Riley Speaks

"all i have is a voice" ~ w.h. auden

Quotes

“But grief makes a monster out of us sometimes . . . and sometimes you say and do things to the people you love that you can’t forgive yourself for.” – Melina Marchetta; ‘On the Jellicoe Road’

“Because people with that much spirit frighten the hell out of me. They make me want to be a better person when I know it’s not possible.” – Melina Marchetta; ‘On the Jellicoe Road’

“I don’t want my thoughts to die with me, I want to have done something. I’m not interested in power, or piles of money. I want to leave something behind. I want to make a positive contribution – know that my life has meaning.”“I don’t want my thoughts to die with me, I want to have done something. I’m not interested in power, or piles of money. I want to leave something behind. I want to make a positive contribution – know that my life has meaning.” – Temple Grandin

“I was taught from a young age that I had to serve, so that turned into me thinking I had to save the planet.”“I was taught from a young age that I had to serve, so that turned into me thinking I had to save the planet.” – Alanis Morissette

“The problem was never my mind; it was a heart that could never hold all that it felt.”“The problem was never my mind; it was a heart that could never hold all that it felt.” – Shannon L. Alder

“People get old, get sick and die. Or they die suddenly. Or their deaths drag on forever. My friend Tory is dying a slow, excruciatingly painful death of bone cancer. Eight friends have died of breast cancer. Polar bears are dying. Honeybees are vanishing. The oceans are drying up. There is a part of me that wants my money back. That wants to say, ‘I didn’t sign up for this. I don’t like the way this whole thing is set up and I won’t participate in it.” – Geneen Roth; ‘Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything’

“I knew how much it hurt to be the daughter of people who can’t see you, not even if you are standing in front of them stomping your feet.” – Laurie Halse Anderson; ‘Wintergirls’

“I want to change the world, and do something valuable and beautiful. I want people to remember me before I’m dead, and then more afterwards.” – Russell Brand; ‘My Booky Wook’

“I am naive and I have fucked up but I tell you something else. I believe in change. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty because my hands are dirty already. I don’t mind giving my life to this because I’m only alive because of the compassion and love of others.” – Russell Brand

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” – Margaret Atwood; ‘The Penelopiad’

“If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you’d be doomed. You’d be ruined as God. You’d be a stone. You’d never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You’d never love anyone, ever again. You’d never dare to.” – Margaret Atwood; ‘The Blind Assassin’

“You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.” – Laurie Halse Anderson; ‘Speak’

“When people don’t express themselves, they die one piece at a time. You’d be shocked at how many adults are really dead inside—walking through their days with no idea who they are, just waiting for a heart attack or cancer or a Mack truck to come along and finish the job. It’s the saddest thing I know.” – Laurie Halse Anderson; ‘Speak’

“Mr. Freeman sighs. “No imagination. What are you thirteen? Fourteen? You’ve already let them beat your creativity out of you!” – Laurie Halse Anderson; ‘Speak’

“How do you just stop being terrified of getting left behind and ending up by yourself forever and not meaning anything to the world?” – John Green; ‘An Abundance of Katherines’

“Do you know what your problem is? You can’t live with the idea that someone might leave.” – John Green; ‘An Abundance of Katherines’

“I don’t think God gives a shit if we have a dog or if a woman wears shorts. I think He gives a shit whether you’re a good person.” – John Green; ‘An Abundance of Katherines’

“I just want to do something that matters. Or be something that matters. I just want to matter.” – John Green; ‘An Abundance of Katherines’

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” – John Green; ‘An Abundance of Katherines’

“The thing about chameleoning your way through life is that it gets to where nothing is real.” – John Green; ‘An Abundance of Katherines’

“What if I’m so broken I can never do something as basic as feed myself? Do you realize how twisted that is? It amazes me sometimes that humans still exist. We’re just animals, after all. And how can an animal get so removed from nature that it loses the instinct to keep itself alive?” – Amy Reed; ‘Clean’

“And still, after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, “You owe Me.” Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole Sky.” – Hafez

“The idea of my future simultaneously thrilled and terrified me, like standing at the lip of a very sheer cliff- I could fly, or fall. I didn’t know how to fly, and I didn’t want to fall. So I backed away from the cliff and went in search of something that had a clear, solid trajectory for me to follow, like hopscotch.”“The idea of my future simultaneously thrilled and terrified me, like standing at the lip of a very sheer cliff- I could fly, or fall. I didn’t know how to fly, and I didn’t want to fall. So I backed away from the cliff and went in search of something that had a clear, solid trajectory for me to follow, like hopscotch.” – Marya Hornbacher; ‘Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia’

“The Devil is real. And he’s not a little red man with horns and a tail. He can be beautiful. Because he’s a fallen angel, and he used to be God’s favorite.” – Leah; ‘American Horror Story’

“It was easy enough to kill yourself in a fit of despair. It was easy enough to play the martyr. It was harder to do nothing. To endure your life. To wait.” – Erica Jong; ‘Fear of Flying’

“My dad had limitations. That’s what my good-hearted mom always told us. He had limitations, but he meant no harm. It was kind of her to say, but he did do harm.” – Gillian Flynn; ‘Gone Girl’

“At worst? He never beat her, but his pure, inarticulate fury would fill the house for days, weeks, at a time, making the air humid, hard to breathe, my father stalking around with his lower jaw jutting out, giving him the look of a wounded, vengeful boxer, grinding his teeth so loud you could hear it across the room … I’m sure he told himself: ‘I never hit her’. I’m sure because of this technicality he never saw himself as an abuser. But he turned our family life into an endless road trip with bad directions and a rage-clenched driver, a vacation that never got a chance to be fun.” – Gillian Flynn; ‘Gone Girl’

“I was not a lovable child, and I’d grown into a deeply unlovable adult. Draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.” – Gillian Flynn; ‘Dark Places’

“I’m not someone who can be depended one five days a week. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday? I don’t even get out of bed five days in a row-I often don’t remember to eat five days in a row. Reporting to a workplace, where I should need to stay for eight hours-eight big hours outside my home- was unfeasible.” – Gillian Flynn; ‘Dark Places’

“The actual stuff my family owned, those boxes under my stairs, I can’t quite bear to look at. I like other people’s things better. They come with other people’s history.” – Gillian Flynn; ‘Dark Places’

“I’m not good at things like that: haircuts or oil changes or dentist visits. When I moved into my bungalow, I spent the first three months swaddled in blankets because I couldn’t deal with getting the gas turned on. It’s been turned off three times in the past few years, because sometimes I can’t quite bring myself to write a check. I have trouble maintaining.”“I’m not good at things like that: haircuts or oil changes or dentist visits. When I moved into my bungalow, I spent the first three months swaddled in blankets because I couldn’t deal with getting the gas turned on. It’s been turned off three times in the past few years, because sometimes I can’t quite bring myself to write a check. I have trouble maintaining.” – Gillian Flynn; ‘Dark Places’

“I know life well enough to know you can’t count on things staying around or standing still, no matter how much you want them to. You can’t stop people from dying. You can’t stop them from going away. You can’t stop yourself from going away either. I know myself well enough to know that no one else can keep you awake or keep you from sleeping.” – Jennifer Niven; ‘All the Bright Places’

“You deserve better. I can’t promise you I’ll stay around, not because I don’t want to. It’s hard to explain. I’m a fuckup. I’m broken, and no one can fix it. I’ve tried. I’m still trying. I can’t love anyone because it’s not fair to anyone who loves me back. I’ll never hurt you, not like I want to hurt Roamer. But I can’t promise I won’t pick you apart, piece by piece, until you’re in a thousand pieces, just like me. You should know what you’re getting into before getting involved.” – Jennifer Niven; ‘All the Bright Places’

“When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?” – Jennifer Niven; ‘All the Bright Places’

“It’s my experience that people are a lot more sympathetic if they can see you hurting, and for the millionth time in my life I wish for measles or smallpox or some other easily understood disease just to make it easier on me and also on them.” – Jennifer Niven; ‘All the Bright Places’

“The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it’s the small things that count. Everyone’s so busy waiting in the Waiting Place.” – Jennifer Niven; ‘All the Bright Places’

“Before I die, I want to…be the person I’m meant to be and have that be enough.” – Jennifer Niven; ‘All the Bright Places’

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things.” – Lemony Snicket; ‘Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid’

“I love that word. Forever. I love that forever doesn’t exist, but we have a word for it anyway, and use it all the time. It’s beautiful and doomed.” – Viv Albertine; ‘Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys’

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou

“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. a promise; a potential.” – Jodi Picoult; ‘Keeping Faith’

“Actually, it was only part of myself I wanted to kill: the part that wanted to kill herself, that dragged me into the suicide debate and made every window, kitchen implement, and subway station a rehearsal for tragedy.” – Susanna Kaysen; ‘Girl, Interrupted’

“On the one hand maybe I’ve remained infantile, while on the other I matured quickly, because at a young age I was very aware of suffering and fear.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child.” – Tom Stoppard; ‘The Coast of Utopia’

“What are you waiting for? What are you saving for? Now is all there is.” – George Balanchine

“People with BPD are like people with third degree burns over 90% of their bodies. Lacking emotional skin, they feel agony at the slightest touch or movement.” – Marsha M. Linehan

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. – Frederick Douglass

“Perhaps the only difference between me and other people is that I’ve always demanded more from the sunset. More spectacular colors when the sun hit the horizon. That’s perhaps my only sin.” – Lars Von Trier

“This is the greatest gift God can give you: to understand what happened in your life. To have it explained. It is the peace you have been searching for.” – Mitch Albom; ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’

“All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.” – Mitch Albom; ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’

“Death doesn’t just take someone, it misses someone else, and in the small distance between being taken and being missed, lives are changed.” – Mitch Albom; ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’

“Young men go to war. Sometimes because they have to, sometimes because they want to. Always, they feel they are supposed to. This comes from the sad, layered stories of life, which over the centuries have seen courage confused with picking up arms, and cowardice confused with laying them down.” – Mitch Albom; ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Fred Rogers

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin

“…it only takes one voice, at the right pitch, to start an avalanche.” – Dianna Hardy; ‘Return Of The Wolf’

“I guess there’s a Use By date when it comes to blaming your parents for how messed up you are.” – Nathan Filer; ‘The Shock of the Fall’

“Maybe I’m not the happiest person in the world. Maybe I won’t be. But I’ll survive.” – Law and Order; ‘In Memory Of’

“But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?” – Mark Twain

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up.” – Louise Erdrich; ‘The Painted Drum’

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