(...) Das hier ist der schmale Grat zwischen guten Freunden, einem Flirt und verbrannten Fingern, an dem wir eigentlich schon gestolpert sind. Nicht wegen den Momenten, die man nachlesen könnte, sondern wegen dem, was zwischen den Zeilen passiert ist.

von lina mallon . de
27.11.16 10:51

Colleen Hoover: It ends with us

I feel like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just bette rat hiding it than others. (p. 16)

There is no such thing as bad people. We’re all just people who sometimes do bad things. (...) No one is exclusively bad, nor is anyone exclusively good. Some are just forced to work harder at suppressing the bad. (p. 17)

He reached over and tucked my hair behind my ear. I liked it when he did that and I suddenly wasn’t nearly as mad anymore. Then he put his arm ardoung me and pulled me to him so that my head was resting on his shoulder. I don’t know how he calmed me down without even talking, but he did.
Some people just have a calming presence about them and he’s one of those people. (p. 65)

„We’re just alike. Plants and humans. Plants need to be loved the right way in order to survive. So do humans. We rely on our parents from birth to love us enough to keep us alive. And if our parents show us the right kind of love, we turn out as better humans overall. But if we’re neglected... we end up homeless and incapable of anything meaningful.“
„You see that tree over there? ... It grew on ist own. Most plants do need a lot of care to survive. But some things, like trees, are strong enoguth to do it by just relying on themselves and nobody else.“ I had no idea if he knew what I was trying to say without me coming out and saying it. But I just wanted him to know that I thought he was strong enough to survive whatever was going on in his life. I didn’t know him well, but I could tell he was resilient. Way more than I would ever be if I were in his situation. (p. 105-106)

„Atlas, you can’t do that! You can’t come to my house when my parents are home!“ Atlas got real quiet and then said, „I heard you scream, Lily.“ He said it like me being in danger trumped anything else. (p. 112)

„Just keep swimming.“ It’s what Dory says to Marlin in Finding Nemo. „Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.“ (...) After today, I think that’s my favourite cartoon. Because I’ve been feeling like drowning lately, and sometimes people need a reminder that they just need to keep swimming. (p. 138)

We watched Finding Nemo and when that part came up where Marlin was looking for Nemo and he was feeling really defeated, Dory said to him, „When life gets you down do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? ... Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.“ (p. 141)

I held on to the heart while we kissed, wanting to beliebe it was a gift for no reason at all. But part of me was scared it was a gift to remember him by when he leaves for Boston.
I didn’t want to remember him. If I had to remember him, it would mean he wasn’t a part of my life anymore.“ (p. 152)

All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses. (p. 192)

I knew what he was saying. That he was leaving for the military and he didn’t want me to hold on to him while he was gone. He wasn’t really breaking up with me because we weren’t ever really together. We’d just been two people who helped each other when we needed it and got our hearts fused together along the way.
It was hard, being let go by someone who had never really grabbed hold of me completely in the first place. In all the time we’ve spent together, I think we both sort of knew this wasn’t a forever thing. (p. 213)

Imagine all the people you meet in your life. There are so many. They come in like waves, trickling in and out with the tide. Some waves are much bigger and make more or an impact than others. Sometimes the waves bring with them things from deep in the bottom of the sea and they leave those things tossed onto the shore. Imprints against the grains of sand that prove the waves had once been there, long after the tide recedes. (...) He was letting me know that I was the biggest wave he’d ever come across. And I brought so much with me that my impressions would always be there, even when the tide rolled out. (p. 214-215)

I love him. I still do and I always will. He was a huge wave that left a lot of imprints on my life, and I’ll feel the weight of that love until I die. I’ve accepted that.
But things are different now. After today when he walked out of my office, I thought long and hard about us. I think our lives are where they’re supposed to be. (...) Just because we didn’t end up on the same wave, doesn’t mean we aren’t still a part of the same ocean. (...)
Sometimes an unexpected wave comes along, sucks you up and refuses to spit you back out. Ryle is my unexpected tidal wave, and right now I’m skimming the beautiful surface. (p. 218)
11.10.16 20:00

Margaret Atwood - The Heart Goes Last

„He can lean to the mean when he’s irritated, but he’s a good man underneath. Most people are good underneath if they have a chance to show their goodness.“ (p. 4)

„He does love her, he said he’d love her forever. She was so grateful when she found him, or when he found her. When they found each other. He was so steady and dependable. She would like to be that way too, steady and dependable, although she has doubts that she can ever manage it because she’s so easily startled. But she needs to toughen up. She needs to show some grit. She doesn’t want to be a drag. (p. 14)

„It’s not that they don’t have sex. They certainly have more of it than they had in the car; but it’s sex that Charmaine enacts, like yoga, with careful breath control. What he wants is sex that can’t be helped. He wants helplessness. No no no, yes yes yes! That’s what he wants. He’s come to realize that, in recent months.“ (p. 45)

„Once Grandma Win had died, Charmaine had to make her own way; it had been thin ice with the cracks showing and disaster always waiting just beneath her, but the trick was to keep gliding.
She loved Stan because she liked solid ground under her feet, non-reflective surfaces, movies with neat endings.“ (p. 53)
2.8.16 12:52

„Later, at the reception, I watched as the two dark and light women flanked him, saw his eyes dart from side to side, saw how his hand cradled his drink, and his back arched slightly and stretched. Hal Wellmann, my boss and now Joe’s editor, was standing beside me, watching me look at Joe, and in a kind voice he said, „Don’t worry about that.“ I turned to him. „No?“ „No,“ said Hal. „Look, he’s feeling pretty full of himself. Anybody would.“ (...) Throughout the rest of the reception, Hal stayed beside me. (...) But for as many years as I needed him, Hal stayed with me at those cocktail parties, protecting me from something vague and threatening that was always in the room.“
Meg Wolitzer - The Wife (p. 115-116)

„Everyone needs a wife; even wives need wives. Wives tend, they hover. Their ears are twin sensitive instruments, satellites picking up the slightest scrape of dissatisfaction. Wives bring broth, we bring paper clips, we bring ourselves and our pliant, warm bodies. We know just what to say to the men who for some reason have a great deal of trouble taking consistent care of themselves or anyone else. „Listen,“ we say. „Everything will be okay.“ And then, as if our lives depend on it, we make sure it is.“
Meg Wolitzer - The Wife (p. 184)

„But there were tiny cracks. He began to cheat in obvious ways. (...) I ignored it whenever I could. It never occurred to me to say, Okay, here’s your part of the deal: Control yourself.
Control yourself. But they can’t, these men, can they? Or can they, and we simply don’t require them to? I tried to force him every few years, confronting him and making demands, and he’s be vague and apologetic or perhaps defiant, insisting I was making it all up, at which point I thought it was better to drop the whole matter. What if he left? I knew I didn’t want that, so why harangue him since he seemed incapable of change?
„You should take a lover,“ my friend Laura suggested. (...) But I had no interest; Joe was more than I could take.“
Meg Wolitzer - The Wife (p. 205)
2.8.16 12:43

„Das ist übrigens mein Herz. Manche Leute tragen ihr Herz auf der Zunge. Ich habe meins vor langer Zeit ausgelagert und jetzt begleitet es mich. Und raucht Kette."

"Liebe ist wie eine undichte Stelle in einem Boot. Am Anfang sickert es nur tröpfchenweise. Aber wenn man sie nicht stopft, wird es schlimmer und man ertrinkt. Und reparieren lässt man sie nur von einem Experten. Jeder hat seine Art von Flicken für die undichte Stelle. Meiner ist Sex.“

Film „Playing it cool"
4.4.16 11:05

I know Lake doesn’t like me right now, but I know she doesn’t hate me, either. I can’t help but wonder if I should give her the space she’s asking for. Part of me wants to respect where she’s coming from, but part of me is scared that if I do back off, she may decide she likes the space. I’m terrified of that. (p. 183)

'I know you didn’t expect me to stay. I wouldn’t have been any help. But I worry about you. I worry about all of you. Kel, Caulder, you, Layken. Now I even like your damn weird friends, and I’m gonna have to worry about them, too.' She laughs.
I smile at her. ‚It’s nice to be worried about, Sherry. Thank you.‘ (p. 325)

Colleen Hoover: Point of Retreat.
3.2.16 15:36

I’m looking into his terrified eyes and for the first time since we met... I think I actually understand him. All of him. He doesn’t react the way the does because there are five different sides to his personality. He reacts the way he does because there’s only one side to Dean Holder.
He’s passionate about life, about love, about his words, about Les. And I’ll be damned if I wasn’t just added to his list. The intensity he conveys isn’t unnerving... it’s beautiful. I’ve gone so long trying to find ways to feel numb any chance I get, but seeing the enthusiasm behind his eyes right now... it makes me want to feel every single thing about life. The good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the pleasure, the pain. I want that. I want to start feeling life the same way he does. (p. 182)

Colleen Hoover: Hopeless
3.2.16 15:33

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