Reflection

Have you ever read a book and find such (an) enthralling sentences that you feel it will be a waste just to turn the new page and leave them as if they are nothing? That makes us two. I have a habit to write down them on a special book so that I can re-read them again and get thrilled again. It also gives me something to note: even some books that some people deems trashy can have something (sentences, in this case) to reflect.

Well then, happy reflecting!

 

Peace can exist only in the present moment. It is ridiculous to say, “Wait until I finish this, then I will be free to live in peace.” What is ‘this’? A diploma, a job, a house, the payment of a debt? If you think that way, peace will never come. There is always another ‘this’ that will follow the present one. If you are not living at peace at this moment, you will never be able to. If you truly want to be at peace, you must be at peace right now. Otherwise, there is only “the hope of peace some day”.

— Thich Nhat Hanh, from The Sun My Heart

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You can lose the ones you love in the blink of an eye – and I am willing to bet, when it happens, you aren’t thinking about all the reasons that can have kept you apart. You think all of the reasons that keep you together. And, no doubt, how you wish you’d have more time. Even if you’d have centuries… When you were young, you thought time was a burden, something to be discharged as fast as possible so you could be grown-up. But it is such a bait-n-switch – when you are an adult, you come to realize that minutes and hours are the single most precious thing you have. No one gets forever. And it is a fucking crime to waste what you are given.

— Tohrnment from Lover Reborn

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People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secret. 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.

— Beatrice Prior from Insurgent

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Life isn’t a romance novel. The truth is, the reason romance novel sells so well – the reason why everyone loves them – is because no one’s life is actually like that. Everyone wants their life to be like that. But no one’s life really is.

— Mia Thermopolis from Forever Princess

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There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes, bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.

— Beatrice Prior from Allegiant

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Just because you’ve found your one true love doesn’t mean that your relationship isn’t going to be fraught from time to time with hardship.

— Tina Hakim Baba from Princess on the Brink

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Life was short, no matter how many days you were granted. And people were precious, each and every one, no matter how many you were lucky enough to have in your life. And love… love was worth dying for. Worth living for, too.

— Tohrment from Lover Reborn

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When we fall in love, our brains are flooded with something called phenylethylamine. It’s a stimulant that can be found in chocolate, and, like the  effects of chocolate on the mood, it doesn’t last.

— Cal Langdon from Every Boy’s Got One

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Girls are foolish. They are so sure of themselves, so convinced they know best. People write and talk a lot of a ‘woman instinct’. I don’t believe that there is any such thing. There doesn’t seem to be anything that warns girls against a certain type of man. Nothing in themselves, I mean. Their parents warn them, but that’s no good – one doesn’t believe. It seems dreadful to say so, but there is something attractive to a girl in being told anyone is a bad man. She thinks at once that her love will reform him.

— Lady Mary Lyton Gore from Three Act Tragedy

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People like murder. Reading about it, watching vids about it, turning on the news to hear about it. As long as it isn’t too close. We don’t pay to watch a couple of guys hack each other to death in an arena anymore, but we’ve still got the blood lust. We still get off on it. In the abstract. Because it’s reassuring. Somebody’s dead, but we’re not.

— Eve Dallas from Imitation in Death

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There’s a convention that one doesn’t speak ill of the dead. That’s stupid, I think. The truth’s always the truth. On the whole, it’s better to keep your mouth shut about living people. You might conceivably injure them. The dead are past that. But the harm they’ve done lives after them sometimes.

— Sheila Reilly from Murder in Mesopotamia