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I came here looking for a Great Perhaps, for real friends and a more-than-minor life..

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You can't just make yourself matter and then die, Alaska, because now I am irretrievably different..

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For a moment, she was quiet. Then she grabbed my hand, whispered, Run run run run run, and took off, pulling me behind her.

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How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!" to a margin note written in her loop-heavy cursive: Straight & Fast.

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You're awfully philosophical for a girl that just got busted.

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Alaska decided to go help Dolores with dinner. She said that it was sexist to leave the cooking to the women, but better to have good sexist food than crappy boy-prepared food.

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It's the eternal struggle, Pudge. The good versus the naughty. ...Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the war.

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Principled hate is a hell of a lot stronger than "Boy, I wish you hadn't mummified me and thrown me into the lake" hate.

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We didn't talk much. But we didn't need to.

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I hated talking, and I hated listening to everyone else stumble on their words and try to phrase things in the vaguest possible way so they wouldn’t sound dumb.

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Last words are always harder to remember when no one knows that someone's about to die.

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It's only forever... Not long at all.

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You can't just make me different, and the leave. Because I was fine before.

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I'd rather wonder than get answers I couldn't live with.

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There are always answers. We just have to be smart enough.

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When you stop wishing things wouldn't fall apart, you stop suffering when they do.

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Oh shit did you just dis the feminine genderI'll pummel your ass then stick you in a blenderYou think I like Tori and Ani so I can't rhymeBut I got flow like Ghostbusters got slimeObjectify women and it's fuckin' onYou'll be dead and gone like ancient Babylon.

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The only thing worse than having a party that no one attends is having a party attended only by two vastly, deeply uninteresting people.

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A woman so strong she burns heaven and drenches hell.

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Meriwether Lewis's last words were, 'I am not a coward, but I am so strong. So hard to die.' I don't doubt that it is, but it cannot be much harder than being left behind.

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I hope you didn't bring the Asian kid along thinking he's a computer genius. Because I'm not," Takumi said.

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I mean, it’s stupid to miss someone you didn’t even get along with. But I don’t know, it was nice, you know, having someone you could always fight with.

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I can't be mad at you, you harmless scrawny bastard.

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I never liked writing concluding paragraphs to papers - where you repeat what you've already said with phrases like 'In summation', and 'To conclude'.

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Right, well, he'd been sick for a while and his nurse said to him, 'You seem to be feeling better this morning,' and Isben looked at her and said, 'On the contrary,' and then he died.

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You smoke to enjoy it, I smoke to die.

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It is worth it to leave behing my minor life for grander maybes-Miles "Pudge

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I wasn't disappointed. My expectations had been met.

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So hard to die.' I don't doubt that it is, but it cannot be much harder than being left behind.

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You can say a lot of bad things about Alabama, but you can't say that Alabamans as a people are duly afraid of deep fryers.

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…God, it’s over. Takumi, you gotta stop stealing other people’s problems and get some of your own.

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When she fucked up, all those years ago, just a little girl terrified into paralysis, she collapsed into the enigma of herself. And that could have happened to me, but I saw where it led for her. So I still believe in the Great Perhaps, and I can believe in it in spite of having lost her.

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Ashes to ashes. Garage sale to garage sale, I said.

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We didn't have sex. We never got naked. I never touched her bare breast, and her hands never got lower than my hips. It didn't matter. As she slept, I whispered, "I love you, Alaska Young.

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But why Alaska?' I asked her.'Well, later, I found out what it means. It's from an Aleut word, Alyeska. It means 'that which the sea breaks against,' and I love that. But at the time, I just saw Alaska up there. And it was big, just like I wanted to be.

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We need never be without hope because we can never be irreparably broken.

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There is a part of her greater than the sum of her knowable parts. And that part has to go somewhere, because it cannot be destroyed.

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And I will forget her, yes. That which came together will fall apart slowly, but she will forgive my forgetting, just as I forgive her for forgetting me and the Colonel and nothing but herself and her mom in those last moments as she spent as a person.

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And I wrote my way out of the labyrinth.

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Oh, God, Alaska, I love you. I love you,' and the Colonel whispered, 'I'm so sorry, Pudge. I know you did,' and I said, 'No. Not past tense.

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At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid and it hurts, but then it's over and you're relieved.

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So we gave up. I'd finally had enough of chasing after a ghost who did not want to be seen. We'd failed, maybe, but some mysteries aren't meant to be solved.

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It's fine," I repeated. And whatever. It was fine. It had to be.

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You just use the future to escape the present.

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The snow may be falling in the winter of my discontent, but at least I've got sarcastic company.

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No woman should ever lie about another woman. You've violated the sacred covenant between women! How will stabbing one another in the back help women to rise above patriarchal oppression?

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Oh God, Alaska, I love you. I love you," and the Colonel whispered, "I'm so sorry, Pudge. I know you did," and I said, "No. Not past tense." She wasn't even a person anymore, just flesh rotting, but I loved her present tense.

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If only we could see the endless string of consequences that result from our smallest actions.

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Ya'all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.

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Ask me if I give a shit.

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