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“Real is a four-letter word, and I’ll thank you to use it as little as possible while you live under my roof.”
Every Heart a Doorway,
Seanan McGuire

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If civilization is ever going to be anything but a grandiose pratfall, anything more than a can of deodorizer in the shithouse of existence, then statesmen are going to have to concern themselves with magic and poetry.
~ Tom Robbins,
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

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“For so many years, for so long, I have been so many things, so many different men. But here,” he said, so softly I could barely hear him, “here in the dark, with you ... I have no name.”
~Diana Gabaldon,
Voyager (Outlander #3)

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“And the flavor of Pippa’s kiss—bittersweet and strange—stayed with me all the way back uptown, swaying and sleepy as I sailed home on the bus, melting with sorrow and loveliness, a starry ache that lifted me up above the windswept city like a kite: my head in the rainclouds, my heart in the sky.”

~ Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

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“You and I, it’s as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.”
~ Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago

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“I’m saying that I’m a moody, insecure, narrow-minded, jealous, borderline homicidal bitch, and I want you to promise me that you’re okay with that, because it’s who I am, and you’re what I need.”
― Jeaniene Frost, Halfway to the Grave

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“I want to take ye to bed. In my bed. And I mean to spend the rest of the day thinking what to do wit ye once I got ye there. So wee Archie can just go and play at marbles with his bollucks, aye?”
― Diana Gabaldon,
The Fiery Cross

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“When all else fails, give up and go to the library.”
― Stephen King, 11/22/63

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“Mothers can forgive anything! Tell me all, and be sure that I will never let you go, though the whole world should turn from you.”
― Louisa May Alcott,
Jo’s Boys

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But do you know when stories stop being stories?
The moment someone begins to believe in them.
The Time of Contempt,
Andrzej Sapkowski

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“Breathe properly.
Stay curious.
And eat your beets.”
― Tom Robbins,
Jitterbug Perfume

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“No man deserves a woman like that. He mortgages his very soul to win her and spends his life paying off the debt.”
~ Tessa Dare,
Romancing the Duke

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“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
~ John Greene, The Fault in Our Stars

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“But we overlay the present onto the past. We look back through the lens of what we know now, so we’re not seeing it as the people we were, we’re seeing it as the people we are, and that means the past has been radically altered.”

― Ann Patchett, The Dutch House

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“Not all stories speak to all listeners, but all listeners can find a story that does, somewhere, sometime. In one form or another.”
― Erin Morgenstern,
The Starless Sea

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“Oh, I don’t do relationships,” I assured him honestly, staring at his beautiful mouth.
“They just rip you open and eat your carcass and then leave it there for some other animal to finish you off.
“If you’re smart, you heal and you get your ass up out of those woods and make sure no animal gets the chance to rip you back open.”
~ Fight or Flight, Samantha Young

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“... how we often mistake love for fireworks — for drama and dysfunction. But real love is very quiet, very still. It’s boring, if seen from the perspective of high drama. Love is deep and calm — and constant.”
― Alex Michaelides,
The Silent Patient

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“Like most men, Wick could not help terror about one thing erupting as anger about something else.”
― Jeff VanderMeer,
Borne

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“Address moths were originally used for transporting classified material. Once they drank a document, they could be sent anywhere in a coat pocket or a box of antiques. Then they’d be placed on a fresh sheet of paper and would recreate the document to the word. As long as the recipient knew the right incantation.”

~ Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House

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Intolerance and superstition have always been the domain of the more stupid amongst the common folk and, I conjecture, will never be uprooted, for they are as eternal as stupidity itself. There, where mountains tower today, one day there will be seas; there where today seas surge, will one day be deserts. But stupidity will remain stupidity.
Blood of Elves
(The Witcher #3),
Andrzej Spakowski

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Once we have agreed that true love exists, we may consider its nature. It is not, as many misguided poets would have you believe, an event in and of itself; it is not something that happens, but something that simply is and always has been. One does not fall in love; one discovers it.
~ Alix E. Harrow,
The Ten Thousand Doors of January

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If you started to see that worms lurked behind the eyes of everyone you saw, it was only reasonable to deduce that they’d made a home behind your own, living in their little tunnels in the mind, silently altering what you see and how you see it.

~ Dexter Palmer, Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen: A Novel

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Perspective is a wicked creature.
~Pierce Brown, Red Rising

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It’s like the people who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn’t work that way.
Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.
If you see what I mean.
The Graveyard Book,
Neil Gaiman

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One of the best things a father can do for his daughter is let her know that she has met his expectations. My father did that for me, and no amount of effort on my part can fully repay the debt.
~ Lisa Wingate, Before We Were Yours

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Then I learned that I could bend the world to my will, as a bow is bent for an arrow. I would have done that toil a thousand times to keep such power in my hands.
~ Madeline Miller,
Circe

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“Mother-trucker biscuit fucker,”
I said, a saying my mother had always used when I was in the room and she was trying not to swear.
By the last word, she’d apparently given up.

Sin & Chocolate, K.F. Breene (Demigods of San Francisco #1)

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“All of us have shadows in us,” he said. “I accept yours.” He placed a hand over her ring. “And I hope you will also accept mine.”

With a tired smile, she threaded her fingers between his. “Gladly.”
~ Samantha Shannon,
The Priory of the Orange Tree

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“A man should have squint lines from looking at the horizon,” the old librarian had said, “not just from reading in dim light.”
~ Laini Taylor,
Strange the Dreamer