Antonia Nguyen


"'The wheel turns, and man must turn with it. To resist is not mere folly, but madness.' 'You have never tasted freedom, friend, or you would know it is purchased not with gold, but steel. And as for the wheel you speak of, like every other, it turns both ways.'" -- Gates of Fire "We are all these things, I thought, while the sun blazed in the sky and the ochre sands reflected its heat. Pride, desire, compassion, cleverness, belligerence, fruitfulness, loyalty… and guilt. But above it all stands love. And if we desire to be more than human, that is the star by which we must set our sights. It is all we can do to try. It is enough." -- Kushiel’s Avatar "To live is to be marked. To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know. In perfect stillness, frankly, I’ve only found sorrow." -- Orleanna Price, The Poisonwood Bible "Through love, we become greater. We become more." -- Gilot, Kushiel’s Scion “It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing *because*. That's as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something *despite*. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.” -- The Wise Man's Fear "'Don't think about what you've left behind,' the alchemist said to the boy as they began to ride across the sands of the desert. 'If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil. And one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing on your return.'" -- The Alchemist

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