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But we weren't ready to become adults. Someone should have stopped us. ~ Fredrik Backman, Anxious People

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“Libraries are lungs ... books the fresh air breathed in to keep the heart beating, to keep the brain imagining, to keep hope alive.” ~ Janet Skeslien Charles, The Paris Library

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“I’d begun to understand also ... that people often felt the need to prepare a side of themselves to display to passers-by — as they might in a store window — and that such a display needn’t be taken so seriously once the moment had passed.” ~ Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun

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“Love cannot be reduced to a catalogue of reasons why, and a catalogue of reasons cannot be put together into love.” ~ Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries

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I tell you what, there’s nothing like having a mother around when you’re thinking of scary shit. ~ Stephen King, Later

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Knock-knock-knock. No, that’s not creepy at all. Being in a spaceship twelve light-years from home and having someone knock on the door is totally normal. ~ Andy Weir, Project Hail Mary

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“You live in a magic house.” “It likes to read,” Nesta admitted, patting a stack of the romances. “We’ve bonded over that.” Gwyn whispered to the room, “What’s your favorite book?” One thumped on the table beside Emerie’s cake, and Gwyn squawked in surprise. But then rubbed her hands together. “Oh, this is delightful.” ~ Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Silver Flames

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“A sea roared inside her and made demands, but she waded it, she bobbed up, took a breath, and opened her eyes to the cold winter morning. Then she rose because the day was there, the world was there, and she wanted to be part of it.” ~ Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Beautiful Ones

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“Looking back on it, I sometimes think my life was like a Dickens novel, only with swearing.” ~ Stephen King, Later

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That was the thing about best friends. Like sisters and mothers, they could piss you off and make you cry and break your heart, but in the end, when the chips were down, they were there, making you laugh even in your darkest hours. ~ Kristin Hannah, Firefly Lane

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Life with a cheat code isn’t life. Our existence isn’t something to be engineered or optimized for the avoidance of pain. That’s what it is to be human — the beauty and the pain, each meaningless without the other. ~ Blake Crouch, Recursion

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There was a Suli saying: The heart is an arrow. It demands aim to land true. Her father had liked to recite this when she was training on the wire or the swings. Be decisive , he’d say. You have to know where you want to go before you get there. Her mother had laughed at this. That’s not what that means , she’d say. You take the romance out of everything. ~ Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

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What if there are more than two roads diverging in the wood? What if there are more roads than trees? What if there is no end to the choices you could make? What would Robert Frost do then? ~ Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

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Once you saw it all, you could never go back. Everything was alive. Overwhelming. I was overwhelmed eventually. Overcome. Silvina wrote that even through the poisoned landscape, we must love it. We must love what has been damaged, because everything has been damaged. And to love the damage is to know you care about that world. That you're still alive. That the world is alive. ~ Jeff VanderMeer, Hummingbird Salamander

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It came on the wind, the way wicked things must, for they are most often weighted down with spite and haven’t the strength to lift themselves. ~ Alice Hoffman, The Rules of Magic

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Already the blue scilla are beginning to flower, the daffodils have their snouts above ground, the self-seeded forget-me-nots are creeping up, getting ready to hog the light. Here it comes — another year of vegetative hustling and jostling. They never seem to get tired of it: plants have no memories, that’s why. They can’t remember how many times they’ve done all this before. ~ Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

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“I hope you weren’t too free with your knowledge,” Father said. “A man expects to guide his wife in all things. Displaying too much cleverness can make a woman seem less appealing.” ~ C. L. Polk, The Midnight Bargain

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If Blue were a scholar—and she has played one enough times to know she would have loved to be—she would catalogue, across all strands [of time], a comprehensive study of the worlds in which Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy, and in which a comedy. It delights her, whenever visiting a new strand, to take in a performance not knowing how it will end. ~ This is How You Lose the Time War , Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

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“But seriously, why books. Because no other thing possesses that mystical faculty to make people see with other people’s eyes. The Library is a bridge of books between cultures.” ~ Janet Skeslien Charles, The Paris Library

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“I wish for us to have the courage to go out into the world when we are ready, but to always be able to find our way back to each other. No matter what.” ~ Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Silver Flames

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If he were a dog, his tail would be constantly wagging. ~ Maggie O’Farrell, Hamnet

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We all of us have a story—one we tell knowingly or not with our hours and our days. ~ Barbara Davis, The Last of the Moon Girls

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All around me doors into other worlds began appearing but I knew the one I wanted, the one into which everything forgotten flows. The edges of that door were frayed and worn by the passage of old ideas leaving this world. ~ Susanna Clarke, Piranesi

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This moment is perfect. And it’s all we’ll ever have. This moment, right now. We’re fools if we fail to cram all the living and loving we can possibly do into each and every one. ~Karen Marie Moning, Kingdom of Shadow and Light

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A home isn’t always the house we live in. It’s also the people we choose to surround ourselves with. ~ T.J. Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea

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Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth. This is how the girl who couldn’t speak and the man who couldn’t see fell in love. ~ Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

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You can feed your wallet, or you can feed your soul, but you seldom can do both at the same time. ~ Patricia Briggs, Wild Sign

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Books are letters in bottles, cast into the waves of time, from one person trying to save the world to another. Keep reading. Keep writing. Keep fighting. We’re all still here. ~ This is How You Lose the Time War , Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

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“...she was trapped between competing desires, a desire for a more meaningful connection and the desire to never change. She wished for eternal youth and endless merriment.” ~ Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Mexican Gothic

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What is a person, if not the marks they leave behind? ~ V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

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Nowhere else can he escape the noise and life and people around him; nowhere else is he able to let the world recede, the sense of himself dissolve, so that he is just a hand, holding an ink-dipped feather, and he may watch as words unfurl from its tip. And as these words come, one after another, it is possible for him to slip away from himself and find a peace so absorbing, so soothing, so private, so joyous that nothing else will do. ~ Maggie O’Farrell, Hamnet

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I would like to have a true friendship, rather than a tiresome dance of manners and obsequiousness. ~ C. L. Polk, The Midnight Bargain

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“I’ve had three children . . . And some man who’s never felt . . . his baby crown is stronger than me? Is tougher than me?” Grady Hendrix, The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires

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It is entirely possible to be alone in a crowded room. Your solitude only compounded by the faces around you. The presence of others serving only to remind you of how lonely you truly are. Obsidio , ( The Illuminae Files #3) Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I never judged a book by its beginning. It felt like the first and last date I’d once had, both of us smiling too brightly. No, I opened to a page in the middle, where the author wasn’t trying to impress me. ~ Janet Skeslien Charles, The Paris Library

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“That’s the key, isn’t it? To know the darkness will always remain, but how you choose to face it, handle it ... that’s the important part. To not let it consume. To focus upon the good, the things that fill you with wonder.” She gestured to the stars zooming past. “The struggle with that darkness is worth it, just to see such things.” ~ Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Silver Flames

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“If I were a character in a novel, I’d snipe the bitch who wrote my life this way.” ~ Karen Marie Moning, High Voltage

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“Books, she has found, are a way to live a thousand lives — or to find strength in a very long one.” ~ V.E. Schwab, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

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“Change often starts with the smallest of whispers. Like-minded people building it up to a roar.” ~ T.J. Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea

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Love is. Only is. The greatest and most powerful magic in the world. Never stop believing in it. Life is only unbearably long if you live it without your heart. ~Karen Marie Moning, Kingdom of Shadow and Light

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Why want another universe if this one has dogs? ~ Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

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“If I had been replaced with a reasonable facsimile of the person I’d been, would anyone notice?” ~ Sarah Gailey, The Echo Wife

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Listen; life is worth a fight. Expectation must be shed like winter leaves. Even in death, there is wondrous beauty. And death is not The End. ~ Kira Jane Buxton, Hollow Kingdom

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“The first time I saw that look on your face, you were still human. Still human, and I nearly went to my knees before you.” ~ Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Silver Flames

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“I always find it interesting how Jane Austen’s fans are always romantics to some degree ― when I swear she wrote those books with a goose quill dipped in venom.” ~ Natalie Jenner, The Jane Austen Society

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“Literature can teach us the qualitative texture of the world. And we need it to. We need to communicate the value of things, so that more of us might fight to save them.” ~ Helen Macdonald, Vesper Flights

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“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.” ~ Janet Skeslien Charles, The Paris Library

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Half the colors vanished from my world and I couldn’t breathe right until you returned. Say it, Stardust. I want to hear it. I love you, Ryodan Killian St. James. Any name, any form. Always. Love you, Stardust. Always. Across space and time. No ending. New beginnings. ~ Karen Marie Moning, High Voltage

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Sun, moon, and stars , I told him. He inclined his head. Of all the years, this one with you has been my finest. Fire to my ice, Mac. Frost to my flame, Jericho. Forever , we said, and it was a vow far more powerful and binding than any ring or piece of paper. ~ Karen Marie Moning, Feversong

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And even if you were a pawn—maybe we all are—then you should remember that a pawn is the most magical piece of all. It might look small and ordinary but it isn’t. Because a pawn is never just a pawn. A pawn is a queen-in-waiting. All you need to do is find a way to keep moving forward. One square after another. And you can get to the other side and unlock all kinds of power. ~ Matt Haig, The Midnight Library