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#1. Silas knew words could have power behind them. Usually it was just a sort of bad luck. He also knew, very early on, that you could never tell when that bad luck would jump up to claim its due, so it was best to be careful. Quiet was safer. He wished his parents had been quieter when they were together. Who knew what might happen when you said something awful to someone else? It was hard to take some words back. Some words stuck and you couldn't shake them off. Silence was better than those kinds of words. Silas had learned that lesson the hard way. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#2. He wanted their worlds to pull apart and never rejoin. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#3. Love is fragile and rare and cannot live long in open air. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#4. Like him, Uncle had eccentric tastes and liked old things. The difference, Silas was beginning to see, was that Uncle saw such objects as extensions of himself, of his body, essential, required, uniquely his. This thought made Silas uneasy. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#5. She deeply disliked being so fearful, but had actually grown rather comfortable over the years with disappointing herself. She used to try. Just leave the house by the front door once a day. Then, after a while, she'd try for once a week. Then once a month. Then, Why bother? she thought. Let the world come to me, and I'll set out a little lunch. What she hated most was that she'd become one of them. Another Lichporter grown self-indulgent and eccentric, the subject of sidewalk gossip: Oh, her, Mrs. Bowe … yes, yes … so sad. She doesn't leave the house, you know, unless there's a you-know-what, not unless someone D-I-E-S. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#6. Each of them had been looking for a way out of their own black midnights, and each of them still had a long way to go until they found some kind of dawn. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#7. Here were love letters, the youth knew. Secret love letters. Unfound, still waiting somewhere beyond the mist. A young man's words for this girl, maybe her words for him. Their private words for each other. Somewhere in the world, these letters sat hidden still, but might, at any moment, be found and read, calling her most cherished secrets from their hiding place back into the circle of the sun. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#8. At first Silas liked the subjects simply because of their strangeness, but slowly he began to believe in the possibilities of what he was reading, in a world filled with secrets and magic. When he was younger, he'd suspected his father believed in many of these things too, so that made it easy for them to talk. As he grew older, Silas began to see the glimmers of hieroglyphic logic behind the occult. There was a reason for these oddities to exist, perhaps as strange connections between the mind and the things people feared or desired. Magic was a conversation. Ghosts were real, and they were watching because something had happened that necessitated their presence. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#9. Out of gin and tired as hell. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#10. Sense is the song you sing out into the world, and the song the world sings back to you. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#11. Worry can pull a person's face into a mask of anxious lines, and he could tell she'd had some of that, but even worried folks could laugh. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#12. Though you may be a wanderer, living out your days in exile, home is with you always, in blood-song and bone map, and in the echo of your mother's voice as you tell her favorite tale to your children or the children who gather around you in the land of your exile. Home is your most constant companion. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#13. Just as you cannot wave your hands and reappear in your simple life before coming here, so you cannot merely clap them to wake up the dead from their troubles. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#14. Old pain was heavy in the heart, hard to move, and anyway, Dolores Umber kept a tight hold of her pains and grievances. She thought her pain was the last thing she really owned, the last thing that she could keep all to herself. Her very own thing, and she didn't much care for the idea of someone else trying to take that away from her too. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#15. Long ago, on the wild and windy isle of Berk, a smallish Viking with a longish name stood up to his ankles in snow. - Author: Cressida Cowell
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Cressida Cowell
#16. This is a book for those of you who want to be parents as well as people, who don't want to feel guilty about taking some time for yourself or your relationship (if you're even in one). It's for those folks who might, every once in a while, want to get drunk, and have sloppy sex without worrying that they're going to roll over on their kid because you all sleep in a "family bed" since that's how they do it in Taiwan and they have the highest math scores of any country on earth. - Author: Brett Berk
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#17. In life, a person will come and go from many homes. We may leave a house, a town, a room, but that does not mean those places leave us. Once entered, we never entirely depart the homes we make for ourselves in the world. They follow us, like shadows, until we come upon them again, waiting for us in the mist. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#18. And this was the surprising thing about life on Berk. It was a bit like the sea itself. One minute it was all storms, and shipwrecks, and desperate escapes from deadly dragons, the next it was as calm, and peacefully restful, as if these things had never happened. - Author: Cressida Cowell
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#19. There is a scene in the movie where Astrid and Hiccup fly on Toothless's back toward the island of Berk. The animation is intensely real, from the waves on the sea to wisps of wind blowing in the characters' hair. The feeling I get watching that scene is why I fly - just for that feeling. - Author: Craig Ferguson
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#20. And somewhere, buried away deep inside him, a hidden chamber of his heart opened. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#21. This book is not for parents who want to raise a perfect child. You can probably make that kind of kid, but I don't think you should. I've met more than my share of young prodigies - kids who were pushed to skip grades, memorize Latin names for every insect, and greet all adults with firm handshakes. They're weird, and not in a good way, like a corgi wearing a tuxedo: sure it's cute, but does it truly know joy? - Author: Brett Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Brett Berk
#22. And that's the worst of it, the part no one ever tells you about."

"What part?" he said, his voice still clenched with grief.

"How it never stops. How the pain of missing people never stops. When you burn your finger in a fire, it hurts, but it only hurts one way because you know what caused the pain and why the pain is there, and you know that it will settle, in a bit. But heart pain has facets, Silas. A thousand different sides, sharp and hard; most of them you don't even know exist, even when you're looking straight at them. When someone leaves, or dies, or doesn't love you in return, well, you may think you know why your heart hurts. But wrapped in there are a hundred kinds of fear all tangled in a knot you can't untie. Nobody wants to be alone. We all fear being left alone, being left behind. I know such things exist. But you must learn to see death as something more than loss, more than absence, more than silence. You must learn to make mourning into memory. For once a person takes leave of his life, that life becomes so much more a part of ours. In death, they come to be in our keeping. The dead find their rest within us. Thus, in remembrance, we are never alone. But people forget the power of memory. So we fear death in the deepest place of our very being, because we don't know that memories make us immortal. We focus instead on being gone and the awful mystery behind absence. Love and death - and those two are very closely bound together - sca - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#23. Peace, Love, and Cupcakes - Author: Sheryl Carrie Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Sheryl Carrie Berk
#24. He had plans, but his hopes for higher education, like all his others, were built on "mights." He might go hang out somewhere, with someone. He might get a job and earn some money. He might go to college, a really old school with gray stone buildings and an enormous library. He was thinking of applying next year. Maybe the year after. He wasn't thinking about application deadlines. That sort of detail wasn't a part of his plan. Not at the moment. And why tell his mother about this anyway? It would rekindle her expectations, and she'd only start riding him again. Better to let it be. When his dad came home, they'd sort it out together. His mother retreated into her world, Silas into his. What a family, his mother would say, but until now, Silas had never realized that they weren't really much of one. The names of the days retreated from them both, and soon after the school term ended, Silas was no longer sure what day of the week it was. Every morning when he woke up, he missed his father more keenly than the night before, but the details and differences of each day blurred and eventually vanished. For Silas, the passage of time became a longing ache in his heart that grew daily worse. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#25. He stood looking out past the certainty of the empty porch, but he couldn't imagine his father standing anywhere else. It was like listening for the phone to ring, wanting it to ring so badly you convince yourself that you can feel the person on the other end of the line, feel them dialing your number, but then you wait and wait, and it never rings. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#26. He could see now that asking the dead about his father was nearly useless, so burdened were they with their own losses and regrets and distractions. He had no right to press them. It was not enough merely to let them speak. If anything, he should try to bring them comfort, to shorten their suffering. Anything else was selfish, thoughtless, at best redundant. He was also finding it too easy to take on their pain, perhaps because he was more like them than he wanted to admit. Or rather, he had let himself become like them, a wanderer, someone lost in a world he had hewn from his own pain. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#27. The day his dad didn't come home, it was like a huge window over their heads had shattered, and every day they were walking through the broken pieces. Nothing fit together. Nothing made sense or seemed connected to anything else, and every step hurt. Maybe in Lichport he'd find a missing shard or two that would help him start piecing things back together. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#28. She thought he cared too much. Sometimes Dolores could see that her son felt what other people were feeling. He was sympathetic, she knew that. But Silas managed to make his feelings about others into another kind of absence. You'd laugh, Silas would laugh. You'd cry, he'd start crying. It was like he was tuning in to a radio station. It took a moment for the distant signal to lock in, but once it did, he'd be right in sync with you. Only when he got angry, or hurt, did the signal fail and he'd become very present indeed, and very annoyed to have his calm broken. Then it was nothing but static. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#29. When we change the shape of the Land, we alter the contents and contexts of our collective, familial, and personal memories. Yet, stories can preserve both mythic and familiar elements of geography even when the physical features are forgotten, buried, or obliterated. And more than this: the stories can bring these elements back. If the Land can be preserved long enough for its stories to be told, and retold, perhaps we all - as custodians of both place and memory - stand a chance at real preservation. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#30. All storytelling is a form of travel. All of the things you know you should do when traveling this world apple in Elfland as well. The Charms will open the doors to strange and wondrous lands, so some travel tips and runic etiquette may be in order: Be polite. Don't take anything without asking. Laugh at their jokes. Remember, humor is sacred: so is hospitality. Beware of the dark woods at night. Do not trust the wolf in winter. Take notes. Sing for your supper. Pack extra sandwiches. Bring fine gifts. Always tell a story when asked. Listen as if your life depended on it. Start early. Walk the land. Keep your eyes open. Travel wisely and well. Come back safe and sound. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#31. To love you is her nature. But hers is a love from which no good may come. And your desire for her will lead only to cold, dark places. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#32. Little things like time and generations don't matter very much with good friends who are fond of each other's company. - Author: Ari Berk
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#33. His own past kept flying up around him like moths; old fears back again, the ghosts' problems only serving to remind him of his own. Even the little anxieties that nipped at his heels as a boy were back now as sharp-toothed dogs, following him, barking loudly, drawing more and more attention to themselves. Now, as he looked for his dad, Silas felt like he had as a boy: left behind, alone, forgotten. And he could see, now, his personal feelings made his encounters with the dead and his travels through their lands dangerous and filled with the possibility of entrapment. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#34. He passed his hands over some of the fine embossed bindings as he thought, I am a book also, words and thoughts and stories held together by flesh. We open and close ourselves to the world. We are read by others or put away by them. We wait to be seen, sitting quietly on shelves for someone to bother having a look inside us. - Author: Ari Berk
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#35. He had become a character in a play, same story, over and over. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#36. He just couldn't be with people. There were a few kids he sometimes spoke with at school - at lunch, or walking home - but months ago even they had stopped trying to talk to him. Silas had no real answers for their predictable questions. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#37. Besides, love flourishes best in ignorance ... or in absence. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#38. The past is a chatty companion, I can tell you. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#39. Stories wander around, go from one land to another, sometimes parts change. - Author: Ari Berk
Tarlow And Berk quotes by Ari Berk
#40. That old berk," muttered Aberforth, taking another swig of mead. "Thought the sun shone out of my brother's every orifice, he did. - Author: J.K. Rowling
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#41. He was beginning to feel his head swim a bit. It all came to this, a glance, a word, a face … everyone he knew was, most of the time, merely a recollection. Then a thought fell on him. Ghosts. Maybe we're all ghosts anyway, just as soon as the moment's passed. - Author: Ari Berk
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