Life Lessons



Here is the master list of my Life Lessons Learned From Books

"I make it a rule never to eat things that glow." -Beka Cooper, Mastiff (Tamora Pierce)
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"Never listen to what my enemies say. They're very confused people." -Farmer, Mastiff (Tamora Pierce)
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"Reality [is] a fragile thing." -Dustfinger, Inkspell (Cornelia Funke)
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"The handsome young fellow who's trying to rescue you from a hideous fate is never wrong." -Will Herondale, Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare)
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"It's bad form to bite." -Will Herondale, Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare)
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"Beauty fades, but cooking is eternal." -Will Herondale, Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare)
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"One must always be careful of books...and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us."-Tessa Gray, Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare)
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"Inanimate objects are harmless indeed...But one cannot always say the same of the men who use them."-Henry Branwell, Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare)
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"Never trust a duck." -Will Herondale, Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare)
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"Megalomania is an interesting character trait."-Dustfinger, Inkspell (Cornelia Funke)
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"Whatever you are physically...male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains." -James Carstairs, Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare)
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"Frosting. The final defense of the dying."-Peeta Mellark, The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
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"All good things pass away." -Lord Asriel, The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman)
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"They rationalized their fears away. People shouldn't do that." -Cas Lowood, Anna Dressed In Blood (Kendare Blake)
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"It's the first gift that's always the hardest to pay back." -Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
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"Living people are irritating." -Cas Lowood, Anna Dressed in Blood (Kendare Blake)

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"Boys know girls as little as girls know boys." -Alanna of Trebond, In The Hand of the Goddess (Tamora Pierce)
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"If I killed everyone who was stupid, I wouldn't have time to sleep." -Alanna of Trebond,
In The Hand of the Goddess (Tamora Pierce)
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"A murderer [is] a worthy companion." -Lyra Belacqua, The Subtle Knife (Philip Pullman)
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"Survival first, morals later." -Hester, The Subtle Knife (Philip Pullman)
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"Men don't think any differently from women--they just make more noise about being able to." -Alanna of Trebond, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Tamora Pierce)
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"Legends force no one to change." -Ali Muhktab,
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Tamora Pierce)
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"You musn't think you can look after the world." -Faithful,
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Tamora Pierce)
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"It does not hurt men to know that women have power too." -Mari Fahrar,
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Tamora Pierce)
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"No can always be changed to yes, but it's very hard to change yes to no." -Myles of Olau, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Tamora Pierce)
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Lambs are famous for being led to slaughter, or sometimes hanging out with lions in ill-advised relationships." -Rory Deveaux, The Name Of The Star (Maureen Johnson)
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When something new enters your reality that you don't think you can deal with, your mind deals." -Rory Deveaux, The Name of The Star (Maureen Johnson)
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"Humility is overrated." -Callum, The Name of The Star (Maureen Johnson)
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"Fear can't hurt you." -Josephine Bell, The Name of The Star (Maureen Johnson)

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"Everyone is afraid of something."-Liam Ironarm, Lioness Rampant (Tamora Pierce)
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"All good weapons can be turned against you." -Alanna of Trebond, Lioness Rampant (Tamora Pierce)
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"There are moments when only a human can affect the outcome of events." -Faithful, Lioness Rampant (Tamora Pierce)
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"People in love are boring." -Buriram Tourakom, Lioness Rampant (Tamora Pierce)
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"Dying for important things--that's better than living safe." -Liam Ironarm, Lioness Rampant (Tamora Pierce)
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"Every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other." -Narrator, A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
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"Death is Nature's remedy for all things," -Narrator, A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
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"What is worth having is worth working for." -Serafina Pekkala, The Amber Spyglass (Philip Pullman)
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"Boys worry just as much about their looks as girls do." -Numair Salmalin, Wild Magic (Tamora Pierce)
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"Animals are easy to understand. You just have to know how to talk to them." -Veralidaine Sarrasri, Wild Magic (Tamora Pierce)
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If you do not find a way to organize your mind, at worst you might go mad. At best you'll be stupid." -Numair Salmalin, Wild Magic (Tamora Pierce)
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"Never break a promise to an animal. They're like babies--they won't understand." -Sarra Beneksri, Wild Magic (Tamora Pierce)
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"Humans cling to their first knowledge of you particularly if they have no experience of you once you’ve changed." -Numair Salmalin, Wolf Speaker (Tamora Pierce)
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"Things don't happen to people because they deserve them." -Cassel Sharpe, White Cat (Holly Black)
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"Flattery will get you everywhere. Except apparently off a roof." -Sam Yu, White Cat (Holly Black)
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"We are largely who we remember ourselves to be." -Cassel Sharpe, White Cat (Holly Black
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"The best way to fly would be with hands full of earth so you can always remember where you came from." -Cassia Reyes, Matched (Ally Condie)
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"It's all right to wonder." -Cassia's Grandfather, Matched (Ally Condie)
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"Nothing like a gunshot to make you the life of the party." -Cassel Sharpe, White Cat (Holly Black)
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"Politeness is deception in pretty packaging." -Christina's mother, Divergent (Veronica Roth)
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"Those who seek peace above all else...will always deceive to keep the waters calm." -Tris Prior, Divergent (Veronica Roth)
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"What good is a prepared body if you have a scattered mind?" -Tris Prior, Divergent (Veronica Roth)
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"We just have to let the guilt remind us to do better next time." -Four, Divergent (Veronica Roth)
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"Distrust any advice that contains the words ought or should." - Jonathan of Conte, The Realms of the Gods (Tamora Pierce)
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"Saying goodbye us basically an invitation not to see a person again. It's making it okay for that to be the last conversation you have." –Roger Sullivan, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour (Morgan Matson)
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"When you're never going to see someone again, it's not the good-bye that matters." -Amy Curry, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour (Morgan Matson)
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"It takes ten times as long to put yourself together as it does to fall apart." -Finnick Odair, Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
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"There are few things worse than having feelings for someone you shouldn't." -Anna Oliphant, Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)
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"It's pointless to lie to yourself." –Nastasya, Darkness Falls (Cate Tiernan)
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"Even if you suppress an emotion so successfully that you truly aren't aware of having any, it is still there inside you." –Nastasya, Darkness Falls (Cate Tiernan)
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"If you can't face your feelings, all of them, then you're never going to be strong enough to break free of the past." –Reyn, Darkness Falls (Cate Tiernan)
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"Immortal or no, life could be a real bitch.” –Nastasya, Darkness Falls (Cate Tiernan)
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 "Holy moly is something cool people say. Along with jeezum." –Nastasya, Darkness Falls (Cate Tiernan)
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"Reyn + Hay = Happiness" –Nastasya, Darkness Falls (Cate Tiernan)
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"Fear is a good thing. It means you're paying attention." –Keladry of Mindelan, Page (Tamora Pierce)
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"Life's too short to be the same person everyday." -Lola Nolan, Lola and The Boy Next Door (Stephanie Perkins)
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"When it's right it's simple." -Etienne St. Clair, Lola and the Boy Next Door (Stephanie Perkins)
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"Sometimes a mistake isn't a 'what' but a 'who.'" -Etienne St. Clair, Lola and The Boy Next Door (Stephanie Perkins)
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"A costume is more truthful than regular clothing could ever be. It actually says something about the one wearing it." –Cricket Bell, Lola and the Boy Next Door (Stephanie Perkins)
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"There are some people in life you can't get over." -Lola Nolan, Lola and the Boy Next Door (Stephanie Perkins)
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"You don't forget the face of the person who was your last hope." -Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
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“Stupid people are dangerous.” –Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
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“Healers are born not made.” –Mrs. Everdeen, The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
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“Pity does not get you aid. Refusal to give in does.” –Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
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"Most people see the world in bubbles." -Dr. Webb, Where Things Come Back (John Corey Whaley)
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"Humans are obligated to kill zombies." - Cullen Witter, Where Things Come Back (John Corey Whaley)
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"People can sort of mess everything up even when they're trying to help." -Cullen Witter, Where Things Come Back (John Corey Whaley)
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"Your mind has a way of not letting you forget things you wish you could." -Cullen Witter, Where Things Come Back (John Corey Whaley)
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"Your mind never lets you call the shots." -Cullen Witter, Where Things Come Back (John Corey Whaley)
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"We need to learn how to just calm down and take everything in before trying to pick it all apart." -Lucas Cader, Where Things Come Back, John Corey Whaley
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"People generally have no idea how to react to strange situations." -Cullen Witter, Where Things Come Back (John Corey Whaley)
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"The language of love is like that, possessive." -Cassel Sharpe, Black Heart (Holly Black)
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"Sociopaths are relentlessly charming." -Cassel Sharpe, Black Heart (Holly Black)
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"Many people start a con knowing there's a good chance they're being conned." -Cassel Sharpe, Black Heart (Holly Black)
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"Criminals stick together." -Cassel Sharpe, Black Heart (Holly Black)
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"First love's the sweetest but it doesn't last." -Desi Sharpe, Black Heart (Holly Black)
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"Love changes us, but we change how we love too." -Cassel Sharpe, Black Heart (Holly Black)
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"It makes you a different person, to not have a past." -Cassel Sharpe, Black Heart (Holly Black)
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"Birth to grave, we know it'll be us one day. Our tragedy is that we forget it might be someone else first." -Cassel Sharpe, Black Heart (Holly Black)
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"Death, even for someone just plain bad, solves nothing." -Buri Tourakom, Squire (Tamora Pierce)
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"Don't confront monarchs in public...If you make them look bad in front of those who should fear them they get nasty." -Raoul of Goldenlake, Squire (Tamora Pierce)
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"We learn more of ourselves, seeing the kraken (going to war), than we learn in ten years at home." -Qasim, Squire (Tamora Pierce)
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"Armor works much better when it's on." -Raoul of Goldenlake, Squire (Tamora Pierce)
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"When in doubt....shoot the wizard." -Numair Salmalin, Squire (Tamora Pierce)
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"We don't get to choose what is true. We only get to choose what we do about it." -Marian Ashcroft, Beautiful Darkness (Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl)
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"Never underestimate the power of the British accent." - Oliva Durrand, Beautiful Darkness (Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl)
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"The right thing and the easy thing are never the same." -Lila Evers Wate, Beautiful Darkness (Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl)
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"That's the problem with being able to think. It means you wish for things you can't have." –Cleon of Kennan, Lady Knight (Tamora Pierce)
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"Threats are the last resort of a man with no vocabulary." –Nealan of Queenscove, Lady Knight (Tamora Pierce)
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"You have to decide what's important and what you have to let go." –Keladry of Mindelan, Lady Knight (Tamora Pierce)
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"That's war....One dreadful blessing after another.” –Unnamed Captain, Lady Knight (Tamora Pierce)
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"People need a release for tension. They need a reminder that not all the world is a fearful, war-shadowed place." –Duke Baird of Queenscove, Lady Knight (Tamora Pierce)
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"You are what you were made to be." –Nealan of Queenscove, Lady Knight (Tamora Pierce)
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"The truth has a way of changing a person's plans." –Tris Prior, Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
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"Noise and activity are the refuges of the bereaved and the guilty." –Tris Prior, Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
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"It is too easy to get lost in honesty." –Tris Prior, Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
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"No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens." –Lynn, Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
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"The value of a sacrifice lies in its necessity." –Four/Tobias Eaton, Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
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"There is always something to learn, always something that is important to understand." –Tris Prior, Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
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"Fear is more powerful than pain." –Jeanine Matthews, Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
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"Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you." –Tris Prior, Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
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"Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind." –Tris Prior, Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
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"People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.” –Tris Prior, Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
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"Sometimes the people you oppress become mightier than you would like." –Johanna Reyes, Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
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"If you've a story, make sure it's a whole one, details close to hand. It's the difference between a successful lie and getting caught." – George Cooper, Trickster’s Choice (Tamora Pierce)
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"You really should have a clean house at home before you start picking at the way your neighbor does the dusting." –Alianne of Pirate’s Swoop, Trickster’s Choice (Tamora Pierce)
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"It's hard, living in the shadow of a respected woman." –Alianne of Pirate’s Swoop, Trickster’s Choice (Tamora Pierce)
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"It isn't just children who need heroes." --Saraiyu Balitang, Trickster’s Choice (Tamora Pierce)
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"We build up pretty pictures of men, when we want to be in love." --Winnamine Balitang, Trickster’s Choice (Tamora Pierce)
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"In the end, it's not the changes that will break your heart; it's that tug of familiarity." –Hadley Sullivan, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Jennifer E. Smith)
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 "Parents aren't always right about everything....Sometimes it just takes a while to figure that out." –Hadley Sullivan, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Jennifer E. Smith)
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"Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world." --Hadley Sullivan, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Jennifer E. Smith)
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"What's a little thing like revolution between friends?" --Alianne of Pirate’s Swoop, Trickster’s Queen (Tamora Pierce)
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"It is unseemly to gloat." –Ochobu, Trickster’s Queen (Tamora Pierce)
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"Never blame an enemy for his stupidity." --Alianne of Pirate’s Swoop, Trickster’s Queen (Tamora Pierce)
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"Seize the bright moments, because you never know when they will come again." – Alanna of Pirate’s Swoop, Trickster’s Queen (Tamora Pierce)
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"Never give an order if you are not sure it will be obeyed." -- Alanna of Pirate’s Swoop, Trickster’s Queen (Tamora Pierce)
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"The world never lacks for fools." -Bones, Halfway to the Grave (Jeaniene Frost)
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“Members of boy bands who cheat on their girlfriends? Well, they deserve to have planters dropped on their heads.” –Heather Wells, Size 12 is Not Fat (Meg Cabot)
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"It isn't a real date when the guy is just going out with you to make sure no one kills you." -- Heather Wells, Size 12 is Not Fat (Meg Cabot)
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"If there are three words in the English language worse than 'Got a minute' they can only be 'About last night" --Heather Wells, Size 12 is Not Fat (Meg Cabot)

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