Ashley Bernier


"I'm drawn to the idea of a time when I wake up next to you for ten thousandth time and feel nothing but joy" "There's a big fucking world out there. It's messy, and it's chaotic, and it's never, never ever the thing you'd expect. It is ok to be scared, but you cannot allow your fears to turn you into an asshole, not when it comes to the people that love you, the people that need you." “I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.” “I knew that I was dying. something in me said, go ahead, die, sleep, become as them, accept. then something else in me said, no, save the tiniest bit. it needn’t be much, just a spark. a spark can set a whole forest on fire. just a spark. save it.” “... I'm the fortieth-ugliest man in this bar. But so what! So what! What if someday she lets me kiss each one of her freckles again? She has like a million. But every one of them means something to me. Isn't this how people used to fall in love? I know we're living in Rubenstein's America, like you keep saying. But doesn't that just make us even more responsible for each other's fates? I mean, what if Eunice and I just said no to all this. To this bar. To this FACing. The two of us. What if we just went home and read books to each other?” “We’re just babbling idiots, wise dickers, opinionated white trash. I burnt myself out when I was 13. I was really weird then. I decided when I was seven that all my surroundings sucked, there was no sign of anyone who would be into art or music. I had always wanted to play guitar, I listened to Beatles records every night religiously. That’s all I did as a kid. After I reached my teens I decided I didn’t want to hang out with anyone. I couldn’t handle the stupidity.” "Everyone’s alone — or so it seems to me. They make noises, and think they are talking to each other; They make faces, and think they understand each other. And I’m sure they don’t. Is that a delusion?" "Goodness could be found sometimes in the middle of hell" "You can never be overdressed or overeducated"

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