I reecently finished another David Levithan’s book, Every You, Every Me and as usual I’m overwhelmed with many great quotes and words of wisdom from David. He is really a genius! So before I write my review for the book I decided to share first to all of you David’s clever and thought provoking words.
“You don’t know me. You know one me, just like I know one you. And you can’t know every me, and I can’t know every you.”
“I don’t want you to think I got through this undamaged, okay? But I’m learning to live with it. Because otherwise, the damage is all you are.”
“My mind was getting away from reality again, and I reluctantly drew it back in. There is no getting away from reality.”
“Your life is inescapable. Unless you decide to escape it.”
“Everyone tried with me. And everytime, it felt like the whole point of life was to see if trying was ever enough.”
“There is no such thing as no choice. There is always a choice. The only question is whether it’s a bearable one.”
“That word again. Happy. It’s a curse. The pursuit of happiness makes us deeply unhappy. It’s a trap.
LOVE / RELATIONSHIPS
“Let’s always love each other, and never be in love with each other.”
“This is the thing they don’t tell you about being a third wheel – it’s not like you’re the wheel that’s added on. You were one of the original two wheels, but suddenly you’re not so important anymore. The relationship drives fine without you.”
“If you zoom close-if you get really close to someone, if you really get close to yourself-then you lose the other person, you lose yourself entirely. You get so close you can’t see anything anymore.”
“I was starting to think I was making up memories, just to have answers.
Our brain does that sometimes.
Or at least mine does.”
“There’s no way to release yourself from a memory. It ends when it wants to end, whether it’s in a flash or long after you’ve begged it to stop.”
“I couldn’t remember ordinary moments, only the ones that had made an impression. Ordinary moments were the ones that fell away first.”
“A photograph it a souvenir of a memory.
It is not a moment.
It is the looking at the photograph that becomes the moment. Your own moment.”
“Void is when there is absolutely nothing there and the nothing is natural, a complete vacuum. But empty – with empty, you are aware of what’s supposed to be there. Empty means something is missing.”
“I had gotten so used to being alone, but never entirely used to it. Never used to it enough to stop wanting the alternative.”
“I can’t stop looking, even when I want to have to stop. I get lost in ifs. They are always there if if if if and I should only be able to tune in to them if I’m on the right frequency. But that’s the thing about me: the frequencies don’t divide.”
“My mother said I should have a ‘change of scenery.’ The word scenery made be think of a play. And as we were driving around, it made sense that way. Because no matter how much the scenery changed, we were still on the same stage.”
“That whole week, we started to divide things into those two categories: anything or something. A piece of jewelry bought at a department store: anything. A piece of jewelry made by hand: something. A dollar: anything. A sand dollar: something. A gift certificate: anything. An IOU for two hours of star-watching: something. A drunk kiss at a party: anything. A sober kiss alone in a park: something.”
“I have always been aware of how I break.
I know what kind of situations will break me.
I know what kind of people will do it.
I know how much it will hurt.”
“That’s the question, isn’t it?” you said one night. “Does death bring freedom, or is it the end of freedom?”
“But death is not freedom. For a moment, it can look like freedom. But then it’s death.