Choices may be unbelievably hard but they're never impossible. To say you have no choice is to release yourself from responsibility and that's not how a person with integrity acts.
Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.
To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility.
if one of us falls, we all fall
Stories are the wildest things of all. Stories chase and bite and hunt.
A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.
We are the choices we make.
... a good idea always attracts other good ideas.
In this world of numbness and information overload, the ability to feel, my boy, is a rare gift indeed.
Stories are important...They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.
I was a hugely unchaperoned reader, and I would wander into my local public library and there sat the world, waiting for me to look at it, to find out about it, to discover who I might be inside it.
Librarians are tour-guides for all of knowledge.
Shout for libraries. Shout for the young readers who use them.
Stories don't always have happy endings." This stopped him. Because they didn't, did they? That's one thing the monster had definitely taught him. Stories were wild, wild animals and went off in directions you couldn't expect.
Without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.
Hope may be the thing that pulls you forward, may be the thing that keeps you going, but that it's dangerous, that it's painful and risky, that it's making a dare in the world and when has the world ever let us win a dare?
even when peaceful cooperation is the obvious thing, the only thing that will keep any of us alive- There are still people who won't make that choice
I'll do it, Todd," I whisper. "I'll come with you." And he doesn't say anything, just squeezes my hand harder and brings it up to his face like he wants to breathe me in.
You are keeping the possibility [of peace] open. No wise leader would do anything less
It's not the mistakes I made but how I responded to them
And it’s a sad song, Todd, but it’s also a promise. I’ll never deceive you and I’ll never leave you and I promise you this so you can one day promise it to others and know that it’s true.
I think maybe everyone falls... I think the asking is whether we get back up again.
War is like a monster," he says, almost to himself. "War is the devil. It starts and it consumes and it grows and grows and grows." He's looking at me now. "And otherwise normal men become monsters, too.
There's hope at the bottom of the biggest waterfall." ~pg 426
Because he KNEW he was doing wrong. He felt the PAIN of his actions'-- 'But he did not amen them,' shows the Sky. 'The rest are worth as much as their pack animals,' I show, 'but worst is the one who knows better and does NOTHING.
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