“What what is DNA, Isaac had once asked, but an invisible road map of how our lives will play out?”

Nova Jacobs, The Last Equation of Isaac Severy Context: Hazel, the adopted granddaughter of Isaac, is homeless. She joked with her grandfather that it was in her DNA, and this was his response to her. This quote stuck out to me because I found it was an interesting point of view--that our lives are predetermined by … Continue reading “What what is DNA, Isaac had once asked, but an invisible road map of how our lives will play out?”

“I wanted to shake not just Lydia but the whole world of people who do not understand the difference between control of emotion and lack of it…”

Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Effect Full excerpt: “I was suddenly angry. I wanted to shake not just Lydia but the whole world of people who do not understand the difference between control of emotion and lack of it, and who make a totally illogical connection between inability to read others’ emotions and inability to experience their own.”  … Continue reading “I wanted to shake not just Lydia but the whole world of people who do not understand the difference between control of emotion and lack of it…”

“I’m a person.”

Jennifer Niven, All The Bright Places Full excerpt: "Listen, I’m the freak. I’m the weirdo. I’m the troublemaker. I start fights. I let people down. Don’t make Finch mad, whatever you do. Oh, there he goes again, in one of his moods. Moody Finch. Angry Finch. Unpredictable Finch. Crazy Finch. But I’m not a compilation of symptoms. Not … Continue reading “I’m a person.”

“Hoping is what people do when they’re too lazy to do anything else.”

Tim Winton, Cloudstreet Jamie and I listened to Cloudstreet during our long drives while we lived in New South Wales. It was a pleasure to listen to and very fun to share this with Jamie. I remember us both chuckling at this one line--probably for different reasons, but still it was a shared moment I … Continue reading “Hoping is what people do when they’re too lazy to do anything else.”

“It is the whole thing.”

Matt Haig, How to Stop Time Full excerpt: That's the thing with time, isn't it? It's not all the same. Some days - some years - some decades - are empty. There is nothing to them. It's just flat water. And then you come across a year, or even a day, or an afternoon. And it is everything. … Continue reading “It is the whole thing.”

“Fuck love and just get fat.”

Andrew Sean Greer, Less Context: Less, the main character of the novel, is having a conversation with a lady who shares the same birthday as him. The two are commiserating about turning 50 and how they were so concerned with being skinny and in love... the lady then delivers this line. I love this quote. … Continue reading “Fuck love and just get fat.”

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”

Jack Canfield, The Success Principles I used to be afraid of forward movement. After years of feeling and being powerless, I finally found a comfort zone, and I wanted to stay there. I had full control of my life and where I was going, and I wasn't moving for anybody. But then I fell in love. … Continue reading “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”