S Walton Quotes

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It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them.
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Jo Walton
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Children betrayed their parents by becoming their own people.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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Love makes us such fools.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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Just because love don't look the way you think it should, don't mean you don't have it.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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I'll belong to libraries wherever I go. Maybe eventually I'll belong to libraries on other planets.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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Libraries really are wonderful. They're better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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If you love books enough, books will love you back.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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Bibliotropic," Hugh said. "Like sunflowers are heliotropic, they naturally turn towards the sun. We naturally turn towards the bookshop.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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And that might just be the root of the problem: we're all afraid of each other, wings or no wings.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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Love, as most know, follows its own timeline. Disregarding our intentions or well rehearsed plans.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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Why would you be given wings if you weren't meant to fly?
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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She laughed for her wasted, difficult life that never had to be wasted or difficult in the first place.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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Interlibrary loans are a wonder of the world and a glory of civilization.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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I found it ironic that I should be blessed with wings and yet feel so constrained, so trapped. It was because of my condition, I believe, that I noticed life's ironies a bit more often than the average person. I collected them: how love arrived when you least expected it, how someone who said he didn't want to hurt you eventually would.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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She spent her days trying to forget the sound of his voice, and her nights trying to remember.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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I care more about the people in books than the people I see every day.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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I loved you before, Ava. Let me love you still.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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There are some awful things in the world, it's true, but there are also some great books.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truthβ€”deep down, I always did. I was just a girl.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves it s amazing what they can accomplish.
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Sam Walton
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One of the things I've always liked about science fiction is the way it makes you think about things, and look at things from angles you'd never have thought about before.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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And as we leave Donne and Walton on the shores of Metahemeralism, we wave a fond farewell to those famous chums of yore.
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Donna Tartt (The Secret History)
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Fate. As a child, that word was often my only companion. It whispered to me from dark corners during lonely nights. It was the song of the birds in spring and the call of the wind through bare branches on a cold winter afternoon. Fate. Both my anguish and my solace. My escort and my cage.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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By this point Viviane Lavender had loved Jack Griffith for twelve years, which was far more than half of her life. If she thought of her love as a commodity and were to, say, eat it, it would fill 4,745 cherry pies. If she were to preserve it, she would need 23,725 glass jars and labels and a basement spanning the length of Pinnacle Lane. If she were to drink it, she'd drown.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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That fact filled Gabe with so much hope that he grew another two inches just to have enough room to hold it all.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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Those born under Pacific Northwest skies are like daffodils: they can achieve beauty only after a long, cold sulk in the rain.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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She found that she did not mind losing the previous moment, for this one was just as lovely.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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And that might just be the root of the problem: we’re all afraid of each other.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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The thing about Tolkien, about The Lord of the Rings, is that it's perfect. It's this whole world, this whole process of immersion, this journey. It's not, I'm pretty sure, actually true, but that makes it more amazing, that someone could make it all up. Reading it changes everything.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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Dangers lurk around every corner for the strange.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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The first of many autumn rains smelled smoky, like a doused campsite fire, as if the ground itself had been aflame during those hot summer months. It smelled like burnt piles of collected leaves, the cough of a newly revived chimney, roasted chestnuts, the scent of a man's hands after hours spent in a wood shop.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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It was the song of the birds in spring and the call of the wind through bare branches on a cold winter afternoon. Fate. Both my anguish and my solace. My escort and my cage.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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She is the glorious reincarnation of every woman ever loved.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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I have traveled through continents, languages, and time trying to understand all that I am and all that has made me such.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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I hate it when people imply that people only read because they have nothing better to do.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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She struggled to distinguish between signs she received from the universe and those she conjured up in her head.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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It's wrong for libraries to have limited budgets.
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Jo Walton
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Most people are afraid of themselves, Adam. They carry that fear everywhere hoping no one will notice.
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Julia Walton (Words on Bathroom Walls)
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When you love somebody, you try to be better.
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Julia Walton (Words on Bathroom Walls)
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She didn't see it because when it came to love, she saw what she wanted to see.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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Real is subjective. There are a lot of things that aren't actually real to everyone. Pain, for example. It's only real to the one experiencing it. Everyone else has to take your word for it.
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Julia Walton (Words on Bathroom Walls)
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If I were omnipotent and omnibenevolent I wouldn't be so damn ineffable.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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Class is entirely intangible, and the way it affects things isn't subject to scientific analysis, and it's not supposed to be real but it's pervasive and powerful. See; just like magic.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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To think Viviane was beautiful required a certain acquired taste. It was the kind of beauty perceived only through the eyes of love.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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Sometimes the things that happen aren't as important as the things you remember.
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Julia Walton (Words on Bathroom Walls)
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Tolkien understood about the things that happen after the end. Because this is after the end, this is all the Scouring of the Shire, this is figuring out how to live in the time that wasn’t supposed to happen after the glorious last stand. I saved the world, or I think I did, and look, the world is still here, with sunsets and interlibrary loans. And it doesn’t care about me any more than the Shire cared about Frodo.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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I met someone.' And the leaves fell from the trees, landing to float in the calm black waters.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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The important thing about being crazy is knowing that you're crazy. The knowing part makes you less crazy.
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Julia Walton (Words on Bathroom Walls)
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And there's no sex, hardly any love stuff at all, in Middle Earth, which always made me think, yes, the world would be better off without it.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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I don’t think I am like other people. I mean on some deep fundamental level. It’s not just being half a twin and reading a lot and seeing fairies. It’s not just being outside when they’re all inside. I used to be inside. I think there’s a way I stand aside and look backwards at things when they’re happening which isn’t normal.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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Sam Walton: I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time.
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Sam Walton (Sam Walton: Made In America)
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There’s sickness, and there’s sadness. But the thing is, there’s love, too. I try never to forget that.
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Will Walton (Anything Could Happen)
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It's amazing how large the things are that it's possible to overlook.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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I get it now. It's hard to let someone find you in all the dark and twisty places inside, but eventually, you have to hope that they do, because that's the beginning of everything.
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Julia Walton (Words on Bathroom Walls)
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Years later the lights of the growing city would erase the stars from the sky, but back then they shone through the branches like jailed fireflies.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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For a very long time, Viviane and Jack lived in that world people inhabit before love. Some people called that place friendship; others called it confusing. Viviane found it a pleasant place with an altitude that only occasionally made her nauseous.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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I like libraries, if for no other reason than they give homeless people a place to hang out. There's something nice about the way you're never too old to go into one, but it still makes you feel the way it did when you were small.
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Julia Walton (Words on Bathroom Walls)
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I do not miss my toys. I wouldn't play with them anyway. I am fifteen. I miss my childhood.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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It’s lovely when writers I like like each other.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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Great ideas come from everywhere if you just listen and look for them. You never know who’s going to have a great idea.
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Sam Walton (Sam Walton: Made In America)
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Reading is awesome and flexible and fits around chores and earning money and building the future and whatever else I’m doing that day. My attitude towards reading is entirely Epicureanβ€”reading is pleasure and I pursue it purely because I like it.
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Jo Walton
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It's a very strange reality when you can't trust yourself. There's no foundation for anything. The faith I might have had in normal things like gravity or logic or love is gone because my mind might not be reading them correctly. You can't possibly know what it means to doubt everything. To walk into a room full of people and pretend that it's empty because you're not actually sure if it is or not. To never feel completely alone even when you are.
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Julia Walton (Words on Bathroom Walls)
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Death just seems to follow some of us, don't it? Death's been following me for years. It's easy to spot your own kind. That kind of sorrow you can't just wash away; it sticks to you. And people, they can tell. They can feel it.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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The Griffith House was like nothing Viviane remembered, reminding her of how fast the world changed and of how insignificant she was in the grand scheme of things. She thought it unfair that her life should be both irrelevant and difficult. One or the other seemed quite enough.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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High expectations are the key to everything.
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Sam Walton
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I like how people only tell you not to worry about stuff when it's something they don't care about.
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Julia Walton (Words on Bathroom Walls)
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If mother kept a list of the reasons she confined me to the house on the hill, she'd have a length of paper that could stretch all the way down Pinnacle Lane and trail into the waters of the Puget Sound. It could choke passing sea life. It could flap in the wind like a giant white flag of surrender atop our house's widow's walk.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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Respect your elders. When shouldn't it be... respect everyone?
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Julia Walton (Words on Bathroom Walls)
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Foreseeing the future, I would later learn, means nothing if there is nothing to be done to prevent it.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.
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Izaak Walton (The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation)
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You lose your secrets when you let people get too close.
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Julia Walton (Words on Bathroom Walls)
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The most central truth to the creation account is that this world is a place for God's presence.
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John H. Walton (The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate (Volume 2) (The Lost World Series))
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But while the thought of being dead seemed appealing, the actual act of dying did not.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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She wore light dabs of face powder on her cheeks to hide the permanent track marks left by so many tears.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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She is the glorious reincarnation of every woman ever loved. It was her face that launched the Trojan War, her untimely demise that inspired the building of India's Taj Mahal. She is every angel in Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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This time could be different. This time it could last. Maybe it would be a longer, deeper love: a real and solid entity that lived in the house, used the bathroom, ate their food, mussed up the linens in sleep. A love that pulled her close when she cried, that slept with its chest pressed against her back.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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I have always been driven to buck the system, to innovate, to take things beyond where they've been.
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Sam Walton
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Some sacrifices aren’t worth the cost. Even, or perhaps most especially, those made out of love.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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What we guard against around here is people saying, β€˜Let’s think about it.’ We make a decision. Then we act on it.
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Sam Walton (Sam Walton: Made In America)
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how did I not just let life run me over? I’m sorry, I don’t usually use this word, but it’s because fuck that. I believe in myself above all.
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Dawnie Walton (The Final Revival of Opal & Nev)
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You know, class is like magic. There's nothing there you can point to, it evaporates if you try to analyse it, but it's real and it affects how people behave and makes things happen.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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When I re-read, I know what I'm getting. It's like revisiting an old friend. An unread book holds wonderful unknown promise, but also threatens disappointment. A re-read is a known quantity.
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Jo Walton (What Makes This Book So Great: Re-Reading the Classics of Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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His heart line was long and curved, and she traced it with her eyes over and over again. A person with a curved heart line was a person capable of great warmth and kindness, a person willing to give their whole selves to love, no matter the cost.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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I am reading The Lord of the Rings. I suddenly wanted to. I almost know it by heart, but I can still sink right into it. I know no other book that is so much like going on a journey. When I put it down to this, I feel as if I am also waiting with Pippin for the echoes of that stone down the well.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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Happiness had a pungent scent, like the sourest lime or lemon. Broken hearts smelled surprisingly sweet. Sadness filled the air with a salty, sea-like redolence; death smelled like sadness. People carried their own distinct personal fragrances.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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Falling out of love was much harder than Gabe would have liked. Normally led through life by the heart attached to his sleeve, finding logic in love proved to be a bit like getting vaccinated for some dread disease: a good idea in the end, but the initial pain certainly wasn’t any fun. He came to appreciate that there were worse ways to live than to live without love. For instance, if he didn’t have arms, Gabe wouldn’t be able to hide in his work. Yes, a life without arms would be quite tragic, indeed.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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I love the train. Sitting here I feel connected to the last time I sat here, and the train to London too. It is in-between, suspended; and in rapid motion towards and away from, it is also poised between. There's a magic in that, not a magic you can work, a magic that's just there, giving a little colour and exhilaration to everything.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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I acknowledged Gabe and his attempts at flight the way a legless child might view a hopeful but misguided parent buying a house full of stairs. After a while, when Gabe offered me a morning greeting, it didn't feel like he was greeting me but rather a giant pair of wings; no girl, just feathers.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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Know Thyself. It’s good advice. Know yourself. You are worth knowing. Examine your life. The unexamined life is not worth living. Be aware that other people have equal significance. Give them the space to make their own choices, and let their choices count as you want them to let your choices count. Remember that excellence has no stopping point and keep on pursuing it. Make art that can last and that says something nobody else can say. Live the best life you can, and become the best self you can. You cannot know which of your actions is the lever that will move worlds. Not even Necessity knows all ends. Know yourself.
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Jo Walton (The Just City (Thessaly, #1))
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I knew that in the second letter he misspelled the word existence, replacing the second e with an a; in the fourth he forgot to dot the i in believe. I slept with them not under my pillow but clutched in my hand, with the sweat from my dreams leaking from my palms and smudging the ink.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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Because what else was there for me - an aberration, an untouchable, an outsider? What could I say when I was alone at night and the shadows came? How else could I calm the thud of my beating heart but with the words: This is my fate.
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Leslye Walton (The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender)
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I sat on the bench by the willows and at my honey bun and read Triton. There are some awful things in the world, it’s true, but there are also some great books. When I grow up I would like to write something that someone could read sitting on a bench on a day that isn’t all that warm and they could sit reading it and totally forget where they were or what time it was so that they were more inside the book than inside their own head. I’d like to write like Delany or Heinlein or Le Guin.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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I'm not sure I ever want to get married. I'm neither messing around while waiting nor looking for some "real thing." What I want is much more complicated. I want somebody I can talk to about books, who would be my friend, and why couldn't we have sex as well if we wanted to? (And used contraception.) I'm not looking for romance. Lord Peter and Harriet would seem a pretty good model to me.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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I had said that Le Guin's worlds were real because her people were so real, and he said yes, but the people were so real because they were the people the worlds would have produced. If you put Ged to grow up on Anarres or Shevek in Earthsea, they would be the same people, the backgrounds made the people, which of course you see all the time in mainstream fiction, but it's rare in SF.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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Cancer Kid has the Make-A-Wish Foundation because Cancer Kid will eventually die, and that's sad. Schizophrenia Kid will also eventually die, but before he does, he will be overmedicated with a plethora of drugs, he will alienate everyone he's ever really cared about, and he will most likely wind up on the street, living with a cat that will eat him when he dies. That is also sad, but nobody gives him a wish, because he isn't actively dying. It is abundantly clear that we only care about sick people who are dying tragic, time-sensitive deaths.
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Julia Walton (Words on Bathroom Walls)
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Sometimes I'm jealous of people with regular problems. At school I see the self-conscious girls worrying about their hair or if their legs look fat, and I just want to scream. Someone should tell them their problems are stupid. I get that I'm not supposed to say that. Everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle, right? But what if they're not? What if the biggest thing they have to worry about is homework and whether they get into a good college? Even if they've lost a family member or their parents are getting a divorce or they're missing someone far away. That is not worse than having to take medication to be in control of your own mind. It's just not.
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Julia Walton (Words on Bathroom Walls)
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People tell you to write what you know, but I've found that writing what you know is much harder than making it up. It's easier to research a historical period than your own life, and it's much easier to deal with things that have a little less emotional weight and where you have a little more detachment. It's terrible advice! So this is why you'll find there's no such place as the Welsh valleys, no coal under them, and no red buses running up and down them; there never was such a year as 1979, no such age as fifteen, and no such planet as Earth. The fairies are real, though.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)
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I did not buy a book called Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen Donaldson, which has the temerity to compare itself, on the front cover, to 'Tolkien at his best.' The back cover attributes the quote to the Washington Post, a newspaper whose quotations will always damn a book for me from now on. How dare they? And how dare the publishers? It isn't a comparison anyone could make, except to say 'Compared to Tolkien at his best, this is dross.' I mean you could say that even about really brilliant books like A Wizard of Earthsea. I expect Lord Foul's Bane (horrible title, sounds like a Conan book) is more like Tolkien at his worst, which would be the beginning of The Simarillion. The thing about Tolkien, about The Lord of the Rings, is that it's perfect.
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Jo Walton (Among Others)