“It’s never the tool itself that decides. It’s the hands— and the heart— of the one who wields it,” Kevin Sands
“It's a bad word, 'belong.' Especially when you put it with somebody you love ... You can't own a human being.” ~ Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
“God save us from idealists!” Renzo cries softly. “They dream of a world without injustice, and what crime won’t they commit to get it?” ~ Mary Doria Russell, A Thread of Grace
"Don't you see that Americans need the anti-American? While it is better to be loved than hated, it is also better to be hated than ignored."
“Because," said the swallow man. "A friend is not someone to whom you give the things you need when the world is at war. A friend is someone to whom you give the things that you need when the world is at peace.”
"Through the shutters, Adair could smell the latrines. It was like the Female Seminary of the Netherworld. A ladies’ academy in hell." - Paulette Jiles, Enemy Women
"Sometimes it was harder to change the past than it was the future." - Kate Atkinson, Life After Life
"Life was not safe and nothing could make it so, neither fashionable dresses nor bank accounts. The baseline of human life was courage." ~ Paulette Jiles, News of the World