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City of Girls

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“I hope you’re having a good time, too.  People will tell you not to waste your youth having too much fun, but they’re wrong.  Youth is an irreplaceable treasure, and the only respectable thing to do with irreplaceable treasure is waste it.  So do the right thing with your youth, Vivian—squander it.”

  • Billy Buell in City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert

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The Golem and the Jinni

“On a cloudless night, inky dark, with only a rind of a moon above, the Golem and the Jinni went walking together along the Prince Street rooftops.”

The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker

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Winter’s Tale

 

“No one ever said that you would live to see the repercussions of everything you do, or that you have guarantees, or that you are not obliged to wander in the dark, or that everything will proved to you neatly verified like something in science.  Nothing is: at least nothing that is worthwhile.  I didn’t bring you up only to move across sure ground.  I didn’t teach you to think that everything must be within our control or understanding.  Did I?  For, if I did, I was wrong.  If you won’t take a chance, then the powers you refuse because you cannot explain them, will, as they say, make a monkey out of you.”

-Mrs. Gamely to Virginia, Winter’s Tale

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