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"And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) tags: change 528 "People have a habit of inventing fictions they will believe wholeheartedly in order to ignore the truth they cannot accept." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) 362 "In each of us lie good and bad, light and dark, art and pain, choice and regret, cruelty and sacrifice. Were each of us our own chiaroscuro, our own bit of illusion fighting to emerge into something solid, something real. Weve 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." Libba Bray 296 "You can never really know someone completely. Thats why its the most terrifying thing in the world, reallytaking someone on faith, hoping theyll take you on faith too. Its such a precarious balance, Its a wonder we do it at all. And yet.." Libba Bray tags: faith, people 253 "I am a jumble of passions, misgivings, and wants. It seems that I am always in a state of wishing and rarely in a state of contentment." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) 245 "Shall I tell you a story? A new and terrible one? A ghost story? Are you ready? Shall I begin? Once upon a time there were four girls. One was pretty. One was clever. One charming, and one...one was mysterious. But they were all damaged, you see. Something not right about the lot of them. Bad blood. Big dreams. Oh, I left that part out. Sorry, that should have come before. They were all dreamers, these girls. One by one, night after night, the girls came together. And they sinned. Do you know what that sin was? No one? Pippa? Ann? Their sin was that they believed. Believed they could be different. Special. They believed they could change what they were--damaged, unloved. Cast-off things. They would be alive, adored, needed. Necessary. But it wasn't true. This is a ghost story remember? A tragedy. They were misled. Betrayed by their own stupid hopes. Things couldn't be different for them, because they weren't special after all. So life took them, led them, and they went along, you see? They faded before their own eyes, till they were nothing more than living ghosts, haunting each other with what could be. With what can't be. There, now. Isn't that the scariest story you've ever heard?" Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty) 238 "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." Libba Bray tags: regret 225 "I know because I read...Your mind is not a cage. It's a garden. And it requires cultivating." Libba Bray tags: inspirational 221 "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?" Libba Bray (Rebel Angels) 217 "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." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) tags: gemma, libba-bray 202 "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." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing)

"To those who will see, the world waits." Libba Bray tags: inspirational 164 "When I dream, I dream of him. For several nights now hes come to me, waving from a distant shore as if hes been waiting patiently for me to arrive. He doesnt utter a word, but his smile says everything: Ive missed you." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) 161 "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." Libba Bray 157 "There are no safe choices. Only other choices. There are no safe choices Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty) tags: choice 155 "I run after her, not really giving chase. Im running because I can, because I must. Because I want to see how far I can go before I have to stop." Libba Bray tags: life 146 "Power changes everything till it is difficult to say who are the heroes and who the villians." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) tags: power 145 "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. " Libba Bray 132 "But we can't go back. We can only go forward." Libba Bray tags: forgiveness, life 132 "We sit and listen and are enthralled anew, for good stories, it seems, never lose their magic." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) 124 "Sometimes we seek that which we are not yet ready to find." Libba Bray (Rebel Angels) tags: fantasy, young-adult 114 "And for a moment, I understand that I have friends on this lonely path; that sometimes your place is not something you find, but something you have when you need it." Libba Bray (Rebel Angels) 110 "You must remember, my dear lady, the most important rule of any successful illusion: First, the people must want to believe in it." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) tags: belief, deceit 105 "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." Libba Bray 104 "But aren't many gardens beautiful because they are imperfect? ...Aren't the strange, new flowers that arise by mistake or misadventure as pleasing as the well-tended and planned?" Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) 100

"The trouble with morning is that it comes well before noon." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) "I wish to live for myself. I should never want to be trapped." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) "What happens if your choice is misguided, You must try to correct it But what if its too late? What if you cant? Then you must find a way to live with it." Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty) "Why is it that some secrets can drown you while some pull you close to others in a way you never want to lose?" Libba Bray "It's knowing 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." Libba Bray "Do you think they missed him terribly when he fell? Did God cry over his lost angel, I wonder?" Libba Bray (Rebel Angels) "We create the illusions we need to go on." Libba Bray "I do not want to pass the time. I want to grab hold of it and leave my mark upon the world." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) "I should never be left alone with my mind for too long." Libba Bray "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 harms 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 arent really answers to our questions except for what we discover, the meaning we assign them over time. Because acceptance is yet another of lifes heres 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." Libba Bray "There are no safe choices, Miss Temple. Only other choices." Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty) "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." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) "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." Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty) "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." Libba Bray "Eve didn't choose to eat the apple. She was tempted by the serpent." "Yes," I argue, thoughts coming out half-formed. "But...she didn't have to take a bite. She chose to." Libba Bray "There is a time in every life when paths are chosen, character is forged. I could have chosen a different path. But I didnt. I failed myself." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing)

"Peace is not happenstance. It is a living fire that must be fed constantly. It must be tended to with vigilance, else it dies out." Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) "No one asks how or