Thursday, September 04, 2008

One word can change the entire world.

All quotes from 'This Lullaby' by Sarah Dessen

"I had no illusions about love anymore. It came, it went, it left casualties or it didn't. People weren't meant to be together forever, regardless of what the songs say."

"Later, it would take a minute to remember how exactly it happened. If I turned around and moved forward first, or he did. I just know we didn't meet half way. It was just a short distance really, no worth squabbling over. And maybe it didn't matter so much whether he took the step or I did. All I knew is that he was there."

"It seemed like this day could go in so many directions, like a spiderweb shooting out toward endless possibilities. Whenever you made a choice, especially one you'd been resisting, it always affected everything else, some in big ways, like a tremor beneath your feet, others in so tiny a shift you hardly noticed a change at all. But it was happening."

"What did it feel like, I wondered, to love someone that much? So much that you couldn't even control yourself when they came close, as if you might just break free of whatever was holding you and throw yourself at them with enough force to easily overwhelm you both."

"Holding people away from you, and denying yourself love, that doesn't make you strong. If anything, it makes you weaker. Because you're doing it out of fear."

"And that's the key. It's like a big pie chart, and the love in a relationship has to be the biggest piece. Love can make up for a lot."

"It's true that I've been hurt in my life, quite a bit. But it's also true that I have loved, and been a lover. And that carries a weight of its own. A greater weight, in my opinion. It's like that pie chart we talked about earlier. In the end, I'll look back on my life and see that the greatest piece of it was love. The problems, the divorces, the sadness, those will be there too, but just smaller slivers--tiny pieces."

"Some things don't last forever, but some things do. Like a good song, or a good book, or a good memory you can take out and unfold in your darkest times, pressing down the corners and peering in close, hoping you still recognize the person you see there."

"It was just like my mother said. Everything, in the end, comes down to timing. One second, one minute, one hour, could make all the difference. So much hanging on just these things. Time increments that together build a life, like words build a story. One word can change the entire world."

"Something, somehow, had made all these paths converge. You couldn't find it on a checklist or work it into the equation. It just happened."

"Maybe, you misplaced it, you know? It's been there. But you just haven't been looking in the right spot. Because lost means forever, it's gone. But misplaced...that means it's still around, somewhere. Just not where you thought."

"Loving you 'till the stars are gone and the heart I have just turns to stone."

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