Mar 26

[Kindle clippings] Delirium trilogy, by Lauren Oliver

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He who leaps for the sky may fall, it’s true. But he may also fly.
—Ancient saying, provenance unknown, listed in the Comprehensive Compilation of Dangerous Words and Ideas, www.ccdwi.gov.org

“Love, the deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.”

“I said that without love, there could also be no hate: without hate, no violence. Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing, he’d said. Indifference is.”

It’s so strange how life works: You want something and you wait and wait and feel like it’s taking forever to come. Then it happens and it’s over and all you want to do is curl back up in that moment before things changed.

[Delirium]

“The only thing worse than having no friends is being pitied for having no friends.”

[Pandemonium]

“Silence like whiteness: like things painted over and concealed, or left unsaid.”

“There are no happy endings, only breaks in the regular action.”

[Raven]

“An eye for an eye.”
“And the whole world goes blind.”

And you can’t love, not fully, unless you are loved in return.

But maybe happiness isn’t in the choosing. Maybe it’s in the fiction, in the pretending: that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along.

This is the past: It drifts, it gathers. If you are not careful, it will bury you.

Welcome to the free world. We give people the power to choose. They can even choose the wrong thing.

[Requiem]

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