It took me quite a while to finish this book. It’s a YA genre and perhaps not the kind that has hard core reality stuff in it. But it has some very amazing lines. Also, I liked how the author chose to move between the first person perspective of each character, with each chapter telling the story from the character’s view.
Here are some of my favorites lines from The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon.
No one wants to believe that life is random.
If snow falls in a city and no one is around to feel it, is it still cold?
I’m happy to have choices. They’re mine to make.
On Falling in Love:
I want to do the easy thing, not the right thing. I want to fall in love, with an emphasis on the falling part. No obstacles in the way, please. No one needs to get bruised up falling in love. I just want to fall the way everybody else gets to.
What if this thing between us was only meant to last the day? What if we are each other’s in-between people, a way station on the road to someplace else? What if we are just a digression in someone else’s history?
I remind myself that stars are more than just poetic. If you need to, you can navigate your way by them.
How to refuse a proposal Jane Austen style:
“Upon my word, sir,” cried Elizabeth, “your hope is rather an extraordinary one after my declaration. I do assure you that I am not one of those young ladies (if such young ladies there are) who are so daring as to risk their happiness on the chance of being asked a second time. I am perfectly serious in my refusal. You could not make me happy, and I am convinced that I am the last woman in the world who would make you so. Nay, were your friend Lady Catherine to know me, I am persuaded she would find me in every respect ill qualified for the situation.”
Taken from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
The warrior of light knows that everyone is afraid of everyone else.
This fear generally manifests in two ways: through aggression or through submission. They are two facets of the same problem.
That is why, whenever he finds himself before someone who fills him with fear, the warrior reminds himself that the other person has the same insecurities as he has. He has surmounted similar obstacles and experienced the same problems.
But he knows how to deal with the situation better. Why? Because he uses fear as an engine, not as a brake.
The warrior learns from his opponents and acts in a like manner.
Taken from The Manual of the Warrior of Light by Paulo Coelho.
What are words but banal? And then when one banal word is put together with another banal word with a simple touch of magic, that transforms into literature carrying power to heal and cure, stronger than any drug or medical technology.