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“I wanted to tell her not to entertain despair like this. Despair wasn’t a guest, you didn’t play its favorite music, find it a comfortable chair. Despair was the enemy.”

– from White Oleander by Janet Fitch

“That’s what she craved. Hysterical loves and inevitable betrayals.”

– from White Oleander by Janet Fitch

“So what about love?”

“I don’t believe in it the way people believe in God or the tooth fairy. It’s more like the National Enquirer. A big headline and a very dull story.”

– from White Oleander by Janet Fitch

“Love is temperamental. Tiring. It makes demands. Love uses you. Changes its mind.”

– from White Oleander by Janet Fitch

“But women’s fear is a magnet. I hope you don’t know this. It draws the fist, the hands of men, hard as God’s.”

– from White Oleander by Janet Fitch

“Sentimentalism is the working off on yourself of feelings you haven’t really got.”

– from White Oleander by Janet Fitch

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“What’s far more amazing than how easily one can come to do wrongful things is the ease with which one can then go on to forget about them.”

– from Lost Girls by Andrew Pyper

“And this is the only really startling thing about the evil of the world: not that so much of it exists, but that nobody ever expects it.”

– from Lost Girls by Andrew Pyper

“To disappear is to be denied an ending to yourself, the one gift that death can give.”

– from Lost Girls by Andrew Pyper

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“When childhood is aborted, it’s like aborted grief. In both cases, if you don’t go through all the stages, giving each its due, the job never gets completed. I felt that double thing: part of me said, ‘Yes – make the plans, do the decisions, take the responsibility, pull the load.’; at the time, I felt that there was a kid inside me who’d never got finished.”

– from The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier

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