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If you"re not pursuing a dangerous quest with your life, well, then, you don"t need a Guide. If you haven"t found yourself in the midst of a ferocious war, then you won"t need a seasoned Captain. If you"ve settled in your mind to live as though this is a fairly neutral world and you are simply trying to live your life as best you can, then you can probably get by with the Christianity of tips and techniques. Maybe. I"ll give you about a fifty-fifty chance. But if you intend to live in the Story that God is telling, and if you want the life he offers, then you are going to need more than a handful of principles, however noble they may be. There are too many twists and turns in the road ahead, too many ambushes waiting only God knows where, too much at stake. You cannot possibly prepare yourself for every situation. Narrow is the way, said Jesus. How shall we be sure to find it? We need God intimately, and we need him desperately. — John Eldredge




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Sitting on the ground, she looked up at her best friend. "Danke," she said. "Thank you." Rudy bowed. "My pleasure." He tried for a little more. "No point asking if I get a kiss for that, I guess?" "For bringing my shoes, which you left behind?" "Fair enough." He held up his hands and continued speaking as they walked on, and Liesel made a concerted effort to ignore him. She only heard the last part. "Probably wouldn"t want to kiss you anyway not if your breath"s anything like your shoes." "You disgust me," she informed him, and she hoped he couldn"t see the escaped beginnings of a smile that had fallen from her mouth. — Markus Zusak


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Sister, why do you do that?""Do what?""Cage the animals at night?""Well ... " She looked up and out through the barred window before answering me."We don"t want to, Jennings, but we have to. You see, the animals that are given to us we have to take care of. If we didn"t cage them up in one place, we might lose them, they might get hurt or damaged. It"s not the best thing, but it"s the only way we have to take care of them.""But if somebody loved one them," I asked, "wouldn"t it be a good idea to let them have one? To keep, I mean?""Yes, it would be. But not everyone would love them and take care of them as you would. I wish I could give them all away tomorrow." She looked at me. There were tears in her eyes. "But I can"t. My heart would break if I saw just one of those animals lying by the wayside uncared for, unloved. No, Jennings. It"s better if we keep them together. — Jennings Michael Burch


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Jean-Jacques Rousseau defined civilization as when people build fences. A very perceptive observation. And it"s true - all civilization is the product of a fenced-in lack of freedom. The Australian Aborigines are the exception, though. They managed to maintain a fenceless civilization until the seventeenth century. They"re dyed-in-the-wool free. They go where they want, when they want, doing what they want. Their lives are a literal journey. Walkabout is a perfect metaphor for their lives. When the English came and built fences to pen in their cattle, the Aborigines couldn"t fathom it. And, ignorant to the end of the principle at work, they were classified as dangerous and antisocial and were driven away, to the outback. So I want you to be careful. The people who build high, strong fences are the ones who survive the best. You deny that reality only at the risk of being driven into the wilderness yourself. — Haruki Murakami


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That everything you want to happen, will happen, if you decide you want it enough. That every time you think a sad thought, you can think a happy one instead.That you control that completely.That the people who make you laugh are more beautiful than beautiful people. That you laugh more than you cry. That crying is good for you. That the people you hate wish you would stop and you do too.That your friends are reflections of the best parts of you. That you are more than the sum total of the things you know and how you react to them. That dancing is sometimes more important than listening to the music.That the most embarrassing, awkward moments of your life are only remembered by you and no one else — Iain S. Thomas


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I don"t care if Todd Rand is as kind as Jesus himself, my place was with you and I will never regret that. You and Damien and Spencer gave Dominique and me an amazing life that I love more than I can ever tell you. Things worked out the way they were supposed to. This family was always the best option for me, Dante, the only option I"d ever have chosen if I"d been given the choice. This changes nothing in my heart. We were all meant to be together, meant to make up a family that defied the odds. I hope that Todd and Flynn are wonderful and that I can have relationships with both, but if they don"t want to know me, I"m not going to be upset. I already have the perfect family for me, and since you"re the head of this family, that"s on you. — Ella Fox


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I"m very shy and awkward. I think the best thing is to embrace it. It"s about accepting who you are and what you want to become and knowing all that you"ve got to work with, whether it"s good or bad. My music was the only place I could be me for the longest time. — Hunter Hayes


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Helpless, tortured, shot, blown up, my best buddies all dead, and all because we were afraid of the liberals back home, afraid to do what was necessary to save our own lives. Afraid of American civilian lawyers. I have only one piece of advice for what it"s worth: If you don"t want to get into a war where things go wrong, where the wrong people sometimes get killed, where innocent people sometimes have to die, then stay the hell out of it in the first place. — Marcus Luttrell


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I can answer that only by hearsay, returned the Guide, for pain is a secret which he has shared with your race and not with mine; and you would find it as hard to explain suffering to me as I would find it to reveal to you the secrets of the Mountain people. But those who know best say this, that any liberal man would choose the pain of this desire, even for ever, rather than the peace of feeling it no longer; and that though the best thing is to have, the next best is to want, and the worst of all is not to want. — C.S. Lewis


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You aren"t my type, just the way that I am not yours. But that"s why we are good for each other - we are so different, yet we"re the same. You told me once that I bring out the worst in you. Well, you bring out the best in me. I know you feel it, too, Tessa. And yes, I didn"t date, until you. You make me want to date, you make me want to be better. I want you to think I am worthy of you; I want you to want me the way I do you. I want to fight with you, even scream at each other until one of us admits we are wrong. I want to make you laugh, and listen to you ramble about classic novels. I just . . . I need you. I know I am cruel at times . . . well, all the time, but that"s only because I don"t know how else to be." His voice becomes a half whisper, his eyes wild. "This has been me for so long, I have never wanted to be any other way. Until now, until you." - Hardin — Anna Todd


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To maximize what you get out of your college experience, I want your friends to look at your semester schedule and say "this is the weirdest schedule I"ve ever seen!" Trust me on this one. If you want to be an engineer, take Engineering 101, and a crash course in philosophical literature. then take Engineering 102, and art appreciation. then Engineering 103, and Intro to Women"s Rights. You will expand your knowledge and ways of looking at the world, and become a more powerful person for it. Because that way, when you encounter difficulties, you won"t only tackle the problem from the point of view of an engineer. Anybody can do that. You will be able to look at it as a scientist, a philosopher, an artist, and choose the best course of action from there. — Anonymous


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Dear Mom and Dad,I know you"re only trying to do what"s best for me, but I don"t think anyone knows for sure what"s best. I love you and don"t want to be a problem, so I"ve decided to go away. I know you"ll say I"m not a problem, but I know I am. If you want to know why I"m doing this, you should ask Dr. Luce, who is a big liar! I am not a girl. I"m a boy. That"s what I found out today. So I"m going where no one knows me. Everyone in Grosse Pointe will talk when they find out. Sorry I took your money, Dad, but I promise to pay you back someday, with interest.Please don"t worry about me. I will be ALL RIGHT!Despite it"s contents, I signed this declaration to my parents: "Callie." It was the last time I was ever their daughter. — Jeffrey Eugenides


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Morpheus grunts, low in his chest. "I am not going to wait around and play second fiddle to Jebediah while your mortal side grows to understand and trust me." "You"re not second best. You and I get to have forever. Forever . Jeb has one life. It"s only fair I spend it with him." I dance around the truth, as close as I"m willing to get. " Fair? All this time, he"s been with you during your waking hours. I"ve ever only had you in your dreams. I want you in reality. I"ve waited for what feels like a thousand years already. It is time for our forever to begin." — A.G. Howard


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Child, you do not know me. You have created a mythical being in my likeness whom you have set up as a god. It is not I. Many times, infant, I have told you that I am no hero, but I think you have not believed me. I tell you now that I am no fit mate for you...My reputation is damaged beyond repair, child. I come from vicious stock, and I have brought no honor to the name I bear. To no women have I been faithful; behind me lies scandal upon sordid scandal...You have seen perhaps the best of me; you have not seen the worst""Ah, Monseigneur, you need not have told me this! I know--I have always known, and still I love you. I do not want a boy. I only want Monseigneur. — Georgette Heyer


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Because the truth is, nobody knows what"s best for you better than you do. You have to really sit still and ask yourself: What do I want? Does this feel right? What should I do? I realized I had to go back and do what I had always done. Listening to my gut was just as important as listening to the advice of others, and only I knew what was best for me. — Jennifer Lopez


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He"s only with me because I"m your sister," I said hotly."Diana - Demeter, she"s my mother. She decided to have me in a last-ditch effort to save Henry because she felt so damn guilty for what you did to him, and she didn"t want to be responsible for him fading. He married me because he couldn"t have you, and I was the next best thing. Thanks for rubbing my nose in it. — Aimee Carter


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I will accept only the best from you, Percy Jackson. I took a deep breath. I picked up the mythology book. I"d never asked a teacher for help before. Maybe if I talked to Mr. Brunner, he could give me some pointers. At least I could apologize for the big fat F I was about to score on his exam. I didn"t want to leave Yancy Academy with him thinking I hadn"t tried. I walked downstairs to the faculty offices. Most of them were dark and empty, but Mr. Brunner"s door was ajar, light from his window stretching across the hallway floor. I was three steps from the door handle when I heard voices inside the office. Mr. Brunner asked a question. A voice that was definitely Grover"s said " ... worried about Percy, sir." I froze. I"m not usually an eavesdropper, but I dare you to try not listening if you hear your best friend talking about you to an adult. I inched closer. — Rick Riordan


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Well, this I can guarantee you: God doesn"t always do things the way we think they oughtta be done." Tressa"s head shot up, her gaze colliding with Aunt Hattie"s. A soft smile warmed the older woman"s face. "He always does "em better. An" when we follow His lead, we discover what"s best for us. God doesn"t want you to hope only for second best - He wants you to find His very best. — Kim Vogel Sawyer


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Okay," she said as he lit the candle and hummed the birthday song. "You know,this is all very Jake Ryan of you.""Who"s Jake Ryan?""The hottie from Sixteen Candles - the best teenage movie ever made. The last scene looks just like this," she said, looking around the room."All right, well, don"t you go wishing for him when you blow out the candle.""I love you,Jace. You"re the only thing I want. — Phoebe Lane


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I don"t want to love her. I don"t want to be in love. People take love"s continuity for granted, just as they take their body"s continuity for granted. They don"t realize that the best thing about love is its regular presence. Once you can establish that, it"s an added foundation to your life. But if you cannot have that regular presence, you only have the one foundation to support you, always. — David Levithan


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~Does it bother you that you didn"t become a famous actor? That you didn"t get a break?~~David, there aren"t any guarantees in life. Not for your friends who want to be all of sorts of things. Not for you. The only thing we can do every single day we wake up is try to do the things that we can do the best; enjoy the things we get, and pay attention to when and why we"re happy. I didn"t know what I really wanted until I held you in my arms. In that minute, the very first minute they brought you to me wrapped in that blanket, I knew my little dream about myself was nothing in comparison.~ — Dan Skinner


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Remembering that I"ll be dead soon is the most important tool I"ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.Almost everythingall external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failurethese things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don"t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It"s life"s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. — Steve Jobs


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Follow me. Yves held out a hand, expecting me to take it.I had had enough of being pushed about, towed here,shoved there. Lead the way, O master.He raised an eyebrow at my sarcasm. Glad to see youhave seen the light. I only want what"s best for you.Mr Arrogant or what?I don"t mean it like that. He shook his head, tellinghimself off. I just want to make this right but I seem to bedoing it all wrong.Then let me go.That would be a tragedy. Give me a chance here.Please. — Joss Stirling


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For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something ... almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. — Steve Jobs


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I hate those people who say you always find the one when you stop looking for her. It is the advice you least want to hear when what you think you need most is someone to love. At best, it comes off like being asked to not think of a white elephant. The elephant becomes the only thing you can think of. — Thomm Quackenbush


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He"s a part of your life and he"s part of the girls" life. I"ll never ask you not to talk about him when I"m not around. I"ll never ask you to stop loving him. If he was here, I"d hate him." I shake my head because that"s not true. "No, I probably wouldn"t know you if he was here, and for that I"m both thankful and remorseful because his girls are the best, most beautiful girls that I"ve ever encountered, and I want to do right by not only them, but him too. — Heidi McLaughlin


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Gandalf answered angrily: "I brought him, and I don"t bring things that are of no use. Either you help me to look for him, or I go and leave you here to get out of the mess as best you can yourselves. If we can only find him again, you will thank me before all is over. Whatever did you want to go and drop him for, — J.R.R. Tolkien


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It"s about that applause I want to speak to you. I want you to remember that when you"ve done a little dance or a song or sketch, the applause which you get is not only because you yourself have done your best, but because each of those men is seeing in you someone he loves at home, and because of you is able to forget for a little while the unhappiness of not being in his home, and in some cases the great tragedy of not knowing what has happened to the children in his family. — Noel Streatfeild


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You are in love, at a point where pride and apprehension scuffle within you. Part of you wants time to slow down: for this, you say to yourself, is the best period of your whole life. I am in love, I want to savour it, study it, lie around in languor with it; may today last forever. This is your poetical side. However, there is also your prose side, which urges time not to slow down but hurry up. How do you know this is love, your prose side whispers like a sceptical lawyer, it"s only been around for a few weeks, a few months. You won"t know it"s the real thing unless you (and she) still feel the same in, oh, a year or so at least; that"s the only way to prove you aren"t living a dragonfly mistake. Get through this bit, however much you enjoy it, as fast as possible; then you"ll be able to find out whether or not you"re really in love. — Julian Barnes


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In twenty years you could say and do a lot you wish you hadn"t. In twenty years you could store up a lot of regrets. And then, when it was too late, when there was no one left to say "I"m sorry" to, "I didn"t mean it" to, you could stop sleeping for regret, stop eating, talking, working, for regret. You could stop wanting to live. You could want to die for regret.It was only remembering the good times that kept you from taking the knife from the kitchen drawer and, holding it so, tightly in your fist, on the bed, naked to no purpose except that that was how you came into the world and how your best moments in the world had been spentholding it so, roll onto the blade, slowly so that it slid like love between your ribs and into that stupidly pumping muscle in your chest that kept you regretting. — Joseph Hansen


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The God-honest truth is that Jeff and I just do what we do. You have no control. We didn"t have control last year, or the year before either, or the year before that. We can only do what we do, which is to make the show that we love, continue to follow the path for the stories that we want to tell, tell great and compelling stories, week-to-week, that interest our fans, and really hope for the best. — J.H. Wyman


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Just being able to make exactly what I want with my brother and a lot of my best friend and to have a place like HBO that not only lets you do that, but supports you and puts up billboards in support of it, and really puts it out there for you. That"s not something I get a lot in the independent film world where everybody"s pinching pennies and nervous about whether it"s going to make money or not. — Mark Duplass


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Words are harsh mistresses, to be sure. Like petulant divas, they want only those parts that play to their talents and mask their blemishes, and only when complete companies of players who love their parts are assembled will they sing in harmony. I am your director for this stage production and will employ my best wiles to create a performance both truthful, and beautiful. I know that words are tricksters who show one face to you and another to me, so I am never certain you"ll hear in your head what I hear in my head. Since I deliver even this little truth with words, I acknowledge the irony. — Dennis Vickers


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The only other complaint I had about Jane"s books, cousin-loving aside, was the getting-together part. They were stories of such unconquerable love, such strong feelings. You follow these characters through the ups and downs of an emotional roller coaster, this breathtaking will-they-or-won"t -they, and is it too much to ask for a little more time spent on the I-love-you-and-want-to-be-with-you part? It was the very best part, and I wanted to draw it out. I wanted kisses--good, long, passionate ones. Jane never wrote about those." -DevonFirst & Then — Emma Mills


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When it"s the two of us and that pussy of yours is soft, swollen, and wet, I"ll be the one in control. I"ll have you wherever and whenever I want - in my bed, on my desk, on the floor right now if I want to. I"m going to own that sexy body of yours so thoroughly that you"re going to beg for my cock, because it"s going to be the only thing in the world that you want. And once I"m buried balls deep in you and you are filled with me, I"m going to make you come apart in the best way possible. Do you understand? — Avery Flynn


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Don"t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one"s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one"s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run - in the long-run, I say! - success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it — Viktor E. Frankl


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What if the worst is true? What if there"s no God, and you only go around once, and that"s it? Don"t you want to be a part of the experience? You know, what the hell? It"s not all a drag, and I"m thinking to myself: Geez! I should stop ruining my life searching for answers I"m never gonna get and just enjoy it while it lasts. And, you know, afterwho knows? Maybe there is something, nobody really knows. I know that maybe is a very slim reed to hang your whole life on, but that"s the best we have. — Woody Allen


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As members of my cabinet," Alyss calmly explained, "you share in the responsibilty of ensuring a safe furture for Wonderland. I"m sure the four of you will agree that we"re in a crisis and that trying times bring out the best in you. What queen wouldn"t want such helpful cabinet members by her side in an hour of need? Forgive me for calling you here. I was thinking only of myself and others when I did it. But for the love of your rank if nothing else, advise me. How do you think we should conter this invasion?"Uh," said the Lady of Clubes.I know exactly how we should counter it! said her husband. "First and foremost, a decree must be at once ... decreed! All ranking families are to remain indoors and well-protected until it can be guaranteed that every threat is violence is past! It"s imperative that nothing inconvenient happen to us, for the population would then have no one to look up to! — Frank Beddor


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You"re pathetic. You screwed your best friend"s boyfriend. Congratulations. You got into a guy"s pants. Wonderful achievement for you. Revel in it. It"ll last a week. He"s going to drop you." I glanced at him, saw he was already uncertain, and rolled my eyes. "She"s already dropped you and you"re now known as the friend who sleeps with her friend"s boyfriends. Congratulations on your new reputation. The only people who will want to be your friend will be people like you. You"ll never get the good friends, the ones who are actual friends." I never looked away. I never faltered. The longer I talked, the more she withered beneath me. I was finished. "I"ve kept quiet, but I"m done. Mess with Mandy again and you will be messing with me." I stepped closer. "That"s not a threat. It"s a fact. Ball"s in your court if you decide to take me on and with that said, get out of my house. — Tijan


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The success factor is a combination of intuition and honestly, it"s mostly only intuition. A design business is inherently dependent upon the intuition of its chief designer. Luckily I have a track record that if you show me five pairs of shoes I will almost always pick the one pair that will sell the best. It"s just a gift I have for mass taste - a link with what people want in a certain moment in time. — Monita Rajpal


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At the moment, it"s simply a difference of opinon between the Doctor and you.. You both want the best. You"ve only tried to kill him a couple of times ... I mean, don"t worry about that. I"ve seen people do much worse to him and at the end of the day he"ll take them out for pizza. He"s very forgiving. The Doctor is brilliant," James Goss


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Like Naokuo, I"m not really sure what it means to love another person. Though she meant it a little differently. I do want to try my best though. I have to, or else I won"t know where to go. Like you said before, Naoko and I have to save each other. It"s the only was for us to be saved! — Haruki Murakami


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You have the ability to just go on and forget people and how much they are meant, but I don"t. You can people in their own little boxes and leave them there. So much for love. So much for soul mates. I"m sorry you don"t want to believe the best or how I can change. You put a stake through the heart. I"m the only one who cared enough to suffer like this. — Deb Caletti


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I was disappointed not to be able to sign last season. When the best club in the world calls you, then it is something that you want to happen. I have signed for the only club who really wanted me. In no moment did I ever think that Inter was a possibility. Rafa valued me and perhaps that is why people started saying that I could go there but this is the only club that pushed to sign me, — Javier Mascherano


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Some books are like chewing gum. They have just enough flavour to sate you for an hour or so. Others are like gourmet meals. Meticulously crafted with complex flavours that - while exciting during consumption - leave only a vague memory behind. The best books are like old recipes, passed down through generations. They stick with you long after the last bite. You want to return to them again and again, because they become a part of who you are. I want to write those. — Xio Axelrod


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When I think about little girls in the moment of turning into big girls (it is no slow timid development but something strangely sudden), I always have to imagine an ocean behind them, or a grave eternal plain, or something else you don"t actually see with your eyes but can only sense, and that only in the deep and silent hours. Then I see the big girls as being exactly as big as I was used to the little childlike girls being smalland Heaven above knows why, that"s just how I want to see them. There is a reason for everything. But the best things that happen, after all, are the ones which hide their deeper reason with both hands, whether out of modesty or because they don"t want to be betrayed. — Rainer Maria Rilke


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Beth stared at the bowl, a fragile piece of the past, such a delicate object in Ian"s large, blunt fingers. "Are you certain?" "Of course I"m certain." His frown returned. "Do you not want it?" "I do want it," Beth said hastily. She held her hands out for it. "I"m honored." The frown faded, to be replaced by a slight quirk of his lips."Is it better than a new carriage and horses and a dozen frocks?""What are you talking about? It"s a hundred times better." "It"s only a bowl." "It"s special to you, and you gave it to me." Beth took it carefully and smiled at the dragons chasing one another in eternal determination. "It"s the best gift in the world." Ian took it gently back from her and replaced it in its slot. That made sense; in here it would stay safe and unbroken. But the kiss Ian gave her after that was anything but sensible. It was wicked and bruising, and she had no idea why he smiled so triumphantly. — Jennifer Ashley


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Again and again I therefore admonish my students both in Europe and in America: "Don"t aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. for success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one"s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one"s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run - in the long run I say! - success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it. — Viktor E. Frankl


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Films are subjective - what you like, what you don"t like. But the thing for me that is absolutely unifying is the idea that every time I go to the cinema and pay my money and sit down and watch a film go up on-screen, I want to feel that the people who made that film think it"s the best movie in the world, that they poured everything into it and they really love it. Whether or not I agree with what they"ve done, I want that effort there - I want that sincerity. And when you don"t feel it, that"s the only time I feel like I"m wasting my time at the movies. — Christopher Nolan




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