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Poem by Hannah Barker


❝ Lonely people have enthusiasms which cannot always be explained. When something strikes them as funny, the intensity and length of their laughter mirrors the depth of their loneliness, and they are capable of laughing like hyenas. When something touches their emotions, it runs through them like Paul Revere, awakening feelings that gather into great armies. ❞

— Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale 

❝ She was not quite as arresting in photographs as she was in the flesh, for her beauty was sprung directly from her soul, and proved that physical features count little unless they are illuminated from within. ❞

— Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale


❝ I can be surrounded by a sea of people and still feel all alone… ❞

— Chad Michael Murray, A Cinderella Story (2004)

❝ I want to live simply. I want to sit by the window when it rains and read books I’ll never be tested on. I want to paint because I want to, not because I’ve got something to prove. I want to listen to my body, fall asleep when the moon is high and wake up slowly, with no place to rush off to. I want not to be governed by money or clocks or any of the artificial restraints that humanity imposes on itself. I just want to be boundless and infinite. ❞

— Anonymous

I swallow hard. I don’t think. I just bend my knees and jump. The air howls in my ears as the ground surges toward me, expanding and growing, or I surge toward the ground, my heart pounding so fast it hurts, every muscle in my body tensing as the falling sensation drags at my stomach. The hole surrounds me as I drop into darkness.

❝ Hardesty Marratta and Virginia had fallen in love in the obsessive and total way of two people who have seen the same truth which they cannot quite comprehend. ❞

— Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale

❝ What if once upon a time there were no stars in the sky at all… What if they [stars] aren’t what we think at all? What if they come from our wings as we turn into angels? ❞

— Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale

❝ People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them. ❞

— Veronica Roth, Insurgent

❝ A winner is a dreamer who never gives up ❞

— ― Nelson Mandela

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