An oncology ward is a battlefield, and there are definite hierarchies of command. The patients, they’re the ones doing the tour of duty. The doctors breeze in and out like conquering heroes, but they need to read your child’s chart to remember where they’ve left off from the previous visit. It is the nurses who...
I would tell them that when you look at a person, you never know what the’re hiding.
The best way to prevent a heartache was to cushion the coming blow.
You have to understand – there is a romance to Africa. You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the hand of God. You watch the slow lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on...
Seeing her sitting there unresponsive makes me realize that silence has a sound.
Sometimes we don’t know we’re dreaming; we can’t even fathom that we’re asleep.
We are all, I suppose, beholden to our parents – the question is, how much?
She’s not classically beautiful, but somehow that only makes her more interesting.
But sometimes, in order to win, you have to make sacrifices.
The answer is that there is no good answer. So as parents, as doctors, as judges, and as a society, we fumble through and make decisions that allow us to sleep at night–because morals are more important than ethics, and love is more important than law.
How could he convey to someone who’d never even met her the way she always smelled like rain, or how his stomach knotted up every time he saw her shake loose her hair from its braid? How could he describe how it felt when she finished his sentences, turnec the mug they were sharing so...
My whole life was about her, what if her whole life wasn’t all about me?
You don’t have to say I love you to say I love you,” you said with a shrug. “All you have to do is say my name and I know.”…”Can’t you hear it?” you said. “When you love someone, you say their name different. Like it’s safe inside your mouth.
Being a good mother, it seemed to me, meant you ran the risk of losing your child.
All it takes is a second and your whole life can get turned upside down.
Do you know how there are moments when the world moves so slowly you can feel your bones shifting, your mind tumbling? When you think that no matter what happens to you for the rest of your life, you will remember every last detail of that one minute forever?
If you’re afraid of everyone leaving you, what do you do?”Make them stay.”And if you can’t do that, or don’t know how to?”Ellie shrugged. “I don’t know.”Yes, you do. In fact, you’ve done it. You leave first,” Coop said, “so you don’t have to watch them walk away.
I’m lonely. Why do you think I had to learn to act so independent? I also get mad too quickly, and I hog the covers, and my second toe is longer than my big one. My hair has it’s own zip code. Plus, I get certifiably crazy when I’ve got PMS. You don’t love someone...
Objection!” Metz shouts.Grounds?” the judge asks.Well…he’s my witness!
Hope is what makes you look outside the window to see if it’s stopped raining. Hope is what makes you believe he’ll text you back. Hope is why you buy your jeans a little tight… Hope is why you get out of bed in the morning, and why you dream at night. Hope is what...
DO you think it hurts to die?” Not as much as it hurts to live, Trixie thought.
You have to create characters who will whisk people away from their ordinary lives.