Alexandra Bracken quotes

  • I think maybe the most frustrating feeling in the world is to have something to say buy not know how to put it into words. To have lived through something but not be able to get it out of you before it festers.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Thinking #Feelings #World

  • The thing that scares me is that some part of me understands where they're coming from. They took everything from us, you know? Why shouldn’t we be able to take it back if we have the power to?
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Scare #Able #Never Fade

  • I bet it gets pretty lonely with only your ego for company.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Lonely #Ego #Company

  • If you're going to knock down my suggestion, you'd better have one to replace it.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Suggestions

  • You get a good review, and it’s like crack. You need another hit. And another. And another. I know authors are like Tinkerbell and generally need applause to survive, but it’s a slippery slope.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Cracks #Needs #Tinkerbell

  • Why are you so weird?" "Because my weird has to be able to cancel out your weird, Lady Cross-stitch." "At least what I do is considered an art form." "Yes, in ye olde medieal Europse you would've been quite the catch-
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Art #Stitches #Able

  • Yes, you are,” Chubs agreed. “But you’re our idiot, so be more careful next time.” “Cosigned,” Liam said, hooking his fingers over mine on top of the armrest.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Next #Idiot #Liam

  • Dear Dad, When you sent me to school that morning, I thought you loved me. But now I see you for what you are. You called me a monster and a freak. But you’re the one that raised me.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Morning #Dad #School

  • Clancy had taught me well.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Taught #Wells

  • So help me God,” I said slowly, clearly, when Cate looked up at me. “If you go back on your word, I will tear you apart. And I won’t stop, not ever, until I’ve destroyed your life and the lives of every single person in this organization. Believe me, you may not always keep your promises, but I do.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Believe #Organization #Promise

  • You can destroy a factory, and they'll build another. But once you destroy a life, that's it. You never get that person back.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Factories #Persons

  • Maybe we had just gotten too used to being alone-- and maybe that needed to change.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Used #Needed

  • Breathing him in wasn't enough, I wanted to inhale him. The leather, the smoke, the sweetness.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Breathing #Enough #Leather

  • Thank you,” he was whispering, “thank you, thank you.…” And then he was kissing my face, every inch of it he could find, wiping away the tears and soot, chanting my name.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Kissing #Names #Tears

  • Ruby, I lied before. I would have run. —CG
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Running #Rubies #Lied

  • I don't want to just see someone's face; I want to know his shadow, too. —Jude
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Shadow #Want #Faces

  • Ghosts don't haunt people--their memories do.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Memories #People #Ghost

  • You are actually the worst person I have ever met.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Mets #Worst #Persons

  • If a heart could break once, it shouldn't have been able to happen again.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Heart #Able #Break

  • I was just an okay person.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Okay #Persons

  • Sometimes you're the one speeding along in a panic, doing too much, not paying attention, wrecking things you don't mean to. And sometimes life just happens to you, and you can't dodge it. It crashes into you because it wants to see what you're made of.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Mean #Want #Panic

  • I can't make it fade.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

  • Oh, I'm sorry," Chubs said, 'apparently the middle of my sentence interrupted the beginning of yours. Do continue.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Sorry #Said #Middle

  • A moment later, Liam's bright blue eyes opened, and he was seeing me. He just wasn't seeing Ruby.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Eye #Blue #Rubies

  • —I don't want to lose you —Then why are you the one that keeps letting go?
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Letting Go #Want

  • But there's a beginning in an end, you know? It's true that you can't reclaim what you had, but you can lock it up behind you. Start fresh.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Locks #Behind You #Ends

  • Everyone needs reality to punch them in the face every once in a while. Keeps you on guard.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Reality #Needs #Faces

  • What I’m trying to get at is, as bad as everything seems, I think, at its heart, life is good. It doesn’t throw anything at us that it knows we can’t handle—and, even if it takes its time, it turns everything right side up again.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Heart #Life Is Good #Thinking

  • It was almost painful, I thought, to have a heart so swollen with gratitude and what must have been pure, untainted happiness. I wanted to live inside the feeling forever.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Gratitude #Heart #Forever

  • The most important thing you ever did was learn how to survive. Do not let anyone make you feel like you shouldn't have.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Important #Like You #Feels

  • But part of surviving is being able to move on.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Moving #Able #Surviving

  • The darkest minds never fade in the afterlight.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Mind #Never Fade

  • I used to dream about turning back time, about reclaiming the things I'd lost and the person I used to be.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Dream #Used #Lost

  • Sometimes the darkness lives inside you, and sometimes it wins.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Winning #Darkness #Sometimes

  • That was the Liam Stewart way of saying, Hi, darlin', missed you something fierce.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Way #Fierce #Missed You

  • They want you to think that darkness or evil is only something that gets inflicted on you by the outside world, but I know better, and I think the freak does, too. Sometimes the darkness lives inside you, and sometimes it wins.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Winning #Thinking #Evil

  • Because she knows what it's like to live in a world of black, and black, and the tiny bit of white, but when she escaped it, she didn't find the rainbow of colors, the dresses, the singing, the dancing. She only found ugliness.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Color #White #Dancing

  • I think I'm losing it—I don't know what's happening, what happened, but I look at you, I look at you, and I love you so much. Not because of anything you've said, or done, or anything at all. I look at you, and I just love you, and it terrifies me. It terrifies me what I would do for you.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Love You #Thinking #Looks

  • Life isn’t fair." I said. "It’s taken me a while to get that. It’s always going to disappoint you in some way or another. You’ll make plans, and it’ll push you in another direction. You will love people, and they’ll be taken away no matter how hard you fight to keep them. You’ll try for something and won’t get it. You don’t have to find meaning in it; you don’t have to try to change things. You just have to accept the things that are out of your hands and try to take care of yourself. That’s your job.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Jobs #Taken #Fighting

  • I closed my eyes. I forced myself to relax, to remember that here, now, and always, I was the predator.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Eye #Relax #Predator

  • And people like you are the reason we have middle fingers.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #People #Like You #Middle Finger

  • Nope," he whispered, when I tried to tug it away. "Mine now.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

  • Let's carpe the hell out of this diem.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Hell #Carpe

  • The thing is...what they don't tell you about forgiveness is this-you don't give it for the other person's sake, but your own.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Giving #Sake #Persons

  • He's just like a stallion. Wild and kicking on the outside, but a heart soft as satin on the inside. Just waiting for the right girl to break him in.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Girl #Heart #Waiting

  • Real friends are hard to come by, and as annoying as Henry is, he'd throw himself in front of dragon's fire for you." "And that's the definition of a real friend?" "Oh, yes, just ask Owain." He laughed.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Real #Fire #Dragons

  • Owain told me about the beautiful, fair-haired Vesta. It took me several minutes to work out that Vesta was a horse, and that Owain was possibly in love with her.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Beautiful #Horse #Work Out

  • No part of you is dark or ugly,' I said sharply, squeezing his hand. 'Not to me, not ever. Do you understand?
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Dark #Hands #Ugly

  • We'll just have to try to make better mistakes tomorrow.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Mistake #Trying #Tomorrow

  • The Darkest Minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Life #Mind #Faces

  • I'm a monster, you know. I'm one of the dangerous ones. No you aren't, he promised. Your one of us.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Monsters #Dangerous

  • Did you know...you make me so happy that sometimes I actually forget to breath? I'll be looking at you, and my chest will get so tight...and it's like, the only thought in my head is how much I want to reach over and kiss you.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Love #Kissing #Want

  • Never, never, never. I am never going to forget you.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Forget You #Forget

  • Owain crossed his arms over his chest. "I've gone straight. Only good, clean jobs for me now." "So, in other words," North said, "you're living in poverty?
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Jobs #Poverty #Gone

  • You're a wizard," I snapped. "Can't you just use magic to make your own food?" "Ah, yes," he retorted. "Because mud pies are so very delicious and the wind fills empty stomachs quite nicely.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Pie #Wind #Magic

  • Well, have you ever thought of bathing?' I asked, turning away. 'No one wants to hire a wizard who smells worse than their outhouse. And who knows what creatures are living in that hair?
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Hair #Smell #Wizards

  • I'm trying to feel sorry for you, really I am,"North said."If you wait just a moment I'm sure the tears will come.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Sorry #Waiting #Tears

  • He held me against him gently, as if I was glass - as if I could shatter and fall away from him at any moment and leave him breathless and alone once more.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Love #Fall #Glasses

  • What good is strength if you have no sense?
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Life

  • Genet raised his hand, and I squeezed my eyes shut, sure I would be receiving the worst backhanded slap of my life. Genet froze and whimpered, but didn't back away. "Oh, ho," said a familiar voice. "That was close !" I opened my eyes as North's free hand - the one that hadn't caught Genet's wrist - gently pulled my arm free. I pushed myself away from both of them. "You interrupt my business ?" Genet sputtered. "Do you know what this wench just accused me of being ?" "A filthy pig," North said good-naturedly. "But there's only one filthy pig allowed in her life, and the position's been filled.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Eye #Pigs #Hands

  • Seeing that my words had done absolutely nothing to pull North from whatever depths he was clinging to, Owain did what came naturally. He smacked North upside the head hard enough to send him sprawling into the window. And when it seemed that North would turn around and return the favor, Owain hit him again, harder.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Return #Depth #Done

  • It's in our blood to start again.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Blood

  • He doesn't bring many girls round unless they're part of a job - but also 'cause his smell can sometimes kill kittens.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Girl #Jobs #Smell

  • But hey, what's life without a little adversity?" That had to have been the fakest attempt at optimism since my fourth grade teacher tried reasoning that we were better off without the dead kids in our class because it'd mean more turns on the playground swings for the rest of us.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Teacher #Mean #Adversity

  • Try to imagine where we'd be without you, darlin', and then maybe you'll see just how lucky we got.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Trying #Lucky #Imagine

  • Everyone is just making the choices they think will help them get by.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Thinking #Choices #Helping

  • Where in the world did you get that dress?" "Present from Zu." "You look like you want to throw it in a fire." "I can't promise there won't be an unfortunate accident later on.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Fire #Promise #World

  • We want you. We wanted you yesterday, we want you today and we'll want you tomorrow. There's nothing you could do to change that.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Yesterday #Want #Today

  • Up! you bag of bones!" "Magister? Gods i was hoping that was a dream....... You're disturbing Ms. Mirabil!!! "She's awake!! North said, kicking off his covers and kneeling beside my bed, a bright smile on his face. "Hullo my beautiful beautiful darling, feeling better today??
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Beautiful #Dream #Feel Better

  • I can't do this anymore," I cried, "Why won't you just leave me alone?" Because you would never leave me.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Leave Me Alone #Never Leave Me #Leaving Me

  • Where did she come from, and where can I find one?" "Picked this one up at a gas station in West Virginia, bargain price. Last one on the shelf, sorry.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Sorry #Virginia #Lasts

  • They were never scared of the kids who might die, or the empty spaces they would leave behind. They were afraid of us-the ones who lived.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Kids #Space #Might

  • I had to be alone for a little while, but I'm okay now." "All right. But next time, don't go where I can't find you.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Littles #Next #Okay

  • If there was one good thing that came out of all this, it was that I got to meet you. I would go through it all again - I would, as long as it meant I'd met you.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Long #Good Things #Mets

  • Cause, frankly, the way I see it, you and me? Inevitable.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Way #Causes #Inevitable

  • But there was another, secret Ruby. This one was as thin as a wisp of air, and had struggled for so long just to be. This was the one that Liam carried with him, without knowing. The one that would ride in his back pocket, whisper words of encouragement, tell him he was born to chase the light.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Encouragement #Air #Knowing

  • We have no idea, but its not like we're going to win any awards for normalcy anytime soon. So you get into people's heads? The two of us can throw people around like toys. Zu once blew up an AC unit, and all she did was walk by it.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Winning #Awards #Ideas

  • Dreaming led to disappointment, and disappointment to a kind of depressed funk that wasn’t easy to shake. Better to stay in the gray than get eaten by the dark.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Dream #Disappointment #Dark

  • I hugged him without any kind of fear or self-consciousness, fiercely, with a rush of emotion that almost brought tears to my eyes. "I could kiss you!" Chubs cried. "Please don't!" I gasp out, feeling his arms tighten around my ribs to the point of cracking them.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Eye #Kissing #Self

  • I pulled myself from his mind, day by day, piece by piece, memory by memory, until there was nothing of Ruby left to weigh him down or keep him bound to my side..
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Memories #Mind #Rubies

  • Ruby, give me one reason why we can’t be together, and I’ll give you a hundred why we can. We can go anywhere you want. I’m not your parents. I’m not going to abandon you or send you away, not ever.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Giving #Parent #Together

  • But inside or out, I was alone, and I was beginning to wonder if I always had been, if I always would be.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Would Be #Wonder

  • He's so busy looking inside people to find the good that he misses the knife they're holding in their hand.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Hands #Knives #People

  • Maybe nothing will ever change for us,” he said. “But don’t you want to be around just in case it does?
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Doe #Want #Said

  • When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Girl #Boys #Cry

  • No spinning," I said. I wasn't sure my head or heart could take it. Up close, he was so warm, and so beautiful. I was already dizzy enough.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Beautiful #Heart #Spinning

  • It feels like we should do something," he said. "Like, send her off on a barge out to sea and set her on fire. Let her go out in a blaze of glory." Chubs raised an eyebrow. "It's a minivan, not a Viking.
    -- Alexandra Bracken

    #Eyebrows #Fire #Sea