Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly.
Izzi: Remember Moses Morales? Tom Verde: Who? Izzi: The Mayan guide I told you about. Tom Verde: From your trip. Izzi: Yeah. The last night I was with him, he told me about his father, who had died. Well Moses wouldn't believe it. Tom Verde: Izzi... Izzi: [embraces Tom] No, no. Listen, listen. He said that if they dug his father's body up, it would be gone. They planted a seed over his grave. The seed became a tree. Moses said his father became a part of that tree. He grew into the wood, into the bloom. And when a sparrow ate the tree's fruit, his father flew with the birds. He said... death was his father's road to awe. That's what he called it. The road to awe. Now, I've been trying to write the last chapter and I haven't been able to get that out of my head! Tom Verde: Why are you telling me this? Izzi: I'm not afraid anymore, Tommy.
Politeness is the first thing people lose once they get the power.
Be a worthy worker and work will come.
Great losses are great lessons.
Take care of your costume and your confidence will take care of itself.
The job of feets is walking, but their hobby is dancing.
All worries are less with wine.
Music shouldn't be just a tune, it should be a touch.
War is not just the shower of bullets and bombs from both sides, it is also the shower of blood and bones on both sides.
Father has a strengthening character like the sun and mother has a soothing temper like the moon.
If you can't impress them with your argument, impress them with your actions.
The decision is your own voice, an opinion is the echo of someone else's voice.
Health is hearty, health is harmony, health is happiness.
If thinking should precede acting, then acting must succeed thinking.
In your name, the family name is at last because it's the family name that lasts.
And your life,' Katie said to Christy, 'is turning into a rather predictable romance. Girl meets boy. Boy is a dork for four years. Girl blossoms into a gorgeous woman. Boy finds his brain. Girl turns into starry-eyed mush head.
I'd rather die tomorrow than live a hundred years without knowing you.
My whole life I though I was the star of an overly earnest romance movie, and it turns out I was in a goddamned buddy comedy all along.
Movie without romance feels like food without flavor.