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<div> —  Shreya Maurya <br> </div><span>You are beautiful and I know it because of the way you treat other people.</span>
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<div> —  <p>Kirsten Bakis, Lives of the Monster Dogs</p><p><a href="https://href.li/?https://literaryquotations.wordpress.com/2021/02/22/uncountable-other-tiny-things/" target="_blank">View on Wordpress</a></p> </div><span>Those were exactly the things you lost when you lost someone, I thought.  The larger things, like camping trips and fights and anniversary dinners, stayed with you, or at least showed up every now and then to upset or comfort you or make you glad the person wasn’t around anymore.  Even the small details that you could remember weren’t gone, really; it was all the uncountable other tiny things that had strung them together that were missing.</span>
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Sometimes you read a book so special that you want to carry it around with you for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.

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He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It’s his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry.

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In truth, I think he was afraid. Rudy Steiner was scared of the book thief’s kiss. He must have longed for it so much. He must have loved her so incredibly hard. So hard that he would never ask for her lips again and would go to his grave without them.

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When she came to write her story, she would wonder exactly when the books and the words started not just to mean something, but everything.

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I am haunted by humans.

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A DEFINITION NOT FOUND IN THE DICTIONARY

Not-leaving: An act of trust and love, often deciphered by children.

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THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN A BOY WHO HATES YOU

A boy who loves you.

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She was the book thief without the words.

Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out, like the rain.

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Sometimes people are beautiful.

Not in looks.

Not in what they say.

Just in what they are.

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Silence was not quiet or calm, and it was not peace.

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I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.

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It kills me sometimes, how people die.

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She leaned down and looked at his lifeless face and Leisel kissed her best friend, Rudy Steiner, soft and true on his lips. He tasted dusty and sweet. He tasted like regret in the shadows of trees and in the glow of the anarchist’s suit collection. She kissed him long and soft, and when she pulled herself away, she touched his mouth with her fingers…She did not say goodbye. She was incapable, and after a few more minutes at his side, she was able to tear herself from the ground. It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on…

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One was a book thief.

The other stole the sky.

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Love, like life, is so insecure. It moves in our lives and occupies its sweet space in our hearts so easily. But it never guarantees that it will stay there forever. Probably that’s why it is so precious.

Ravindir Singh, Can Love Happen Twice.

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<div> —  <p>William Shakespeare, <i>Hamlet</i></p><p><a href="https://href.li/?https://literaryquotations.wordpress.com/2021/02/14/never-doubt/" target="_blank">View on Wordpress</a></p> </div><span>Doubt thou the stars are fire,<br> Doubt that the sun doth move,<br> Doubt truth to be a liar,<br> But never doubt I love.</span>
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I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.

— Aristotle

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<div> —  <p>Luo Guanzhong, <i>The Three Kingdoms, Vol. 3: Welcome the Tiger</i></p><p><a href="https://href.li/?https://literaryquotations.wordpress.com/2021/02/13/rise-and-fall/" target="_blank">View on Wordpress</a></p> </div><span>Since ancient times, rise and fall have been the law of all things.  Prosperity is inevitably followed by decline.  Has any kingdom endured forever or any house never failed?  The House of Han, handed down through four centuries to yourself, has lost its vigor and the time has come to yield.  There must be no delay, or calamity will ensue.</span>
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