Unfortunate Events Quotes

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People aren't either wicked or noble. They're like chef's salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.
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Lemony Snicket (The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11))
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I suppose I'll have to add the force of gravity to my list of enemies.
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Lemony Snicket (The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #12))
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If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats.
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Lemony Snicket (The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3))
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At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough. and what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.
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Lemony Snicket
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They didn't understand it, but like so many unfortunate events in life, just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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It is one of life's bitterest truths that bedtime so often arrives just when things are really getting interesting.
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Lemony Snicket (The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11))
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...you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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Well-read people are less likely to be evil.
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Lemony Snicket (The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10))
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The sad truth is the truth is sad.
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Lemony Snicket (The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8))
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I don't know if you've ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so.
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Lemony Snicket (The Blank Book (A Series of Unfortunate Events))
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Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.
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Lemony Snicket (The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #9))
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It is very unnerving to be proven wrong, particularly when you are really right and the person who is really wrong is proving you wrong and proving himself, wrongly, right.
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Lemony Snicket (The Blank Book (A Series of Unfortunate Events))
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This is my knife. It is very sharp and very eager to hurt you.
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Lemony Snicket (The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2))
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Grief, a type of sadness that most often occurs when you have lost someone you love, is a sneaky thing, because it can disappear for a long time, and then pop back up when you least expect it.
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Lemony Snicket (The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #9))
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To hear the phrase "our only hope" always makes one anxious, because it means that if the only hope doesn't work, there is nothing left.
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Lemony Snicket (The Blank Book (A Series of Unfortunate Events))
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Sometimes, just saying that you hate something, and having someone agree with you, can make you feel better about a terrible situation.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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The key to good eavesdropping is not getting caught.
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Lemony Snicket (The Blank Book (A Series of Unfortunate Events))
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For some stories, it's easy. The moral of 'The Three Bears,' for instance, is "Never break into someone else's house.' The moral of 'Snow White' is 'Never eat apples.' The moral of World War I is 'Never assassinate Archduke Ferdinand.
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Lemony Snicket (The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3))
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People don't always get what they deserve in this world.
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Lemony Snicket (The Blank Book (A Series of Unfortunate Events))
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If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives.
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Lemony Snicket (The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6))
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If you have ever lost a loved one, then you know exactly how it feels. And if you have not, then you cannot possibly imagine it.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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They're book addicts.
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Lemony Snicket (The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4))
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It is useless for me to describe to you how terrible Violet, Klaus, and even Sunny felt in the time that followed. If you have ever lost someone very important to you, then you already know how it feels, and if you haven't, you cannot possibly imagine it.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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As I am sure you know, when people say 'It's my pleasure,' they usually mean something along the lines of, 'There's nothing on Earth I would rather do less.' [...]
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Lemony Snicket (The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #12))
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Oftentimes. when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable, too. But it never helps.
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Lemony Snicket (The Blank Book (A Series of Unfortunate Events))
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Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.
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Lemony Snicket (The Blank Book (A Series of Unfortunate Events))
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There is no worse sound in the world than someone who cannot play the violin but insists on doing so anyway.
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Lemony Snicket (The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5))
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It is terribly rude to tell people that their troubles are boring.
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Lemony Snicket (The Blank Book (A Series of Unfortunate Events))
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A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called "The Road Less Traveled", describing a journey he took through the woods along a path most travelers never used. The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely, and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, because if anything happened on the road less traveled, the other travelers would be on the road more frequently traveled and so couldn't hear him as he cried for help. Sure enough, that poet is dead.
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Lemony Snicket (The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10))
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There are many, many types of books in the world, which makes good sense, because there are many, many types of people, and everybody wants to read something different.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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Sooner or later, everyone's story has an unfortunate event or two...The solution, of course, is to stay as far away from the world as possible and lead a safe, simple life.
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Lemony Snicket (The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13))
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Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course.
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Lemony Snicket (The Blank Book (A Series of Unfortunate Events))
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Instead of the word 'love' there was an enormous heart, a symbol sometimes used by people who have trouble figuring out the difference between words and shapes.
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Lemony Snicket (The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #9))
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The end of THE END is the best place to begin THE END, because if you read THE END from the beginning of the beginning of THE END to the end of the end of THE END, you will arrive at the end.
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Lemony Snicket (The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13))
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Those unable to catalog the past are doomed to repeat it.
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Lemony Snicket (The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13))
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One can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.
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Lemony Snicket (The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #12))
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Neither were you [born yesterday], unless of course I am wrong, in which case welcome to the world, little baby, and congratulations on learning to read so early in life.
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Lemony Snicket (The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #12))
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There are few sights sadder than a ruined book.
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Lemony Snicket (The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3))
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Are you ready?" Klaus asked finally. "No," Sunny answered. "Me neither," Violet said, "but if we wait until we're ready we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives, Let's go.
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Lemony Snicket (The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6))
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A new experience can be extremely pleasurable, or extremely irritating, or somewhere in between, and you never know until you try it out.
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Lemony Snicket (The Blank Book (A Series of Unfortunate Events))
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it is a sad truth in life that when someone has lost a loved one, friends sometimes avoid the person, just when the presence of friends is most needed.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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Just about everything in this world is easier said than done, with the exception of "systematically assisting Sisyphus's stealthy, cyst-susceptible sister," which is easier done than said.
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Lemony Snicket (The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8))
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Criminals should be punished, not fed pastries.
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Lemony Snicket (The Blank Book (A Series of Unfortunate Events))
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Stealing, of course, is a crime, and a very impolite thing to do. But like most impolite things, it is excusable under certain circumstances. Stealing is not excusable if, for instance, you are in a museum and you decide that a certain painting would look better in your house, and you simply grab the painting and take it there. But if you were very, very hungry, and you had no way of obtaining money, it would be excusable to grab the painting, take it to your house, and eat it.
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Lemony Snicket (The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3))
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Like a church bell, a coffin, and a vat of melted chocolate, a supply closet is rarely a comfortable place to hide.
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Lemony Snicket (The Blank Book (A Series of Unfortunate Events))
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Waiting is one of life’s hardships.
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Lemony Snicket (The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2))
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Having a personal philosophy is like having a pet marmoset, because it may be very attractive when you acquire it, but there may be situations when it will not come in handy at all.
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Lemony Snicket (The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11))
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The book was long, and difficult to read, and Klaus became more and more tired as the night wore on. Occasionally his eyes would close. He found himself reading the same sentence over and over. He found himself reading the same sentence over and over. He found himself reading the same sentence over and over.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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For Beatrice--My love for you shall live forever. You, however, did not.
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Lemony Snicket (The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2))
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Deciding whether or not to trust a person is like deciding whether or not to climb a tree because you might get a wonderful view from the highest branch or you might simply get covered in sap and for this reason many people choose to spend their time alone and indoors where it is harder to get a splinter.
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Lemony Snicket (The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #12))
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The burning of a book is a sad, sad sight, for even though a book is nothing but ink and paper, it feels as if the ideas contained in the book are disappearing as the pages turn to ashes and the cover and binding--which is the term for the stitching and glue that holds the pages together--blacken and curl as the flames do their wicked work. When someone is burning a book, they are showing utter contempt for all of the thinking that produced its ideas, all of the labor that went into its words and sentences, and all of the trouble that befell the author . . .
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Lemony Snicket (The Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #12))
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Friends can make you feel that the world is smaller and less sneaky than it really is, because you know people who have similar experiences.
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Lemony Snicket (The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5))
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How can someone so wonderful do something so terrible?
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Lemony Snicket (The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11))
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The way sadness works is one of the strange riddles of the world. If you are stricken with a great sadness, you may feel as if you have been set aflame, not only because of the enormous pain, but also because your sadness may spread over your life, like smoke from an enormous fire. You might find it difficult to see anything but your own sadness, the way smoke can cover a landscape so that all anyone can see is black. You may find that if someone pours water all over you, you are damp and distracted, but not cured of your sadness, the way a fire department can douse a fire but never recover what has been burnt down.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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Assumptions are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make -- bombs, for instance, or strawberry shortcake -- if you make even the tiniest mistake you can find yourself in terrible trouble. Making assumptions simply means believing things are a certain way with little or no evidence that shows you are correct, and you can see at once how this can lead to terrible trouble. For instance, one morning you might wake up and make the assumption that your bed was in the same place that it always was, even though you would have no real evidence that this was so. But when you got out of your bed, you might discover that it had floated out to sea, and now you would be in terrible trouble all because of the incorrect assumption that you'd made. You can see that it is better not to make too many assumptions, particularly in the morning.
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Lemony Snicket (The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5))
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Right, good temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
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Lemony Snicket (The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2))
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Just because something is typed-whether it is typed on a business card or typed in a newspaper or book-this does not mean that it is true.
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Lemony Snicket (The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3))
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Whenever you are examining someone else's belongings, you are bound to learn many interesting things about the person of which you were not previously aware.
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Lemony Snicket (The Blank Book (A Series of Unfortunate Events))
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Everybody will die, but very few people want to be reminded of that fact.
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Lemony Snicket (The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #5))
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It is almost as if happiness is an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche, to which you can eventually become accustomed, but despair is something surprising each time you encounter it.
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Lemony Snicket (The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13))
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Your initial opinion on just about anything may change over time.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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Of course, it is boring to read about boring thing, but it is better to read something that makes you yawn with boredom than something that will make you weep uncontrollably, pound your fists against the floor, and leave tearstains all over your pillowcase, sheets, and boomerang collection.
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Lemony Snicket (The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11))
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There are almost as many kinds of libraries as there are kinds of readers.
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Lemony Snicket (The Carnivorous Carnival (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #9))
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The worst surroundings in the world can be tolerated if the people in them are interesting and kind.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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If you feel . . . that well-read people are less likely to be evil, and a world full of people sitting quietly with good books in their hands is preferable to world filled with schisms and sirens and other noisy and troublesome things, then every time you enter a library you might say to yourself, 'The world is quiet here,' as a sort of pledge proclaiming reading to be the greater good.
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Lemony Snicket (The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10))
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For Beatrice, when we first met, I was lonely, and you were pretty. Now I am pretty lonely.
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Lemony Snicket (The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10))
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For Beatrice, summer without you is as cold as winter. Winter without you, is even colder.
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Lemony Snicket (The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8))
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One of the greatest myths in the world - & the phrase 'greatest myths' is just a fancy way of saying 'big fat lies' -- is that troublesome things get less & less troublesome if you do them more & more. People say this myth when they are teaching children to ride bicycles, for instance, as though falling off a bicycle & skinning your knee is less troublesome the fourteenth time you do it than it is the first time. The truth is that troublesome things tend to remain troublesome no matter how many times you do them, & that you should avoid doing them unless they are absolutely urgent.
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Lemony Snicket (The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6))
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Tears are curious things, for like earthquakes or puppet shows, they can occur at any time, without any warning and without any good reason.
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Lemony Snicket (The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #3))
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the table of elements does not contain one of the most powerful elements that make up our world, and that is the element of surprise.
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Lemony Snicket (The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6))
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It was darker than a pitch-black panther, covered in tar, eating black licorice at the very bottom of the deepest part of the Black Sea.
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Lemony Snicket (The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6))
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I once had a dreams of becoming a beautiful poet, but upon an unfortunate series of events some of those dreams dashed and divided like a million stars in the night sky that I wished on over and over again, sparkling and broken. But I didn't really mind, because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted, and then losing it to know what true freedom is.
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Lana Del Rey
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But one type of book that practically no one likes to read is a book about the law. Books about the law are notorious for being very long, very dull, and very difficult to read. This is one reason many lawyers make heaps of money. The money is an incentive - the word "incentive" here means "an offered reward to persuade you to do something you don't want to do - to read long, dull, and difficult books.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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It is very useful, when one is young, to learn the difference between "literally" and "figuratively." If something happens literally, it actually happens; if something happens figuratively, it feels like it is happening. If you are literally jumping for joy, for instance, it means you are leaping in the air because you are very happy. If you are figuratively jumping for joy, it means you are so happy that you could jump for joy, but are saving your energy for other matters.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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everything happens for a reason.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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Xenial' is a word which refers to the giving of gifts to strangers. . . . I know that having a good vocabulary doesn't guarantee that I'm a good person. . . . But it does mean I've read a great deal. And in my experience, well-read people are less likely to be evil.
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Lemony Snicket (The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10))
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I am heartbroken, but I have been heartbroken before, and this might be the best for which I can hope.
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Lemony Snicket (The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13))
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There is a kind of crying I hope you have not experienced, and it is not just crying about something terrible that has happened, but a crying for all of the terrible things that have happened, not just to you but to everyone you know and to everyone you don’t know and even the people you don’t want to know, a crying that cannot be diluted by a brave deed or a kind word, but only by someone holding you as your shoulders shake and your tears run down your face.
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Lemony Snicket (The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13))
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Just because you don't understand something doesn't mean that it's nonsense.
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Lemony Snicket (The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10))
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A successful villain should have all these things at his or her villainous fingertips, or else give up villainy altogether and try to lead a life of decency, integrity, and kindness, which is much more challenging and noble, if not always quite as exciting.
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Lemony Snicket (The Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #11))
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Nowhere in the world is safe," Count Olaf said. Not with you around," Violet agreed. I'm no worse than anyone else," Count Olaf said.
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Lemony Snicket (The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13))
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It is always tedious when someone tells you that if you don't stop crying, they will give you something to cry about, because if you are crying then you already have something to cry about, and so there is no reason for them to give you anything additional to cry about, thank you very much.
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Lemony Snicket (The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10))
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In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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There are two types of panicking: standing still and not saying a word, and leaping all over the place babbling anything that comes into your head.
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Lemony Snicket (The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2))
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Thinking about something is like picking up a stone when taking a walk, either while skipping rocks on the beach, for example, or looking for a way to shatter the glass doors of a museum. When you think about something, it adds a bit of weight to your walk, and as you think about more and more things you are liable to feel heavier and heavier, until you are so burdened you cannot take any further steps, and can only sit and stare at the gentle movements of the ocean waves or security guards, thinking too hard bout too many things to do anything else.
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Lemony Snicket (The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13))
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It is a curious thing, but as one travels the world getting older and older, it appears that happiness is easier to get used to than despair. The second time you have a root beer float, for instance, your happiness at sipping the delicious concoction may not be quite as enormous as when you first had a root beer float, and the twelfth time your happiness may be still less enormous, until root beer floats begin to offer you very little happiness at all, because you have become used to the taste of vanilla ice cream and root beer mixed together. However, the second time you find a thumbtack in your root beer float, your despair is much greater than the first time, when you dismissed the thumbtack as a freak accident rather than part of the scheme of a soda jerk, a phrase which here means "ice cream shop employee who is trying to injure your tongue," and by the twelfth time you find a thumbtack, your despair is even greater still, until you can hardly utter the phrase "root beer float" without bursting into tears. It is almost as if happiness is an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche, to which you can eventually become accustomed, but despair is something surprising each time you encounter it.
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Lemony Snicket (The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13))
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It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try to readjust the way you thought of things. The Baudelaire orphans were crying not only for their Uncle Monty, but for their own parents, and this dark and curious feeling of falling that accompanies every great loss.
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Lemony Snicket (The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2))
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E!" Klaus cried. "E as in Exit!" The Baudelaires ran down E as in Exit, but when they reached the last cabinet, the row was becoming F as in Falling File Cabinets, G as in Go the Other Way! and H as in How in the World Are We Going to Escape?
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Lemony Snicket (The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8))
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Anyone who knew Violet well could tell she was thinking hard, because her long hair was tied up in a ribbon to keep it out of her eyes. Violet had a real knack for inventing and building strange devices, so her brain was often filled with images of pulleys, levers, and gears, and she never wanted to be distracted by something as trivial as her hair.
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Lemony Snicket (The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1))
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You may want to keep a commonplace book which is a notebook where you can copy parts of books you think are in code, or take notes on a series of events you may have observed that are suspicious, unfortunate, or very dull. Keep your commonplace book in a safe place, such as underneath your bed, or at a nearby dairy.
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Lemony Snicket (Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography)
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I was in the winter of my life- and the men I met along the road were my only summer. At night I fell sleep with visions of myself dancing and laughing and crying with them. Three years down the line of being on an endless world tour and memories of them were the only things that sustained me, and my only real happy times. I was a singer, not a very popular one, who once had dreams of becoming a beautiful poet- but upon an unfortunate series of events saw those dreams dashed and divided like a million stars in the night sky that I wished on over and over again- sparkling and broken. But I really didn’t mind because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted and then losing it to know what true freedom is. When the people I used to know found out what I had been doing, how I had been living- they asked me why. But there’s no use in talking to people who have a home, they have no idea what its like to seek safety in other people, for home to be wherever you lay your head. I was always an unusual girl, my mother told me that I had a chameleon soul. No moral compass pointing me due north, no fixed personality. Just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide as wavering as the ocean. And if I said that I didn't plan for it to turn out this way I’d be lying- because I was born to be the other woman. I belonged to no one- who belonged to everyone, who had nothing- who wanted everything with a fire for every experience and an obsession for freedom that terrified me to the point that I couldn’t even talk about- and pushed me to a nomadic point of madness that both dazzled and dizzied me. Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people- and finally I did- on the open road. We have nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore- except to make our lives into a work of art.
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Lana Del Rey
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I have always, essentially, been waiting. Waiting to become something else, waiting to be that person I always thought I was on the verge of becoming, waiting for that life I thought I would have. In my head, I was always one step away. In high school, I was biding my time until I could become the college version of myself, the one my mind could see so clearly. In college, the post-college β€œadult” person was always looming in front of me, smarter, stronger, more organized. Then the married person, then the person I’d become when we have kids. For twenty years, literally, I have waited to become the thin version of myself, because that’s when life will really begin. And through all that waiting, here I am. My life is passing, day by day, and I am waiting for it to start. I am waiting for that time, that person, that event when my life will finally begin. I love movies about β€œThe Big Moment” – the game or the performance or the wedding day or the record deal, the stories that split time with that key event, and everything is reframed, before it and after it, because it has changed everything. I have always wanted this movie-worthy event, something that will change everything and grab me out of this waiting game into the whirlwind in front of me. I cry and cry at these movies, because I am still waiting for my own big moment. I had visions of life as an adventure, a thing to be celebrated and experienced, but all I was doing was going to work and coming home, and that wasn’t what it looked like in the movies. John Lennon once said, β€œLife is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” For me, life is what was happening while I was busy waiting for my big moment. I was ready for it and believed that the rest of my life would fade into the background, and that my big moment would carry me through life like a lifeboat. The Big Moment, unfortunately, is an urban myth. Some people have them, in a sense, when they win the Heisman or become the next American Idol. But even that football player or that singer is living a life made up of more than that one moment. Life is a collection of a million, billion moments, tiny little moments and choices, like a handful of luminous, glowing pearl. It takes so much time, and so much work, and those beads and moments are so small, and so much less fabulous and dramatic than the movies. But this is what I’m finding, in glimpses and flashes: this is it. This is it, in the best possible way. That thing I’m waiting for, that adventure, that move-score-worthy experience unfolding gracefully. This is it. Normal, daily life ticking by on our streets and sidewalks, in our houses and apartments, in our beds and at our dinner tables, in our dreams and prayers and fights and secrets – this pedestrian life is the most precious thing any of use will ever experience.
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Shauna Niequist (Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life)
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I'm sure you have heard it said that appearance does not matter so much, and that it is what's on the inside that counts. This is, of course, utter nonsense, because if it were true then people who were good on this inside would would never have to comb their hair or take a bath, and the whole world would smell even worse than it already does.
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Lemony Snicket (The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4))
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Simply put, dramatic irony is when a person makes a harmless remark, and someone else who hears it knows something that makes the remark have a different, and usually unpleasant, meaning. For instance, if you were in a restaurant and said out loud, "I can't wait to eat the veal marsala I ordered," and there were people around who knew that the veal marsala was poisoned and that you would die as soon as you took a bite, your situation would be one of dramatic irony.
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Lemony Snicket (The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2))
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The central theme of Anna Karenina," he said, "is that a rural life of moral simplicity, despite its monotony, is the preferable personal narrative to a daring life of impulsive passion, which only leads to tragedy." "That is a very long theme," the scout said. "It's a very long book," Klaus replied. [...] "Or maybe a daring life of impulsive passion leads to something else," the scout said, and in some cases this mysterious person was right. A daring life of impulsive passion is an expression which refers to people who follow what is in their hearts, and like people who prefer to follow their head, or follow a mysterious man in a dark blue raincoat, people who lead a daring life of impulsive passion end up doing all sorts of things.
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Lemony Snicket (The Slippery Slope (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #10))
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Of course, it is quite possible to be in the dark in the dark, but there are so many secrets in the world that it is likely that you are always in the dark about one thing or another, whether you are in the dark in the dark or in the dark not in the dark, although the sun can go down so quickly that you may be in the in the dark about being in the dark, only to look around and find yourself no longer in the dark about being in the dark, but in the dark in the dark nontheless, not only because of the dark, but because of the ballerinas in the dark, who are not in the dark about the dark, but also not in the dark about the locked cabinet, and you may be in the dark about the ballerinas digging up the locked cabinet in the dark, even though you are no longer in the dark about being in the dark, and so you are in fact in the dark about being in the dark, even though you are not in the dark about being in the dark, and so you may fall into the hole that the ballerinas have dug, which is dark, in the dark, and in the park.
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Lemony Snicket (The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13))
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...unfortunately, it's true: time does heal. It will do so whether you like it or not, and there's nothing anyone can do about it. If you're not careful, time will take away everything that ever hurt you, everything you have ever lost, and replace it with knowledge. Time is a machine: it will convert your pain into experience. Raw data will be compiled, will be translated into a more comprehensible language. The individual events of your life will be transmuted into another substance called memory and in the mechanism something will be lost and you will never be able to reverse it, you will never again have the original moment back in its uncategorized, preprocessed state. It will force you to move on and you will not have a choice in the matter.
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Charles Yu (How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe)
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The phrase "in the dark," as I'm sure you know, can refer not only to one's shadowy surroundings, but also to the shadowy secrets of which one might be unaware. Every day, the sun goes down over all these secrets, and so everyone is in the dark in one way or another. If you are sunbathing in a park, for instance, but you do not know that a locked cabinet is buried fifty feet beneath your blanket, then you are in the dark even though you are not actually in the dark, whereas if you are on a midnight hike, knowing full well that several ballerinas are following close behind you, then you are not in the dark even if you are in fact in the dark. Of course, it is quite possible to be in the dark in the dark, as well as to be not in the dark not in the dark, but there are so many secrets in the world that it is likely that you are always in the dark about one thing or another, whether you are in the dark in the dark or in the dark not in the dark, although the sun can go down so quickly that you may be in the dark about being in the dark in the dark, only to look around and find yourself no longer in the dark about being in the dark in the dark, but in the dark in the dark nonetheless, not only because of the dark, but because of the ballerinas in the dark, who are not in the dark about the dark, but also not in the dark about the locked cabinet, and you may be in the dark about the ballerinas digging up the locked cabinet in the dark, even though you are no longer in the dark about being in the dark, and so you are in fact in the dark about being in the dark, even though you are not in the dark about being in the dark, and so you may fall into the hole that the ballerinas have dug, which is dark, in the dark, and in the park.
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Lemony Snicket (The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13))
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I was in the winter of my life- and the men I met along the road were my only summer. At night I fell sleep with vision of myself dancing and laughing and crying with them. Three year down the line of being on an endless world tour and memories of them were the only things that sustained me, and my only real happy times. I was a singer, not very popular one, who once has dreams of becoming a beautiful poet- but upon an unfortunate series of events saw those dreams dashed and divided like million stars in the night sky that I wished on over and over again- sparkling and broken. But I really didn’t mind because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted and then losing it to know what true freedom is. When the people I used to know found out what I had been doing, how I had been living- they asked me why. But there’s no use in talking to people who have a home, they have no idea what its like to seek safety in other people, for home to be wherever you lied you head. I was always an unusual girl, my mother told me that I had a chameleon soul. No moral compass pointing me due north, no fixed personality. Just an inner indecisiviness that was as wide as wavering as the ocean. And if I said that I didn’t plan for it to turn out this way I’d be lying- because I was born to be the other woman. I belonged to no one- who belonged to everyone, who had nothing- who wanted everything with a fire for every experience and an obssesion for freedom that terrified me to the point that I couldn’t even talk about- and pushed me to a nomadic point of madness that both dazzled and dizzied me. Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people- and finally I did- on the open road. We have nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore- except to make our lives into a work of art. LIVE FAST. DIE YOUNG. BE WILD. AND HAVE FUN. I believe in the country America used to be. I belive in the person I want to become, I believe in the freedom of the open road. And my motto is the same as ever- *I believe in the kindness of strangers. And when I’m at war with myself- I Ride. I Just Ride.* Who are you? Are you in touch with all your darkest fantasies? Have you created a life for yourself where you’re free to experience them? I Have. I Am Fucking Crazy. But I Am Free.
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Lana Del Rey