I look away, toward the hundreds and hundreds of people who have been driven out of their homes, out of their lives, to this place of dust and dirtiness, all because they wanted the power to feel, to think, to choose for themselves. They couldn’t have known that even this was a lie—that we never really choose, not entirely. We are always being pushed and squeezed down one road or another. We have no choice but to step forward, and then step forward again, and then step forward again; suddenly we find ourselves on a road we haven’t chosen at all.
-Lauren Oliver, Requiem (via wordsinbooks)
Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be.
-Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, Beautiful Chaos (via wordsinbooks)