Sometimes to get what you want the most, you have to do what you want the least.
I know that books I have written will still resonate in 50 years - particularly 'My Sister's Keeper.' It has sold three million copies in the States alone. I strongly feel that, as a novelist, you have a platform and the ability to change people's minds.
You know how every now and then, you have a moment where your whole life stretches out ahead of you like a forked road, and even as you choose one gritty path you've got your eyes on the other the whole time, certain that you're making a mistake.
Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look.
They don't really pay attention to me, except when they need my blood or something. I wouldn't even be alive, if it wasn't for Kate being sick.
I didn't want to see her because it would make me feel better. I came because without her, it's hard to remember who I am.
A photo says, you were happy, and I wanted to catch that. A photo says, you were so important to me that I put down everything else to come watch.
Kids think with their brains cracked wide open; becoming an adult, I've decided, is only a slow sewing shut.
Life isn't nearly as stable as we want it to be.
The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you'd ever believe at first glance.
And if your parents have you for a reason, then that reason better exist. Because once it's gone, so are you.
There are always sides. There is always a winner and a loser. For every person who gets, there's someone who must give.
Dark matter has a gravitation effect on other objects. You can't see it, you can't feel it, but you can watch something being pulled in its direction.
There are some things we do because we convince ourselves it would be better for everyone involved. We tell ourselves that it's the right thing to do, the altruistic thing to do. It's far easier than telling ourselves the truth.
You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.
If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?
I think many of my books, including "Handle with Care," including "My Sister's Keeper" circle back to how far are we willing to go for the people we love? I think love changes the way we think. It's the thing that takes you out of what your normal set of beliefs would be.
Life sometimes gets so bogged down in the details, you forget you are living it.
The answer is that there is no good answer. So as parents, as doctors, as judges, and as a society, we fumble through and make decisions that allow us to sleep at night--because morals are more important than ethics, and love is more important than law.
Until this moment, I had not realized that someone could break your heart twice, along the very same fault lines.
This is when I realize that Anna has already left the table, and more importantly, that nobody noticed.
A fire can't burn forever. Eventually, it consumes itself.
When you don't know where you're headed, you find places no one else would ever explore.
In my family, we seem to have a tortured history of not saying what we ought to and not meaning what we do.
There are some nights when you just want to know there's someone else besides you in this wide world.
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