Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho

  • There is always a gap between intention and action.
  • Nothing in this world happens by chance.
  • Suicide demands that people think of themselves first and of others later.
  • Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.
  • No one can judge. Each person knows the extent of their own suffering or the total absence of meaning in their lives.
  • It's best to accept life as it really is and not as I imagined it to be.
  • I want to continue being crazy, living my life the way I dream it, and not the way other people want it to be.
  • She had learned early that whenever a new situation presented itself, you had to remain cool and distant.
  • Real love changes and grows with time and discovers new ways of expressing itself.
  • She didn't struggle, and so she didn't grow.
  • People never learn anything by being told; they have to find out for themselves.
  • All of us, one way or another, are insane.
  • Death had freed her from the fear of dying.
  • No one should let themselves get used to anything.
  • The meaninglessness of life was no one's fault but mine.
  • Stop thinking all the time that you're in the way, that you're bothering the person next to you. If people don't like it, they can complain. And if they don't have the courage to complain, that's their problem.
  • I don't think you should leave this life without knowing how far you can go.
  • Everyone has an unusual story to tell.
  • Good or bad, an idea only exists when someone tries to put it into practice.
  • God was there, and yet people believed they still had to go on looking, because it seemed too simple to accept that life was an act of faith.
  • Basically everything that happens in our life is our fault and ours alone.
  • If you live, God will live with you. If you refuse to run his risks, he'll retreat to that distant heaven and be merely a subject for philosophical speculation.
  • You've got nothing to lose. Many people don't allow themselves to love, precisely because of that, because there are a lot of things at risk, a lot of future and a lot of past. In your case, there is only the present.
  • I need to run the risk of being alive.
  • Normality is merely a matter of consensus; that is, a lot of people think something is right, and so that thing becomes right.
  • Diplomacy is also the art of postponing decisions until the problems resolve themselves.
  • The danger of an adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.
12/28/2010--11:35 pm

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

  • No perspective is ever really trivial.
  • There were some things out there scarier than I'd imagined.
6/24/2010--7:32 pm

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

  • If you'd had your way then, there wouldn't be much chance for second thoughts now.
  • No justice system can ever be free of human error.
  • There wasn't really much else to do. Make something, and die.
  • Without a surrounding context of harmony, disharmony was meaningless and uninteresting.
  • He was infinitely diluted; he was simply the sum of all the people who had listened to him, and when he was alone, he was nothing at all.
  • Perhaps every century there was an exception or two to be made.
  • Sometimes the work was hard, and you had to do whatever experience had taught you was most effective.
  • If it's okay to be a transvestite, then it's okay for a racist to be one. What's not okay is to be a racist.
  • The best ideas were the ones that survived and were strengthened by intelligent opposition.
  • Love was a greater force than spite.
  • A letter sent in fury merely put a weapon into the hands of your enemy. Poison, in preserved form, to be used against you long into the future.