Neither novels or their readers benefit from any attempts to divine whether any facts hide inside a story. Such efforts attack the very idea that made-up stories can matter, which is sort of the foundational assumption of our species.
History doesn't have a curfew.
He really was beautiful. I know boys arenâ€™t supposed to be, but he was.
Nerd girls are the worldâ€™s most underutilized romantic resource. And guys, do not tell me that nerd girls are not hot because that shows a Paris Hilton-esque failure to understand hotness.
You've got a lifetime to mull over the Buddhist understanding of interconnectedness." He spoke every sentence as if he'd written it down, memorized it, and was now reciting it. "But while you were looking out the window, you missed the chance to explore the equally interesting Buddhist belief in bei
The act of leaning in to kiss someone, or asking them, is fraught with the possibility of rejection, so the person least likely to get rejected should do the leaning in or the asking.
I don't think ministering requires a religious context. The number one thing is that every parent is extremely worried about their kid. Of course, when a chaplain shows up, that can exacerbate this worry rather than calm it.
sometimes it's okay to cheat on things - but don't ever cheat on people. because once you start, it's very hard to stop. you find out how easy it is to do.
We left. We did not say: Don't drive, You're drunk. We did not say: We aren't letting you in that car when you are upset. We did not say: We insist on going with you. We did not say: This can wait until tomorrow. Anything-everything-can wait.
It was nice - in the dark and the quiet... and her eyes looking back, like there was something in me worth seeing.
I didn't even know what the feeling was, really, just that there was a lot of it.
I do not say goodbye. I believe that's one of the bullshitiest words ever invented. It's not like you're given the choice to say bad-bye, or awful-bye, or couldn't-care-less-about-you-bye. Everytime you leave, it's supposed to be a good one.
She had the kind of eyes that predisposed you to supporting her every endeavor.
Love is tied to truth.
They couldn't bear the idea of death being a big black nothing.
I realized during my time as a chaplain that I didn't want to be a minister.
If he is anything other than a total gentleman, Iâ€™m going to gouge his eyes out.â€ â€œSo youâ€™re into it.â€ â€œWithholding judgment! When can I see you?â€ â€œCertainly not until you finish An Imperial Affliction.â€ I enjoyed being coy. â€œThen Iâ€™d better hang up and start reading.â€ â€œYouâ€™d
I fear your faith has been mis- placedâ€”but then, faith usually is.
When you acknowledge that there is nothing repulsive or unforgivable or shameful about yourself, it becomes easier to be that authentic person and feel like you're living a less performed life.
The funny thing about writing is that whether you're doing well or doing it poorly, it looks the exact same. That's actually one of the main ways that writing is different from ballet dancing.
Home is Where the Heart Is, Good Friends Are Hard to Find and Impossible to Forget. True Love is Born from Hard Times.
All the things paper-thin and paper-frail, and all the people too.
Cold one day, sweet the next; irresistibly flirty one moment, resistibly obnoxious the next.
To be fair to Monica," I said, "what you did to her wasn't very nice either." "What'd I do to her?" he asked, defensive. "You know, going blind and everything." "But that's not my fault," Isaac said. "I'm not saying it was your fault. I'm saying it wasn't nice.
I always felt like you had to be important to have enemies.
She never acted as if she liked him all that much, but then she never acted as if she liked anyone all that much.
It's really hard to tell whether this will be a blip on the radar screen or whether it reflects a deep change in public opinion. A lot will depend to what extent Sheehan and her vigil link up with the disquiet we're seeing in public polls, especially with the people who haven't been opposed to the w
She waited for me to play out the string, to find the place where she had stopped and was waiting for me, to follow the breadcrumb tail until it dead-ended into her.
By saying you donâ€™t care if the world falls apart, in some small way youâ€™re saying you want it to stay together, on your own terms.
Need is never a good basis for any relationship.