Scars

People have scars in all sorts of unexpected places like secret road maps of their personal histories, diagrams of all their old wounds. Most of our old wounds heal leaving nothing behind but a scar. But some of them don’t. Some wounds we carry with us everywhere and though the cut’s long gone, the pain still lingers.

-Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy

 

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Never waste your time trying to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.

-Dream Hampton

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We choose to heal and we choose to move forward by being brave and vulnerable enough to heal.

-Desmond Tutu

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There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.

-Laurell K. Hamilton

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There are far too many silent sufferers. Not because they don't yearn to reach out, but because they've tried and found no one who cares.

-Richelle E. Goodrich

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It is very frustrating not to be understood in this world. If you say one thing and keep being told that you mean something else, it can make you want to scream. But somewhere in the world there is a place for all of us.

-Lemony Snicket

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And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does, too.

-Khaled Hosseini

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Whenever something negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson concealed within it.

-Eckhart Tolle

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Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.

Dalai Lama

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Often it is the most deserving people who cannot help loving those who destroy them.

-Hermann Hesse

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You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.

-Paulo Coelho

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In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.

-Viktor E. Frankl

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At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.

-Angie Thomas

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Nothing is a coincidence. Everything you’re experiencing is meant to happen exactly how it is happening. Embrace the lessons. Be grateful.

-BK Shivani

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Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.

-Paulo Coelho

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When a person tells you you hurt them, you don’t get to decide you didn’t.

-Louis C.K.

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The biggest coward is a man who awakens a woman’s love with no intention of loving her.

-Bob Marley

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Even if you know what’s coming, you’re never prepared for how it feels.

-Natalie Standiford

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Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.

-Gloria Naylor

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Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.

-Ernest Hemingway

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You’re allowed to miss the people who were bullets to you, but you’re not allowed to let them shoot you again.

-Reyna Biddy

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Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

-Epicurus

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There are years that ask questions,

and years that answer.

-Zora Neale Hurston

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True compassion is about not bruising the other person’s self-respect.

-Naoki Higashida

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We demand closure as though our lives were put together as neatly as novels, but the fact of the matter is they’re not. In real life, relationships are messy and poorly written, ending too early or too late, and sometimes in the middle of a sentence.

-Beau Taplin

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People will leave you, but that doesn’t mean it’s your fault.

-Unknown

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Love is a hard word to define. You can love a lot of things about a person but still not love the whole person.

-Colleen Hoover

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So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.

-Mitch Albom

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Power isn’t about doing something terrible to someone who’s weaker than you… It’s having the strength to do something terrible, and choosing not to.

-Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller

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Everyone has gone through something that has changed them in a way that they could never go back to the person they once were.

-Unknown

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Knowing is better than wondering, waking is better than sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beats the hell out of never trying.

-Meredith Grey, Grey’s Anatomy

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Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.

-Mitch Albom

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I think it happens to everyone when they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. And so you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.

-Nicholas Sparks

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Respect other people’s feelings. It might mean nothing to you, but it could mean everything to them.

-Roy T. Bennett

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Ultimately, the worst kinds of pain do not come from your enemies,

but the people you trust and love.

-Beau Taplin

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Sometimes skulls are thick.

Sometimes hearts are vacant.

Sometimes words don’t work.

-James Frey

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Ignoring your passion is slow suicide. 

Never ignore what your heart pumps for.

-Kevin Claiborne

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People don’t always send messages in order to communicate the truth… just as people don’t always meet others in order to reveal their true selves.

-Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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Each person feels pain in his own way, each has his own scars.

-Haruki Murakami

The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Book #20. I just had to read it because it’s Gillian Flynn!

This is a short story with all the usual thrill present in Ms. Flynn’s books. It’s a story about an unnamed narrator who was first a beggar, then a “therapist” who gives a hand job to customers behind a psychic’s shop. She later became a palm reader or spiritual healer of some sort because she likes reading and she makes use of what she reads wisely to survive.

Though this is very short, it is very engaging. It definitely shows how the author’s imagination can go beyond her most popular novel, Gone Girl. It makes me want more!

Quotable Quotes:

“But I wasn’t a well-read bookworm; I was just a dumb whore in the right library.”

“People are dumb. I’ll never get over how dumb people are.”

Rating : 4/5

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Book #19. A story of hope and incredible strength.

This is a story about one family who were one night suddenly taken from their home in Lithuania and became victims of the mass deportations in 1941 to Soviet labor camps.

I found this very interesting because it was written according to a 15-year old Lithuanian girl named Lina. She is just like other 15-year olds and she loves to draw.

That night when the Soviet soldiers came to their home, Lina, together with her mother and younger brother, were taken to a dirty train car with other people. Her father still wasn’t home that night and so they were separated since then.

Throughout the story, Lina felt the need to draw everything she sees in whatever piece of material is available. She drew almost everything that happens about the people around her, during the long years of journey, who were all just trying to survive in that extraordinary time. It is through great love, incredible strength and hope that Lina survives.

This is my first book from Ruta Sepetys and I loved it. I liked the way the book was written. I personally found it very powerful. I had tears in my eyes at some point.

So if you haven’t read it yet, please do. It’s krasivaya!

Quotable Quotes :

“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch.”

“Sometimes there is such beauty in awkwardness.”

“Was it harder to die, or harder to be the one who survived?”

“Whether love of friend, love of country, love of God, or even love of enemy—love reveals to us the truly miraculous nature of the human spirit.”

“I planted a seed of hatred in my heart. I swore it would grow to be a massive tree whose roots would strangle them all.”

Rating : 5/5

Quote of the Week

Real love doesn’t meet you at your best.

It meets you in your mess.

-J.S. Park

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There is no pit so deep, 

that God’s love is not deeper still.

-Corrie ten Boom

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Jobs fill your pocket,

Adventures fill your soul.

-Jaime Lyn Beatty

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You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. 

-Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

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One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go.

Whether it’s guilt, anger, love, loss or betrayal.

Change is never easy.

We fight to hold on and we fight to let go.

-Unknown

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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Book #18.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

This famous opening line begins the story of our unnamed heroine, the second Mrs. de Winter. Young and shy, she met the much older, wealthy widow, Maxim de Winter (I so love the name!). An unlikely friendship started and eventually, courtship followed.

They soon got married and went to Manderley where Mrs. de Winter found it difficult to fit in. Throughout the story, she’s in constant battle of Rebecca’s (Maxim’s first wife) legacy.

There’s much to enjoy in this book, however, I just wish there’s more about Rebecca. Ms. du Maurier made her sound so intriguing. Her presence is strongly felt in the novel but I think I didn’t get enough of her. Was she really a strong-willed woman or was she a psychopath or something? She somehow reminded me of Amy in Gone Girl. 🙂

I also think I have to mention Mrs. Danvers. I personally think she stood out the most among the characters. She’s creepy.

All in all, this book is beautifully written, great characters, terrific plot and pacing. And the ending? Awesome! Yes, I love the ending!

Anyway, I don’t read classics very often but I always find myself pleasantly surprised when I do. And maybe tonight, I’ll dream of Manderley again…

Quotable Quotes:

“If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.”

“I suppose sooner or later in the life of everyone comes a moment of trial. We all of us have our particular devil who rides us and torments us, and we must give battle in the end.”

“We’re not meant for happiness, you and I.”

“The moment of crisis had come, and I must face it. My old fears, my diffidence, my shyness, my hopeless sense of inferiority, must be conquered now and thrust aside. If I failed now I should fail forever.”

“I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say.”

Rating : 5/5

Quote of the Week

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. 

-Dalai Lama