- Melina Marchetta
His voice is deep and gravelly. I once heard one of the girls say that he had the voice of a sex god, but because I've never really heard what a sex god sounds like, I can't verify that. -- Melina Marchetta
Our bodies aren't strangers,' he said, his voice ragged. 'Our spirits aren't strangers'. He held her face in his hands. 'Tell me what part of me is stranger to you and I'll destroy that part of me.'
And she wept to hear his words. -- Melina Marchetta
Do you love me?' he asked instead. 'Because if you don't, I'd wait until you did. I'd wait weeks and months and years. -- Melina Marchetta
Just ask how I'm feeling, I want to say. Just ask and I may tell you.
But no one does. -- Melina Marchetta
I wrote to you months ago and you sent him here on an errand about water fountains."
"He said you loved water fountains. -- Melina Marchetta
And then their voices stopped and their souls stood still and they ceased being who they had been. Because who they were had always been determined by him. -- Melina Marchetta
I ignore Jaco Coote when I see him. I'm not sure why. It's not as if I dislike him or anything. I think I ignore him because if I look at him I might find that he's looking at me, and I'm not sure where that would lead us. -- Melina Marchetta
Get over it, I want to tell myself. He's just a gawky guy with a cowlick, not some stud. -- Melina Marchetta
I'm frightened that one morning there will not be enough to keep me going. -- Melina Marchetta
"Yes, my queen?"
"Take me home. -- Melina Marchetta
I walk down the steps of the verandah towards her and with shaking hands she holds my face between them, sobbing, Look at my beautiful girl. -- Melina Marchetta
You know what we call you? Bitch Spice, Burtch Spice, Slut Spice and Stupid Spice.'
Thomas Mackee says this -- Melina Marchetta
Best way to find the weakness of the enemy is to understand their ways. -- Melina Marchetta
Never underestimate the value of knowing another's language. It can be far more powerful than swords and arrows. -- Melina Marchetta
How seven days had passed since she had disappeared from existence. That it would take the eyes of the gods to find her. Or the heart of the Lumateran exile. -- Melina Marchetta
Fear's good. It keeps interesting -- Melina Marchetta
I'm a waste of space. -- Melina Marchetta
Quintana of Charyn's body was a map of hatred. -- Melina Marchetta
How is it that she spoke to you of such things?" Quintana asked.
"Oh, you know. She opened her mouth and words came out. -- Melina Marchetta
Part of Quintana had left this world and Froi knew that part of him was gone as well. -- Melina Marchetta
There it was. Suddenly the strangeness of Quintana of Charyn's face made sense. Because it was a face meant for laughing, but it had never been given a chance. It robbed Phaedra of her breath. -- Melina Marchetta
I'm just sick of all the misery, my absolute lack of control over everything. -- Melina Marchetta
I can't believe I said it out loud. The truth doesn't set you free, you know. It makes you feel awkward and embarrassed and defenseless and red in the face and horrified and petrified and vulnerable. But free? I don't feel free. I feel like shit. -- Melina Marchetta
We'd go to bed furious with each other, and then she'd wake me in the middle of the night and come and lie on my bed and we'd talk for hours, about nothing and everything, and she'd let me touch the scars on her stomach - the scars from where they cut me out of her. -- Melina Marchetta
She comes from the school of getting it out of your system,
whereas he comes from the school of stewing over it. -- Melina Marchetta
And it hurts to be feeling this much -- Melina Marchetta
If there was one weapon he had against these savages, it was not acknowledging their existence. -- Melina Marchetta
To have somone hold you could be the greatest medicine of all. -- Melina Marchetta
And I hear nothing because it's like the volume button has been turned down on our lives and nobody has anything to say anymore."
"I want to be an adjective again. But I am a noun. -- Melina Marchetta
Do I have to be here to belong to you?' Froi asked. 'Can't I belong to you wherever I am? -- Melina Marchetta
The truth doesn't set you free, you know. It makes you feel awkward and embarrassed and defenseless and red in the face and horrified and petrified
and vulnerable. -- Melina Marchetta
Can you not see [hope] burning in her eyes? Does it not make you want to look away when you have none to give in return? -- Melina Marchetta
I recognise Santangelo's dad, who saves police brutality for when he gets to his son. -- Melina Marchetta
It's kind of like a grief, and it's not a puzzle that you're supposed to work out on your own, -- Melina Marchetta
I think it's about time to save myself -- Melina Marchetta
I'm going to paste it up on the wall so my dickhead uncle sees it the moment he walks in and stops going on about me losing it. -- Melina Marchetta
I do not believe that the desires of young boys cause catastrophic events. The actions of humans do. -- Melina Marchetta
But I want to give in to it sometimes -- Melina Marchetta
Someone had to be blamed. Someone had to die. ( ... ) What you can't understand, you destroy. -- Melina Marchetta
Because I want to feel something other than this emotional crap -- Melina Marchetta
We were playing Rock, Paper, Scissors," she told him once. "I was paper and she was rock so I lived and she died. -- Melina Marchetta
When one is silent, those around speak even more. -- Melina Marchetta
It's all a bit of a gamble, mate. That's all I can promise you.
And we never get to see what that other life would have looked like if we don't take chances. -- Melina Marchetta
But no one came back -- Melina Marchetta
I won't push you for it anymore, okay. We'll stick to clever conversation.
A bit of this and that won't hurt.
Yeah, it won't hurt you. It'll drive me bloody crazy. -- Melina Marchetta
Never,' he tells me in a tone full of ice, 'underestimate who or what I care for. -- Melina Marchetta
It is what a man does for strangers that counts more than what he does for his family. -- Melina Marchetta
How can you just forget a person completely until the moment you see his face again? -- Melina Marchetta
I don't say anything and he casually leans against my desk, picking up the novel that's sitting there.
"It's bullshit," he tells me, flicking through it. "There's no such thing as Atticus Finch."
I shrug. "It'd be nice if there was, though. -- Melina Marchetta
Stani walks in later, glaring at them both.
"Bloody bastards. One minute punching each other, next minute reading poetry. What's wrong with everyone this week?"
Tom can tell that -- Melina Marchetta
And we all end up where we started -- Melina Marchetta
A wind whistled an eerie tune, and even the horses responded to the misery, tearing across the country as if they wanted to get as far from this place as possible. -- Melina Marchetta
This is war," he say quietly.
"Well thank God you're dressed for it, Griggs. -- Melina Marchetta
People with lost personalities will suffer a great deal more than those with lost virginities. -- Melina Marchetta
Sometimes your whole system just shuts down and you wake up in the morning and everything's black and no matter how much people speak to you and try to talk you out of it and tell you everything's okay, it doesn't work. -- Melina Marchetta
If I want more, I need to go and get it, demand it, take hold of it with all my might, and do the best I can with it. -- Melina Marchetta
But of course the universe does not conspire to put you in one place rather than another -- Melina Marchetta
I need voices of reason and of hysteria and of empathy. I need to have an Alanis moment. I need advice from Elizabeth Bennett. I need Tim Tams and comfort food. -- Melina Marchetta
My dad goes along with it because no one in my family has ever pretended that my mother doesn't make all the decisions. -- Melina Marchetta
If I could be anything but what I am, I would be tomorrow. If I could be what my father wants me to be, then maybe I could stay for that, too. If I could be what you want me to be, I'd want to stay. But I am what I am, and all I want is freedom. -- Melina Marchetta
You can't go around feeling too much. -- Melina Marchetta
The people I'm stuck with in my life now aren't sucking the life out of me, they just suck. -- Melina Marchetta
It's like geographical humor. You just don't get it unless you were there. -- Melina Marchetta
Stories, he thought. All they created was a yearning for faraway places. -- Melina Marchetta
God knows what possessed me, but having that science book in my hand propelled me to immediate action. So I hit her with it. -- Melina Marchetta
The greatest weapon against big stupid men was a sharp mind. -- Melina Marchetta
If you close your eyes, you get to control your own darkness. -- Melina Marchetta
They're all gone. Everyone's dead -- Melina Marchetta
He chanced a look at her and saw the flare of something in her eyes. A salve to the emptiness that sometimes threatened to suffocate him. -- Melina Marchetta
Stop. Revive. Survive -- Melina Marchetta
Tom -- Melina Marchetta
Everything is evil that humans can't control or conquer -- Melina Marchetta
Because people aren't interested in the truth, Dafar. They're interested in what keeps them safe. They're interested in being looked after. They're interested in a tale being spun. -- Melina Marchetta
What is it with that argument? Why is it that you have to jump through hoops of fire to find out that someone's decent? The fact that someone is a bitch on the surface says heaps about them. -- Melina Marchetta
Sentimental, Arjuro? You of all people."
"Me of all people can be as sentimental as he pleases. -- Melina Marchetta
She's a dead loss. Has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She's so insipid, she's almost invisible. -- Melina Marchetta
Woman, I'm trying to fight here! Or has that escaped your attention? -- Melina Marchetta
I remember passion. -- Melina Marchetta
That someone can want something out of another person who gives absolutely nothing in return astounds me. -- Melina Marchetta
You're good enough, Jacob. -- Melina Marchetta
I'm not interested in those who do me wrong. There's not enough time in the day for them. -- Melina Marchetta
Hatred smothers all beauty. -- Melina Marchetta
But Froi looked around with wonder.
As if he had never seen the world from up so high before. -- Melina Marchetta
See, I remember love. That's what people don't understand. -- Melina Marchetta
You can't think for other people. Nor can you feel for them or be them. They have to do that for themselves. -- Melina Marchetta
Webb read fantasy; Jude read realism -- Melina Marchetta
Before I knew what was happening he was pulled away from me and I wondered for a second where Anna had got such strength from. But it wasn't Anna who was bashing Greg Sim's face on the ground. It was Jacob Coote. -- Melina Marchetta
It's against the rules of humanity to believe there is nothing we can do. -- Melina Marchetta
There are worse things than a lie and there are better things than the truth! -- Melina Marchetta
His seed will issue kings, but he will never reign
For she would be Queen of Lumatere.
But he would be king to her. -- Melina Marchetta
I can't and won't write without hope.
I'd rather never write again. -- Melina Marchetta
Some days are worse than others, my love, some days better than most. -- Melina Marchetta
Some people clean the fridge to avoid studying. I go to Brisbane. -- Melina Marchetta
Truth is dangerous. -- Melina Marchetta
People hate change and, more than anything, they hate those who try to change things. -- Melina Marchetta
You were never able to break her. She is the stone of this kingdom. -- Melina Marchetta
Tara's already been called a lesbian because that's how the Sebastian boys deal with any girl who has an opinion. -- Melina Marchetta
Words are intimacy she won't allow and he would not dare ask for. -- Melina Marchetta
I've been in that void,' she told me once. 'Don't you ever give in to it -- Melina Marchetta
I don't get chosen for things unless there is a motive. -- Melina Marchetta
Nd then their voices stopped and their souls stood still and they cease being who they had been -- Melina Marchetta