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Thursday Quoteables: The Complications Of Pi

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Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

Once inside the car, she rattled off her address and, like Cinderella, was whisked back home away from the ball. This time there would be no happily ever after and no shoe left behind.

I’ve felt this way several times through the years.

She excelled at avoiding uncomfortable situations where she felt like her heart had relocated to inside her skull. Dating oddly was one of those scenarios. She didn’t really do casual dating. Her shortest relationship was six months and her longest one was three years. That one tore her apart and she still wasn’t sure if she was over the whole thing yet or not. Was she even ready to date again?

I feel like a lot of people struggle with this often. Myself included.

You’re right. I don’t believe you should have to out yourself so to speak just because you’re worried about your job. I mean, heterosexual people don’t go around saying ‘I just wanted you to know that I like men in case you have parents or students that think it’s wrong.’ I understand where you’re coming from, though. Maybe that’s why I’m a hard ass at times or don’t give a shit. Maybe I’m in a position where it doesn’t affect me as much. Were your parents cool when you told them?

I really loved the entire conversation behind this. Especially this part.

N: LOL. Took me a minute. Why did you hang up?
Now this was the million dollar question and one she didn’t want to answer.
P: First time student walked into my office for help.
N: Earlier?
P: I am a bird people eat.

I just really loved the chicken reference. I am forever going to use that instead. Can’t wait to see blank stares in my future.

Thursday Quoteables: 7/22/20

Thank you Lisa for hosting this great meme!

Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

Grief is tricky like that. It can lie low for hours, long enough for magical thinking to take hold. Then, when you’re good and vulnerable, it will leap out at you like a fun-house skeleton, and all the pain you thought was gone comes roaring back.

My Thoughts: This quote hit me on a personal level. My little sister passed away in 2006. I went through a dark time for a long time after that. I’m better now, but there are days that the pain hits me out of nowhere. It doesn’t feel like it’s ripping me apart anymore, but it’s there.

Most of the heroes of the sagas are men who saved fair maidens from villains and monsters, because the fair maidens could not save themselves. This was a problem. I did not want to be a fair maiden who needed to be saved. I wanted to be the hero doing the saving.

My Thoughts: I love how eloquent the rejection of gender roles is portrayed here. She could be one thing or another. She chooses what she wants regardless of whether it’s supposedly not what’s expected of her.

Later, Kestrel wished she had spoken then, that no time had been lost. She wished that she’d had the courage that very moment to tell Arin what she’d finally known to be true: that she loved him with the whole of her heart.

My Thoughts: I think we all have those times where we should have said something that we didn’t. When we do finally realize it, we think it’s too late. That the moment has come and gone and here we are wondering what could have been.

We’re standing in the ashes of a war like no other—if we don’t try harder to see the shades of gray involved, we’ll find ourselves in the thick of a new one.

My Thoughts: I could be wrong, but I think that it’s basically saying that if we aren’t willing to make compromises and do things that make us a bit uncomfortable, we will always find ourselves in war.

Thursday Quoteables: The Winner’s Crime

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Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

All four of my quotes this week will be from the same book. I am almost done with this book!

I don’t mind being a moth. I would probably start eating silk if it meant that I could fly.

Being able to fly means a lot to those who feel trapped and grounded.

There was dishonor, she decided, in accepting someone else’s idea of honor without question.

Trusting in somebody is amazing, but having your own thoughts is wonderful.

You snored,” Kestrel said. “I did not.” “You did. You snored so loudly that the people in my dreams complained.

I just found this hilarious!

Sometimes you think you want something,” Arin told him, “when what you need is to let it go.

One of the hardest things one can do is to move on when they really don’t want to.

Thursday Quoteables: Dark And Deepest Red

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Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

All four of my quotes this week will be from the same book. I’ve really enjoyed the book so far.

Whenever Lala asks why they left the hills outside Riquewihr, left where they buried her mother and father, Tante says, What we are, they have made it a crime in our own country. So we will go somewhere no one knows us.

They are basically looked down on for their heritage. It’s truly sad.

With everyone else, he had to hold his Romanipen hidden inside him, a map to a country he had to pretend didn’t exist. In this house, he could be who he was. Outside, he had to be like everyone else.

This happens in society too. People are forced to hide their religious practices in effort to keep from offending others.

Alifair has worked so hard to hide that he was given a girl’s name at birth, and has to conceal the fact of his body to be considered as the boy he is. He has done this work, learning to bind himself beneath his shirts, settling his voice as low as the other boys’, and he has done it so well that even this man doesn’t suspect.

He’s so far one of my favorite characters in this book so far.

When I grew up, I would never let my family, or myself, be where my grandparents had just been, having to cut our own work into pieces so someone else wouldn’t steal it.

I see this in many places. People complain about things and expect free products or compensation. It’s sickening.

Thursday Quoteables 6/18/20

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Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

Dustin shook his head and sighed. People were starving, wars were being fought all over the world, so many people were suffering. And yet here was an eighteen-year-old dropping two gs on some bullsh*t like it was nothing. It didn’t seem right that some people had so much when others had so little. He knew he shouldn’t go on principle, but when it came to Kimmie, Dustin’s convictions were like a bunny getting battered around by a bear.

I can totally understand where Dustin is coming from. Especially since he didn’t want to go to the party on principle. He only chose to go for Kimmie.

Grief was beginning to be overlaid by the first layer of the skin and time. Jordan supposed that layer would get thicker and thicker and in a way she was sorry. Grief cut, but it also made you remember.

Everybody is horrified by death. They feel the tragedy. But nobody feels the true pain of death until somebody they love more than anything passes away. Grief hits everybody differently, but it still cuts.

Do not assume motive where human error will suffice.

There are many things in life that can be explained fully with “human error”. Better known as human emotion.

If he’s giving you up, maybe he isn’t worth it.

This is a very simple and wonderful quote. It means so much. If a person who’s willing to give up on you without even hearing your side or your wishes, you can do better. Another great piece of advice with relationships that stuck with me is “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Movie and Book.

Thursday Quoteables: 6/11/20

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Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

In honor of #BlackLivesMatter and Pride Month, I’m going to choose two quotes from each cause. I would love to see your favorite quotes or books.

Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared. it means you go on even though you’re scared.

This quote is so powerful, but so simple at the same time. It’s inspiring.

You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

Aibileen is worried about the child’s self esteem. So she encourages her to say that multiple times a day. Sometimes, when I’m really depressed, I actually say this to myself. Over and over until the pain lessens.

It is definitely annoying that straight (and white, for that matter) is the default, and that the only people who have to think about their identity are the ones who don’t fit that mold. Straight people really should have to come out, and the more awkward it is, the better. Awkwardness should be a requirement.

This really speaks to me. I can’t tell you how many times I tried to come out as bisexual. I was either mocked or told that I wasn’t really bisexual. People were just trying to convince me I was. So rather than argue, I just played it off as a joke. I wasted a lot of time doing that. I can’t take it back now, but here I am!

Straight people, he thinks, probably don’t spend this much time convincing themselves that they’re straight.

It does make me wonder if there are some that do. I mean I constantly wonder if I’m really bisexual. Some people got in my head. There are days I wonder if I really am doing it for attention or some guy like people say. Then I come across a girl who drives me nuts. And yeah. But it does make me wonder if there are SOME straight people who struggle with their identity.

Thursday Quoteables: Harry Potter

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Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

I’m going to start something different. I’m going to make the last Thursday every month a “theme”. The perfect way to start this off is with Harry Potter! Let’s go!

The dementors affect you worse than the others because there are horrors in your past that the others don’t have.

Harry was so humiliated over all this. But really the ones who were bullying him over it should be the ones that were ashamed.

There are all kinds of courage, said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. I therefore award ten points to Mr. Neville Longbottom.

Lord Voldermort’s gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great.

I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed’, my ol’ man used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.

Thursday Quoteables 5/21/20

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Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

I suppose I should warn you, Padre. In the absence of male supervision, my mother has become a revolutionary.” Renzo Leoni

There are just so many words to say. I could write a book on my feelings on this. Instead, I’ll just let the quote speak for itself.

The steamy, noisy kitchen was the safest place in the world, it seemed to him. Safety had never been anything to think about before; it was something you took for granted, like his mother’s endless, effortless, generous food, and the fact that there would always be hot plates ready to serve it on.

It’s amazing the little things that we take for granted that we think will e there for ever. Safety, comfort, love, compassion. People. One day, they aren’t there anymore and we feel it like a hole in us.

If a bank robber tapes over the lens of a surveillance camera, that’s MO. If he feels a need to tear his clothes off and dance naked before that same camera, that’s signature.

This example of the difference between the two is priceless. I love it!

The things that go unsaid are often the things that eat at you – – whether because you didn’t get to have your say, or because the other person never got to hear you and really wanted to.

This resonates with me so much. I can’t even begin to explain how much the quote struck me. I’m constantly obsessing over the things I never said to people. I think that’s more anxiety than anything, but yeah.

Thursday Quoteables 5/14/20

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Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

You are worth seven-dollar lilies. You are worth anything that instantly makes your life better.

I used to think I was the only one who struggled with this. I would spend money on others and not even think twice about it. But I question every single purchase I make for myself. Do I really need this? Could I be doing other things with the money I use to buy this? Is this a waste?

Always respect life. Then you’ll value yours. The hard part isn’t turning you into a killer. The hard part is keeping you human.

Evan was pulled from the orphanage as a kid and trained to be an assassin. His handler did everything in his power that Evan kept his humanity in the process.

But once you’ve come face-to-face with real madness and returned, once you’ve found yourself to be a bridge between the two worlds, you can never turn your back again.

It’s hard to see the world the same once you experience something so overwhelming and outrageous you question if it was reality.

What does it mean to watch? When a crime takes place in front of you, what is watching? Is it a failure to act or is it simply keeping your eyes open?

The main character in this book is twelve or thirteen years old. His friend attacks a girl their age and leaves her for dead. He does nothing to stop nor help and he lives to regret his inaction for the rest of his life.

Thursday Quotables 5/7/20

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Welcome to Thursday Quotables! This feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines will be, and you’re invited to join in!

I used to think I wasn’t a novice warrior, but letting my enemy escape was a rookie mistake- one I’m still paying for. I have a sneaking suspicion I will be paying for this mistake for the rest of my life.

All her life she was raised to believe that vampires are the enemy. None of them should be allowed to live.

She had enough awareness about her mental health to know that her father’s death could affect her deeply, striking her like a lightning bolt and knocking her back off her feet for weeks, maybe months. It was a familiar pattern, one Maggie realized she shared with her father, a cycle of creativity, depression, sexual neediness. Of course with male artists, there was a sort of “comes with the territory” acceptance that Maggie had never found herself. She knew people judged, including her sisters. As her therapist in Los Angeles had told her, “You can change your patterns, but you can’t change society’s perceptions. So, work on you and don’t get hung up on the others.”

This one hits me in more ways than I care to admit. I have beliefs that aren’t really accepted by social norms. Most of the stuff I don’t openly talk about. That’s because I do believe in keeping some things private. It’s not because I’m ashamed.

Victor, the tall Nigerian man, was evidently her stepfather; and Josh, her half brother. But Pip didn’t like those words, those cold technicalities. The people you love weren’t calculated, subtracted, or held at arm’s length across a decimal point. Victor was her dad, who’d raised her since she was four years old, and Josh was her annoying little brother.

My family is heavily broken. On both sides. My parents were never together. I don’t’ want to get into the details. They both had children with other people. I understand and relate to this post so much. Especially since I had a grandmother who got mad when I claimed my half brothers and sisters as brothers and sisters instead of labeling them properly.

It was all shades of grey: moral justification for immoral ends. A good man pushed into the role of a villain – not just for the sake of his own survival, but for that of his men.

What would you do to save those who you love and care about? What lengths would you take to save their lives?