Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that m
Jesus, I'm not going to be one of those people who sits around talking about what they're going to do. I'm just going to do it.
In general-like not just in fiction but in life-it doesn't work out well when someone imagines someone else as a manic pixie dream girl or an Edward Cullen or anything other than a full, complex human being. That said, while I've tried to reflect that in my books, I don't think I've always succeeded
Your responsibility is not to the people you're making the gift for, but the gift itself.
And then I was asleep. That deep, can-still-taste-her-in-my-mouth sleep, that sleep that is not particularly restful but difficult to wake up from all the same.
And then I screwed up and the Colonel screwed up and Takumi screwed up and she slipped through our fingers.
As a reader, I don't feel a story has an obligation to make me happy. I want stories to show me a bigger world than the one I know.
How strange and how lovely it is to be anything at all.
We can hear others, and we can travel with them without moving, and we can imagine them, and we are all connected one to the other by a crazy root system, like so many leaves of grass. But the game makes me wonder wheter we can really ever fully become another.
The marks humans leave are too often scars.
Amsterdam is like the rings of a tree: It gets older as you get closer to the center.
You could drive past it without noticing and from what I understand, you ought to.
Caroline is no longer sufffering from personhood.
I'm sorry. I know you loved her. It was hard not to.
Throughout the book, she refers to herself as "the side effect," which is just totally correct. Cancer kids are essentially side effects of the relentless mutation that made the diversity of life on earth possible.
There were so many of us who would have to live with things done and things left undone that day. Things that did not go right, things that seemed okay at the time because we could not see the future. If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions. But
Crying adds something: crying is you, plus tears. But the feeling Colin had was some horrible opposite of crying. It was you, minus something. He kept thinking about one word - forever - and felt the burning ache just beneath his rib cage.
By the way, I've decided to start referring to myself exclusively as 'Daddy.' Everytime Daddy would otherwise say 'I' or 'Me,' Daddy is now going to say 'Daddy.
All representations of a thing are inherently abstract.
Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.
I wasn't disappointed. My expectations had been met.
Why are breakfast foods breakfast foods?
People will say it's sad that she leaves a lesser scar, that fewer remember her, that she was loved deeply but not widely. But it's not sad, Van Houten. It's triumphant. It's heroic. Isn't that the real heroism? Like the doctors say: First, do no harm.
This is unbearable ... God. These books she'll never read. Her Life's Library.
The job of reading is to use stories as a way into seeing other people as we see ourselves
I am a giant squid of anger.
For she had embodied the Great Perhaps--she had proved to me that it was worth it to leave behind my minor life for grander maybes, and now she was gone and with her my faith in perhaps.
Abligurition: an actual, if very obscure, English word, which means the spending of too much money on food.
There's a place in the brain for knowing what cannot be remembered.
It has been my experience that maximizing income is a helluva lot less important than maximizing passion and fulfillment in your both professionally and personally.