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  • 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.
    (Jodi Picoult, "My Sister's Keeper")

  • 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?
    (Jodi Picoult, "My Sister's Keeper")

  • It reminded Lacy of running into someone you hadn't seen for a while, and finding her bald and missing her eyebrows: you knew she was in the throes of chemotherapy, but pretended you didn't, because it was easier that way for both of you.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • 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.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • The mind is a remarcable thing. Just because you canÆt see the wound doesnÆt mean it isnÆt hurting
    (Jodi Picoult, "The Pact")


  • 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
    (Jodi Picoult, "My Sister's Keeper")

  • How does someone go from thinking that if he cannot rescue, he must destroy? And do you blame him, or do you blame the folks who should have told him otherwise?
    (Jodi Picoult, "My Sister's Keeper")

  • 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.
    (Jodi Picoult, "My Sister's Keeper")

  • It is the things you cannot see coming that are strong enough to kill you.
    (Jodi Picoult, "My Sister's Keeper")

  • No matter who you are, there is some part of you that always wishes you were someone else.
    (Jodi Picoult, "My Sister's Keeper")

  • There is a curious thing that happens with the passage of time: a calcification of character.
    (Jodi Picoult, "My Sister's Keeper")

  • 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 like us than we think: damaged, through and through.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • It struck Lacy that she didn't really know what color a chameleon was before it started changing
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • 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 it wasn't a bad thing; it was just a different thing. A messier one, more complicated one. She hesitated, and then she kissed Patrick back, willing to concede that you might have to lose control before you could find what you'd been missing.
    (Jodi Picoult, "Nineteen Minutes")

  • There is no one truth. ThereÆs only what happened, based on how you perceive it.
    (Jodi Picoult, "The Pact")


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