Laurie Anderson Quotes

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When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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In one aspect, yes, I believe in ghosts, but we create them. We haunt ourselves.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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THE FIRST TEN LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL 1. We are here to help you. 2. You will have time to get to your class before the bell rings. 3. The dress code will be enforced. 4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds. 5. Our football team will win the championship this year. 6. We expect more of you here. 7. Guidance counselors are always available to listen. 8. Your schedule was created with you in mind. 9. Your locker combination is private. 10. These will be the years you look back on fondly. TEN MORE LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL 1. You will use algebra in your adult lives. 2. Driving to school is a privilege that can be taken away. 3. Students must stay on campus during lunch. 4. The new text books will arrive any day now. 5. Colleges care more about you than your SAT scores. 6. We are enforcing the dress code. 7. We will figure out how to turn off the heat soon. 8. Our bus drivers are highly trained professionals. 9. There is nothing wrong with summer school. 10. We want to hear what you have to say.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn't matter anymore.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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We are crayons and lunchboxes and swinging so high our sneakers punch holes in the clouds.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I have survived. I am here. Confused, screwed up, but here. So, how can I find my way? Is there a chain saw of the soul, an ax I can take to my memories or fears?
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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I am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. Sometimes in smiles.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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Art without emotion its like chocolate cake without sugar. It makes you gag.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Homework is not an option. My bed is sending out serious nap rays. I can't help myself. The fluffy pillows and warm comforter are more powerful than I am. I have no choice but to snuggle under the covers.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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I just want to sleep. A coma would be nice. Or amnesia. Anything, just to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head, too?
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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It's easier to floss with barbed wire than admit you like someone in middle school.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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It's easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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I wonder how long it would take for anyone to notice if I just stopped talking.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Do I want to die from the inside out or the outside in?
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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Gym should be illegal. It's humiliating.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Write about the emotions you fear the most.
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Laurie Halse Anderson
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I am getting better at smiling when people expect it.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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I have never heard a more eloquent silence.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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When you meet a man who is broken, pick him up and carry him. When you meet a woman who’s broken, put her all into your arms. Cause we don’t know where we come from … we don’t know where we are.
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Laurie Anderson
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I am angry that I starved my brain and that I sat shivering in my bed at night instead of dancing or reading poetry or eating ice cream or kissing a boy...
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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Eating was hard. Breathing was hard. Living was hardest.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I failed eating, failed drinking, failed not cutting myself into shreds. Failed friendship. Failed sisterhood and daughterhood. Failed mirrors and scales and phone calls. Good thing I'm stable.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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CONJUGATE THIS: I cut class, you cut class, he, she, it cuts class. We cut class, they cut class. We all cut class. I cannot say this in Spanish because I did not go to Spanish today. Gracias a dios. Hasta luego.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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What do I want? The answer to that question does not exist.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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Who wants to recover? It took me years to get that tiny. I wasn't sick; I was strong.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I knew how much it hurt to be the daughter of people who can't see you, not even if you are standing in front of them stomping your feet.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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IT happened. There is no avoiding it, no forgetting. No running away, or flying, or burying, or hiding.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Be careful what you wish for. There's always a catch.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I breathe in slowly. Food is life. I exhale, take another breath. Food is life. And that's the problem. When you're alive, people can hurt you. It's easier to crawl into a bone cage or a snowdrift of confusion. It's easier to lock everybody out. But it's a lie.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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This is where you can find your soul if you dare. Where you can touch that part of you that you've never dared look at before. Do not come here and ask me to show you how to draw a face. Ask me to help you find the wind.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Sometimes I think high school is one long hazy activity: if you are tough enough to survive this, they'll let you become an adult. I hope it's worth it.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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For one moment we are not failed tests and broken condoms and cheating on essays; we are crayons and lunch boxes and swinging so high our sneakers punch holes in the clouds.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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If I ever form a clan, we'll be the anti-cheerleaders and walk under the bleacher forming mild acts of mayhem.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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I want to go to sleep and not wake up, but I don't want to die. I want to eat like a normal person eats, but I need to see my bones or I will hate myself even more and I might cut my heart out or take every pill that was ever made.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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You’re not dead, but you’re not alive, either. You’re a wintergirl, Lia-Lia, caught in between the worlds. You’re a ghost with a beating heart. Soon you’ll cross the border and be with me. I’m so stoked. I miss you wicked.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I believe that you've created a metaphorical universe in which you can express your darkest fears. In one aspect, yes, I believe in ghosts, but we create them. We haunt ourselves, and sometimes we do such a good job, we lose track of reality.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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Do they choose to be so dense? Were they born that way? I have no friends. I have nothing. I say nothing. I am nothing.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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The stuffing/puking/stuffing/puking/stuffing/puking didn't make her skinny, it made her cry.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I need a new friend. I need a friend, period. Not a true friend, nothing close or share clothes or sleepover giggle giggle yak yak. Just a pseudo-friend, disposable friend. Friend as accessory. Just so I don't feel or look so stupid.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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I want to make a memorial for our turkey. Never has a bird been so tortured to provide such a lousy dinner.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Everybody told me to be a man. Nobody told me how.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Twisted)
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He doesn't see my breasts or my waist or my hips. He only sees the nightmare.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I lift my arm out of the water. It's a log. Put it back under and it blows up even bigger. People see the log and call it a twig. They yell at me because I can't see what they see. Nobody can explain to me why my eyes work different than theirs. Nobody can make it stop.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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Mr. Freeman sighs. "No imagination. What are you thirteen? Fourteen? You've already let them beat your creativity out of you!
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time. You'd be shocked at how many adults are really dead insideβ€”walking through their days with no idea who they are, just waiting for a heart attack or cancer or a Mack truck to come along and finish the job. It's the saddest thing I know.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Another page turns on the calendar, April now, not March. ......... I am spinning the silk threads of my story, weaving the fabric of my world...I spun out of control. Eating was hard. Breathing was hard. Living was hardest. I wanted to swallow the bitter seeds of forgetfulness...Somehow, I dragged myself out of the dark and asked for help. I spin and weave and knit my words and visions until a life starts to take shape. There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn't matter anymore. I am thawing.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I wish I had cancer. I will burn in hell for that, but it's true.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I picked up one of the books and flipped through it. Don't get me wrong, I like reading. But some books should come with warning labels: Caution: contains characters and plots guaranteed to induce sleepiness. Do not attempt to operate heavy machinery after ingesting more than one chapter. Has been known to cause blindness, seizures and a terminal loathing of literature. Should only be taken under the supervision of a highly trained English teacher. Preferably one who grades on the curve.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Twisted)
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Why are you being so mean?" "Friends tell friends the truth." "yeah, but not to hurt, to help.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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Life is for the living. Don't let the fear of striking out let you from keep you from playing the game.
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Laurie Halse Anderson
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I can’t tell anymore when I’m asleep and when I’m awake, or which is worse.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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Here stands a girl clutching a knife. There is grease on the stove, blood in the air, and angry words piled in the corners. We are trained not to see it, not to see any of it. . . . Someone just ripped off my eyelids.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I know my head isn't screwed on straight. I want to leave, transfer, warp myself to another galaxy. I want to confess everything, hand over the guilt and mistake and anger to someone else. There is a beast in my gut, I can hear it scraping away at the inside of my ribs. Even if I dump the memory, it will stay with me, staining me. My closest is a good thing, a quiet place that helps me hold these thoughts inside my head where no one can hear them.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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First thought: It was a dream Second thought: No it wasn't Third thought: Crap
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Twisted)
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A scar is a sign of strength. . .the sign of a survivor.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Chains (Seeds of America, #1))
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Cold and silence. Nothing quieter than snow. The sky screams to deliver it, a hundred banshees flying on the edge of the blizzard. But once the snow covers the ground, it hushes as still as my heart.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Why not spend that time on art: painting, sculpting, charcoal, pastel, oils? Are words or numbers more important than images? Who decides this? Does algebra move you to tears? Can plural possessives express the feelings in your heart? If you don't learn art now, you will never learn to breathe!
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Smoke gunpowder and go to school to jump through hoops, sit up and beg, and roll over on command. Listen to the whispers that curl into your head at night, calling you ugly and fat and stupid and bitch and whore and worst of all "a disappointment." Puke and starve and cut and drink because you don't want to feel any of this.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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She offered herself to the big, bad wolf and didn't scream when he took the first bite.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I'm learning how to taste everything.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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We held hands when we walked down the gingerbread path into the forest, blood dripping from our fingers. We danced with witches and kissed monsters. We turned us into wintergirls, when she tried to leave, I pulled her back into the snow because I was afraid to be alone.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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Nothing is perfect. Flaws are interesting. Be the tree.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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You’re not dead, but you’re not alive, either. You’re a wintergirl.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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This girl shivers and crawls under the covers with all her clothes on and falls into an overdue library book, a faerie story with rats and marrow and burning curses. The sentences build a fence around her, a Times Roman 10-point barricade, to keep the thorny voices in her head from getting too close.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I needed to hear the world but didn't want the world to know I was listening.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (The Impossible Knife of Memory)
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It is my first morning of high school. I have seven new notebooks, a skirt I hate, and a stomachache.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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The only number that would ever be enough is 0. Zero pounds, zero life, size zero, double-zero, zero point. Zero in tennis is love. I finally get it.
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Laurie Halse Anderson
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I would never be popular. I didn't want to be; I liked being shy. I'd never be the smartest or the hottest or the happiest. By eighth grade you start to figure out your limits.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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This is wonderful, wonderful! Be the bird. You are the bird. Sacrifice yourself to abandoned family values....
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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It doesn't hurt. Nothing hurts except the small smiles and blushes that flash across the room like tiny sparrows.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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I make it through the first two weeks of school without a nuclear meltdown.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Rumors are spread by jealous people
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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My face becomes a Picasso sketch, my body slicing into pieces.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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I want to be in fifth grade again. Now, that is a deep dark secret, almost as big as the other one. Fifth grade was easy -- old enough to play outside without Mom, too young to go off the block. The perfect leash length.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Cutting pain was a different flavor of hurt. It made it easier not to think about having my body and my family and my life stolen, made it easier not to care... -Wintergirls
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Laurie Halse Anderson
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I knew it!" He pumps a fist into the air. "You've fallen in love with me. You want to have my babies. We'll get a team of horses and a covered wagon and we'll journey to South America and raise goats.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I was good at digging holes. It was the rest of life I sucked at.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Twisted)
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The same boys who got detention in elementary school for beating the crap out of people are now rewarded for it. They call it football.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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I knit the afternoon away. I knit reasons for Elijah to come back. I knit apologies for Emma. I knit angry knots and slipped stitches for every mistake I ever made, and I knit wet, swollen stitches that look awful. I knit the sun down.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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The number doesn't matter. If I got down to 070.00, I'd want to be 065.00. If I weight 010.00, I wouldn't be happy until I got down to 005.00. The only number that would ever be enough is 0. Zero pounds, zero life, size zero, double-zero, zero point. Zero in tennis is love. I finally get it.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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I just thought of a great theory that explains everything. When I went to that party, I was abducted by aliens. They have created a fake Earth and fake high school to study me and my reactions. This certainly explains cafeteria food.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Why? You want to know why? Step into a tanning booth and fry yourself for two or three days. After your skin bubbles and peels off, roll in coarse salt, then pull on long underwear woven from spun glass and razor wire. Over that goes your regular clothes, as long as they are tight. Smoke gunpowder and go to school to jump through hoops, sit up and beg, and roll over on command. Listen to the whispers that curl into your head at night, calling you ugly and fat and stupid and bitch and whore and worst of all, "a disappointment." Puke and starve and cut and drink because you don't want to feel any of this. Puke and starve and drink and cut because you need the anesthetic and it works. For a while. But then the anesthetic turns into poison and by then it's too late because you are mainlining it now, straight into your soul. It is rotting you and you can't stop. Look in a mirror and find a ghost. Hear every heartbeat scream that everysinglething is wrong with you. "Why?" is the wrong question. Ask "Why not?
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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A little kid asks my dad why that man is chopping down the tree. Dad: He's not chopping it down. He's saving it. Those branches were long dead from disease. All plants are like that. By cutting off the damage you make it possible for the tree to grow again. You watch - by the end of summer, this tree will be the strongest on the block.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Who cares what the color means? How do you know what he meant to say? I mean, did he leave another book called "Symbolism in My Books?" If he didn't, then you could just be making all of this up. Does anyone really think this guy sat down and stuck all kinds of hidden meanings into his story? It's just a story.... But I think you are making all of this symbolism stuff up. I don't believe any of it.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Censoring books that deal with difficult, adolescent issues does not protect anybody. Quite the opposite. It leaves kids in the darkness and makes them vulnerable. Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance. Our children cannot afford to have the truth of the world withheld from them
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Laurie Halse Anderson
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Principal Principal: Where's your late pass, mister? Errant Student: I'm on my way to get one now. PP: But you can't be in the hall without a pass. ES: I know, I'm so upset. That's why I need to hurry, so I can get a pass. Principal Principal pauses with a look on his face like Daffy Duck's when Bugs is pulling a fast one. PP: Well, hurry up, then, and get that pass.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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You hurt her by starving yourself, you hurt her with your lies, and by fighting everybody who tries to help you. Emma can only sleep a couple of hours a night now. She's haunted by nightmares of monsters that eat our whole family. They eat us slowly, she says, so we can feel their sharp teeth.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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My English teacher has no face. She has uncombed stringy hair that droops on her shoulders. The hair is black from her part to her ears and then neon orange to the frizzy ends. I can't decide if she had pissed off her hairdresser or is morphing into a monarch butterfly. I call her Hairwoman.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Mr. Freeman: You are getting better at this, but it's not good enough. This looks like a tree,but it is an average, ordinary, everyday, boring tree. Breathe life into it. Make it bend - trees are flexible, so they don't snap. Scar it, give it a twisted branch - perfect trees don't exist. Nothing is perfect. Flaws are interesting. Be the tree.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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It's Nathaniel Hawthorne Month in English. Poor Nathaniel. Does he know what they've done to him? We're reading The Scarlet Letter one sentence at a time, tearing it up and chewing on its bones. It's all about SYMBOLISM, says Hairwoman. Every word chosen by Nathaniel, every comma, every paragraph break -- these were all done on purpose. To get a decent grade in her class, we have to figure out what he was really trying to say. Why couldn't he just say what he meant? Would they pin scarlet letters on his chest? B for blunt, S for straightforward?
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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If I had lady-spider legs, I would weave a sky where the stars lined up. Matresses would be tied down tight to their trucks, bodies would never crash through windshields. The moon would rise above the wine-dark sea and give babies only to maidens and musicians who had prayed long and hard. Lost girls wouldn't need compasses or maps. They would find gingerbread paths to lead them out of the forest and home again. They would never sleep in silver boxes with white velvet sheets, not until they were wrinkled-paper grandmas and ready for the trip.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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My parents didn't raise me to be religious. The closest we come to worship is the Trinity of Visa, Mastercard, and American Express. I think the Merryweather cheerleaders confuse me because I missed out on Sunday School. It has to be a miracle. There is no other explanation. How else could they sleep with the football team on Saturday night and be reincarnated as virginal goddesses on Monday?
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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I don’t know how they do it. I don’t know how anybody does it, waking up every morning and eating and moving from the bus to the assembly line, where the teacherbots inject us with Subject A and Subject B, and passing every test they give us. Our parents provide the list of ingredients and remind us to make healthy choices: one sport, two clubs, one artistic goal, community service, no grades below a B, because really, nobody’s average, not around here. It’s a dance with complicated footwork and a changing tempo. I’m the girl who trips on the dance floor and can’t find her way to the exit. All eyes on me.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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Mr Freeman: "Art without emotion is like chocolate cake without sugar. It makes you gag." He sticks his finger down his throat. "The next time you work on your trees, don't think about trees. Think about love, or hate, or joy, or pain- whatever makes you feel something, makes your palms sweat, or your toes curl. Focus on that feeling. When people don't express themselves, they die on piece at a time. You'd be shocked at how many adults are really dead inside- walking through their days with no idea who they are, just waiting for a heart attack or cancer or a mack truck to come along and finish the job. It's the saddest thing I know.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)
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Why bother trying? What was the point? So I could go to some suck-ass college, get a diploma, march out into a job that I hated, marry a pretty girl who would want to divorce me, but then she wouldn't because we'd have kids, so instead she'd be the angry woman at the other end of the kitchen table, and the kids would grow up watching this, until one day I'd look at my son and he'd look just like that face in the bathroom mirror? If that was life, then it was twisted.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Twisted)
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We tilt our heads back and open wide. The snow drifts into our zombie mouths crawling with grease and curses and tobacco flakes and cavities and boyfriend/girlfriend juice, the stain of lies. For one moment we are not failed tests and broken condoms and cheating on essays; we are crayons and lunch boxes and swinging so high our sneakers punch holes in the clouds. For one breath everything feels better. Then it melts. The bus drivers rev their engines and the ice cloud shatters. Everyone shuffles forward. They don't know what just happened. They can't remember.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Wintergirls)
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There is something about Christmas that requires a rug rat. Little kids make Christmas fun. I wonder if could rent one for the holidays. When I was tiny we would by a real tree and stay up late drinking hot chocolate and finding just the right place for the special decorations. It seems like my parents gave up the magic when I figured out the Santa lie. Maybe I shouldn't have told them I knew where the presents really came from. It broke their hearts. I bet they'd be divorced by now if I hadn't been born. I'm sure I was a huge disappointment. I'm not pretty or smart or athletic. I'm just like them- an ordinary drone dressed in secrets and lies. I can't believe we have to keep playacting till I graduate. It's a shame we just can't admit that we have failed at family living, sell the house, split up the money, and get on with our lives. Merry Christmas.
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Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak)