Libba Bray Quotes

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1. “There is an ancient tribal proverb I once heard in India. It says that before we can see properly we must first shed our tears to clear the way.”

Tags : Crying Proverb Revelation Suffering Wisdom
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

2. “God doesn't like lesbians," Grandma Huberman hised, throwing the magazine in the trash.Jennifer knew what lesbian meant, and she knew she probably was one. But she couldn't understand why God would hold that against her or against Monica Mathers, who'd never started a war or killed anybody, and whose deadeye three-pointers were straight-up amazing. After all, hadn't God made both of them? But people were like that, she'd noticed. They'd invoke Godly privilege at the weirdest of times and for the most stupid reasons.”

Tags : God Godly Lesbian Stupid
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

3. “I should never be left alone with my mind for too long.”

Tags : Blog Post Humor Insanity
Author : Libba Bray

4. “Sometimes we seek that which we are not yet ready to find.”

Tags : Fantasy Young Adult
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Rebel Angels

5. “Robot. Is. Sad. Because silly bitch. Will. Not. Dance.”

Tags : Bitch Dance Sad Silly
Author : Libba Bray

6. “What Hamlet suffers from is a lack of zombies. Let us say Rosencrantz and Guildenstern show up—Ho-HO! Now you’ve got something that stirs the, um, something that stirs things that are stirrable. BOOM! A pack of ravenous flesh-eaters breaks open their heads and sucks out their eyeballs. No need for iambic pentameter because they are grunting, groaning annihilators of humanity with no time for meter. You’re not asleep in the back of English class anymore, are you? This is what I’m talking about. Zombies. Learn it, live it, love it.”

Tags : Humor Iambic Pentameter Zombies
Author : Libba Bray

7. “And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”

Tags : Change
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

8. “People have a habit of inventing fictions they will believe wholeheartedly in order to ignore the truth they cannot accept.”

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Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

9. “You can never really know someone completely. That’s why it’s the most terrifying thing in the world, really—taking someone on faith, hoping they’ll take you on faith too. It’s such a precarious balance, It’s a wonder we do it at all. And yet..”

Tags : Faith People
Author : Libba Bray

10. “What if evil doesn't really exist? What if evil is something dreamed up by man, and there is nothing to struggle against except out own limitations? The constant battle between our will, our desires, and our choices?”

Tags : Challenges Good And Evil
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Rebel Angels

11. “Jeez, someone needs to push the reset button on this planet.”

Tags : Planet Reset
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

12. “And sometimes I just don't want to sparkle.”

Tags : Sparkle
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

13. “Don't tell anybody, but sometimes, I just don't want to sparkle.”

Tags : Sparkle
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

14. “Naughty John, Naughty John, does his work with his apron on. Cuts your throat and takes your bones, sells 'em off for a coupla stones.”

Tags : Historical Fiction Horror Libba Bray
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

15. “Sometimes I just want to go in a room and break things and scream. Like, it’s so much pressure all the time and if you get upset or angry, people say, ‘Are you on the rag of something?’ And it’s like I want to say, ‘No. I’m just pissed off right now. Can’t I just be pissed off? How come that’s not okay for me?’ Like my dad will say, ‘I can’t talk to you when you’re hysterical.’ And I’m totally not being hysterical! I’m just mad. And he’s the one losing it. But then I feel embarrassed anyway. So I slap on that smile and pretend everything’s okay even though it’s not.”

Tags : Anger Girls Teens
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

16. “Every city is a ghost.New buildings rise upon the bones of the old so that each shiny steel bean, each tower of brick carries within it the memories of what has gone before, an architectural haunting. Sometimes you can catch a glimpse of these former incarnations in the awkward angle of a street or filigreed gate, an old oak door peeking out from a new facade, the plaque commemorating the spot that was once a battleground, which became a saloon and is now a park.”

Tags : Architecture Ghosts Hauntings The Past
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Lair of Dreams

17. “There's no time to be modest. Reason will not work here. Without warning, I kiss Kartik. His lips, pressed firmly against mine, are a surprise. They are warm, light as breath, firm as the give of a peach against my mouth. A scent like scorched cinnamon hangs in the air, but I'm not falling into any vision. It's his smell in me. A smell that makes my stomach drop through my feet. A smell that pushes all thought out of my head and replaces it with an overpowering hunger for more.”

Tags : Kartik Kissing
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

18. “Do you ever feel that way?""Lonely?"I search for the words. "Restless. As if you haven't really met yourself yet. As is you'd passed yourself once in the fog, and your heart leapt - 'Ah! There I Am! I've been missing that piece!' But it happens too fast, and then that part of you disappears into the fog again. And you spend the rest of your days looking for it."He nods, and I think he's appeasing me. I feel stupid of having said it. It's sentimental and true, and I've revealed a part of myself I shouldn't have."Do you know what I think?" Kartik says at last."What?""Sometimes, I think you can glimpse it in another.”

Tags : Epiphany Found Gemma Doyle Kartik Lonely Lost Restless Self Discovery
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

19. “I know it. I know I shall make beastly mistakes, Father-""The world does not forgive mistakes so quickly, my girl." He sounds bitter and sad."If the world will not forgive me," I say softly, "I shall have to learn to forgive myself."He nods in understanding."And how will you marry? Or do you intend to marry?"I think of Kartik, and tears threaten. "I shall meet someone one day, as Mother found you.”

Tags : Family Father Forgiveness Gemma Doyle Kartik Love Mistake
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

20. “Memphis found his smile. 'You know me, sir. I don't wear worry.”

Tags : Brave Resilience Smiles Worry
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

21. “No one asks how or what I am doing. They could not care less. We’re all looking glasses, we girls, existing only to reflect their images back to them as they’d like to be seen. Hollow vessels of girls to be rinsed of our own ambitions, wants, and opinions, just waiting to be filled with the cool, tepid water of gracious compliance.A fissure forms in the vessel. I’m cracking open.”

Tags : Crack Gemma Doyle Girl Mirage Society
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

22. “Felicity ignores us. She walks out to them, an apparition in white and blue velvet, her head held high as they stare in awe at her, the goddess. I don't know yet what power feels like. But this is surely what it looks like, and I think I'm beginning to understand why those ancient women had to hide in caves. Why our parents and suitors want us to behave properly and predictably. It's not that they want to protect us; it's that they fear us.”

Tags : Adolescence Feminism
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

23. “Why do girls always feel like they have to apologize for giving an opinion or taking up space in the world? Have you ever noticed that?" Nicole asked. "You go on websites and some girl leaves a post and if it's longer than three sentences or she's expressing her thoughts about some topic, she usually ends with, 'Sorry for the rant' or 'That may be dumb, but that's what I think.”

Tags : Apologizing Sorry
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

24. “I'm an oddity of one, my strangeness too complicated to explain or share.”

Tags : A Great And Terrible Beauty Gemma Doyle Individuality Libba Bray Quirks Uniqueness
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

25. “In each of us lie good and bad, light and dark, art and pain, choice and regret, cruelty and sacrifice. We’re each of us our own chiaroscuro, our own bit of illusion fighting to emerge into something solid, something real. We’ve got to forgive ourselves that. I must remember to forgive myself. Because there is a lot of grey to work with. No one can live in the light all the time.”

Tags : Balance Doyle Gemma
Author : Libba Bray

26. “There are no safe choices. Only other choices.”

Tags : Choice
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

27. “We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. To spend time trying to change that, well, it's like chasing clouds.”

Tags : Regret
Author : Libba Bray

28. “The world expected girls to pluck and primp and put on heels. Meanwhile, boys dressed in rumpled T-shirts and baggy pants and misplace their combs, and yet you were suppose to fall at their feet? Unacceptable.”

Tags : Boys Men True World
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

29. “Fate determines your caste. You must accept it and live according to the rules."You can't really believe that!"I do believe it. That man's misfortune is that he cannot accept his caste, his fate."I know that the Indians wear their caste as a mark upon their foreheads for all to see. I know that in England, we have our own unacknowledged caste system. A laborer will never hold a seat in Parliament. Neither will a woman. I don't think I've ever questioned such things until this moment. But what about will and desire? What if someone wants to change things."Kartik keeps his eyes on the room "You cannot change your caste. You cannot go against fate." That means there is no hope of a better life. It is a trap."That is how you see it," he says softly.What do you mean?"It can be a relief to follow the path that has been laid oud for you, to know your course and play your part in it."But how can you be sure that you are following the right course? What if there is no such thing as destiny, only choice?" Then I do not choose to live without destiny," he says with a slight smile.”

Tags : Caste Destiny Fate
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Rebel Angels

30. “Ain't that a sight? With all the things we know and learn, we still ain't touched the big mysteries -- where we come from, where we go next, why we even her. And when something truly miraculous happens, we run and hide in our caves. We deny.”

Tags : Denial Junior Webster Miracles Mysteries
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

31. “I change the world, the world changes me.”

Tags : Change Gemma Doyle Inspirational World
Author : Libba Bray

32. “Scoring well on tests is the sort of happy thing that gets the school district the greenbacks they crave. Understanding and appreciating the material are secondary.”

Tags : Education Knowledge School Test
Author : Libba Bray

33. “Our mouths and bodies speak for us in a new language as the trees shake loose a rain of petals that stick to our slickness like skins we will wear forever. And just like that, I am changed.”

Tags : Belief Change Love Rebirth
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

34. “I've been poked and prodded in places I'd always prided myself on keeping untouched for that one special doctor who gives me a ring and a promise someday.”

Tags : Doctors Going Bovine Marriage
Author : Libba Bray

35. “In every end, there is also a beginning.”

Tags : Beginning Ending
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

36. “War." Gorgon spits the word. "That is what they call it to give the illusion of honor and law. It is chaos. Madness and blood and the hunger to win. It has always been thus and shall always be so.”

Tags : Chaos Forever Gorgon Honor Law War Win
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

37. “Centuries of fighting, and for what? I say. "Today it ends. I can't live in fear any longer. I've cursed this power. I've both enjoyed and misused it. And I've hidden it away. Now I must try to wield it correctly, to marry it to a purpose and hope that is enough.”

Tags : End Fight Gemma Doyle Meaning Power Rebel
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

38. “You and I, we must carry on, Gemma. I cannot afford the luxury of love. I must marry well. And now I must look after you. It is my duty.""If you wish to suffer, you do so of your own free will, not on my behalf. Or Father's or Grandmama's or anyone's. You are a fine physician, Thomas. Why is that not enough?""Because it isn't," he says with a rare candor. "Only this and the hope of nothing more? A quiet respectability with no true greatness or heroism in it, with only my reputation to recommend me. So you see, Gemma, you are not the only one who cannot rule her own life.”

Tags : Bitter Control Gemma Doyle Life Love Responsibility Thomas Doyle Yearn
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

39. “Nicole did what she'd been taught since she was little and her parents had moved into an all-white neighborhood: She smiled and made herself as friendly and non threatening as possible. Its what she did when she met the parents of her friends. There was always that split second- something almost felt rather than seen- when the parents' faces would register a tiny shock, a palpable discomfort with Nicole's 'otherness.' And Nicole would smile wide and say how nice it was to come over. She would call the parents Mr. or Mrs., never by their first names. Their suspicion would ebb away, replaced by an unspoken but nonetheless palpable pride in her 'good breeding,' for which they should take no credit but did anyway. Nicole could never quite relax in these homes. She'd spend the evening perched on the edge of the couch, ready to make a quick getaway.”

Tags : Assimilation Beauty Queens Casual Racism Racism Quotes
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

40. “You can never know about about your own destiny: are the people you meet there to play a part on your oun destiny, or do you exist just to play a role in theirs?”

Tags : Choices Destiny Exist Life
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

41. “She shrieks above the din. "If you wish a battle, I shall give it. I am the last of my kind. I shall not lie down without a fight.”

Tags : Desperate Fight Gemma Doyle Gorgon
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

42. “Really? And what curse befalls the Adams of the world?"Ann opens her mouth and, presumably thinking of nothing to say, closes it again. It is Felicity who answers, eyes steely. "They are weak to temptation. And we are their temptresses.”

Tags : Curse Men Power Temptaion Women
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Rebel Angels

43. “There is much asked and only so much I think I can or should answer, and so, in this post I would like to give a few thoughts on what seemed to be the overwhelming question: “WHY?”And here is the best answer I can give: Because.Because sometimes, life is damned unfair.Because sometimes, we lose people we love and it hurts deeply.Because sometimes, as the writer, you have to put your characters in harm’s way and be willing to go there if it is the right thing for your book, even if it grieves you to do it.Because sometimes there aren’t really answers to our questions except for what we discover, the meaning we assign them over time.Because acceptance is yet another of life’s “here’s a side of hurt” lessons and it is never truly acceptance unless it has cost us something to arrive there.Why, you ask? Because, I answer.Inadequate yet true.”

Tags : Because Grief Reason Why
Author : Libba Bray

44. “There's no such thing as nothing. In every nothing, there's a something. In fact, there could be everything!”

Tags : Dr T Everything Nothing Something
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

45. “You must remember, my dear lady, the most important rule of any successful illusion: First, the people must want to believe in it.”

Tags : Belief Deceit
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

46. “Board the cows! We've come to enslave your marigolds. ”

Tags : Humor Nonsense Silly
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

47. “Evie wanted to cry. From fear. From exhaustion, yes. But mostly from the cruel uselessness, the damned stupid arbitrariness of it all.”

Tags : Cry Disappointed Fear Stupid Useless
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

48. “So. Tell me,” Marlowe tried gamely, “what do you think is man’s greatest invention?”Jericho turned his head just slightly toward Marlowe, looking him straight in the eye. “God.”

Tags : Humor Religion And Philoshophy
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Lair of Dreams

49. “Please, I'm a transgender former boy-bander. You think I don't know how to defend myself?”

Tags : Beauty Libba Bray Queen
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

50. “Brought to you by The Corporation: In your homes and in your pants.”

Tags : Beauty Libba Bray Queen
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

51. “May I suggest that you all read? And often. Believe me, it's nice to have something to talk about other than the weather and the Queen's health. Your mind is not a cage. It's a garden. And it requires cultivating.”

Tags : Aliteracy Reading
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

52. “I've heard it said that God is in the details. It's the same with the truth. Leave out the details, the crucial heart, and you can damn someone with the bare bones of it.”

Tags : A Great And Terrible Beauty Details Gemma Doyle Libba Bray Truth
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

53. “But Gemma, you could change the world.""That should take far more than my power," I say."True. But change needn't happen all at once. It can be small gestures.""Moments. Do you understand?" He's looking at me differently now, though I cannot say how. I only know I need to look away...We pass by the pools, where the mud larks sift. And for only a few seconds, I let the magic loose again."Oi! By all the saints!" a boy cries from the river."Gone off the dock?" an old woman calls. The mud larks break into cackles."'S not a rock!" he shouts. He races out of the fog, cradling something in his palm. Curiosity gets the better of the others. They crowd about trying to see. In his palm is a smattering of rubies. "We're rich mates! It's a hot bath and a full belly for every one of us!"Kartik eyes me suspiciously. "That was a strange stroke of good fortune.""Yes it was.""I don't suppose that was your doing.""I'm not sure I don't know what you mean," I say.And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.”

Tags : Change Gemma Doyle Kartik Luck Magic Small
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

54. “In a world like this one, only the random makes sense.”

Tags : Anarchy
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

55. “Any good world would allow for us to have free will, yes?" he continued. "Can we agree to this point? But once human beings have free will, they also have the ability to make choices - and commit evil. Thus, this very good thing, free will, allows the possibility of evil into our fine world.”

Tags : Evil Free Will
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

56. “And if I talk too loud, its just that I'm trying to be heard.”

Tags : Loud
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

57. “I don't think you should die until you're ready. Until you've wrung out every last bit of living you can.”

Tags : Life And Death
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

58. “I'll try to communicate, Taylor said. She spoke slowly and deliberately. Hello! We need help. Is your village close?My village is Denver. And I think it's a long way from here. I'm Nicole Ade. Miss Colorado.We have a Colorado where we're from too! Tiara said. She swiveled her hips, spread her arms wide, then brought her hands together prayer-style and bowed. Kipa aloha.Nicole stared. I speak English. I'm American. Also, did you learn those moves from Barbie's Hawaiian Vacation DVD?Ohmigosh, yes! Do your people have that, too?”

Tags : Airheads Beauty Queens Hawaii
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

59. “My whole life I’ve been ordered about. Now I shall give the orders.” I’ve never seen Felicity so wounded. “Not me,” she says. “I never ordered you about.” “Oh, Fee.” The old Pippa surfaces for just a moment, hopeful and childlike. She pulls Felicity to her. Something I cannot name passes between them, and then Pip’s lips are on Fee’s in a deep kiss, as if they feed on one another, their fingers entwined in each other’s hair. And suddenly, I understand what I must have always known about them—the private talks, the close embraces, the tenderness of their friendship. A blush spreads across my neck at the thought. How could I not have seen it before?”

Tags : Felicity Worthington Gemma Doyle Gemma Doyle Trilogy Kiss Lgbt Libba Bray Pippa Cross The Sweet Far Thing Trilogy
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

60. “When she can't bring me to heal with scolding, she bends me to shape with guilt.”

Tags : Family Guilt Women
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

61. “So, now I've been to see a drug counselor who told me I need to lay off the drugs and talk about my feelings, and a shrink who heard what I had to say and immediately put me on drugs.”

Tags : Drugs Irony
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

62. “- So my own sister will not promote me? Speaking of which, weren't you supposed to find me a beautiful future wife with a small fortune? Have you had any success on that front?- Yes - I have warned them all.”

Tags : Humor Siblings
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Rebel Angels

63. “...I do have to wonder what sort of childhood the Grimm brothers endured. They are not a merry bunch of storytellers, what with their children roasted by witches, maidens poisoned by old crones, and whatnot.”

Tags : Humorous Young Adult
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Rebel Angels

64. “There are no wrong decisions ― only different ones.”

Tags : Has Meaning To It Is Right Most Of The Time Useful
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

65. “What did I do to make Mommy leave?”“You didn’t do anything. This isn’t your fault.”“Then why?” she’d wailed.“I don’t know,” her daddy had said, and he looked so sad.“It isn’t fair!”“No, it isn’t, baby. Not by a mile. The world’s only as fair as you can make it. Takes a lot of fight. A lot of fight. But if you stay in here, in your own little cave, that’s one less fighter on the side of fair.”

Tags : Fair Loss
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

66. “We create the illusions we need to go on. And one day, when they no longer dazzle or comfort, we tear them down, brick by glittering brick, until we are left with nothing but the bright light of honesty. The light is liberating. Necessary. Terrifying. We stand naked and emptied before it. And when it is too much for our eyes to take, we build a new illusion to shield us from its relentless truth.”

Tags : Illusions
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

67. “We have work to do if you are not to be a total failure like high-waisted, acid-wash jeans.”

Tags : 80S Fail Fashion
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

68. “What kind of person doesn't let you have gummi bears?”

Tags : Food Funny
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

69. “I've had so many bikini waxes, I cry every time I see a Popsicle stick.”

Tags : Bikini Bikini Wax Funny Girl Girls Girly Humor Humour Shaving
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

70. “Weren't you wearing a purity ring when we got here? Aren't you supposed to be saving yourself?" Shanti asked. "Yeah," Mary Lou answered. "And then I thought, for what? You save leftovers. My sex is not a leftover, and it is not a Christmas present.”

Tags : Leftovers Purity Rings Sexuality
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

71. “Sexuality is not meant to be this way - an honest, consensual expression in which a girl might take an active role when she feels good and ready and not one minute before. No. Sexual desire is meant to sell soap. And cars. And beer. And religion.”

Tags : Sexuality Women
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

72. “Nobody Wants to be themselves. That's why there's tv. -Ephigenia,”

Tags : Tv Reference
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

73. “We're each of us our own chiaroscuro, our own bit of illusion trying to emerge into something solid, something real. We've got to forgive ourselves that. I must remember to forgive myself. Because there's an awful lot of gray to work with. No one can live in the light all the time.”

Tags : Forgiveness Identity Light
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

74. “Because you don't notice the light without a bit of shadow. Everything has both dark and light. You have to play with it till you get it exactly right.”

Tags : Contrast
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

75. “One day, as Sarita tended to the wash, Gemma played in the garden. She was a knight, you see, with a sword fashioned out of wood. Most formidable, she was, though I didn't quite know how formidable. As I sat in my study, I heard screaming from outside. I ran to see what the commotion was. Sarita called to me, wide-eyed with fear, "Oh, Mr. Doyle, look- over there!" The tiger had entered the garden and was making his way toward where our Gemma frolicked with her wooden sword. Beside me, our house servant, Raj, drew his blade so stealthily it seemed to simply appear in his hand by magic. But Sarita stayed his hand. "If you run for him with your life, you will provoke the tiger," she advised. "We must wait."...I must tell you that it was the longest moment of my life. No one dared move. No one dared draw a breath. And all the while, Gemma played on, taking no notice until the great cat was upon her. She stood and faced him. They stared at one another as if each wondered what to make of the other, as if they sensed a kindred spirit. At last, Gemma placed her sword upon the ground. "Dear tiger," she said. "You may pass if you are peaceful." The tiger looked at the sword and back at Gemma, and without a sound, it passed on, dissappearing into the jungle."..."The tiger had gone. He did not come around a gain. But I was a man possessed. The tiger had come too close, you see. I no longer felt safe. I hired the best tracker in Bombay. We hunted for days, tracking the tiger to the mountains there. We found him taking water from a small watering hole. He looked up but he did not charge. He took no notice of us at all but continued to drink. "Sahib, let us go," the boy said. "This tiger means you no harm." He was right, of course. But we had come all that way. The gun was in my hand. The tiger was before us. I took aim and shot it dead on the spot. I sold the tiger's skin for a fortune to a man in Bombay, and he called me brave for it. But it was not courage that brought me to that; it was fear..."But you," he says, smiling with a mix of sadness and pride, "you faced the tiger and survived."..."The time has come for me to face my tiger, to look him in the eye and see which of us survives." - Mr. Doyle”

Tags : Fear Gemma Doyle Love Tiger
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

76. “You can’t believe how bleeding scary the sea is! There’s, like, whales and storms and shit! They don’t bloody tell you that!”

Tags : Captain Sinjin Sailing Sea
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

77. “To each his own magic.”

Tags : Kartik Magic
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

78. “The library card is a passport to wonders and miracles, glimpses into other lives, religions, experiences, the hopes and dreams and strivings of ALL human beings, and it is this passport that opens our eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors, that is one of our best hopes against tyranny, xenophobia, hopelessness, despair, anarchy, and ignorance.”

Tags : Libraries Words To Live By
Author : Libba Bray

79. “As a kid, I imagined lots of different scenarios for my life. I would be an astronaut. Maybe a cartoonist. A famous explorer or rock star. Never once did I see myself standing under the window of a house belonging to some druggie named Carbine, waiting for his yard gnome to steal his stash so I could get a cab back to a cheap motel where my friend, a neurotic, death-obsessed dwarf, was waiting for me so we could get on the road to an undefined place and a mysterious Dr. X, who would cure me of mad cow disease and stop a band of dark energy from destroying the universe.”

Tags : Adventure Crazy Imagination Quick Plot Summary
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

80. “The glow dies down, and she's standing at the end of my bed--the one who's been following me around leaving feather messages. I take in the torn fishnets, plaid mini-kilt, shiny, riveted breastplate with leather straps at the sides and a worn Great Temolo decal near the left shoulder. Her wings are a crazy black-and-white-checkered pattern, like they've been spray-painted at a body shop to look like hipster sneakers.”

Tags : Angel Dulcie Punk Rock Angel
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

81. “People always fear what they don't understand, Evangeline. History proves that.”

Tags : Fear History Libba Bray The Diviners
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

82. “It is funny how you do not miss affection until it is given, but once it is, it can never be enough; you would drown in it if possible.”

Tags : Gemma Libba Bray
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

83. “A gentle breeze catches in the branches then and I hear it, soft and low, a murmured prayer--Gem-ma, Gem-ma--and then the leaves bend down and trail delicate fingers across my cold cheeks.”

Tags : Gemma Kartik
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

84. “Around us the night creatures have their say. We are surrounded by a symphony of crickets and frogs. Neither of us feels the need to speak, and I suppose that is one of the qualities I find comforting in Kartik. We can be alone together.”

Tags : Gemma Kartik Libba Bray
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

85. “I understand we'll be attending your friend Miss Worthington's Christmas ball. Perhaps I'll find a suitable-- which is to say wealthy-- wife among the ladies attending."And perhaps they will run screaming for the convent.”

Tags : Dating Doyle Funny Gemma Humor Tom
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Rebel Angels

86. “Out of the corner of my eye, I can see Felicity and Ann hunched over their ornaments as if they were fascinating relics from an archaeological dig. I note that their shoulders are trembling, and I realize that they are fighting laughter over my terrible plight. There's friendship for you.”

Tags : Ann Doyle Felicity Friendship Gemma Humor Sarcasm
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Rebel Angels

87. “I just read this great quote by Junot Diaz, he was talking about true intimacy, and he was saying that it was the willingness to be vulnerable and to be found out. That’s what I felt that YA did. It wasn't pretentious, and it wasn’t hiding its heart. It wanted to be found out...It felt like those moments when you go to a party and you're standing around for a long time, going, I don't fit in here, what am I going to talk to these people about? And everybody's getting drunk, and then you find this one person, and you end up sitting in some corner talking about all these arcane things.And then before you know it you're having a conversation about the meaning of life and it's four o’clock in the morning. That kind of feeling, that kind of intimacy — I felt like that's what I got from YA.”

Tags : Intimacy Junot Diaz Vulnerability Ya Young Adult Fiction
Author : Libba Bray

88. “I think sometimes in literature we kind of police ourselves. I know a lot of people talked about Twilight, and they would say, oh, but the heroine, she lets this man make her decisions. And I thought, that may not be the particular fantasy or trope that works for me.But listen man, I read Wuthering Heights. I wanted me a little Heathcliff action. I mean, why can't we indulge that fantasy and also be like, “And now I would like the ERA passed, please. Also, this lipstick is fuckin' killer.”

Tags : Interview Libba Bray Quotes Ya
Author : Libba Bray

89. “Oh, hello," Dr. M says, shaking Balder's hand. "Wonderful costume. I'm a bit of a role player myself on the weekends. Tell me, where did you get the helmet?"It was forged in the North, blessed by the hands of Odin, given to me by my mother, Frigg," Balder answers. Lovely. I got mine on the Internet.”

Tags : Balder Bovine Bray Going Helmet Humor Libba
Author : Libba Bray

90. “You are working up to Mr. Fantastic Fiction levels of Zombie Expert, which is like playing Guitar Hero on some level that actually melts the guitar controller, burning your fingers with searing hot plastic till you scream in pain. Only with words. And zombies.”

Tags : Guitar Hero Mr Fantastic Fiction Zombies
Author : Libba Bray

91. “I'm just saying it's not all sand castles and ninjas.”

Tags : Going Bovine Gonzo
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

92. “You don't know me, dude," he says, not smiling this time. Gonzo examines his cards, prepping for his next move. "People always think that they know other people, but they don't. Not really. I mean, maybe they know things about them, like they won't eat doughnuts or they like action movies or whatever. But they don't know what their friends do in their rooms alone at night or what happened to them when they were kids or if they feel ****ed up for no reason at all.”

Tags : Friends Gonzo Hidden Feelings Knowing
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

93. “A bonfire billowed up. Some in the crowd tossed copies of Ladybird's book into the fire while a librarian pleaded with them not to do that and grabbed a fire extinguisher.**Really, being a librarian is a much more dangerous job than you realize.”

Tags : Book Burning Librarians
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

94. “But we can't go back. We can only go forward.”

Tags : Forgiveness Life
Author : Libba Bray

95. “You must be the change you want to see in the world.”

Tags : Mahatma Gandhi
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

96. “I don't know why I feel so wounded with Kartik's obvious infatuation with Pippa. There's no romance between us. There's nothing that tethers us but this dark secret neither of us wants. It's not Kartik's longing that hurts. It's my own. It's knowing that I'll never have what she has--a beauty so powerful it brings things to you. I fear I will always have to chase things I want. I'll always have to wonder whether I'm truly wanted or whether I've just been settled for.”

Tags : Beauty Hurt Lost Love Love Pain
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

97. “Agent Jones switched to the big screen and a grainy video of MoMo sitting at his enormous desk, a swivel-hipped Elvis clock ticking behind his bewigged head. 'Death to the capitalist pigs! Death to your cinnamon bun-smelling malls! Death to your power walking and automatic car windows and I'm With Stupid T-shirts! The Republic of ChaCha will never bend to your side-of-fries -drive -through-please-oh-would-you-like-ketchup-with-that corruption! MoMo B. ChaCha defies you and all you stand for, and one day, you will crumble into the sea and we will pick up the pieces and make them into sand art.”

Tags : Capitalism Cinnamon Buns Death Fries I M With Stupid Ketchup Power Walking
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

98. “They have money and position and Ann has none.It's amazing how often you can be right as long as you have those two things working in your favor.”

Tags : Life Money Position Truth World
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

99. “Sometimes I see things, I think. Out of the corner of my eye, taunting me, and then it’s gone. And dreams. Such horrible dreams. What if something terrible happened to me? What if I am damaged?"The rain is a cool kiss on my sleeve as I link my arm with hers. "We’re all damaged somehow.”

Tags : Damaged
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

100. “The wind has shifted to the East. A storm isn't far off. I can smell the moisture in the air, a fetid, living thing. Isolated drops fall, licking at my hands, my face, my dress. The quests squawk in surprise, turn their palms up to the sky as if questioning it, and dash for cover.”

Tags : Rain Weather
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

101. “Bitches will take your ass down if you try to publish that. Peace out.”

Tags : Angsty Humor Pageant
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

102. “The dark does not weep for itself because there is no light. Rather, it accepts that it is the dark. It is said that even the gods must die." He winks. "But not without one hell of a fight.”

Tags : Balder Dark And Light
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

103. “Helloooo." Miss Ohio rolled her eyes. "I'm from the Buckeye State. We are serious about our tailgating parties. I can turn anything into a grill.”

Tags : Ohio Tailgates
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

104. “There is a particular circle of hell not mentioned in Dante's famous book. It is called comportment, and it exists in schools for young ladies across the empire. I do not know how it feels to be thrown into a lake of fire. I am sure it isn't pleasant. But I can say with all certainty that walking the length of a ballroom with a book upon one's head and a backboard strapped to one's back while imprisoned in a tight corset, layers of petticoats, and shoes that pinch is a form of torture even Mr. Alighieri would find too hideous to document in his Inferno.”

Tags : Inferno
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

105. “Maybe there’s a heaven, like they say, a place where everything we’ve ever done is noted and recorded, weighed on big karma scales. Maybe not. Maybe this whole thing is just a giant experiment run by aliens who find out human hijinks amusing. Or maybe we’re an abandoned project started by a deity who checked out a long time ago, but we’re still hard-wired to believe, to try to make meaning out of the seemingly random. Maybe we’re all part of the same unconscious stew, dreaming the same dreams, hoping the same hopes, needing the same connection, trying to find it, missing, trying again—each of us playing our parts in the other’s plotlines, just one big ball of human yarn tangled up together. Maybe this is it.”

Tags : Existence God Going Bovine Humanity
Author : Libba Bray

106. “One day, Evie O'Neill, you're gonna fall head over heels for me!”

Tags : Divination Evie O Neill Hope Love Sam Lloyd
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

107. “I am hard at work on the second draft ... Second draft is really a misnomer as there are a gazillion revisions, large and small, that go into the writing of a book.”

Tags : Authors Editing Revision Writing
Author : Libba Bray

108. “You're perfect just the way you are...is what your guidance counselor says. And she's an alcoholic.”

Tags : Hysterical
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

109. “I am for hockey. I find I should like to hit something with a stick.-Gemma Doyle Trilogy”

Tags : Gemma Doyle Hockey Humor Life
Author : Libba Bray

110. “You try standing up to my mom. She's a force of nature.”

Tags : Mom
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

111. “For dreams, too, are ghosts, desires chased in sleep, gone by morning.”

Tags : Desires Dreams Ghosts
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Lair of Dreams

112. “America had invented itself. It continued to invent itself as it went along. Sometimes its virtues made it the envy of the world. Sometimes it betrayed the very heart of its ideals. Sometimes the people dispensed with what was difficult or inconvenient to acknowledge. So the good people maintained the illusion of democracy and wrote another hymn to America. They sang loud enough to drown out dissent. They sang loud enough to overpower their own doubts. There were no plaques to commemorate mistakes. But the past didn’t forget. History was haunted by the ghosts of buried crimes, which required period exorcisms of truth. Actions had consequences.”

Tags : America Democracy Ghosts History Mistakes
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Lair of Dreams

113. “Because the pure girls get rescued." Mary Lou felt something she didn't let herself feel often. She was well and truly pissed off. "Why do girls have to be all pure and innocent and good? Why don't guys have to be?”

Tags : Feminism Misogyny Patriarchy
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

114. “It was so hard to feel safe in the world when you were a girl.”

Tags : Feminism Patriarchy
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

115. “The police have asked for my help. There's been a murder.""A murder! Oh, my. Let me just change my shoes," Evie said excitedly. "It won't be a minute.”

Tags : Evie Murder Shoes
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

116. “The wind swoops over the tenements on Orchard Street, where some of those starry-eyed dreams have died and yet other dreams are being born into squalor and poverty, an uphill climb. It gives a slap to the laundry stretched on lines between tenements, over dirty, broken streets where, even at this hour, hungry children scour the bins for food. The wind has existed forever. It has seen much in this country of dreams and soap ads, old horrors and bloodshed. It has played mute witness to its burning witches, and has walked along a Trail of Tears; it has seen the slave ships release their human cargo, blinking and afraid, into the ports, their only possession a grief they can never lose.”

Tags : Beautiful Writing Libba Bray New York The Diviners Young Adult
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

117. “On the Bowery, in the ornate carcass of a formerly grand vaudeville theater, a dance marathon limps along. The contestants, young girls and their fellas, hold one another up, determined to make their mark, to bite back at the dreams sold to them in newspaper advertisements and on the radio. They have sores on their feet but stars in their eyes.”

Tags : Dancing Libba Bray New York The Diviners
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

118. “Travel opens your mind as few other things do. It is its own form of hypnotism, and I am forever under its spell.”

Tags : Hypnosis Travel
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Rebel Angels

119. “Did God ever cry over his lost angel, I wonder?”

Tags : Felicity God Lucifer Rebel Angels
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Rebel Angels

120. “The world is only as fair as you can make it. Takes a lot of fight. A lot of fight. But if you stay in here, in your little cave, that's one less fighter on the side of fair.”

Tags : Inspirational Unfairness Of Life
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

121. “Agent Jones held Sinjin’s face in his hands. “I’m going to make balloon animals. People need balloon animals.”“How right you are, strange delusional man,” Sinjin said.”

Tags : Beauty Queens Humour Libba Bray
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

122. “New Maxi-Pad Pets. Accessories for your period.Brought to you by The Corporation: In your homes andin your pants.”

Tags : Beauty Queens Humour Libba Bray
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

123. “Miss New Mexico stared, dumbfounded. "Stand out? Stand out? I have a freaking tray stuck in my forehead!" She broke into fresh sobs.Taylor clapped for attention. "Miss New Mexico, let's not get all down in the bummer basement where the creepy things live. There are people in heathen China who don't even have airline trays. We have a lot to be grateful for.”

Tags : Beauty Pagent Beauty Queens Head Wounds Miss Teen Dream Satire
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

124. “We're all strangers connected by what we reveal, what we share, what we take away--our stories. I guess that's what I love about books--they are thin strands of humanity that tether us to one another for a small bit of time, that make us feel less alone or even more comfortable with our aloneness, if need be.”

Tags : Books Libba Bray Reading
Author : Libba Bray

125. “One could argue that it's romantic to die for love. Of course, then you're dead and unable to take that honeymoon trip to the Alps with all the other fashionable young couples, which is a shame.”

Tags : A Great And Terrible Beauty Death Libba Bray Love Miss Moore Romantic Ideals Truth
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

126. “I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I've got to think.”

Tags : A Great And Terrible Beauty Gemma Doyle Libba Bray Thinking Using Your Brain
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

127. “I'd like to thank readers. Every time you open a book, it is a strike against ignorance. Unless you're reading Sarah Palin.”

Tags : Funny Libba Bray
Author : Libba Bray

128. “Beauty, grace, and charm my foot. It's a school for sadists with good tea-serving skills.”

Tags : A Great And Terrible Beauty Boarding Schools Gemma Doyle Humor Libba Bray
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

129. “Free the snow globes!”

Tags : Going Bovine Libba Bray Snow Globes
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

130. “I have done what they expected of me. I have curtsied for my Queen and made my debut. This is what I have anticipated eagerly for years. So why do I feel so unsatisfied? Everyone is merry. They haven't a care in the world. And perhaps that is it. How terrible it is to have no cares, no longings. I do not fit. I feel too deeply and want too much.”

Tags : Libba Bray The Sweet Far Thing Want
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

131. “A man bumps me on his busy way without so much as an apology. But that is all right. I forgive you, busy man about town with the sharp elbows. Hail and farewell to you! For I, Gemma Doyle, am to have a splendid Christmas in London town. All shall be well.God rest us merry gentlemen. And gentlewomen.”

Tags : Determination Gemma Doyle Humor Libba Bray Rebel Angels
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Rebel Angels

132. “Yes, go on. Leave. You're always coming and going. The rest of us are stuck here. Do you think he'd still love you if he knew who you are? He doesn't really care—only when it suits him.”

Tags : Felicity Worthington Libba Bray Rebel Angels
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Rebel Angels

133. “You're not a man. You're their lackey. I don't care about you, or your brother, or your ridiculous organization. From now on, I shall do exactly as I wish and you cannot stop me. Do not follow. Do not watch. Do not even attempt to contact me or you'll be sorry indeed. Do you understand?”

Tags : A Great And Terrible Beauty Gemma Doyle Libba Bray
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

134. “Her eyes take on that suspicious, wounded look girls get when they know they've fallen off the top rung of friendship and someone else has passed them, but they don't know when or how the change took place.”

Tags : A Great And Terrible Beauty Friendship Libba Bray
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

135. “Didn't you have any sadistic nannies who told you these tales to keep you quiet and well behaved at night? Heavens, what's to become of the Empire if governesses have lost their touch for scaring the wits out of their girls?”

Tags : A Great And Terrible Beauty Bedtime Stories Governesses Humor Libba Bray Miss Moore
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

136. “He's attracted to the smell of manure," Felicity says. "You might wallow in the stables to bring out the full flower of his love.”

Tags : Felicity Worthington Humor Libba Bray Rebel Angels
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Rebel Angels

137. “Oh, I didn't think it wise to hide it. Might not be able to find it again," I say, cheerily. "It's sitting in plain view on your chair in the great hall. I do hope that was the best place for it.”

Tags : A Great And Terrible Beauty Gemma Doyle Humor Libba Bray Revenge
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

138. “I'm going to eviscerate you and leave your organs on a pike in the yard as a warning to those who wear large jewelry.”

Tags : A Great And Terrible Beauty Felicity Worthington Gemma Doyle Humor Libba Bray
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

139. “Careful there, Poet. I might start to believe you.”

Tags : Libba Bray Poet The Diviners
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

140. “Felicity laughs and takes on the tone of a fashionable lady. "Darling, the Bryn-Joneses have just done the most marvelous thing in their parlor with human blood. We simply must have ours done straightaway!”

Tags : A Great And Terrible Beauty Felicity Worthington Humor Libba Bray
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

141. “Can we talk about the miracle that is the Small World ride? It's like an acid trip drag show.”

Tags : Libba Bray Small World
Author : Libba Bray

142. “Sometimes, Johannes would pop his head in the filing room and ask, "Need anything?" 'Yes. I would like you to ravage me here on the floor and swear your undying love to me.'"No. Thanks. I'm good.”

Tags : Libba Bray The Eternal Kiss The Thirteenth Step
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire

143. “I will never, ever drink whiskey again. From now on, it's strictly sherry.”

Tags : Drinking Hangovers Humor
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

144. “Could I have a Sloe Gin Fizz, without the gin?""What's the point of that, Miss?" the waiter said."Tomorrow morning," Mabel said.”

Tags : Drinking Humor
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

145. “I've never done acid, finding it hard to go willingly to a place that could be frightening, hellish, and totally beyond my control. A place much like high school.”

Tags : Education Going Bovine Hell School
Author : Libba Bray

146. “You're quite tall.' Just what a girl wants to be reminded of.”

Tags : Me Relatable Tall
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

147. “In this man’s smile was all the unfairness of the world in its thuggish seduction. “Just come with me. We’ll take care of you.”“No, you won’t.” Taylor stroked the man’s cheek. She reached her arms up to cradle the back of his head and, with the skill of a champion, she broke his neck. Then she dragged him into the bushes, took his gun and walkie-talkie, and kept moving.”

Tags : Champions
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

148. “Hold up. How do you accidentally have sex with somebody?” Adina scoffed. “Is she all, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry, I didn’t see your penis there’?”

Tags : Humorous
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

149. “But...you could have whatever you wished.""Exactly," he says, nuzzling my neck."But," I say, "you could turn stones to rubies or ride in a fine gentleman's carriage."Kartik puts his hands on either side of my face. "To each his own magic," he says and kisses me again.”

Tags : Gemma Doyle Kartik
Author : Libba Bray

150. “Meraa mitra yahaan aaiye," he murmurs. I understand only a little Hindi, enough to know what he has said: Come here, my friend.I've never known a braver girl," he says.”

Tags : Kartik
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Rebel Angels

151. “Perhaps this is how girls fall -- not in some crime of enchantment at the hands of a wicked ne'er-do-well, a grand before and after in which they are innocent victims who have no say in the matter. Perhaps they simply are kissed and want to kiss back. Perhaps they even kiss first. And why should they not?”

Tags : Gemma Doyle Kartik
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

152. “Taylor clapped her hands three times for attention. "Ladies! Ladies! My stars! That's enough. Now. We all know Miss Arkansas's girls are fake, miss Ohio's easier than making cereal, and Miss Montana's dress is something my blind meemaw would wear to bingo night. And Miss New Mexico -- aren't you from the chill-out state? Maybe you can channel up some new-age-Whole-Foods-incense calm right about now, because we have a big job ahead called staying alive.”

Tags : Lol
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

153. “I'm like everyone else in this stupid, bloody, amazing world. I'm flawed. Impossibly so. But hopeful. I'm still me.”

Tags : Gemma Doyle
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

154. “What do you feel? I’ve never been asked this question once. None of us has. We aren’t supposed to feel. We’re British.”

Tags : Gemma Doyle
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

155. “Pippa's laugh is bitter, tinged with tears. 'Ha! Why do girls think being beautiful will solve every problem? Being beautiful just creates problems. It's a misery. I wish I were someone else.”

Tags : Beauty Gemma Doyle Inspiration
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

156. “I know you adore Father, but he isn't the white knight you imagine him to be. He never was. True, he's charming and loving in his way. But he's selfish. He's a limited man determined to bring about his own end-""But-"Tom grabs both my hands in his and gives them a small squeeze. "Gemma, you can't save him. Why can't you accept that?"I see my reflection on the surface of the Thames. My face is a watery outline, all blurred edges with nothing settled. "Because if I let go of that" - I swallow hard, once, twice - "then I have to accept that I am alone."The ship's horn howls again as it slips out toward sea. Tom's reflection appears beside mine, just as uncertain."We're every one of us alone in this world, Gemma." He doesn't say it bitterly. "But you have company, if you want.”

Tags : Alone Gemma Doyle
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

157. “It isn't the bloody weather!"I've shocked them into silence. I should stop. Apologize for my outburst. Make amends. Blame the climate. But I cannot. Something in me has given way and it cannot be put back again. "Did you know that he had returned to the laudanum? That he couldn't give it up? That our good intentions were not nearly so powerful as his will to die?... No, Thomas. Is this the life you want for me? To be like you? To wear blinders and talk of nothing that matters and drink weak tea with other people who would do anything to hide the truth, especially from themselves?”

Tags : Gemma Doyle Life
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

158. “Mawah meenon ne le plus poohlala," I say with an affected bow.”

Tags : Gemma Doyle The Sweet Far Thing
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

159. “He took her face into his hands and his kiss blotted out the sky”

Tags : Love Romance Love
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

160. “And when it comes, her kiss is like something not so much felt as found.”

Tags : Kiss Love
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

161. “She insisted on Knight for her last name. It made her feel strong and bold. A name of armor. For she would defend herself in this new life.”

Tags : Femenist Girl Power Inspirational
Author : Libba Bray

162. “She holds up a finger. "I'm getting to it. Don't rush a girl in the middle of her exposition.”

Tags : Girl Power
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

163. “I’m not that kind of Indian,” Shanti said, her practiced smile never leaving her face, though it faltered just a bit, and in that slight wobble was something hard and angry, something that looked like centuries of colonial oppression boiling up into an I’m-going-to-kick-your-ass-in-this-pageant-and-then-take-over-all-your-beauty-out-sourcing-needs hatred.”

Tags : Race
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

164. “The photographer had caught her midlaugh, and the defiance of her bared teeth and wide lips gave her face a hint of mischief and forthrightness. The girl in this photograph bet the house.”

Tags : Badassery
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

165. “Petra turned to her. "Everybody lies about who they are. Name one person here who isn't doing that and I will drop out right now!"Shanti felt that snake of truth coil around her legs, threatening to squeeze. "I didn't mean...""No one ever does." Petra said, shoving the baton back at Shanti.”

Tags : Identity Truth
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

166. “But the past cannot be changed, and we carry our choices with us, forward, into the unknown. We can only move on.”

Tags : Choices Inspiration
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

167. “Beliefs converge and become something new all the time.”

Tags : Beliefs New Thought
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

168. “Power changes everything till it is difficult to say who are the heroes and who the villains.”

Tags : Power
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

169. “What about you and me, Adina?” Duff said, sidling up to her by the railing. “I know I screwed up. But do you think we could start over?”Adina thought about everything that had happened. Part of her wanted to kiss Duff McAvoy, the tortured British trust-fund-runaway-turned-pirate-of-necessity who loved rock ‘n’ roll and mouthy-but-vulnerable bass-playing girls from New Hampshire. But he didn’t exist. Not really. He was a creature of TV and her imagination, a guy she’d invented as much as he’d invented himself. And this was what she suddenly understood about her mother: how with each man, each husband, she was really trying to fill in the sketchy parts of herself and become somebody she could finally love. It was hard to live in the messiness and easier to believe in the dream. And in that moment, Adina knew she was not her mother after all. She would make mistakes, but they wouldn’t be the same mistakes. Starting now.“Sorry,” she said, heading for the bow, where a spot of sun looked inviting. ”Oh, also, about that blog? Just so you know, my dads know a lot of gay lawyers. Bitches will take your ass down if you try to publish that. Peace out.”

Tags : Feminism Love Self
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

170. “I’m a wild girl from a cursed line of women. I paw at the ground and run under the moon. I like the feel of my own body. I’m not a slut or a nympho or someone who’s just asking for it. And if I talk too loud it’s just that I’m trying to be heard.”

Tags : Girls
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

171. “Thou shalt not steal. I seem to recall that being one of God’s I’d rather you didn’t lest I have to smite you into ash commandments.”

Tags : A Great And Terrible Beauty
Author : Libba Bray

172. “...I think we should find some kind of shelter; a cave or something.""I don't want to do that! What if there's like, a creature living in the cave?" Tiara said. "Seriously, I saw this show once where these people were stranded on an island and there were these other people who were sort of crazy-slash-bad and there was this polar bear creature running around.""What happened?" Miss Ohio asked."I don't know. My parents got divorced in the middle of season two and we lost our TiVo.”

Tags : Humor Lost
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

173. “Reminds us that greatness lies even in the smallest of moments, in the humblest of hearts, and we shall, each of us, be called to greatness. Whether we shall rise to meet it or let it slip away is the challenge put before us all.”

Tags : Inspiration
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

174. “What happens if your choice is misguided?' I ask, softly.Miss Moore takes a pear from the bowl and offers us the grapes to devour. 'You must try to correct it.''But what if it’s too late? What if you can’t?'There's a sad sympathy in Miss Moore's catlike eyes as she regards my painting again. She paints the thinnest sliver of shadow along the bottom of the apple, bringing it fully to life.'Then you must find a way to live with it.”

Tags : Choice
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

175. “There is a time in every life when paths are chosen, character is forged. I could have chosen a different path. But I didn’t. I failed myself.”

Tags : Choice
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

176. “There is no greater power on this earth than story.”

Tags : Storytelling
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

177. “Writers are also sort of like vultures, but with fewer ethics.”

Tags : Writers
Author : Libba Bray

178. “A woman's reputation is her worth... IT is the way it is. You may hate me for saying so, but there is the truth. Do you not remember that this is how our mother died? She would still be here and Father would be well and none of this would ever have happened if she had simply lived according to the time-trusted codes of society.'Perhaps it proved impossible. Perhaps she could not fit within so tight a corset. Perhaps I am the same.'One does not have to like the rules, Gemma. But one does need to adhere to them. That is what makes civilization. Do you think I agree with every... decision made by my superiors”

Tags : Tuesdays With Morrie
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

179. “Who but the mad would choose to keep on living? In the end, aren't we all just a little crazy?”

Tags : Crazy Death Life Madness
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

180. “I'm sorry, Gemma. But we can't live in the light all of the time. You have to take whatever light you can hold into the dark with you.”

Tags : Darkness Light
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

181. “Our days are numbered in the book of days, Most High," Gorgon murmurs as the garden comes once more into view. "That is what gives them sweetness and purpose.”

Tags : Death Life Purpose
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

182. “So I slap on that smile and pretend everything’s okay even though it’s not.”

Tags : Girls Okay Pretence
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Beauty Queens

183. “Mr. Babcock pats my shoulder. He smiles, and the caterpillar mustache — the envy of state troopers everywhere, I'm sure — straightens out again. I hear that on the weekends, he's a part-time security guard with mirrored sunglasses and a gun. He probably poses in front of his bathroom mirror to see how he looks saying "Freeze!”

Tags : Hilarious
Author : Libba Bray

184. “She dances a little jig. "This would make one hell of a TV show, huh?" "Yeah. But no one would believe it." I should let it go. But it's like the hole, like the door, and I have to know. Or at least, I have to ask. "Hey, Dulcie, was any of that real?" She finishes her dance and the wings come to rest. "Who's to say what's real or not?" "Yeah, but--my barometer on reality, not so good since I started going crazy. "Yeah, well, who but the mad would choose to keep on living? In the end, aren't we all just a little crazy?”

Tags : Cameron And Dulcie Crazy Life People
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

185. “It's strange how deliberate people are after a death. All the indecision suddenly vanishes into clear, defined moments - changing the linens, choosing a dress or a hymn, the washing up, the muttering of prayers. All the small, simple, conscious acts of living a sudden defense against the dying we do every day.”

Tags : Death And Dying
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

186. “From the elevator, Mabel watched the old woman's bare feet hobbling away, a trail of salt and the lace hem of her nightgown left in her wake like sea foam.”

Tags : Beautiful Imagery
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

187. “Wow, you're awesome and The universe loves a winner, so the universe must really love you!”

Tags : Going Bovine
Author : Libba Bray

188. “We all walk in a land of dreams. For what are we but atoms and hope, a handful of stardust and sinew? We are weary travelers trying to find our way home on a road that never ends. Am I a part of your dream? or are you but a part of mine?”

Tags : Dreams Going Bovine
Author : Libba Bray

189. “I thought I was having an existential crisis, but it was nothing.Please don't tailgate: body in trunk.”

Tags : Going Bovine
Author : Libba Bray

190. “How now Mad Cow?”

Tags : Going Bovine Mad Cow
Author : Libba Bray

191. “Eu considerei a sua cara e sabia a felicidad," Balder murmurs from the backseat, his eyes still closed. "I looked upon your face and knew happiness."Without further warning, the sky opens up and cries.”

Tags : Going Bovine Happiness Inspirational Libba Bray Love
Author : Libba Bray
Source : Going Bovine

192. “Libraries are a force for good. They wear capes. They fight evil. They don’t get upset when you don’t send them a card on their birthdays. (Though they will charge you if you’re late returning a book.) They serve communities. The town without a library is a town without a soul. The library card is a passport to wonders and miracles, glimpses into other lives, religions, experiences, the hopes and dreams and strivings of ALL human beings, and it is this passport that opens our eyes and hearts to the world beyond our front doors, that is one of our best hopes against tyranny, xenophobia, hopelessness, despair, anarchy, and ignorance. Libraries are the torch of the world, illuminating the path when it feels too dark to see. We mustn’t allow that torch to be extinguished.”

Tags : Libraries
Author : Libba Bray

193. “If you would understand the present, you must come to know the past.”

Tags : Past Present Understand Understanding
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

194. “Just once, she'd like to be the exciting one, the girl somebody wanted.”

Tags : Change Excitement Libba Bray
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Diviners

195. “I stare at the pile of discarded remnants and think of my mother. Did she touch that pillar there? Does her scent still linger in a fragment of glass or a splinter of wood? A terrible emptiness settles into my chest. No matter how much I go about living, there are always small reminders that make the loss fresh again.”

Tags : Bereavement Loss
Author : Libba Bray
Source : The Sweet Far Thing

196. “Dans chaque fin, il y a un début.”

Tags : Beginnings And Endings End
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty

197. “I don't get jazz. It always sounds like a bunch of toddlers let loose in a music room.”

Tags : Jazz
Author : Libba Bray

198. “I can see his pain, see it in the way he runs his fingers through his hair, over and over, and I understand what it costs him to hide it all.”

Tags : Pain
Author : Libba Bray
Source : A Great and Terrible Beauty