Jodi Picoult

Born: May 19, 1966

Occupation: Author

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On the other hand, I think cats have Asperger's. Like me, they're very smart. And like me, sometimes they simply need to be left alone.

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We make messes of our lives, but every now and then, we manage to do something that's exactly right. The challenge is figuring out which is which.

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We believe what we want to, what we need to. The corollary is that we choose not to see what we'd rather pretend doesn't exist.

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Once the world was pulled out from beneath your feet, did you ever get to stand on firm ground again?

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I think a persons life is supposed to be like a DVD. You can see the version everyone else sees, or you can choose the directors cut-the way he wanted you to see it, before everything else got in the way....

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What’s the difference between spending your life trying to be invisible, or pretending to be the person you think everyone wants you to be? Either way, you’re faking.

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Or. I hate that word. It’s two letters long and stuffed to the gills with reasonable doubt.

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There was a difference between people looking at you because they wanted to be like you, and people looking at you because your misfortune brought them one rung higher.

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Why do some memories bleed out of nowhere and others stay locked behind doors?

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For someone who can’t remember very much, there seems to be a lot I can’t forget.

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Lies were only as strong as the suckers that believed them.

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Why are you doing this to yourself? When something bad happens, why do you have to pick at it until it bleeds all over again?

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There is no one truth. There’s only what happened, based on how you perceive it.

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Accidents did not just happen. From time to time they were carefully plotted, calculated, and arranged to one’s advantage-all, of course, under the cloak of happenstance.

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And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in masquerade.

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In reality, you don’t ever change the hurricane. You just learn how to stay out of its path.

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People don’t just disappear. There’s always a reason, or an enemy with a grudge. There’s always a loose thread that starts to unravel.

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Into the silence rips a sound that makes me let go of Max's hand and cover my ears. It is like the strafe of a bullet, nails on a chalkboard, promises being broken. It's a note I have never heard - this...

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The Lord turned water into wine. All I'm suggesting is a trip to the grocery store.

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I think we deserve a happily-ever-after." "If anyone ever did, it's us.

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Life was what happened when all the what-ifs didn't.

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I realize how quickly lies compound. They cover like a coat of paint, one on top of the other, until you cannot remember what color you started with.

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If words had flavors, hers would be bitter almonds and coffee grounds.

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All I know is that I carried you for nine months. I fed you, I clothed you, I paid for your college education. Friending me on Facebook seems like a small thing to ask in return.

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I grew up in a household where we didn't really talk about our feelings, and where the only reason you went to a doctor was because you'd accidentally cut off a limb with a chain saw.

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There are so many things I can't believe. That people deserve what they get, both bad and good. That one day I'll live in a world where people are judged by what they do instead of who they are. That happy...

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Someone real," I hear myself saying. "Someone who never has to pretend, and who I never have to pretend around. Someone who's smart, but knows how to laugh at himself. Someone who would listen to a symphony...

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I am not a religious man. I have not attended a service for many years. But I do believe in God. My own practice of religion, you could say, it a nonpractice. I personally feel that it's just as worthy...

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No matter what Joe Hoffman and Wade Preston say, it's not gender that makes a family; it's love. You don't need a mother and a father; you don't necessarily even need two parents. You just need someone...

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If you spent your life concentrating on what everyone else thought of you, would you forget who you really were? What if the face you showed the world turned out to be a mask... with nothing beneath it?

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I know that the first person I kissed won't be nearly as important as the last person I kiss.

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Ask a kid who's struggling in math if he likes being in a mixed-level class, and he'll tell you he feels like a moron. Ask the math genius if he likes being in a mixed-level class, and he'll tell you he's...

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As it turned out, though, it was a lot easier to say that someone deserved to die for what they did than it was to take the responsibility to make that happen.

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The hardest thing in the world is believing someone can change. It's always easier to go along with the way things are than to admit that you might have been wrong in the first place.

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It's never the differences between people that suprise us. It's the things that, against all odds, we have in common.

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Everyone thinks you make mistakes when you're young. But I don't think we make any fewer when we're grown up

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Beliefs are the roads we take to our dreams. Believe you can do something-or believe you can't-and you'll be right everytime.

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When a freedom is taken away from you, I suppose, you recognize it as a privilege, not a right.

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But that's what love is, isn't it? When it hurts you more to see someone suffer than it does to take the pain away?

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But if you seek forgiveness, doesn't that automatically mean you cannot be a monster? By definition, doesn't that desperation make you human again?

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There are so many ways a family can unravel. All it takes is a tiny slash of selfishness, a rip of greed, a puncture of bad luck. And yet, woven tightly, family can be the strongest bond imaginable.

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If you end your story, it's a static work of art, a finite circle. But if you don't, it belongs to anyone's imagination. It stays alive forever.

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I know you love me. The question is, how much?

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The thing that most people didn't understand, if they weren't in his line if work, was that a rape victim and a victim of a fatal accident were both gone forever. The difference was that the rape victim...

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It was a catch-22: If you didn’t put the trauma behind you, you couldn’t move on. But if you did put the trauma behind you, you willingly gave up your claim to the person you were before it happened.

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She understood what it was like to stand right in front of people you loved, even though they could not see you.

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Close a door, and you'd still feel a breeze through the window.

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History could hover, like a faint perfume or a memory stamped on the back of one's eyelids.

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The world is a place where the extraordinary can sit just beside the ordinary with the thinnest of boundaries; that even in environments inhospitable to man, all sort of entities might thrive.

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Ross was a firm believer that you could not force circumstance. You could buckle your seat belt, but still crash the car. You could throw yourself in front of an oncoming train, but somehow survive. You...

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How could you beat an enemy you couldn't see?

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He gently touched his mother's cheek, felt her sorrow slip over his fingertips.

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If you had to pack your whole life into a suitcase-not just the practical things, like clothing, but the memories of the people you had lost and the girl you had once been-what would you take?

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Hunger, she often tells me, has nothing to do with the belly and everything to do with the mind. What Mary really runs isn't a bakery, but a community.

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All writers start with a layer of truth, don't they? If not, their stories would be nothing but spools of cotton candy, a fleeting taste wrapped around nothing but air.

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Once, I asked my mom why stars shine. She said they were night-lights, so the angels could find their way around in Heaven. But when I asked my dad, he started talking about gas, and somehow I put it all...

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History tells us that six million Jews disappeared during that war. If there was no Holocaust, where did they go?' She shakes her head. 'All of that, and the world didn't learn anything. Look around. There's...

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She became whoever she needed to be to survive,but she never let anyone else define her.

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In the space between yes and no, there's a lifetime. It's the difference between the path you walk and the one you leave behind; it's the gap between who you thought you could be and who you really are;...

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If you ask me, music is the language of memory

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Every life has a soundtrack.

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Suddenly, I don't want to be this person anymore. I don't want to pretend I'm fooling the world when I'm not. I want someone else to have a plan for me, because I'm not doing a very good job myself.

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I wish I could tell him I understand: the higher you raise your hopes, the farther you have to fall.

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He is dark and quiet and completely different from me, which is exactly why I should put distance between us. But it is also the reason I find him so fascinating.

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As anyone who's ever contracted it knows, lies are an infectious disease. They slip under the almond slivers of your fingernails and into your bloodstream.

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And in general, the residents of the town wondered why they all felt hollow just beneath the throat, the result of missing something they had never been able to name in the first place.

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Shelby believed that love was like a solar eclipse - breathtakingly beautiful, absorbing, and capable of rendering you blind. She had not necessarily gone out of her way to avoid a relationship, but she...

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Words, for all they were flimsy and invisible, had great strength. They could be fortified as a castle wall and sharp as a foil. They could bite, slap, shock, wound. But unlike deeds, words couldn't really...

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After all, once you know that part of something exists, it stands to reason that the rest of it is somewhere out there, too.

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Losing Chloe had been like reading a wonderfulook only to realize that all the pages past a certain point were blank.

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Safety is relative. You can be so close to shore that you can practically feel it under your feet, when you suddenly find yourself breaking apart on the rocks.

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I pointed to the wound. "It's missing," I said. My grandmother smiled, and that was all it took for me to stop seeing the scar, and to recognize her again. "Yes," she said. "But see how much of me is left?

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You can be strapped to the most stable chair and still feel the world give way beneath you.

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My teacher in first grade said that long ago people used to believe all kinds of things, because they didn't know any better. Like you shouldn't take a bath, because it could make you sick. And then someone...

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We dont have to accept each others beliefs..but we do have to accept each others right to believe them.

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Here are the things I know for sure: When you think you’re right, you are most likely wrong. Things that break—be they bones, hearts, or promises—can be put back together but will never really be...

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You can't exist in this world without leaving a piece of yourself behind.

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It took me a lifetime to realizethings don't get lost if they don't have value- you don't miss what you don't care about.

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The English judged a person so that they'd be justified in casting her out. The Amish judged a person so that they'd be justified in welcoming her back. Where I'm from, if someone is accused of sinning,...

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When you don't know where you're headed, you find places no one else would ever explore.

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I don't want to make the same mistake twice. I don't want to tell myself it's over when it's not.

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It was the first time she'd discovered something she really didn't want to find, and she didn't know what to do once she'd found it.

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You'd think someone who'd been to medical school would be able to hear through a stethoscope that somebody was empty inside.

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I love feeling loved. I don't love knowing that I will always come in second place. I love the fact that at least sometimes when I am in my home, I'm not alone. I don't love the fact that it's not always....

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Love is not an equation, it is not a contract, and it is not a happy ending. Love is the slate under the chalk, the ground that buildings rise, and the oxygen in the air. It is the place you come back...

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The brain of a person in love will show activity in the amygdala, which is associated with gut feelings, and in the nucleus accumbens, an area associated with rewarding stimuli that tends to be active...

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You can't win. Either you have the baby and wear your pain on the outside, or you don't have the baby, and you keep that ache in you forever

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It was no coincidence, that fear could move a person to extremes, just as seamlessly as love. They were the conjoined twins of emotion: If you didn't know what was at stake to lose, you had nothing to...

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The world just feels different for those of us who come alive after dark. It's more fragile and unreal, a replica of the one everyone else inhabits.

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You would be surprised at the lengths you will go to believe the best about someone if you truly love him

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Everyone has a story; everyone hides his past as a means of self-preservation. Some just do it better, and more thoroughly, than others.

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But sometimes, in order to win, you have to make sacrifices.

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When was the last time someone read aloud to you? Probably when you were a child, and if you think back, you'll remember how safe you felt, tucked under the covers, or curled in someone's arms, as a story...

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When your mother is made out of your dreams, anything real is bound to disappoint you.

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Is it a crime when you love someone so much that you can't stand the thought of them changing? Is it a crime when you love someone so much that you can't see clearly?

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Eric understands that the world is rarelythe way it is supposed to be. And he knows that, given the chance, we don't have to wait for someone to make messes of our lives. We do a good enough job, ourselves.

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Sometimes we don't know we're dreaming; we can't even fathom that we're asleep.

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How do you walk into someone's life again after twenty-eight years? How do you pick up, when you were too young to know where you left off.

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In half hour my mother has managed to give me what my father couldn't: my past.

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Memories aren't stored in the heart or the head or even the soul, if you ask me, but in the spaces between any given two people.

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It feels like a punch. Tears fill my eyes, and I wonder how I could be upset over losing something I never had.

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Life is not a plot; it's in the details.

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Suddenly this is all too hard. I am tired of putting up walls. I want someone with the strength - and the honesty - to break them down.

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What could you give me," I ask, my voice shaking, "to make me forget ... that you forgot about me?

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If you want to know someone's story, they have to tell it aloud. But every time, the telling is a little but different. It's new, even to me.

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...when they look at me, I so badly want to be who they see.

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When you're a parent you find yourself looking at the unknown that is your child, trying to find a piece of yourself inside her, because sometimes that is what it takes to claim.

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Sometimes knowing what's right isn't a rational decision, or even what works on paper. Sometimes leaving is the best course of action after all.

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That's the crazy thing about lies. You start to fall for them, yourself.

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You can't hate someone until you know what it might be like to love them.

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I would tell them that when you look at a person, you never know what the're hiding.

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We sit for a few more moments, although there's really nothing left to say. This is new to me, too, an entire conversation that takes place in silence, because the heart has its own language. I will remember...

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It's the child who's supposed to cry, and the mom who makes it all better, not the other way around, which is why mothers will move heaven and earth to hold it together in front of their own kids.

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Asking me to describe my son is like asking me to hold the ocean in a paper cup

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Lately, I have been having nightmares, where I'm cut into so many pieces that there isn't enough of me to be put back together.

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The first question she was asked was What do you do? as if that were enough to define you. Nobody ever asked you who you really were, because that changed. You might be a judge or a mother or a dreamer....

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Do you know how there are moments when the world moves so slowly you can feel your bones shifting, your mind tumbling? When you think that no matter what happens to you for the rest of your life, you will...

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And that was the greatest heartbreak of all- no matter how spectacular we want our children to be, no matter how perfect we pretend they are, they are bound to disappoint. As it turns out, kids are more...

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Imagine if you were the positive pole of a magnet, and you were told that under no circumstances were you allowed to touch that negative pole that was sucking you in like a black hole. Or if you crawled...

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Traveling is all very well and good as long as you knew there is a place or person you can call home

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A girl who is thirteen-which is hard, and difficult, and beautiful, and painful, and exhilarating.

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If you focus on sandbagging the beachhead, you can ignore the tsunami that's approaching. Try it any other way and you'll go crazy.

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Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint...

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Her mouth is always on the verge of a smile. It makes her look like there's always something amazing she needs to tell me, even when it's just hello.

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I became a firefighter because I wanted to save people. But I should have been more specific. I should have named names.

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The first time she kissed me, I truly thought I'd had an aneurysm - my pulse was thundering so loud and my senses were exploding. This, I remember thinking, the only word I could hold on to in a sea of...

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Shooting stars are not stars at all. They re just rocks that enter the atmosphere and catch fire under friction. What we wish on when we see one is only a trail of debris.

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My whole life was about her, what if her whole life wasn’t all about me?

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Dylan Jerome," the lawyer admits, "wanted to sue God for not caring enough about him.

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There are just as many stories to be told in the dark spots s there are in the bright ones.

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Don't pay back in kind, pay back in kindness. If someone does wrong by you, do right by them.

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Reason number 106 why dogs are smarter than humans: once you leave the litter, you server contact with your mothers.

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Jacob's room is the place entropy goes to die.

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That's the strange thing about being a mother: until you have a baby, you don't even realize how much you were missing one

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His hand is cool on my cheek as he paints a tear beneath my left eye, dark blue and swollen with sorrow.

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You know, Sage, Jesus didn't tell us to forgive everyone. He said turn the other cheek, but only if you the one who was hit. Even the Lord's Prayer says it loud and clear: Forgive us our trespasses, as...

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But then again, maybe bad things happen because it’s the only way we can keep remembering what good is supposed to look like.

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Isn't it amazing how, when you strip away everything, people are so much alike?

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Violence up close has a smell. Like copper blood and charcoal burning.

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Summertime, I think, is a collective unconscious. We all remember the notes that made up the song of the ice cream man; we all know what it feels like to brand our thighs on a playground slide that's heated...

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Maybe if you spend your life pretending you're on a movie set, you don't ever have to admit that the walls are made out of paper and the food is plastic and the words in your mouth aren't really yours.

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Dark matter has a gravitation effect on other objects. You can't see it, you can't feel it, but you can watch something being pulled in its direction.

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When feeling came back, in a storm of color and force and sensation, the most you could do was hold on to the person beside you and hope you could weather it. Alex closed her eyes and expected the worst-but...

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Knowledge was power, but a good librarian did not hoard the gift. She taught others how to find, where to look, how to see.

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Listen, I would say, this is not how I thought our lives would go; and may be we cannot find our way out of this alley. But there is no one I'd rather be lost with.

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I used to think I'd be just like them when I grew up, but I am not. And the thing is, somewhere along the way, I stopped wanting to be like them, anyway.

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It's hard to be the one always waiting. I mean, there's something to be said for the hero who charges off to battle, but when you get right down to it there's a whole story in who's left behind.

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I have never understood why it is called losing a child. No parent is that careless. We all know exactly where our sons and daughters are; we just don't necessarily want them to be there

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Nowadays, I dont have expectations, and this way she beats them all.

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I used to pretend that I was just passing through this family on my way to my real one.

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I look for places like me: big, hollow, forgotten by most everyone.

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After all, the only way to communicate is to find someone who can comprehend; the only way to be forgiven is to find someone who is willing to forgive.

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There's no way to explain to a child that the line between good and evil isn't nearly as black and white as a fairy tale would leave you to believe. That an ordinary person can turn into a villain, under...

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You signed no contract to become a parent, but the responsibilities were written in invisible ink. There was a point when you had to support your child, even if no one else would. It was your job to rebuild...

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No matter how much you consumed, you would not have your fill.

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Crazy girls did this, girls who walked like zombies through YA novels. But. Trixie felt the sting of the skin as it split, the sweet welling rise of blood. It hurt, though not as much as everything else...

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I close my eyes, thinking that there is nothing like an embrace after an absence, nothing like fitting my face into the curve of his shoulder and filling my lungs with the scent of him.

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This is what it always comes down to, I realized. There are the ones who believe, and the ones who don't, and caught in the space between them are guns.

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Is it because they are so comfortable, they already know what the other is thinking? Or is it because after a certain point, there is simply nothing left to say?

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In my family, we seem to have a tortured history of not saying what we ought to and not meaning what we do.

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This is when I realize that Anna has already left the table, and more importantly, that nobody noticed.

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It is so easy to presume that while your own world has ground to an absolute halt, so has everyone else's.

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There is nothing worse than silence, strung like heavy beads on too delicate a conversation.

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What I want, more than anything, is to turn back time a little. To become the kid I used to be, who believed whatever my mother said was one hundred percent true and right without looking hard enough to...

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You okay in there?" "No, I'm hanging from a closet rod.

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My mother walks forward. She's crying, but there's a smile on her face. For God's sake, is it any wonder I can't ever understand what you people are feeling?

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Whether or not belive in Fate comes down to one thing: who you blame when something goes wrong. Do you think it's your fault - that if you'd tried better, worked harder, it wouldn't have happened? Or do...

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Nobody wants to admit to this, but bad things will keep on happening. Maybe that's beause it's all a chain, and a long time ago someone did the first bad thing, and that led someone else to do another...

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If it's us", she whispered, "how come you get to decide?" When he didn't answer - couldn't answer - she turned and stared out the front window. As it turned out, they were still in the parking lot. They...

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for 100,000 (dollars), you [can] flatten a house with a wrecking ball. Imagine how much less it [takes] to destroy something than it [does] to build it in the first place.

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Love [is] supposed to move mountains, to make the world go round, to be all you need, but it [falls] apart at the deatils. It [can't] save a single person.

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Something still exists as long as there's someone around to remember it.

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If God wanted us to act on instinct, we wouldn't have the power of reason.

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If it had been easy for Romeo to get to Juliet, nobody would have cared. Same goes for Cyrano and Don Quixote and Gatsby and their respective paramours. What captures the imagination is watching men throw...

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To be truly popular, it has to look like something you are, when in reality, it's what you make yourself.

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Heroes didn't leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn't wear boots and capes. They bled, and they bruised, and their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving....

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A man should live his life a certain way not because of some divine authority, but because of a personal moral obligation to himself and others.

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When you love someone more than he loves you, you'll do anything to switch the scales. You dress the way you think he'd like you to dress. You pick up his favorite figures of expression. You tell yourself...

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The bottom line in both cases is that people don't change; that no matter how charming you are and how fiercely you love, you cannot turn a person into something she's not.

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I tell you this as a cautionary tale: beware of getting what you want. It's bound to disappoint you.

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There's a cliff at the end point of a person's life; most us of peer over the edge of it, hanging on. That's why, when someone chooses to let go, it's so dramatically visible. The body will seem almost...

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Jodi Picoult

But there is a different between mending someone who's broken and finding someone who makes you complete.

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Jodi Picoult

It is so strange, to encounter an ex. It's as if you're in a foreign film, and what you're saying face-to-face has nothing to do with the subtitles flowing beneath you. We are so careful not to touch,...

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Jodi Picoult

But there's an enormous difference between an audience that's watching you because they can't wait to see what comes next and an audience that's watching you because they're waiting for you to fail.

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Jodi Picoult

I imagine having that sixth sense, the certainty that what I'm looking for is within reach, even if it's still hidden.

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Jodi Picoult

Then they scrambled through the window and into the darkness, determined to turn themselves into what they were not.

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Jodi Picoult

Love meant jumping off a cliff and trusting that a certain person would be there to catch you at the bottom.

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Jodi Picoult

That’s what religion does. It points a finger. It causes wars. It breaks apart countries. It’s a petri dish for stereotypes to grow in. Religion’s not about being holy...Just holier-than-thous.

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Jodi Picoult

A world that was crowded with people could still be a very lonely place.

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Jodi Picoult

We all have things that come back to haunt us. Some of us just see them more clearly than others.

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Jodi Picoult

How many times would I throw this away before I realized it was what I had been looking for all along?

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Jodi Picoult

I imagined what it would be like to hold a butterfly in your hands something bejeweled and treasured and to know that despite your devotion it was dying by degrees.

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Jodi Picoult

There was a fine line between love and hate you heard that cliche all the time. But no one told you that the moment you crossed it would be the one you least expected. You'd fall in love and crack open...

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Jodi Picoult

She was forced to consider the startling fact that the love of her life might not actually be someone with whom she could spend a lifetime.

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Jodi Picoult

What if it turns out that a life isn’t defined by who you belong to or where you came from, by what you wished for or whom you’ve lost, but instead by the moments you spend getting from each of these...

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Jodi Picoult

Take it from me: love has all the lasting permanence of a rainbow- beautiful while it's there, and just as likely to have disappeared by the time you blink.

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Jodi Picoult

My chest feels full of glitter and helium, the way it used to when I was little and riding my father's shoulders at twilight, when I knew that if I held up my hands and spread my fingers like a net, I...

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Jodi Picoult

It doesn't take a whole long life to realize that what we deserve to have, we rarely get.

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Jodi Picoult

When heaven breaks, who fixes it?

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Jodi Picoult

I realized it was like looking into the sun—you shouldn't do it, because you'd turn your face away and be blind to everything else.

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Jodi Picoult

Suddenly I realize that this is what I've been waiting for - a man who depends entirely on me... I dreamed for years of a man who couldn't live without me, a man who pictured my face when he closed his...

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Jodi Picoult

On my license, it says I'm an organ donor, but the truth is I'd consider being an organ martyr. I'm sure I'm worth a lot more dead than alive - the sum of the parts equal more than the whole. I wonder...

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Jodi Picoult

You don't love someone because they're perfect," she says. "You love them in spite of the fact that they're not." I don't know how to respond to that; it's like being told after thirty-five years that...

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Jodi Picoult

I thought lightning wasn't supposed to strike in the same place twice....sure it does...but only if you're too dumb to move.

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Jodi Picoult

I didn't want to see her because it would make me feel better. I came because without her, it's hard to remember who I am...

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Jodi Picoult

I woke up one morning thinking about wolves and realized that wolf packs function as families. Everyone has a role, and if you act within the parameters of your role, the whole pack succeeds, and when...

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Jodi Picoult

Gay teenagers are four times as likely to attempt suicide as straight ones. I wish they knew that there's nothing wrong with them; that they are just a different shade of normal.

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Jodi Picoult

I consider myself spiritual and I'm married to a man who is both an atheist and a humanist, and my kids have been raised with the traditions of different religions, but they do not go to church or temple....

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Jodi Picoult

Researching 'Lone Wolf,' I was amazed at how thoughtful and intelligent these animals are. There has never been a documented attack against a human by a wolf that wasn't provoked by the human.

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Jodi Picoult

I write adult fiction, but a good 40 to 50 per cent of my readers are teenagers. I love that if they have to grow up and move past JK Rowling they can move to me. From Jo to Jodi!

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Jodi Picoult

You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can't edit a blank page.

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Jodi Picoult

Instead of plotting the demise of the traditional family, as some politicians and religious leaders would have you believe, gay people mow their lawns and watch 'American Idol' and video their children's...

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Jodi Picoult

Read a ton. Take a workshop course so you learn to give and get criticism.

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Jodi Picoult

I have several writer friends, but I don't involve them in my work process. I'm more likely to talk about the business of publishing with them.

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Jodi Picoult

Most people in America want an easy read. I call it McFiction - books which pass right through you without you even digesting them. I don't mean a book that has two-syllable words. I mean chapters you...

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Jodi Picoult

Writing is total grunt work. A lot of people think it's all about sitting and waiting for the muse. I don't buy that. It's a job. There are days when I really want to write, days when I don't. Every day...

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Jodi Picoult

I am an activist. I have a really big pulpit with my fiction and I love knowing that I can make people think.

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Jodi Picoult

Many of my books come from what if questions that I can't answer, things that I'm worried about as either a woman, a wife, a mom, an American.

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Jodi Picoult

My first job was as an assistant in the local library. Self-fulfilling prophecy?

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Jodi Picoult

When I think about writers who use fiction as social commentary and to raise social awareness but who are also very popular, I think of Dickens.

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Jodi Picoult

I'm the kind of person you want to kill. I had an incredibly happy childhood. I married a terrific guy when I was 23. I have great, well-adjusted kids. Sometimes my husband and I look at each other and...

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Jodi Picoult

For me it's more important that I outline all the facets of a controversial issue and let the reader make up his or her mind. I don't care if readers change their minds, but I would like readers to ask...

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Jodi Picoult

I feel I'm able to get rid of any demons lurking in my psyche through my writing, which leaves me free to create all of this and to enjoy our family life, stepping away from all the fictional traumas and...

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Jodi Picoult

I had absolutely no trauma in my childhood. If anyone ever assumed that my books were autobiographical, they'd be sorely disappointed, because none of these things happened to me.

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Jodi Picoult

I know that books I have written will still resonate in 50 years - particularly 'My Sister's Keeper.' It has sold three million copies in the States alone. I strongly feel that, as a novelist, you have...

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Jodi Picoult

I think the 'New York Times' reviews overall tend to overlook popular fiction, whether you're a man, woman, white, black, purple or pink. I think there are a lot of readers who would like to see reviews...

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Jodi Picoult

I was one of the first authors to have an active website. I'm totally obsessed with technology. I'm always looking for ways to connect with my readers. I answer all my fan mail.

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Jodi Picoult

If you read a book that's fiction and you get caught in the characters and the plot, and swept away, really, by the fiction of it - by the non-reality - you sometimes wind up changing your reality as well....

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Jodi Picoult

If you read the first page of one of my novels, I can guarantee that you will read the last one. This isn't just social commentary. This is also about writing good page-turners. I want people to keep reading.

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Jodi Picoult

It's a fallacy that writers have to shut themselves up in their ivory towers to write. I have all these interruptions, three of which I gave birth to. If I was thrown for a loop every time I was distracted...

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Jodi Picoult

If you live in each other's pockets long enough, you're related.

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Jodi Picoult

Any highway . . . they all take you to the same place, don't they?

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Jodi Picoult

The apple . . . came before Adam and Eve in the story of creation. It had to have been there at least three years because that's how long it takes for a new tree to bear fruit.

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Jodi Picoult

Life could take on any number of shapes while you were busy fighting your own demons. But if you were changing at the same rate as the person beside you, nothing else really mattered. You became each other's...

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Jodi Picoult

An item that looks perfectly normal on the surface might only be disguised.

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Jodi Picoult

You would wind up as a cat, I told her. They don't need anyone else. I need you, she replied. Well, I said. Maybe I'll come back as catnip.

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Jodi Picoult

They don't really pay attention to me, except when they need my blood or something. I wouldn't even be alive, if it wasn't for Kate being sick.

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes to get what you want the most, you have to do what you want the least.

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Jodi Picoult

I used to believe everything my brother told me, because he was older and I figured he knew more about the world. But as it turns out, being a grown-up doesn’t mean you’re fearless. It just means you...

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Jodi Picoult

Isn’t that what true romance is supposed to be about? Finding the person who’s your soul mate. Someone you dream about at night.Someone whose name is on your lips when you wake up in the morning.

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Jodi Picoult

But there’s a part of me that wonders what it would be like to be the most important person to someone else, to always feel like you were missing a piece of yourself when he wasn’t near you.

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Jodi Picoult

I believe that having something to hope for - even if it's just a better tomorrow- is the most powerful drug on this planet.

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Jodi Picoult

The music we listen to may not define who we are. But it’s a damn good start.

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Jodi Picoult

Just because fate had thrown another obstacle in my way didn't mean I had to give up my dreams.

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Jodi Picoult

As an American I wanted to explore... why are we the only first world country that still has capital punishment? Is it because we're too afraid to really examine the system, or is it because we really...

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Jodi Picoult

Even though I don't write about things that come from my life because I'm lucky, and I live in a great place with great kids and, you know, a great husband, I think you can find threads of me in the characters,...

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Jodi Picoult

Every year I tell myself that I'm not going to read any reviews and then I do. We're all human and when I read something negative it hurts. I think when you write it's part of the game, you're going to...

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Jodi Picoult

Everyone has a book inside of them - but it doesn't do any good until you pry it out.

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Jodi Picoult

Gay rights is not something most of us think about - because most of us happen to have been born straight.

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Jodi Picoult

In books, you always know what's coming next. There are no surprises.

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Jodi Picoult

Is it really worth dying for the person you love?

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Jodi Picoult

Well I talk a little about that, but I don't admit that from the beginning I knew we were not meant to be together.

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Jodi Picoult

My mother used to tell me that when push comes to shove, you always know who to turn to. That being a family isn't a social construct but an instinct.

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Jodi Picoult

Dr. Keller begins pacing. "I don't think we've been hearing Faith just right. Her guard...the words..they sound alike." What do you mean?" Your daughter," Dr. Keller says flatly. "I think she's seeing...

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes you can see things happen right in front of your eyes and still jump to the wrong conclusions.

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Jodi Picoult

She thought of death like the seam of a hem: each time you lose someone close, it unraveled a little. You could still go along with your life, but you'd be forever tripping over something you previously...

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Jodi Picoult

Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look.

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Jodi Picoult

It makes Faith think of a hammock in their yard, a web of rope that she thought would unravel the first time she leaned back on it, but that managed to support her all the same.

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Jodi Picoult

I don't think we get a choice in who we fall for," Ian whispers. "I think we just do.

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Jodi Picoult

Objection!" Metz shouts. Grounds?" the judge asks. Well...he's my witness!

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Jodi Picoult

They say that there are moments that open up your life like a walnut cracked, that change your point of view so that you never look at things the same way again.

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Jodi Picoult

I have a sister, so I know-that relationship, it's all about fairness: you want your sibling to have exactly what you have-the same amount of toys, the same number of meatballs on your spaghetti, the same...

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Jodi Picoult

All teenagers knew this was true. The process of growing up was nothing more than figuring out what doors hadn't yet been slammed in your face. For years, parents tell you that you can be anything, have...

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Jodi Picoult

Torn between fear and something that resembled love, she wrestled with questions she never dreamed she would face: How could she leave? Then again, how could she stay?

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Jodi Picoult

But will you miss me? More importantly - will I miss you? Does either one of us really want to hear the answer to that question?

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Jodi Picoult

One person's trauma is another's loss of innocence.

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Jodi Picoult

I know how difficult it can be when the image you've had of something doesn't match its reality; when the friend beside you turns into a monster.

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Jodi Picoult

What she hadn't realized was that sometimes when your vision was that sharp and true, it could cut you. That only if you'd felt such fullness could you really understand the ache of being empty.

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Jodi Picoult

You might have to lose control before you could find out what you'd been missing.

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Jodi Picoult

She felt a cage coming down around her; too late she realized that he had her trapped by the heart. And like any unwilling animal that was well and truly caught, she could escape only by leaving a piece...

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Jodi Picoult

What you had could never make up for what you'd lost.

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Jodi Picoult

Some people don't know what to do with an act of kindness.

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Jodi Picoult

Missed opportunities were never superficial wounds; they cut straight to the bone.

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Jodi Picoult

There is a place in you that you don't even know exists, where you can simply stand back and watch without feeling any pain.

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Jodi Picoult

After a certain point, a heart with so many stress fractures can never be anything but broken.

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Jodi Picoult

A lie took two parties - the weaver of the tale and the sucker who so badly wanted to believe it.

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Jodi Picoult

You can't look back - you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.

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Jodi Picoult

You know how every now and then, you have a moment where your whole life stretches out ahead of you like a forked road, and even as you choose one gritty path you've got your eyes on the other the whole...

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Jodi Picoult

There are some things we do because we convince ourselves it would be better for everyone involved. We tell ourselves that it's the right thing to do, the altruistic thing to do. It's far easier than telling...

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Jodi Picoult

Or in other words, it's the substance you've got when you start that determines the outcome.

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Jodi Picoult

What is right, in the end, is not always what it seems to be, and some rules are better broken.

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Jodi Picoult

The Inuit say that the stars are holes in heaven. And every time we see the people we loved shining through, we know they're happy.

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Jodi Picoult

Doctors put a wall up between themselves and their patients; nurses broke it down.

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Jodi Picoult

Love was that way. You could not render it in black or white. It always came down to the strange, blended shades of grey.

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Jodi Picoult

The damage was permanent; there would always be scars. But even the angriest scars faded over time until it was difficult to see them written on the skin at all, and the only thing that remained was the...

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Jodi Picoult

The truth was, history repeated itself on a daily basis; mistakes were made over and over. People were haunted by what they had done, and by what they hadn't had time to do.

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Jodi Picoult

Once you had put the pieces back together, even though you may look intact, you were never quite the same as you'd been before the fall.

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Jodi Picoult

The thinnest slice would be teeming with memories of a love so strong it turned you inside out and left you gasping, and would be an identical match to a slice stored in the heart of a soul mate.

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Jodi Picoult

The only difference between a wish and a prayer is that you're at the mercy of the universe for the first, and you've got some help with the second.

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Jodi Picoult

Prayer is like water - something you can't imagine has the strength or power to do any good, and yet give it time and it can change the lay of the land.

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Jodi Picoult

We are all, I suppose, beholden to our parents - the question is, how much?

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Jodi Picoult

I wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.

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Jodi Picoult

I would have given anything to keep her little. They outgrow us so much faster than we outgrow them. Brian Fitzgerald, talking about his children.

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Jodi Picoult

No matter who you are, there is always some part of you that wishes you were someone else, and when, for a millisecond, you get that wish, it's a miracle.

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Jodi Picoult

He insisted that stars were people so well loved, they were traced in constellations, to live forever

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Jodi Picoult

You couldn't have strength without weakness, you couldn't have light without dark, you couldn't have love without loss

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Jodi Picoult

Superheroes were born in the minds of people desperate to be rescued.

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Jodi Picoult

No," he said calmly, filled with purpose. he took her arms lightly in his hands and shook her. "I am not giving you up." Emily looked at him, and for just a moment he could read her thoughts. Melanie use...

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Jodi Picoult

There should be a statute of limitation on grief. A rulebook that says it is all right to wake up crying, but only for a month. That after 42 days you will no longer turn with your heart racing, certain...

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Jodi Picoult

She was all the things I wasn't. And i was all the things she wasn't. she could paint circles around anyone; I couldn't even draw a straight line. She was never into sports; I've always been. Her hand,...

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Jodi Picoult

(24/7) once you sign on to be a mother, that's the only shift they offer.

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Jodi Picoult

Everyone knew that if you divided reality by expectation, you got a happiness quotient. But when you invert the equation - expectation divided by reality - you didn't get the opposite of happiness. What...

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Jodi Picoult

Change is a funny thing. We never are quite sure what we are becoming or even why. Then one day we look at ourselves and wonder who we are and how we got that way. Only one thing about change remains constant...it...

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Jodi Picoult

Just so you know: if this ever happens to you, you will not be ready.

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Jodi Picoult

What I mean is that those thoughts, they're human. And just because you turn out differently than everyone's imagined you would doesn't mean that you've failed in some way. A kid who gets teased in one...

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Jodi Picoult

When the door opens, I realize that the only thing worse than waiting is the moment you realize a decision has been made.

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Jodi Picoult

A lie, as you probably know, has a taste all its own. Blocky and bitter and never quite right, like when you pop a piece of fancy chocolate into your mouth expecting toffee filling and you get lemon zest...

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Jodi Picoult

The answer is that there is no good answer. So as parents, as doctors, as judges, and as a society, we fumble through and make decisions that allow us to sleep at night--because morals are more important...

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Jodi Picoult

In fairytales, when the mask came off, the handsome prince still loved the girl, no matter what -and that alone would turn her into a princess.

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Jodi Picoult

I don't know what I was thinking, coming out here. There are no silver bullets in life, there's just the long, messy climb out of the pit you've dug youself.

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Jodi Picoult

Besides the obvious difference, there was not much distinction between losing a best friend and losing a lover: it was all about intimacy. One moment, you had someone to share your biggest triumphs and...

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Jodi Picoult

...because he believed that if you wanted to get rid of a hole, you filled it. He had not realized at the time that there were all sorts of filler that took up space, but had no substance. That made you...

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Jodi Picoult

but if I've learned anything, it's that we don't know half of what we think we do. And we know ourselves least of all.

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Jodi Picoult

How far can a person go... and still live with himself.

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Jodi Picoult

Those eyes, they've got a history with mine. They were the first things I saw when I came to, after being hit in the skull with a baseball thrown by Patrick at Little League. They were the fortification...

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Jodi Picoult

the relationship between people knot so easily, there needs to be a person skilled at working free the threads. Sometimes, though, the only way to extricate a tangle is to cut it out and start fresh.

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Jodi Picoult

As it turns out, you can function while your heart is being torn to shreds.

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Jodi Picoult

There's got to be a moment when that baby [flying] squirrel looks from the end of one branch to the tree six feet away and thinks twice about making a leap. Falling in love is no different; it's the moment...

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Jodi Picoult

The problem with you is that you always see a glass of milk half empty instead of half filled.

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Jodi Picoult

You know, the mind is a remarkable thing. Just because you can't see the wound doesn't mean it isn't hurting. It scars all the time, but it heals.

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Jodi Picoult

words are like nets - we hope they'll cover what we mean, but we know they can't possibly hold that much joy, or grief, or wonder.

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Jodi Picoult

I suddenly remember being very little and being embraced by my father. I would try to put my arms around my father's waist, hug him back. I could never reach the whole way around the equator of his body;...

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Jodi Picoult

This was something she would keep hidden within herself, maybe in place of the knot of pain and anger she had been carrying under her breastbone...a security blanket, an ace up her sleeve. She might never...

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Jodi Picoult

How could I not have seen this coming, when I looked into your eyes and vowed to be with you forever?

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Jodi Picoult

In the end, though, I did not kill my sister. She did it all on her own. Or at least this is what I tell myself.

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Jodi Picoult

I want to live," he said, "So I have to die.

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Jodi Picoult

I knew that somewhere God was laughing. He had taken the other half of my heart, the one person who knew me better than I knew myself, and He had done what nothing else could do. By bringing us together,...

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Jodi Picoult

With these words Jake had let go of me. Which proved that he knew more about why I was leaving than even I did. I had believed that I was running away from what had happened. I did not know, not until...

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Jodi Picoult

When you love someone, you say their name different. Like it's safe inside your mouth.

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Jodi Picoult

I imagine how cool it would be if all small talk wasn't lies.

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Jodi Picoult

Where did you go?" "To the end of the driveway," my mother says. "I was nine months pregnant; that was the maximum distance I could waddle without feeling as if my uterus was falling out." I wince. "Do...

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Jodi Picoult

Would you give up your vengeance against someone you hate if it meant saving someone you love? Would you want your dreams to come true if it meant granting your enemy's dying wish?

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Jodi Picoult

It was possible that a miracle was not something that happened to you, but rather something that didn’t.

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Jodi Picoult

Do you know how, when you are on the verge of a breakdown, the world pounds in your ears; a rush of blood, of consequence? Do you now how it feels when the truth cuts your tongue to ribbons, and still...

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Jodi Picoult

You don't have to say I love you to say I love you," you said with a shrug. "All you have to do is say my name and I know." ..."Can't you hear it?" you said. "When you love someone, you say their name...

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Jodi Picoult

a public persona that might be different from what we truly feel inside... everyone wonders if they are good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, no matter how old they are. It is an archetypical moral...

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Jodi Picoult

I smiled at him as best I could and pushed the paper across the table before he could change his mind. Because Henry DeVille was correct - there was an ingredient in my baking more concenctrated than any...

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Jodi Picoult

Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was... ...Parents aren't the people you come from. They're the people you want...

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Jodi Picoult

I knew her well enough to understand that when Delia pushed you away, it was her way of making sure she didn't get shoved first.

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Jodi Picoult

I have no idea what Andrew might have done, and I do not ask. She believes that I can fix this, and like always, that's enough to make me think that I can. "I'll take care of it,: I say, when what I really...

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Jodi Picoult

Just because you keep something a secret doesn't mean it never happened, no matter how much you want that to be true.

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Jodi Picoult

I could tell her from personal experience that when people we love make choices we don't always understand them. But we can go on loving them, just the same. It isn't a matter of comprehension. It's forgiveness....

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Jodi Picoult

I understand better than she'd imagine that history is indelible. You can mask it; you can patch it smooth and clear; but you always know what's hidden underneath.

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes, when you don't ask questions, it's not because you are afraid that someone will lie to your face. It's because you're afraid they'll tell you the truth.

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Jodi Picoult

Risk always looks different when you're beating the system than when you've been beaten.

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Jodi Picoult

You can fool yourself, you know. You'd think it's impossible, but it turns out it's the easiest thing of all.

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Jodi Picoult

Who I am, and what I am capable of doing has always managed to surprise me.

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Jodi Picoult

You make yourself strong because it's expected of you. You become confident because someone beside you is unsure. You turn into the person others need you to be.

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Jodi Picoult

If his voice hasn't been the melody of my life, it's been the bass line, so subtle you don't notice it until it's missing.

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Jodi Picoult

The only way someone can leave you is if you let them.

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Jodi Picoult

If you want something to be true badly enough, you can rewrite it that way, in your head. You can even start to believe it.

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Jodi Picoult

Unlike Elise, who could discover parts of a person they didn't even know were absent, you specialized in tangible, but that, I feared, was only a matter of time.

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Jodi Picoult

I would figure out, later, how to explain to my boss that, for me, Delia will never be a story, but a happy ending.

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Jodi Picoult

What if the one I choose to discount is one who has been truly hurt?

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Jodi Picoult

Life, it turns out, goes on. There is no cosmic rule that grants you immunity from the details just because you have come face-to-face with a catastrophe. The garbage can still overflow, the bills arrive...

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Jodi Picoult

Envy, after all, comes from wanting something that isn't yours. But grief comes from losing something you've already had.

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes I think my whole life has been about holding on to you.

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Jodi Picoult

Is Fate getting what you deserve, or deserving what you get?

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Jodi Picoult

On a really dark night, you can see between 1,000 and 1,500 stars, and there are millions more that haven't been discovered. It is so easy to think that the world revolves around you, but all you have...

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Jodi Picoult

Perhaps he d always known that the truth of a person lies in the heart.

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Jodi Picoult

There's some illogical part of me that still believes if you want Superman to show up, first there's got to be someone worth saving.

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Jodi Picoult

A real friend isn't capable of feeling sorry for you.

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Jodi Picoult

There are always sides. There is always a winner and a loser. For every person who gets, there's someone who must give.

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Jodi Picoult

people think they know what they're getting, and they're always wrong.

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Jodi Picoult

It is the things you cannot see coming that are strong enough to kill you.

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Jodi Picoult

a guardian ad litem... GAL is appointed by a court to be a child's advocate during legal proceedings that involve a minor. You don't have to be a lawyer to be trained as a GAL, but you have to have a moral...

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Jodi Picoult

Tradionally, parents made decisions for a child, because presumably they are looking out for his or her best interests. But if they are blinded, instead, by the best interests of another one of their children,...

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Jodi Picoult

love doesn't follow the rules... nothing is worth having so much as something unattainable.

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Jodi Picoult

remember that every fire will burn itself out, even without your help.

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Jodi Picoult

There is a curious thing that happens with the passage of time: a calcification of character... Change isn't always for the worst; the shell that forms around a piece of sand looks to some people like...

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Jodi Picoult

When I was little I bragged about my firefighting father: my father would go to heaven, because if he went to hell he would put out all the fires.

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Jodi Picoult

I imagine the touch of someone who loves you so much, he cannot bear to watch you sleep; and so you wake up with his hand on your heart.

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Jodi Picoult

and another claimed it was inherited through a parent who was a carrier of the defective gene. I had always assumed the latter was the case with Claire. After all, surely a child who grew out of grief...

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Jodi Picoult

When I'm with you, bells go off in my head like a moving truck that's backing up.

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Jodi Picoult

Parenting is really just a matter of tracking, of hoping your kids do not get so far ahead you can no longer see their next moves.

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Jodi Picoult

The bottom line is that we never fall for the people we're supposed to.

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Jodi Picoult

if you think of a relationship as a living entity, I guess it's one thing if the missing two percent is, like, a fingernail. But when it's the heart, that's a whole different ball of wax.

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Jodi Picoult

I had the heart of the relationship, and no body to grow it in... It broke.

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Jodi Picoult

true love is felonious… You take someone’s breath away… You rob them of the ability to utter a single word… You steal a heart.

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Jodi Picoult

do you fix a wheel that isn't broken, or do you wait until the cart collapses?

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Jodi Picoult

I ...understand how a parent might hit a child- it's because you can look into their eyes and see a reflection of yourself that you wish you hadn't.

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Jodi Picoult

The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you'd ever believe at first glance.

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Jodi Picoult

When you're pregnant, you can think of nothing but having your own body to yourself again; yet after giving birth you realize that the biggest part of you is now somehow external, subject to all sorts...

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Jodi Picoult

And I remembered something else that makes us human: faith, the only weapon in our arsenal to battle doubt.

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Jodi Picoult

I have only known her for two years. But if you took every memory, every moment, if you stretched them end to end-they'd reach forever.

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Jodi Picoult

Like the teens I worked with, I understood the need for miracles--they kept reality from paralyzing you

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Jodi Picoult

That the sum of a man's life was not where he wound up but in the details that brought him there. That we made mistakes. I closed my eyes, sick of the riddles, and to my surprise all I could see were dandelions-as...

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Jodi Picoult

And sometimes, he was less lucid. He'd run around his cell like a caged animal; he'd rock back and forth; he'd swing from topic to topic as if it was the only way to cross the jungle of his thoughts.

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Jodi Picoult

The joke's on them. One little hypodermic wont' be enough. Split a piece of wood, and they'll find me. Lift up a stone, and they'll find me. Look in the mirror, and they'll find me...If you really want...

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Jodi Picoult

If you were drifting with a thousand other people, could you really still say you were lost?

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Jodi Picoult

After all, how many of us had tried to forget something traumatic...only to find it printed on the back of our eyelids, tattooed on our tongues?

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Jodi Picoult

There is a reason the word belonging has a synonym for want at its center; it is the human condition.

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Jodi Picoult

Kid says to me, "You play baseball? What position? Left out?" and gets a big laugh from the rest of the class. Kid is only one person out of 6.792 billion humans on this planet. This planet is only one-eighth...

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Jodi Picoult

What you notice is the loneliness. Daniel started to isolate himself, because it hurt less than being pushed away.

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Jodi Picoult

There are all sorts of experiences we can't really put a name to...The birth of a child, for one. Or the death of a parent. Falling in love. Words are like nets--we hope they'll cover what we mean, but...

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Jodi Picoult

Many trees have died so that the Catholic Church can preach against homosexuality.

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Jodi Picoult

You know how I get angry sometimes? That's because it's the only way I can still feel. And I need to test myself, to make sure I'm really here.

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Jodi Picoult

It is a remarkable question- Do all the wonderful things happen when we are not aware of them?

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Jodi Picoult

When you care more if someone else lives than you do about yourself- is that what [love is]?

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Jodi Picoult

If there's something as good as [him] in my life, I'm going to pay for it.

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Jodi Picoult

anyone can understand anything. You just have to know how to present your information.

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Jodi Picoult

I believed the reason there was a God was to prevent such atrocities from happening to the same person twice. But nothing prepared me for this: I have done what I've sworn I could never do; I have become...

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Jodi Picoult

You can run but you can't hide... but I can try. I feel air catch in my lungs and I get a cramp in my side and this pain, this wonderful physical pain that I can place, reminds me that after all I am still...

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Jodi Picoult

I don't know the first thing about holding together a family, especially one that resembles an heirloom vase, shattered but glued back together for its beauty, and no one mentions that you can see the...

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Jodi Picoult

When you want something bad, you'll tell yourself a thousand lies.

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Jodi Picoult

He smiles at me, and I am suddenly seventeen again - the year I realize that love doesn't follow the rules, the year I understood that nothing is worth having so much as something unattainable

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Jodi Picoult

Imagine a world that seemed so much bigger than you. Imagine waking up one morning and finding a piece of yourself you didn't even know existed.

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Jodi Picoult

Sara: "You are so brave," I tell her, and then I smile. "When I grow up, I want to be just like you." To my surprise, Kate shakes her head hard. Her voice is a feather, a thread. "No Mommy," she says....

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Jodi Picoult

As for his name, well, what attorney wouldn't want to be able put a Judge in a crate every now and then?

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Jodi Picoult

A heroin-thin boy with enough rings in his eyebrows to resemble a shower curtain rod...

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Jodi Picoult

My mother moves so fast I do not even see it coming. But she slaps my face hard enough to make my head snap backward. She leaves a print that stains me long after it’s faded. Just so you know: shame...

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Jodi Picoult

Anna is the only proof I have that I was born into this family. Instead of dropped off on the doorstep by some Bonnie and Clyde couple that ran off into the night. On the surface, we’re polar opposites....

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Jodi Picoult

When you're different, sometimes you don't see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn't.

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Jodi Picoult

These days her entire life was about making people believe she was someone she wasn't anymore.

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Jodi Picoult

The problem was, you couldn't have one without the other. There couldn't be a bad guy unless there was a good guy to create the standard. And there couldn't be a good guy until a bad guy showed just how...

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Jodi Picoult

You can’t undo something that’s happened; you can’t take back a word that’s already been said out loud.

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Jodi Picoult

what made you happy once might not make you happy now.

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Jodi Picoult

Listen,” she said. “I may not be what you want right now, but I’m all you’ve got.

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Jodi Picoult

Bleeding heart, he’d called her. Well. He should know. He’d been the first to rip it to pieces.

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Jodi Picoult

When you’re hurting deeply, you go inward.

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Jodi Picoult

The problem isn’t with rock lyrics, it’s with the fabric of this society itself.

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Jodi Picoult

Since it had gotten so quiet in the room that you could hear the sound of your own doubts...

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Jodi Picoult

I adore the way he looks at me sometimes, as if love is a quantity he cannot measure scientifically, because it multiplies too quickly.

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Jodi Picoult

Ross held her face between his hands and kissed her. He tasted doubt on her tongue and pain on the roof of her mouth. He swallowed these, and drank again. Consumed, she had no choice but to see how empty...

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Jodi Picoult

People had figured out all sorts of ways to make things seem different than they truly were.

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Jodi Picoult

He knew that there was a difference between something that makes you happy and something that doesn’t make you unhappy. The trick was convincing yourself these were one and the same.

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Jodi Picoult

Peter was, simply, what a person would look like if you boiled down the most raw emotions and filtered them of any social contract. If you hurt, cry. If you rage, strike out. If you hope, get ready for...

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Jodi Picoult

What does it feel like?” he asked. “What does what feel like?” Peter thought for a moment. “Being at the top.” Josie reached across him for another packet of material and fed it into the stapler....

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Jodi Picoult

When you look into your baby’s eyes,” Lacy said softly, “you see everything you hope they can be…not everything you wish they won’t become.

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Jodi Picoult

What if what you know isn’t what people want to hear?

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Jodi Picoult

You know how the tightrope guy at the circus wants everyone to believe his act is an art, but deep down you can see that he's really just hoping he makes it all the way across?

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Jodi Picoult

Dante believed God punished suicides by trapping the person's spirit in a tree trunk. On Judgment Day, they were the only sinners who didn't get their souls back, because they tried to get rid of them...

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Jodi Picoult

There were some people who hit your life so hard, they left a stain on your future.

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Jodi Picoult

How do you tell someone that you weren't the person he thought you were? And more importantly, how did you tell him that you'd meant the things you'd said, when everything else about you turned out to...

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Jodi Picoult

and yet, you never knew wwhat you were capable of until you arrived at that given moment. Life was just a whole string of spots where you continued to surprise yourself.

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Jodi Picoult

Her hands quieted. "Yeah. Because even if the law says that no one is responsible for anyone else, helping someone who needs it is the right thing to do." I sat down beside her, close enough that the skin...

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Jodi Picoult

In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who loses a child.

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Jodi Picoult

You can make it dark, but I can't make it light.

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Jodi Picoult

There are stars in the night sky that look brighter than the others, and when you look at them through a telescope you realize you are looking at twins. The two stars rotate around each other, sometimes...

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Jodi Picoult

Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall.

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Jodi Picoult

There was no easy switch that she could flip to stem the flow of feelings, no way to drain the memories that pooled like acid in her stomach because her heart no longer knew what to do with them.

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Jodi Picoult

Could you really love someone who was capable of falling in love with somebody else?

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Jodi Picoult

I would rather be in minority and be right, than in the majority and wrong.

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Jodi Picoult

Just because you didn't speak the facts out loud didn't erase their existence. Silence was just a quieter way to lie.

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Jodi Picoult

I don't know whether you can look at your past and find, woven like the hidden symbols on a treasure map, the path that will point to your final destination.

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Jodi Picoult

No, honestly, my mouth shouldn't be able to function unless my brain's engaged.

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Jodi Picoult

Being a parent wasn't just about bearing a child. It was about bearing witness to its life.

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Jodi Picoult

It never failed to amaze me how the most ordinary day could be catapulted into the extraordinary in the blink of an eye.

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Jodi Picoult

I was starting to see that what looks like garbage from one angle might be art from another. Maybe it did take a crisis to get to know yourself; maybe you needed to get whacked hard by life before you...

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Jodi Picoult

If you loved someone, really loved them, would you let them go?

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Jodi Picoult

You have everything," she said slowly, as if she were explaining the order of the world to a small child. "A family, a great job, a lot of people who look up to you. You've got a place to go home to."...

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Jodi Picoult

There's a lot of things you can't see if you aren't' looking.

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Jodi Picoult

There are some weapons you can't protect yourself against.

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Jodi Picoult

I once heard someone on a bus say that this guy had gotten under her skin. And it struck me as a remarkable thought - that someone would affect you so deeply they'd always be a part of you.

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Jodi Picoult

The way i see it, love is just a bigger, stickier form of trust.

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Jodi Picoult

How foolish it is to run away with a man who's already run away with someone else...

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Jodi Picoult

Things that look impossible suddenly seem a lot better, once you get God on board.

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Jodi Picoult

I thought of all the magazine article I'd read on mothers who worked and constantly felt guilty about leaving their children with someone else. I had trained myself to read pieces like that and silently...

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Jodi Picoult

Anger, though, is too fierce a flame to last for long, and when it burned out, I was left numb and wondering.

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Jodi Picoult

I would prove to you that being different isn't a death sentence but a call to arms.

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Jodi Picoult

Life sometimes gets so bogged down in the details, you forget you are living it. There is always another appointment to be met, another bill to pay, another symptom presenting, another uneventful day to...

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Jodi Picoult

People work too hard to figure out the meaning of their lives. Why me, why now. The truth is, sometimes things don't happen to you for a reason. Sometimes it's just about being in the right place at the...

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Jodi Picoult

When you think you're right, you're most likely wrong.

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Jodi Picoult

You can miss a person you've never known.

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Jodi Picoult

As Lacy waited for her turn to speak on Peter's behalf, she thought back to the first time she realized she could hate her own child.

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Jodi Picoult

You could only save someone that wanted to be saved; otherwise, you'd be be dragged down for the count, too.

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Jodi Picoult

We all want to know what went wrong, even when there isn't really an answer to that question.

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Jodi Picoult

May be you had to come close to losing something before you could remember its value.

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Jodi Picoult

Because the more you changed, the less of you there was.

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Jodi Picoult

What she couldn't put into word was what had happened in between to change her from one person into the other

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Jodi Picoult

...as it turned out, growing up was just as she'd feared. One day when your alarm clock rang, you got up and realized you had someone else's thoughts in your head... or may be just your old ones, minus...

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Jodi Picoult

Some people, they get down in a hole so deep they can't figure out what to hold on to.

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Jodi Picoult

Maybe if God gives you a handicap, he makes sure you've got a few extra doses of humor to take the edge off.

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Jodi Picoult

I'm grateful for my children, who are slowly emerging to become their own wonderful, interesting, compassionate young adults - which makes me believe that along the way I must have done something right.

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Jodi Picoult

You can't pay a landlord in dogma.

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Jodi Picoult

You know how hind-sight is 20/20? Love is when you look back and wouldn't change anything.

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Jodi Picoult

But rules only work when everyone plays by them. What happens when someone doesn't, and the fallout bleeds right into his life? Whats stronger- the need to uphold the law, or the motive to turn one's back...

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Jodi Picoult

Where you come from does matter -- but not nearly as much as where you are headed.

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Jodi Picoult

Oh,that's right. You're a...what did you call it? Ah, a ghost hunter. You don't have to see things to believe them." Adam's gaze locked onto the persecutor's. "Maybe you've got that backward," he said....

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Jodi Picoult

Relationships always sounded so physically painful: you fell in love, you broke a heart, you lost your head. Was it any wonder that people came through the experience with battle scars?

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Jodi Picoult

Only the liar knows he's lying

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Jodi Picoult

In my previous life I was a civil attorney. At one point I truly believed that was what I wanted to be- but that was before I'd been handed a fistful of crushed violets from a toddler. Before I understood...

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Jodi Picoult

We Pisces, we're a special breed.

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Jodi Picoult

Memories are like a still life painted by ten different student artists: some will be blue-based; others red; some will be as stark as Picasso and others as rich as Rembrandt; some will be foreshortened...

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Jodi Picoult

I cannot admit this out loud. In the first place, we are expected to be supermoms these days, instead of admitting that we have flaws. It is tempting to believe that all mothers wake up feeling fresh every...

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Jodi Picoult

I have always envied people who believe strongly in religion, people who could face a tragedy by praying and know that it would be all right. As unscientific as it seems, well, it would be nice to lay...

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Jodi Picoult

I'd like to say that this time I'd kill myself too..but I've never had that kind of courage.

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Jodi Picoult

Coop kissed me deeply, drawing my breath from me in a long, sweet ribbon. "Perhaps I haven't mentioned it, but I'm an expert when it comes to first steps." Are you," I said. "Then tell me how." You close...

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Jodi Picoult

Maybe knowing where you belong is not equal to knowing who you are.

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Jodi Picoult

Did you ever wonder if the person in the picture is the same one you see when you look in the mirror?" - "That's the eternal question, isn't it? Are we born who we are, or do we make ourselves that way?

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Jodi Picoult

A sacrament--like marriage--means living a life better than your natural instincts, so that you're modeling God. And God never gives up.

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Jodi Picoult

All any of us wanted, really, was to know that we counted. That someone else's life would not have been as rich without us here.

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Jodi Picoult

You know what I noticed when I was with Jacob? In your world, people can reach each other in an instant. There's the telephone, and the fax - and on the computer you can talk to someone all the way around...

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Jodi Picoult

I found plain truth very interesting.

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Jodi Picoult

On the surface, we're polar opposites. Under the skin, though, we're the same: people think they know what they're getting, and they're always wrong.

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Jodi Picoult

But this is inaccurate. A runaway train is an accident. Me, I'll jump in front of the tracks. I'll even tie myself down in front of the speeding engine. There's some illogical part of me hat still believes...

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Jodi Picoult

she told me she'd be a phoenix." The image of the mythical creature rising from the ashes glitters in my mind. "They don't really exist." "She said that depends on whether or not there's someone who can...

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Jodi Picoult

If we don't change the direction we are headed, we will end up where we are going.

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Jodi Picoult

You can tell yourself that you would be willing to lose everything you have in order to get something you want. But it's a catch-22: all of those things you're willing to lose are what make you recognizable....

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Jodi Picoult

But I think half the battle is figuring out what works for you, and I am much better at being a mother than I ever would have been as a lawyer. I sometimes wonder if it is just me, or if there are other...

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Jodi Picoult

Parents aren’t the people you come from. They’re the people you want to be, when you grow up.

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Jodi Picoult

never trust a man who wears a pinkie ring. . . the only jewelry a guy should wear is a wedding band or a super bowl ring

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Jodi Picoult

This is love, I think. A place where people who have been alone may lock together like hawks and spin in the air, dizzy with surprise at the connection. A place you go willingly, and with wonder

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Jodi Picoult

She wondered if this was true of every parent: if, prior to having children, they all used to be someone else.

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Jodi Picoult

Time is an optical illusion- never quite as soild or strong as we think it is

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Jodi Picoult

When you have been with your partner for so many years, they become the glove compartment map that you've worn dog-eared and white-creased, the trail you recogonize so well you could draw it by heart and...

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Jodi Picoult

That's what happens to dreams, life gets in the way.

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Jodi Picoult

Choices are funny things-ask a native tribe that's eaten grubs and roots forever if they're unhappy, and they'll shrug. But give them filet mignon and truffle sauce and then ask them to go back to living...

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Jodi Picoult

When you showed someone how you felt, it was fesh and honest. Whe you told someone how you felt, there might be nothing behind the words but habit or expectation.

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Jodi Picoult

Families were never what you wanted them to be. We all wanted what we couldn't have: the perfect child, the doting husband, the mother who wouldn't let go. We live in our grown-up dollhouses completely...

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Jodi Picoult

Things break all the time. Day breaks, waves break, voices break. Promises break. Hearts break.

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Jodi Picoult

newborns reminded her of tiny buddhas

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Jodi Picoult

When this is over...we will got to the rainforest, or a beach as white as bone. We will eat grapes from the vine, we will swim with sea turtles, we will walk miles on cobblestone streets. We will laugh...

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Jodi Picoult

I don't know what you think of me. And you certainly would never picture us together. But probably peanut butter was just peanut butter for a long time, before someone ever thought of pairing it with jelly....

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Jodi Picoult

They ask, how could this happen here? Well. How could it not happen here?

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Jodi Picoult

I remember for that one moment, I believe I was hitch hiking on one of those comets, falling so fast that I'd surely burn away before I ever hit the ground.

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Jodi Picoult

A dutiful mother is someone who follows every step her child makes...And a good mother is someone whose child wants to follow her.

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Jodi Picoult

there was not much distinction between losing a friend and a lover: it was all about intimacy. One moment, you had someone to share your biggest triumph, and fatal flaws with; the next minute, you had...

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Jodi Picoult

Witness testimony is always flawed. It's better than circumstantial evidence, sure, but people aren't camcorders; they don't record every action and reaction, and the very act of remembering involves chosing...

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Jodi Picoult

But I didn't frame it; I put into an envelope and sealed it and stuffed it far back into a corner drawer of a filing cabinet. It's there, just in case one of these days I start to lose her. There might...

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Jodi Picoult

From that point of view, I realized that my hole was not miles deep after all. My father, in fact, could stand on the bottom and it only reached up to his chest. Darkness, you know, is relative.

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Jodi Picoult

Why are terms of endearment always food? Honey, cookie, sugar, pumpkin. Its not like caring about someone is enough to actually sustain you.

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Jodi Picoult

You know someone's right for you when the things they don't have to say are even more important than the things they do.

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Jodi Picoult

The optimist in me wants to believe sexuality will eventually become like handwriting: there’s no right way and wrong way to do it. We’re all just wired differently. It's also worth noting that when...

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Jodi Picoult

It was like trying to bail out an ocean of water with a teaspoon.

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Jodi Picoult

Lie to yourself until it's true.

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Jodi Picoult

Happiness is what you choose to remember.

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Jodi Picoult

Can you hate someone for what they have done, but still love them for whom they had been?

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Jodi Picoult

The saddest day in the world will be the one when she stops pretending.

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Jodi Picoult

Life sometimes gets so bogged down in the details, you forget you are living it.

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Jodi Picoult

Scars are just a treasure map for pain you've buried too deep to remember.

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Jodi Picoult

The first time someone I loved left me behind...I didn't know how my family would balance. We had been such a sturdy little end table, four solid legs. I was sure we would now be off-kilter, always unstable....

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Jodi Picoult

That's because you've never been one. You haven't spent years wearing someone else's clothes, taking someone else's name, living in someone else's houses, and working someone else's job to fit in. And...

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Jodi Picoult

Remember when you were a little kid and you'd fall asleep in the car? And someone would carry you out and put you into bed, so that when you woke up in the morning, you knew automatically you were home...

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Jodi Picoult

Mistakes are like the memories you hide in an attic: old love letters from relationships that tanked, photos of dead relatives, toys from a childhood you miss. Out of sight is out of mind, but somewhere...

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Jodi Picoult

The real power of a wolf isn't in its fearsome jaws, which can clench with fifteen hundred pounds of pressure per square inch. The real power of a wolf is having that strength, and knowing when not to...

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Jodi Picoult

When the news you don't want to hear is looming before you like Everest, two things can happen. Tragedy can run you through like a sword, or it can become your backbone. Either you fall apart and sob,...

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Jodi Picoult

I didn't think i could possibly love another baby as much as I loved the one I'd already had," I continue. "But the strangest thing happened when I held you for the first time. It was like my heart suddenly...

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Jodi Picoult

There's an honesty to the wolf world that is liberating. There's no diplomacy, no decorum. You tell your enemy you hate him; you show your admiration by confessing the truth. That directness doesn't work...

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Jodi Picoult

I wonder if what makes a family a family isn't doing everything right all the time but, instead, giving a second chance to the people you love who do things wrong.

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Jodi Picoult

I wonder if the conversations you've never had with someone count, if you've been over them a thousand times in your mind.

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Jodi Picoult

This is what I like about photographs. They're proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect.

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Jodi Picoult

You know what the difference is between a dream and a goal?... A plan.

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Jodi Picoult

Because hate's just the flip side of love. Like heads and tails on a dime. If you don't know what it feels like to love someone, how would you know what hate is? One can't exist without the other.

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Jodi Picoult

When someone loves you up one side and down the other like that, you make every effort to stick around.

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Jodi Picoult

They're fake bullets, so why do I feel like Im bleeding out?

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Jodi Picoult

Hope and reality lie in inverse proportions.

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Jodi Picoult

Men. You can't live with them...and you can't legally shoot them. I tossed out my husband eight years ago and got a llama instead. Best decision I ever made.

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Jodi Picoult

I wonder if you've got a minute." I have many minutes, all of them used toward a common purpose.

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Jodi Picoult

She shrugged. "You can be happy for someone else's good fortune, but that doesn't mean you forget your own bad luck.

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Jodi Picoult

If you're afraid of everyone leaving you, what do you do?" Make them stay." And if you can't do that, or don't know how to?" Ellie shrugged. "I don't know." Yes, you do. In fact, you've done it. You leave...

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Jodi Picoult

She suddenly remembered studying the brain in science class- how a steel rod pierced a man's skull, and he opened his mouth to speak Portuguese, a language he'd never studied. Maybe it would be like this,...

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Jodi Picoult

She stared at Peter, and she realized that in that one moment, when she hadn't been thinking, she knew exactly what he'd felt as he moved through the school with his backpack and his guns. Every kid in...

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Jodi Picoult

Chicken,' Josie said. 'Have you ever been in love?' Peter looked at Josie, and thought of how they had once tied a note with their addresses to a helium balloon and let it go in her backyard, certain it...

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Jodi Picoult

Peter curled his hands into fists at his sides. 'Kiss me,' he said. She leaned towards him slowly, until her face was too close to be in focus. Her hair fell over Peter's shoulder like a curtain and her...

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Jodi Picoult

The scariest thing in the world is thinking someone you love is going to die.

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Jodi Picoult

It was so damn hard to find love in this world, to locate someone who could make you feel that there was a reason you'd been put on this earth. A child, I imagined, was the purest form of that. A child...

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Jodi Picoult

Me, I was already jaded and tarnished, skeptical that a fantasy world could keep reality at bay.

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Jodi Picoult

Turn around, and the people you thought you knew might change. Your little boy might now live half a world away. Your beautiful daughter might be sneaking out at night. Your ex-husband might by dying by...

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Jodi Picoult

Hope and reality lie in inverse proportions, inside the walls of a hospital... Doubt is like dye. Once is spreads into the fabric of excuses you've woven, you'll never get rid of the stain.

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Jodi Picoult

There's no way to convince her that just because you put half. planet between you and someone else, you can't drive that person out of your thoughts. Believe me. I've tried.

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Jodi Picoult

It just goes to show you: you can put nine insane miles between you and another person. You can make a vow to never speak his name. You can surgically remove someone from your life. And still, he'll haunt...

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Jodi Picoult

Grief is a curious thing, when it happens unexpectedly. It is a Band-Aid being ripped away, taking the top layer off a family. And the underbelly of a household is never pretty, ours no exception. There...

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Jodi Picoult

I may not have a degree, but I certainly got an education.

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Jodi Picoult

He rises over me, a second sun, and fills me with light and heat.

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Jodi Picoult

You give her all your french fries, even when she won't give you back onion rings,' Sophie says. 'And when you say her name it sounds different.' How?' Sophie thinks. 'Like it's covered with blankets.

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Jodi Picoult

Clearly God was in some kind of mood on my birthday.

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Jodi Picoult

But it was like wearing a size five sneakers when your foot is a seven- you can get by for a few steps, and then you set down and pull off the shoes because it just plain much

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Jodi Picoult

when you [lose someone], it feels like the hole in your gum when a tooth falls out. You can chew, you can eat, you have plenty of other teeth, but your tongue keeps going back to that empty place, where...

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Jodi Picoult

Campbell" Julia says "Don't do this to me" "Do what?" "Push me off the same cliff twice

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Jodi Picoult

If it is possible to die of grief then why on earth can't someone be healed by happiness?

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Jodi Picoult

Just so you know, when they say "Once upon a time” . . . they’re lying

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Jodi Picoult

Here I am, wasting away inside a book I wish I could escape, and all she wants to do is stay in the story. If I could talk to this girl Delilah, I’d ask her why on earth she would ever trade a single...

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Jodi Picoult

Can you imagine what it would be like to know that your life was just going to be a series of days that were all the same, that were do-overs?

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Jodi Picoult

That,” she says, “was never here before.

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Jodi Picoult

I'm weird. Everyone says so.

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Jodi Picoult

I’d much rather pretend I’m somewhere else, and any time I open the pages of a book, that happens.

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Jodi Picoult

He’s not your typical prince, more like a square peg in a round hole, kind of like me. He’s the sort of guy who wouldn’t mind reading side by side on a date.

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Jodi Picoult

This must be what an addict feels like, I think, trying to fight the pull of one last, quick read. My fingers itch toward the binding, and finally, with a sigh of regret, I just grab the book and open...

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Jodi Picoult

I’m gonna miss you,” Brianna says. “I’m gonna miss you too, baby,” Angelo murmurs. For Pete’s sake. It’s not like she’s leaving on a trip around the world. She’s only headed to homeroom.

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Jodi Picoult

What makes you walk past thirty-thousand people without a second glance, and then you look at the thirty-thousandth-and-first person and know you'll never take your eyes off her again?

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Jodi Picoult

The jury is supposed to be twelve peers, but technically that would mean every single person on the jury should have Asperger's syndrome, because then they'd really understand me.

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Jodi Picoult

We have been naive enough to believe that we were invincible; that we could run blind through the hairpin turns of life at treacherous speeds and never crash.

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Jodi Picoult

If you had grown up with me, this is one of the things I would have tried to teach you: Marry a man who loves you more than you love him. Because I have both now, and when it is the other way around, there...

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Jodi Picoult

I watch her do the simplest things: brushing her hair into a ponytail, feeding the dog, tying Sophie's shoelaces, and I want to tell her what she means to me, but I never actually say the words. After...

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Jodi Picoult

Your problem is that you have been too honest for too long. Once you start doing it, lying is simpler than breathing.

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Jodi Picoult

The doctors may be mapping out the war games, but it is the nurses who make the conflict bearable.

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Jodi Picoult

I believe that you can fall in love many times with many different people. However, I don't think that you can fall in love the same way twice. One type of relationship may be steady. Another may be fire...

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Jodi Picoult

We all know that a sky with clouds in it is much more interesting than one that doesn’t have any.

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Jodi Picoult

I learned a long time ago with you that folks who were trying to be kind would rather do it with a macaroni-and-cheese bake than any personal involvement. You hand off a serving dish and you've done your...

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Jodi Picoult

People ask all the time how I'm doing, but the truth is, they don't really want to know.

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Jodi Picoult

Most people who offer their help do it to make themselves feel better, not us. To be honest, I don't blame them. It's superstition: If you give assistance to the family in need... if you throw salt over...

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Jodi Picoult

Just because you had every right to feel sorry for yourself didn't mean you ever took the opportunity to do so.

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Jodi Picoult

Embarrassment isn't a just cause of action.

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Jodi Picoult

Ross believed in past lives. Moreover, he believed that the person you fell in love with in each life was the same person you fell in love with in the life before, and the one before that. Sometimes, you...

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Jodi Picoult

Since I was five, I've known that I was adopted, which is a politically correct term for being clueless about one's own origins.

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Jodi Picoult

I wondered about the explorers who'd sailed their ships to the end of the world. How terrified they must have been when they risked falling over the edge; how amazed to discover, instead, places they had...

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Jodi Picoult

The woman who opens the door has a blue stain on her shirt and dark hair wound into a messy knot and the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen. They're pale, like a lioness's, nearly golden, but they also...

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Jodi Picoult

She stares at me for a moment, and then she bursts out laughing. “You haven’t seen his perfect little wife and his perfect little girls. Believe me, Oliver, I’m not the great love of his life, the...

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Jodi Picoult

Doing the right thing for someone else occasionally means doing something that feels wrong to you.

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes I think there's a beast that lives inside me, in the cavern that's where my heart should be, and every now and then it fills every last inch of my skin, so that I can't help but do something...

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Jodi Picoult

Yes, she is." He looks at me, his face carved in pain. "She is dying, Sara. She will die, either tonight or tomorrow or maybe a year from now if we're really lucky. You heard what Dr. Chance said. Arsenic's...

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Jodi Picoult

How can you be a survivor, when you can't even remember the war?

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Jodi Picoult

Here's a news flash for the ladies: for every one of you who thinks we all want a girl like Angelina Jolie, all skinny elbows and angles, the truth is, we'd rather curl up with someone like Charlotte -...

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Jodi Picoult

Was it the act of giving birth that made you a mother? Did you lose that label when you relinquished your child? If people were measured by their deeds, on the one hand, I had a woman who had chosen to...

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Jodi Picoult

They don't like the thought of someone else making demands on the person whom they see as belonging entirely to them.

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Jodi Picoult

There are two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations.

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes I think the human heart is just a simple shelf. There is only so much you can pile onto it before something falls off an edge and you are left to pick up the pieces.

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Jodi Picoult

Motherhood is a Sisyphean task. You finish sewing one seam shut, and another rips open. I have come to believe that this life I'm wearing will never really fit.

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Jodi Picoult

My dad used to say that living with regrets was like driving a car that only moved in reverse.

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Jodi Picoult

You know, he told me once, completely exasperated, you've got one glass of water inside your head, with all the tears for a lifetime. If you waste them over nothing, then you won't be able to cry for real...

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Jodi Picoult

I believe in love. I think it just hits you and pulls the rug out from underneath you and, like a baby, demands your attention every minute of the day.

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Jodi Picoult

I know that there will be other women, but they couldn't compare. Maybe I'll change, maybe love will change, but I think we were a once-in-a-lifetime. You could never leave me; that's why I am not more...

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Jodi Picoult

Stupid English." "English isn't stupid," I say. "Well, my English teacher is." He makes a face. "Mr. Franklin assigned an essay about our favorite subject, and I wanted to write about lunch, but he won't...

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Jodi Picoult

She had never been a pretty crier. She sobbed the way she did everything else - with passion and excess.

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Jodi Picoult

The night is falling down around us. Meteors rain like fireworks, quick rips in the seam of the dark... Every second, another streak of silver glows: parentheses, exclamation points, commas - a whole grammar...

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Jodi Picoult

What you didn't tell someone was just as debilitating as what you did.

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Jodi Picoult

Annie turned away, her eyes glittering. 'Here's what no one tells you,' she said. 'When you deliver a fetus, you get a death certificate, but not a birth certificate. And afterward, your milk comes in,...

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Jodi Picoult

I don't understand why it's a sin if you love something and want to keep it from having to suffer.

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Jodi Picoult

There are legions of us, I realized. The mothers who have broken babies, and spend the rest of our lives wondering if we should have spared them. And the mothers who have let their broken babies go, who...

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Jodi Picoult

Identification is not the same as knowing someone through and through.

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Jodi Picoult

It was one thing to sacrifice your own life for someone else's. It was another thing entirely to bring into the mix a third party - a third party who knew you, who trusted you implicitly.

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Jodi Picoult

It was always easier for me to show love than to say it. The word reminded me of pralines: small, precious, almost unbearable sweet. I would light up in his presence; I felt like a sun in the constellation...

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Jodi Picoult

When you showed someone how you felt, it was fresh and honest. When you told someone how you felt, there might be nothing behind the words but habit or expectation. Those three words were what everyone...

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Jodi Picoult

Houses are cellular walls; they keep our problems from bleeding into everyone else's.

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Jodi Picoult

Maybe I was naïve to think that silence was implicit complacence, instead of a festering question. Maybe I was silly to believe that friends owed each other anything.

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Jodi Picoult

I felt a splinter of guilt wedge into my heart. Charlotte had hurt me; in return, I'd hurt Rob. Maybe that's what we do to the people we love: take shots in the dark and realize too late we've wounded...

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Jodi Picoult

I wondered how long it took for a baby to become yours, for familiarity to set in. Maybe as long as it took a new car to lose that scent, or a brand-new house to gather dust. Maybe that was the process...

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Jodi Picoult

Maybe mothers - consciously or subconsciously - repelled their daughters in different ways.

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes, mothers say and do things that seem like they don't want their kids... but when you look more closely, you realize that they're doing those kids a favor. They're just trying to give them a better...

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Jodi Picoult

It felt like I'd been living underground, and for a moment, I'd been given this glimpse of the sky. Once you've seen that, how can you go back where you came from?

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Jodi Picoult

Lawyers were notorious for finding cases in the most unlikely places, especially ones with huge potential damagers awards.

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Jodi Picoult

Although you hadn't asked why, it had less to do with you not noticing than with you not wanting to hear the answer.

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Jodi Picoult

Just because you didn't put a name to something did not mean it wasn't there.

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Jodi Picoult

I wondered why the head could move so swiftly while the heart dragged its feet.

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Jodi Picoult

When you love someone - when you create a child with him - you don't just suddenly lose that bond. Like any other energy, it can't be destroyed, just channeled into something else.

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Jodi Picoult

When it comes to memories, the good and the bad never balance.

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Jodi Picoult

So much of marriage was implicit and nonverbal. Had I gotten so complacent I'd forgotten to communicate?

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Jodi Picoult

There were lies we told to save ourselves, and then there were lies we told to rescue others. What counted more, the mistruth, or the greater good?

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Jodi Picoult

I started writing when I had three kids under the age of 4. I used to write every ten minutes I got to sit in front of a computer. Now, when I have more time, I function the same way: if it's writing time,...

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Jodi Picoult

The cost of growth is always a small act of violence.

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Jodi Picoult

There are two reasons not to tell the truth--becuase lying will get you what you want, and because lying will keep someone from getting hurt.

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Jodi Picoult

Was there a language of loss? Did everyone who suffered speak a different dialect?

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Jodi Picoult

I think there are two different oceans - the one that plays with you in the summer, and the one that gets so mad in the winter.

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Jodi Picoult

What was wrong with me? I had a decent life. I was healthy. I wasn't starving or maimed by a land mine or orphaned. Yet somehow, it wasn't enough. I had a hole in me, and everything I took for granted...

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Jodi Picoult

It was one thing to make a mistake; it was another thing to keep making it. I knew what happened when you let yourself get close to someone, when you started to believe they loved you: you'd be disappointed....

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Jodi Picoult

I told myself that if I didn't care, this wouldn't have hurt so much - surely that proved I was alive and human and all those touchy-feely things, for once and for all. But that wasn't a relief, not when...

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Jodi Picoult

I always hated when my scars started to fade, because as long as I could still see them, I knew why I was hurting.

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Jodi Picoult

Once upon a time there were two sisters. One of them was really, really strong, and one of them wasn't.' You looked at me. 'Your turn.' I rolled my eyes. 'The strong sister went outside into the rain and...

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Jodi Picoult

Polar north can't get away from a magnet; the magnet finds it, no matter what.

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Jodi Picoult

It was a strange thing, to still be in love with your wife and to not know if you liked her. What would happen when this was all over? Could you forgive someone if she hurt you and the people you love,...

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Jodi Picoult

Here's what I hadn't realized: the mother you haven't seen for almost thirty-six years isn't your mother, she's a stranger. Sharing DNA doesn't make you fast friends. This wasn't a joyous reunion. It was...

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Jodi Picoult

Maybe a mother wasn't what she seemed to be on the surface.

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Jodi Picoult

People changed. Even the people you thought you knew as well as you knew yourself.

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Jodi Picoult

I truly believed that the cost of success for us shouldn't be the cost of failure for a good friend.

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Jodi Picoult

I could not remember my first kiss, but I could have told you Charlotte would be my last.

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Jodi Picoult

I think you can love a person too much. You put someone up on a pedestal, and all of a sudden, from that perspective, you notice what's wrong - a hair out of place, a run in a stocking, a broken bone....

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Jodi Picoult

Memory is like plaster: peel it back and you just might find a completely different picture.

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Jodi Picoult

I know what it's like to start something and have it suddenly grow out of control. And you want to get rid of it, because it's hurting you and everyone else around you, but every time you try to do that,...

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Jodi Picoult

People always say that, when you love someone, nothing in the world matters. But that's not true, is it? You know, and I know, that when you love someone, everything in the world matters a little bit more.

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Jodi Picoult

Maybe you expected marriage to be perfect - I guess that's where you and I are different. See, I thought it would be all about making mistakes, but doing it with someone who's there to remind you what...

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Jodi Picoult

What we all want, really, is to be loved. That craving drives our worst behavior.

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Jodi Picoult

Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.

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Jodi Picoult

I shouldn't have eavesdropped, but sometimes, that's the only way to find out the truth.

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Jodi Picoult

There is no cosmic scale on which you can weigh your actions; you learn too late what choices ruin the fragile balance.

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Jodi Picoult

By definition, love made you better than good enough; it redefined perfection to include your traits, instead of excluding them.

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Jodi Picoult

Things that break - be they bones, hearts, or promises - can be put back together but will never really be whole.

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Jodi Picoult

The wolves knew when it was time to stop looking for what they'd lost, to focus instead on what was yet to come.

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Jodi Picoult

Like a missing tooth, sometimes an absence is more noticeable than a presence.

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Jodi Picoult

Believe me, Being gay is not a choice. Noone would choose to make life harder than it has to be.

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Jodi Picoult

But as he grew older, he learned that a word was a powerful thing. An insult didn't have to be shouted to bleed; a vow didn't have to be whispered to make you believe. Hold a thought in your head, and...

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Jodi Picoult

Mistakes are something that happen by accident. You didn't walk out the door one morning and fall into some guy's bed. You thought about it, for a while. You made that choice.

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Jodi Picoult

Betrayal was a stone beneath a mattress of thr bed you shared, something you felt digging into you no matter how you shifted position. What was the point of being able to forgive, when deep down, you both...

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Jodi Picoult

I can give or take elephants; I never can find the cheetah-but the zebras captivate me. They'd be one of the few things that would fit if we were lucky enough to live in a world that's black or white.

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Jodi Picoult

Here's my question: What age are you when you're in Heaven?

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Jodi Picoult

Life isn't nearly as stable as we want it to be.

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Jodi Picoult

Grief is a curious thing, when it happens unexpectedly. It is a Band-aid being ripped away, taking the top layer off a family. And the underbelly of a household is never pretty, ours no exception.

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Jodi Picoult

Joseph Obomsawin, the elder I lived with there, says that those who turn to animals do so because humans have let them down.

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Jodi Picoult

In the custom of mourning, the fabric of the night had been ripped, revealing a star at each tiny tear.

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Jodi Picoult

You can stay up all night and still not count all the ways to lose the people you love.

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Jodi Picoult

You saved me," I said. Nathaniel put his hands on either side of my face. "I had to," he said. "So you could save me back.

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Jodi Picoult

Nathaniel closes his eyes and jumps, his arms glued to his sides like that fly's. He doesn't try to break his fall, just hits hard, because it hurts less than everything else.

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Jodi Picoult

When you begin a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself.

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Jodi Picoult

What was the point of being able to forgive, when deep down, you both had to admit you'd never forget?

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Jodi Picoult

Instead of doing the best thing, we sometimes have to settle for the rightest thing.

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Jodi Picoult

When you can not find someone, it is because you've been misdirected to look elsewhere

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Jodi Picoult

You know how sometimes, your life is so perfect you’re afraid for the next moment, because it couldn’t possibly be quite as good? That’s what it felt like.

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Jodi Picoult

You get through it, you just never get over it

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Jodi Picoult

eskimos maybe? believed stars were holes in the sky where people who died could peek through at you

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Jodi Picoult

Frankly, I wonder who Frank was, and why he has an adverb all to himself.

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Jodi Picoult

parenting isn't a noun but a verb--an ongoing process instead of an accomplishment. And that no matter how many years you put into the job, the learning curve is, well, fairly flat.

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Jodi Picoult

We're [parents]) always bluffing, pretending we know best, when most of the time we're just praying we won't screw up too badly.

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Jodi Picoult

Rest easy, real mothers. The very fact that you worry about being a good mom means that you already are one.

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Jodi Picoult

Everyone deserves a happy ending.

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Jodi Picoult

When you are a kid you have your own language, and unlike French or Spanish or whatever you start learning in fourth grade, this one you are born with, and eventually lose...Kids think with their brains...

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Jodi Picoult

I've never been in love, but I've always imagined it--weirdly--like some sort of OxiClean commercial. The TV host shows a scene from an ordinary day, and then takes a big old sponge soaked in love and...

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Jodi Picoult

No one ever asks a kid for her opinion, but it seems to me that growing up means you stop hoping for the best, and start expecting the worst.

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Jodi Picoult

We'd sit with a big bowl of popcorn, wrapped together in a queen-size blanket, and would escape to a place where magic was ours for the taking, where men rescued the people they loved instead of abandoning...

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Jodi Picoult

What could it be like to find out, in a matter of minutes, that the person you believed the sun rose and set on was not the person you'd thought?

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Jodi Picoult

You always knew after shitty things happened, who your friends really were.

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Jodi Picoult

If he says jump, she doesn't even ask "How high?" She goes out and buys a pogo stick.

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Jodi Picoult

I personally subscribe to the belief that normal is just a setting on the dryer.

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Jodi Picoult

Everytime I look at a zebra, I can't figure out whether it's black with white stripes or white with black stripes, and that frustrates me.

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Jodi Picoult

Being a good mother, it seemed to me, meant you ran the risk of losing your child.

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Jodi Picoult

I wanted him to feel what I felt when I was with him: that incredible combination of comfort, decadence, and wonder; the knowledge that, with just a single taste of him, I was addicted.

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Jodi Picoult

Words got in the way. The things we felt the hardest--like what it was like to have a boy touch you as if you were made of light, or what it meant to be the only person in the room who wasn't noticed--weren't...

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Jodi Picoult

But love wasn't about sacrifice, and it wasn't about falling short of someone's expectations. By definition, love made you better than good enough; it redefined perfection to include your traits, instead...

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Jodi Picoult

Just 'cause you can't see me don't mean I gone away.

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Jodi Picoult

I realize then that we never have children, we receive them. And sometimes it’s not for quite as long as we would have expected or hoped. But it is still far better than never having had those children...

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Jodi Picoult

People believed what they wanted to believe, no matter what was right in front of their eyes.

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Jodi Picoult

When you love someone, you don't see parts of him you don't like.

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Jodi Picoult

You know, Michael, I used to sit around looking for a way to make sense of what happened, like there was some kind of answer I could find if I just looked hard enough. Then one day I realized that if there...

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Jodi Picoult

I'm too much of a coward to kill myself. And too much of a coward to live

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Jodi Picoult

I can't do this to you,' he said, drawing back. Emily put her hand on his and pulled the gun to her temple. 'Then do it for me,' she said.

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Jodi Picoult

She had loved him. He knew this; he had never doubted it. But she had also asked him to kill her. If you love someone that much, you did not lay that sort of burden on him for the rest of his life.

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Jodi Picoult

How do you know that you are not part of a book? That someone's not reading your story right now?

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Jodi Picoult

Did you ever think that maybe what you see isn't really what's true?

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Jodi Picoult

I know what love is. When you find the person you are supposed to love, bells ring and fireworks go off in your head and you can't find the words to speak and you think about him all the time. When you...

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Jodi Picoult

If you choose to be looking for something, you'd better be ready for whatever it is you are find. Because it may not be what you've been expecting.

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Jodi Picoult

I only just found you, I can't lose you now

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Jodi Picoult

Being a teenager isn't all that different from being part of someone else's story. There's always someone who thinks they know better than you do

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Jodi Picoult

That's what love is. It's some power greater than you and me, that draws us to one special person

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Jodi Picoult

What if instead of focusing on what you don't have, you concentrate on what you've got?

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes the key to happiness is just expecting a little bit less

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Jodi Picoult

When she wanted to escape her life, she read books

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Jodi Picoult

Princes don't come around everyday, and happy endings don't grow on trees

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Jodi Picoult

How do you tell an adult that maybe everything wrong in the world stems from the fact that she's stopped believing the impossible can happen?

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Jodi Picoult

Love makes life a little brighter

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Jodi Picoult

I think that when you live in a world with limits... when you've met everyone and seem everything you're going to see - you lose the hope that something extraordinary will happen in your life

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Jodi Picoult

I think her flaws make me love her even more. She's not perfect, but she's perfect to me

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Jodi Picoult

It takes two people to make a friendship work

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Jodi Picoult

Here's what no one ever tells you about love: it hurts, having your heart broken

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Jodi Picoult

Leave it to a man to mess things up

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Jodi Picoult

Your hand fits mine like the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle

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Jodi Picoult

Men don't traipse. We... Swagger

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Jodi Picoult

I've been an idiot to think that real life could have a happy ending

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Jodi Picoult

Once you call something a story, it's set in stone. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end that can't be transformed, because by definition, if you do that, it's not the same story anymore

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Jodi Picoult

True love can break the most powerful curse

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Jodi Picoult

Saying goodbye to the people you love isn't easy

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Jodi Picoult

Home is not a place, but rather, the people you love

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Jodi Picoult

Do you remember the summer we signed you up for camp? And the night before you left, you said you've changed your mind and wanted to stay home? I told you to to get a seat on the left side of the bus,...

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Jodi Picoult

There had been so many easy words between them that Daniel was guilty of nodding every now and then and tuning out the excess. He hadn't known, at the time, that he should have been hoarding these, like...

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Jodi Picoult

Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's any less true.

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Jodi Picoult

If you want to love a parent you have to understand the incredible investment he or she has in you. If you are a parent, and you want to be loved, you have to deserve it.

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Jodi Picoult

I leaned forward and kissed him. And again. As if I were passing him all those silent words I cound not say, the ones that explained my biggest secret: that I might not have OI but I knew how he (Adam)...

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Jodi Picoult

You didn't get past something like that, you go through it -- and for that reason alone, I understood more about her than she ever would have guessed.

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Jodi Picoult

Infatuation's just another word for not seeing clearly. When you start to love a person- that's when they become real

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Jodi Picoult

Things don't always look as they seem.

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Jodi Picoult

I can see myself now, she said. And I can see what I want to be, ten years from now. But I don't understand how I'm going to get from here to there.

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Jodi Picoult

This was the reason there was music, he realized. There were some feelings that didn't have words big enough to describe them.

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Jodi Picoult

I don't know what he means by that, but I nod and smile at him. You'd be surprised at how far that response can get you in a conversation where you are completely confused.

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Jodi Picoult

My high school guidance counselor, Mrs. Inverholl, once had me take an aptitude test to figure out my future. The number one job recommendation for my set of skills was an air traffic accident investigator,...

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Jodi Picoult

Then Henry speaks again. "Did he do it?" I turn to him slowly. "Does it matter?

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Jodi Picoult

This isn't a lie, actually. I don't care why Edward left. All I really want to know is why I wasn't enough to make him stay.

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Jodi Picoult

The best place to cry is on a mother's arms.

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Jodi Picoult

But once you throw a stone, there are ripples in the pond, even if you remove the rock.

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Jodi Picoult

Marina sighs. "Love's a tidal wave," she says. "Because it sweeps you off your feet?" I ask. "No. Because it sucks you under and you drown.

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Jodi Picoult

I don't understand why people never say what they mean. It's like the immigrants who come to a country and learn the language but are completely baffled by idioms. (Seriously, how could anyone who isn't...

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Jodi Picoult

I know Mark,' I reply. 'And I don't like him.' 'But I do. And part of being social means being civil to someone you don't like.' 'That's stupid. It's a huge world. why not just get up and walk away?' 'Because...

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Jodi Picoult

You know why I think we still execute people? Because, even if we don't want to say it out loud-for the really heinous crimes, we want to know that there's a really heinous punishment. Simple as that....

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Jodi Picoult

The best way to prevent a heartache was to cushion the coming blow.

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Jodi Picoult

Teachers deserve respect," I explain. "Why do they get it for free, when everyone else has to earn it?

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Jodi Picoult

For better or for worse, music is the language of memory. It is also the language of love.

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Jodi Picoult

if there isn’t a them, there can’t be an us.

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes Chris wished he could sneak a peek at the back of the book, so to speak, and see how it was all going to turn out, so that he wouldn't have to bother going through the motions.

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Jodi Picoult

When you have been burned by fire once, you don't leap into the flames again.

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Jodi Picoult

A place like this wears down everything, and tolerance is no exception. In here, coexistence passes for forgiveness. You do not learn to like something you abhor; you come to live with it...You live and...

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Jodi Picoult

Religion was supposed to be a blanket drawn up to your chin to keep you warm, a promise that when it came to the end, you wouldn't die alone - but it could just as easily leave you shivering out in the...

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Jodi Picoult

But still, it looked completely natural, as if we had been kissing at the ends of sentences for ages, while the rest of the world was still hung up on punctuation.

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Jodi Picoult

I know what it's like when the things you believe make you feel like you're on the outside looking in.

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Jodi Picoult

A woman isn't all that different from a bonfire. A fire's a beautiful thing, right? Something you can't take your eyes off, when it's burning. If you can keep it contained, it'll throw light and heat for...

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Jodi Picoult

Life was all about being in a certain place, at a certain time.

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Jodi Picoult

If you want to see God laugh, make a plan.

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Jodi Picoult

The best parenting advice I ever got was from a labor nurse who told me the following: 1. After your baby gets here, the dog will just be a dog. 2. The terrible twos last through age three. 3. Never ask...

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Jodi Picoult

Why is it that only in the very beginnings of a relationship are you aware of the heat coming from inside a person, of the number of inches you would have to move for your shoulders to brush as if it were...

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Jodi Picoult

The act of reading is a partnership. The author builds a house, but the reader makes it a home.

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Jodi Picoult

Until this moment, I had not realized that someone could break your heart twice, along the very same fault lines.

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Jodi Picoult

maybe there is more to a person than a body and a mind. maybe something else figures into the mix— not a soul, exactly, but a spirit that hints you might one day be greater, stronger than you are now....

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Jodi Picoult

It's like picking up an unfamiliar piece of sheet music & starting to stumble through it, only to realize it is a melody you'd once learned by heart, one you can play without even trying.

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Jodi Picoult

When she smiles, it feels like the first warm day of March-- after an eternity of snow, when you suddenly remember how summer feels on the backs of your bare calves & in the part of your hair.

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Jodi Picoult

Normal, in our house, is like a blanket too short for a bed--sometimes it covers you just fine, and other times it leaves you cold and shaking; and worst of all, you never know which of the two it's going...

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Jodi Picoult

There are some dreams that get stuck between your teeth when you sleep, so that when you open your mouth to yawn awake they fly right out of you.

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Jodi Picoult

Some women are meant to change the world, while others are meant to hold it together. And then there are those of us who simply don't want to be in it, because we know no matter how much we struggle, we...

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Jodi Picoult

I could think whatever I wanted to, but realized that any promises I made myself were destined to be broken.

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Jodi Picoult

There's a problem with wounded birds, Cassie," Connor said. "Either they fly away from you one day, or else they never get better. They stay hurt no matter what you do.

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Jodi Picoult

I loved Alex so much that it was easier to let him hurt me than to watch him hurt himself.

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Jodi Picoult

It still hurts," she whispered. "Even when you're doing it for someone else, that doesn't stop your ribs from getting cracked, or your wrist swelling, or your cuts from bleeding.

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Jodi Picoult

You figured that the only way I'd be happy is if I did the things you thought would be best for me.

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Jodi Picoult

There was, really, nothing you could use as a blueprint for your life, except your past. There was no starting over. There was only picking up the pieces someone had left behind.

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Jodi Picoult

I'm telling you, if aliens landed on earth today and took a good hard look at why babies get born, they'd conclude that most people had children by accident, or because they drink too much on a certain...

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Jodi Picoult

See, as much as you want to hold on to the bitter sore memory that someone has left this world, you are still in it

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Jodi Picoult

You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.

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Jodi Picoult

And the very act of living is a tide; at first it seems to make no difference at all, and then one day you look down and see how much pain has eroded

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Jodi Picoult

I think you're the only person who gets me. When I'm with you, the world doesn't feel like a problem I can't figure out. Please come to the dance, because you're my music.

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Jodi Picoult

When I was little, the great mystery to me was not how babies were made, but why?

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Jodi Picoult

You came back fighting and furious at me. You told me you'd been looking for mermaids, and I interrupted you. [...] I said that next time, you had to take me with you." "Was there a next time?" "Well,...

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Jodi Picoult

I wonder if other mothers feel a tug at their insides, watching their children grow up into the people they themselves wanted so badly to be.

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Jodi Picoult

Do you know how sometimes - when you are riding your bike and you start skidding across sand, or when you miss a step and start tumbling down the stairs - you have those long, long seconds to know that...

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Jodi Picoult

It's about a girl who is on the cusp of becoming someone.. A girl who may not know what she wants right now, and she may not know who she is right now, but who deserves the chance to find out.

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes there aren't words. The silence between us is flung wide as an ocean. But I manage to reach across it, to wrap my arms around him.

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Jodi Picoult

My mother... she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.

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Jodi Picoult

What I really want to tell him is to pick up that baby of his and hold her tight, to set the moon on the edge of her crib and to hang her name up in the stars.

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Jodi Picoult

If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?

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Jodi Picoult

If you gave someone your heart and they died, did they take it with them? Did you spend the rest of forever with a hole inside you that couldn't be filled?

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Jodi Picoult

So much of the language of love was like that: you devoured someone with your eyes, you drank in the sight of him, you swallowed him whole. Love was substance, broken down and beating through your bloodstream.

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Jodi Picoult

When you love someone you let them take care of you.

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Jodi Picoult

and he suddenly knew that if she killed herself, he would die. Maybe not immediately, maybe not with the same blinding rush of pain, but it would happen. You couldn't live for very long without a heart.

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Jodi Picoult

You are only as invincible as your smallest weakness, and those are tiny indeed - the length of a sleeping baby's eyelash, the span of a child's hand. Life turns on a dime, and - it turns out - so does...

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood...

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Jodi Picoult

You know it's never fifty-fifty in a marriage. It's always seventy-thirty, or sixty-forty. Someone falls in love first. Someone puts someone else up on a pedestal. Someone works very hard to keep things...

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Jodi Picoult

How could you go about choosing something that would hold the half of your heart you had to bury?

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Jodi Picoult

I always wondered why God was supposed to be a father," she whispers. Fathers always want you to measure up to something. Mothers are the ones who love you unconditionally, don't you think?

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Jodi Picoult

in nineteen minutes you can norder a pizza and have it delivered. You can read a story to a child or have your oil changed. You can walk a mile. You can sew a hem. In nineteen minutes you can get revenge.

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Jodi Picoult

I drew it over my skin like a violins bow, No one would ever hear the song of my shame.

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Jodi Picoult

And if your parents have you for a reason, then that reason better exist. Because once it's gone, so are you.

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Jodi Picoult

I've always been able to see you," I say. "It's a rather lovely view.

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Jodi Picoult

May I ask you something?" I say. "Why do you read books, when you could be outside, living a million different adventures every day?" "Because you can always count on a book to stay the same. EVerything...

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Jodi Picoult

What makes a treasure a treasure." Marine replied, "is how rare a find it is, when you need it the most.

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Jodi Picoult

Dead isn’t angels or ghosts. It’s a physical state of breakdown, a change in all those carbon atoms that create the temporary house of a body so that they can return to their most elemental stage.

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Jodi Picoult

there's something nice about knowing that i'm not the only one who doesn't quite fit the part.

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Jodi Picoult

so i do what i do best. i move in the opposite direction.

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Jodi Picoult

i'm sure i'm worth a lot more dead than alive

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Jodi Picoult

think about it: Romeo and Juliet bucked the system, and look where it got them. Superman has the hots for Lois Lane, when the better match, of course, would be with Wonder Woman.

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Jodi Picoult

something is always falling apart in me.

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Jodi Picoult

is it like this every night, while we're asleep?

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Jodi Picoult

don't say it. don't tell me that nobody's going to stare at me, because they will. don't tell me it doesn't matter, because it does. and don't tell me i look fine because that's a lie.

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Jodi Picoult

you're not a bad person because you want to be yourself.

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Jodi Picoult

if you tell yourself you feel fine, you will.

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Jodi Picoult

‎Pick ten strangers and stick them in a room, and ask them which of us they feel sorrier for - you or me - and we all know who they'll choose.

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Jodi Picoult

The desperate usually succeed because they have nothing to lose.

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Jodi Picoult

You keep distracting me,” I tell her. “All I’m doing is sitting here talking to you!” “Exactly,” I say, and I smile at her.j

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Jodi Picoult

[Jules] slides into a seat beside me with her hot lunch tray, sighing. “Four hours, thirty-six minutes, and twelve seconds till we’re out of purgatory for the weekend.” “Maybe later,” I murmur,...

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Jodi Picoult

the letters are mixed up. U and I should be together.

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Jodi Picoult

When you are attracted to people, it's because of the details. Their kindness. Their eyes. The fact that they can get you to laugh when you need it the most.

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Jodi Picoult

You're unwilling to go out on a limb because it just might break underneath you.

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Jodi Picoult

If you didn't remember something happening, was it because it never had happened? Or because you wished it hadn't?

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes we find ourselves walking through life blindfolded, and we try to deny that we're the ones who securely tied the knot.

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Jodi Picoult

it was possible to grow up in an instant, that you could look down and see the line in the sand dividing your life now from what it used to be.

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Jodi Picoult

if you don't get sick, you won't get well.

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Jodi Picoult

We could all be lucky. We could all be what we want to be, instead of who someone else told us to be.

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Jodi Picoult

What's worse ...? The devil you don't know ... or the devil you do?

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Jodi Picoult

There are certain things I do not talk about.

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Jodi Picoult

And he made love to her, offering his body in both tenderness and anger, unsure which was the best way to pass her bits of his soul so that she could patch her own with it

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Jodi Picoult

I closed my eyes and curled my fists around the things I knew for sure: That a scallop has thirty-five eyes, all blue. That a tuna will suffocate if it ever stops swimming. That I was loved. That this...

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Jodi Picoult

The nurses, I have already learned, are the ones who give us the answers we’re desperate for. Unlike the doctors, who fidget like they need to be somewhere else, the nurses patiently answer us as if...

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Jodi Picoult

You build a wall to keep something unwanted out … or to hold something precious in.

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Jodi Picoult

I have come to believe that this life I'm wearing will never really fit.

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Jodi Picoult

She understood how a world jammed with phones, email, and faxes could still leave you feeling utterly alone.

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Jodi Picoult

I sometimes wonder if it is just me, or if there are other women who figure out where they are supposed to be by going nowhere.

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Jodi Picoult

People change, but only if you give them room to do it.

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Jodi Picoult

Just so you know, when they say "once upon a time"....they're lying. It's not once upon a time. Its not even twice upon a time. It's hundreds of times, over and over, every time someone opens up the pages...

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Jodi Picoult

You can't be real," Delilah murmurs. "Says who?" I ask. "Did you really think that a story exists only when you're reading it?

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Jodi Picoult

People in the real world would kill for a happily ever after, and you're willing to just throw it away ?" I look away from her. "It's hardly a happily ever after when you wind up right at the beginning.

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Jodi Picoult

At 17, the smallest crises took on tremendous proportions; someone else's thoughts could take root in the loam of your own mind; having someone accept you was as vital as oxygen. Adults, light years away...

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Jodi Picoult

When it's all over, you're remembered for what you did, not what you said you were going to do.

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Jodi Picoult

You have to understand what you’re missing before you can really feel a loss.

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Jodi Picoult

It's disappointing to know that someone can see right through you.

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Jodi Picoult

Things had a way of working out for the best when you let them run their course.

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Jodi Picoult

It takes two people to make a lie work: the person who tells it, and the one who believes it.

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Jodi Picoult

Some lessons can't be taught, they simply have to be learned.

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Jodi Picoult

It's choice that makes us human.

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Jodi Picoult

What if love wasn't the act of finding what you were missing but the give-and-take that made you both match?

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Jodi Picoult

The truth doesn't always set you free; people prefer to believe prettier, neatley wrapped lies

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Jodi Picoult

You can believe something really hard,' Faith says, 'and still be wrong.

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Jodi Picoult

I think there are crossroads in our lives when we make grand, sweeping decisions without even realizing it.

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Jodi Picoult

You don't make a friend," Jacob said with a scowl. "It's not like they come with directions like you'd find on a box of macaroni and cheese.

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Jodi Picoult

An apology with a defense built in isn't much of an apology

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Jodi Picoult

A photo says, you were happy, and I wanted to catch that. A photo says, you were so important to me that I put down everything else to come watch.

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Jodi Picoult

Some women are meant to change the world while others are meant to hold it together.

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Jodi Picoult

The problem was , you never heard anyone say,"wow, check out the brain on that babe.

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Jodi Picoult

There's always going to be bad stuff out there. But here's the amazing thing -- light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can't stick the dark into the light.

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Jodi Picoult

As a child, what I was missing was so much bigger to me than what I had. My mother-mythic, imaginary-was a deity and a superhero and a comfort all at once. If only I'd had her, surely, she would have been...

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Jodi Picoult

I don't know why it's called "getting lost." Even when you turn down the wrong street, when you find yourself at the dead end of a chain-link fence or a road that turnd to sand, you are somewhere. It just...

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Jodi Picoult

There are millions of people in the world, and the spirits will see that most of them you never have to meet. But there are one or two you are tied to, and the spirits will cross you back and forth, threading...

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Jodi Picoult

The more you get past pain, the more it goes from coal to diamond.

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Jodi Picoult

Things break all the time. Glass and dishes and fingernails. Cars and contracts and potato chips. You can break a record, a horse, a dollar. You can break the ice. There are coffee breaks and lunch breaks...

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Jodi Picoult

Even though it hurt, there are kinds of pain you couldn't speak out loud.

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Jodi Picoult

God doesn't give people burdens they can't handle.

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Jodi Picoult

Energy can't be destroyed, only converted into something different. So when a person dies, where does that energy go?

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Jodi Picoult

I've always sort of wondered: If everyone else's opinion is what matters, then do you ever really have one of your own?

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Jodi Picoult

Whether or not you believe in Fate comes down to one thing: who do you blame when something goes wrong.

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Jodi Picoult

You can touch everything and be connected to nothing.

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Jodi Picoult

When we're awake, we see what we need to see. When we're asleep, we see what is really there.

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Jodi Picoult

Kids think with their brains cracked wide open; becoming an adult, I've decided, is only a slow sewing shut.

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Jodi Picoult

Eventually, I told myself not to expect anything from him, and as a result it has gotten easier for me to take what comes.

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Jodi Picoult

The process of growing up was nothing more than figuring out what doors hadn't yet been slammed in your face.

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Jodi Picoult

But mostly I wondered why the head could move so swiftly while the heart dragged its feet. I still loved him. It felt like anything else permanent that has gone missing; a lost tooth, a severed leg. You...

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Jodi Picoult

If I have gained anything over these months, it is the knowledge there is no starting over- only living with the mistakes you've made.

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Jodi Picoult

[I] don't think I was trying to kill myself. I just wanted to hurt, and understand exactly whay I was hurting. This made sense: you cut, you felt pain, period.

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Jodi Picoult

If you don't know there's an alternative, you can't miss it

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Jodi Picoult

The best relationships were the ones where both sides went out of their way to make sure the other wasn't disappointed.

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Jodi Picoult

Add love, and all the lines between right and wrong were bound to disappear.

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Jodi Picoult

It's crazy, right? To love someone who's hurt you? It's even crazier to think that someone who hurts you loves you.

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Jodi Picoult

I have never fit into this town, this marriage, this skin. I am the child who was picked last to play tag; I am the girl who laughed although she did not get the joke; I am the piecemeal part of you that...

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Jodi Picoult

Did you ever walk through a room that's packed with people, and feel so lonely you can hardly take the next step?

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Jodi Picoult

In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn; color your hair; watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold laundry for a...

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Jodi Picoult

You don't need water to feel like you're drowning, do you?

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Jodi Picoult

He began to trace a pattern on the table with the nail of his thumb. "She kept saying she wanted to keep things exactly the way they were, and that she wished she could stop everything from changing. She...

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Jodi Picoult

And just like that, something inside shifted very subtly, so that all the empty spaces in him suddenly disappeared, so that his breath timed to hers, so that his blood sang. This is why there was music,...

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Jodi Picoult

Love is not a because, it's a no matter what.

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Jodi Picoult

I knew what it was like to lose someone you loved. You didn't get past something like that, you got through it.

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Jodi Picoult

Somewhere along the line, organized religion stopped being about faith, and started being about who had the power to keep the faith. You said that the purpose of religion was to bring people together....

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Jodi Picoult

It seems to me that no matter what religion you subscribe to, acts of kindness are the stepping-stones to making the world a better place--because we become better people in it.

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Jodi Picoult

It's just like nurses in a hospital tend to know more than the doctors most of the time; if you really want to get the answers to a question about court, you should spend more time buttering up the clerks...

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Jodi Picoult

Life was what happened when all the what-if’s didn’t, when what you dreamed or hoped or – in this case – feared might come to pass passed by instead.

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Jodi Picoult

I am Alice in Wonderland', Josie thought. 'Watch me fall.

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Jodi Picoult

I learn from my own daughter that you don’t have to be awake to cry.

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Jodi Picoult

You live and let live, eventually that becomes enough.

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Jodi Picoult

You’ll tell yourself anything you have to, to pretend that you’re still the one in control.

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Jodi Picoult

And I think, not for the first time, that what is immoral is not always wrong.

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Jodi Picoult

Does fate ever play by the rules?

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Jodi Picoult

There is a gulf as wide as an ocean between should and want, and I am drowning in it.

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Jodi Picoult

I'm not saying you did the wrong thing. I'm not even saying it wasn't something I'd thought of doing, myself. But even if it was the just thing to do, or the fitting thing, it still wasn't the right thing.

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Jodi Picoult

What's stronger-the need to uphold the law, or the motive to turn one's back on it?

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Jodi Picoult

But what if your obsession has nothing to do with drugs or thrills or money? What if what you want most in the world is to recapture the way life was a week, a month, a year ago-and you are willing to...

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Jodi Picoult

Maybe honesty is overvalued. What's truly priceless is picking out from a stream of falsehoods the ones you most need to hear.

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Jodi Picoult

Justification is a remarkable thing-takes all those solid lines and blurs them, so that honor becomes as supple as a willow, and ethics burst like soap bubbles.

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Jodi Picoult

Just when you think you've got your life by the reins, that's when it's most likely to run away with you.

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Jodi Picoult

You may be real, but you're still stuck in a book.

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Jodi Picoult

Talking out loud to fictional characters is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Jodi Picoult

Maybe the reason I've never died in this story is that I've never had something worth dying for before.

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Jodi Picoult

Who spit in your porridge?

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Jodi Picoult

She's not like anyone I've ever seen before. When I'm not with her, I want to be. And when she opens the book and I see her face, I can barely remember what I'm supposed to say, much less how to speak...

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Jodi Picoult

There are some nights when you just want to know there's someone else besides you in this wide world.

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Jodi Picoult

History isn't about dates and places and wars. It's about the people who fill the spaces between them.

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Jodi Picoult

The weapons an author has at her disposal are flawed. There are words that feel shapeless and overused. Love, for example. I could write the word love a thousand times and it would mean a thousand different...

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Jodi Picoult

Nobody, who looks at a shard of flint lying beneath a rock ledge, or who finds a splintered log by the side of the road would ever find magic in their solitude. But in the right circumstances, if you bring...

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Jodi Picoult

The only person who suffers, when you squirrel alway all that hate, is you.

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Jodi Picoult

It does'nt matter who forgives you, if you're the one who can't forget.

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Jodi Picoult

Fiction comes in all shapes and sizes. Secrets,lies,stories. We all tell them. Sometimes,because we hope to entertain. Sometimes,because we need to distract. And sometimes, because we have to.

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Jodi Picoult

You don't make peace only with G-d. You make it with people. Sin isn't global. It's personal. If you do wrong to someone, the only way to fix that is to go to that same person and do right by him.

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Jodi Picoult

Real mothers don't just listen with humble embarrassment to the elderly lady who offers unsolicited advice in the checkout line when a child is throwing a tantrum. We take the child, dump him in the lady's...

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Jodi Picoult

Tutoring a four year old to get into an exclusive preschool made as much sense as hiring a swim coach for a guppy.

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Jodi Picoult

If she spoke, she would tell him the truth: she was not okay at all, but horribly empty, now that she knew what it was like to be filled.

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Jodi Picoult

But Katie knew it was a sin, had known from the moment she made the decision to lie with Adam. However, the transgression wasn't making love without the sanction of marriage. It was that for the first...

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Jodi Picoult

She wanted him to tell her that when you love someone so hard and so fierce, it was all right to do things that you knew were wrong.

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Jodi Picoult

Good people are good people; religion has nothing to do with it.

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Jodi Picoult

All it takes is a second and your whole life can get turned upside down.

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Jodi Picoult

I think...she said finally, "that all of us have got our ghosts.

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Jodi Picoult

The best thing about endings is knowing that just ahead is the daunting task to start over.

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Jodi Picoult

She's not classically beautiful, but somehow that only makes her more interesting.

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Jodi Picoult

The ability to find sparks may be buried so deep in you that you stop believing there's a God. Until someone comes along, with so much light in her that you can't help but see your own, and when you're...

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Jodi Picoult

A fire can't burn forever. Eventually, it consumes itself.

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Jodi Picoult

If you've lived through it, you already know there are no words that will ever come close to describing it, and if you didn't - you will never understand.

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Jodi Picoult

It doesn't matter what it is that leaves a hole inside you. It just matters that it’s there.

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Jodi Picoult

Three months ago, if you asked me, I would have told you that if you really loved someone, you’d let them go. But now I look at you, and I dreamed about Maggie, and I see that I’ve been wrong. If you...

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Jodi Picoult

It turns out that sharing the past with someone is different from reliving it when you’re alone. It feels less like a wound, more like a poultice.

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Jodi Picoult

I know better than most people that a criminal isn't always a thug in a black leather jacket with a big brand on his forehead to warn us away. Criminals sit next to us on the bus. They pack our groceries...

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Jodi Picoult

Bad is not an absolute, but a relative term. Ask the robber who used the cash he stole to feed his infant; the rapist who was sexually abused as a child; the kidnapper who truly believed he was saving...

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Jodi Picoult

I don't know what it is about death that makes it so hard. I suppose it's the one-sided communication; the fact that we never get to ask our loved one if she suffered, if she is happy wherever she is now...if...

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Jodi Picoult

There is a fine line between seeing something that's lost as missing, and seeing it as something that might be found.

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Jodi Picoult

...when people we love make choices, we don't always understand them. But we can go on loving them, just the same. It isn't a matter of comprehension. It's forgiveness.

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Jodi Picoult

You can widen the feet of a compass, but they are still attached at the top; you can spin them away from each other, but you always wind up where you started.

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Jodi Picoult

People have to experience things that terrify them. If they don't, how will they ever come to appreciate safety?

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Jodi Picoult

Each memory is like a paper flower stowed up a magician's sleeve: invisible one moment and then so substantial and florid the next I cannot imagine how it stayed hidden all this time. And like those paper...

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Jodi Picoult

If history has a habit of repeating itself, doesn't someone have to stay behind to shout out a warning?

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Jodi Picoult

I don't believe in God. But sitting there, in a room full of those who feel otherwise, I realize that I do believe in people. In their strength to help each other, and to thrive in spite of the odds, I...

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Jodi Picoult

Inside each of us is a monster; inside each of us is a saint. The real question is which one we nurture the most, which one will smite the other.

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Jodi Picoult

How could he convey to someone who'd never even met her the way she always smelled like rain, or how his stomach knotted up every time he saw her shake loose her hair from its braid? How could he describe...

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Jodi Picoult

I, um, I have this problem. I broke up with my boyfriend, you see. And I'm pretty upset about it, so I wanted to talk to my best friend. [...] The thing is, they're both you.

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Jodi Picoult

I have loved before, but it didn’t feel like this. I have kissed before, but it didn’t burn me alive. Maybe it lasts a minute, and maybe it’s an hour. All I know is that kiss, and how soft her skin...

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Jodi Picoult

I don’t think anyone who falls in love has a choice. You’re just pulled to that person like true north, whether it’s good for you or bound to break your heart.

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Jodi Picoult

You fell in love with someone because of the tilt of his smile, or because he could make you laugh, or in this case, because he made you believe that you were the only one who could save him.

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Jodi Picoult

It was nice not having to be the one in control, for a little while. It was nice to be the one who was protected, instead of the one who'd been protecting eveyone else.

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Jodi Picoult

Like Connor, Alex protected me -and he was the only person I let close enough to do it. Like Connor, Alex could finish my sentences before I did. But unlike Connor, for whom I had ultimately come too late,...

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Jodi Picoult

Religion isn't in your DNA. you don't believe just because your parents believe.

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Jodi Picoult

Even the most beautiful things can be toxic.

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Jodi Picoult

Power isn't about doing something terrible to someone who's weaker than you, Reiner. It's having the strength to do something terrible, and choosing not to.

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Jodi Picoult

The reason I am still sitting at Josef's kitchen table is the same reason traffic slows after a car wreck- you want to see the damage; you can't let yourself pass without that mental snapshot. We are drawn...

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Jodi Picoult

Forgiveness is spiritual. Punishment is legal," Leo says. "They're not mutually exclusive.

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Jodi Picoult

My grandmother told me that her father used to ask her a riddle: What must you break apart in order to bring a family close together? Bread, of course.

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Jodi Picoult

if i have gained anything over these months, it is the knowledge there is no starting over - only living with the mistakes you've made. but then, caleb taught me long ago you can't build anything without...

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Jodi Picoult

I learned a lot that night. For example, that part of being the magician's assistant means coming face-to-face with illusion. That invisibility is really just knotting your body in a certain way and letting...

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Jodi Picoult

There was no black or white. Someone who had been good her entire life could, in fact, do something evil. People were just as capable of committing murder, under the right circumstances, as any monster.

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Jodi Picoult

by now you've already formed your own impression. you believe that an act committed a lifetime ago defines a man, or you believe that a person's past has nothing to do with his future. you think i am either...

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Jodi Picoult

you never forget your first fall.

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Jodi Picoult

i know what it's like to wake up thinking you will be able to cast the people who play the starring roles in your life, only to realize that you have to watch it from the audience.

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Jodi Picoult

let me tell you what happens when you cook down the syrup of loss over the open fire of sorrow: it solidfies into something wlaw. not grief, like you'd expect, or even regret. no, it gets thick as paste,...

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes, all it takes to become human again is someone who can see you that way, no matter how you present on the surface.

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Jodi Picoult

What is the point of trying to put down on paper emotions that are too complex, too huge, too overwhelming to be confined by an alphabet? Love isn't the only word that fails. Hate does, too.

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Jodi Picoult

There are so many ways to betray someone. You can whisper behind his back. You can deceive him on purpose. You can deliver him into the hands of his enemy, when he trusts you. You can break a promise....

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Jodi Picoult

When you don't fit in, you become superhuman. You can feel everyone else's eyes on you, stuck like Velcro. You can hear a whisper about you from a mile away. You can disappear, even when it looks like...

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes all you need to live one more day is a good reason to stick around.

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Jodi Picoult

Fiction is like that, once it is released into the world: contagious, persistent. Like the contents of Pandora's box, a story that's freely given can't be contained anymore. It becomes infectious, spreading...

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Jodi Picoult

when you want something so desperately, you shake with the need for it. you tell yourself that you don't need more than one sip, because it's just the taste you crave, and once it's on your tongue you...

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Jodi Picoult

you can love a person and still hate the decisions they've made, can't you?

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Jodi Picoult

it it strange, suddenly having a memory come back out of nowhere. you think you're going crazy; you wonder where this recollection has been hiding all your life. you try to push it away, because you think...

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Jodi Picoult

No one gets to start where they left off; it just doesn't work that way.

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Jodi Picoult

There are some things, I think, you're btter off not remembering.

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Jodi Picoult

Not everyone understands how you can spin two lassos at the same time, one of hope and one of grief.

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Jodi Picoult

Wheather it is conscious or not, you eventually make the decision to divide your life in half - before and after - with loss being that tight bubble in the middle. You can move around in spite of it; you...

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Jodi Picoult

In this new place we've found, sometimes there aren't words, because the truth can be even more difficult than the lies.

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Jodi Picoult

There are all sorts of losses people suffer - from the small to the large. You can lose your keys, your glasses, your virginity. You can lose your head, you can lose your heart, you can lose your mind....

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Jodi Picoult

My brother believed in all sorts of mythical creatures: pixies, dragons, werewolves, honest men.

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Jodi Picoult

Whether it was power they sought, or revenge, or love-well, those were all just different forms of hunger. The bigger the hole inside you, the more desperate you became to fill it.

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Jodi Picoult

What he did was wrong. He doesn't deserve your love. But he does deserve your forgiveness, because otherwise he will grow like a weed in your heart until it's choked and overrun. The only person who suffers,...

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Jodi Picoult

Forgiving isn't something you do for someone else. It's something you do for yourself. It's saying, 'You're not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.' It's saying, 'You don't get to trap me in...

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Jodi Picoult

That's the paradox of loss: How can something that's gone weigh us down so much?

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Jodi Picoult

Loneliness is a mirror, and recognizes itself.

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Jodi Picoult

I never said I do not remember, my grandmother corrects. I said I prefer to forget.

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Jodi Picoult

Q: How would you like your eggs in the morning? A: Unfertilized

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Jodi Picoult

Sometimes it made her want to put her fist through glass; other times, it made her cry a river.

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Jodi Picoult

sometimes words are not big enough to contain all the feelings you are trying to pour into them.

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Jodi Picoult

be a good listener, don't judge and don't put boundaries on someone else's grief.

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Jodi Picoult

Raw love, like raw heartache, could blindside you.

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Jodi Picoult

The person may have a scar, but it also means they have a story

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Jodi Picoult

At home I was raped by a guy i thought I loved' Trixie said, because thats what it was to her and always would be.

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Jodi Picoult

It is strange to think that we might have crossed paths, and still not have known what we were missing.

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Jodi Picoult

That's why we read fiction, isn't it? To remind us that whatever we suffer, we're not the only ones?

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Jodi Picoult

Be kind to others before you take care of yourself; make whoever you're with feel like they matter.

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Jodi Picoult

The only monsters I have ever known were men.

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Jodi Picoult

[There's a] point where you have to leave the dough alone. It's silly to anthropomorphize bread, but I love the fact that it needs to sit quietly, to retreat from touch and noise and drama, in order to...

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Jodi Picoult

Seeing her sitting there unresponsive makes me realize that silence has a sound.

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Jodi Picoult

It's like the psychiatrists themselves are buying into that stupid belief that therapy is something to hide.

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Jodi Picoult

What being home-schooled has taught me, more than anything, is what a waste of a life high school is.

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Jodi Picoult

Logical thinking keeps you from wasting time worrying, or hoping. It prevents disappointment. Imagination, on the other hand, only gets you hyped up over things that will never realistically happen.

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Jodi Picoult

You can blame your ugliness for keeping people at bay, when in reality you're crippled by the thought of letting another person close enough to popentially scar you even more deeply. You can tell yourself...

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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss