melina marchetta quotes

“Somehow, even in the worst of times, the tiniest fragments of good survive. It was the grip in which one held those fragments that counted.”
Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock

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BOOKS I READ IN 2016On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

So I go back to the stories I’ve read about the five and I try to make sense of their lives because in making sense of theirs, I may undestand mine.

Reasons to read The Lumatere Chronicles it has quotes like

Finnikin of the Rock

  • Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best.
  • It’s against the rules of humanity to believe there is nothing we can do.
  • Then I choose to drown. In hope. Rather than float into nothing.

Froi of the Exiles

  • I still wake with your name on my lips every morning.
  • If we forget who we lost, then we forget who we once were, and if we forget who we once were, we lose sight of who we are now.
  • I’m not interested in those who do me wrong. There’s not enough time in the day for them.
  • The greatest weapon against big stupid men was a sharp mind.

Quintana of Charyn

  • Because today, I think I’m leaning on the side of wonder.
  • Tell me what part of me is stranger to you and I’ll destroy that part of me.
  • You’re worth a kingdom
  • I determine my own worth. If I had to rely on others I’d have lain down and died waiting.
  • It is what a man does for strangers that counts more than what he does for his family.
  • Because it was a face meant for laughing, but it had never been given a chance.
  • “Do you love me?’ he asked instead. ‘Because if you don’t, I’d wait until you did. I’d wait weeks and months and years.”
  • Our spirit is mightier than the filth of our memories. 

Also has quotes like

  • “Are you an idiot, or an idiot?’ Gargarin hissed.
    “The first one. I really resent being called the second.”
  • Froi found himself bristling. ‘What? Do you think I’m some cutthroat for hire who they found hanging around the palace walls with the words “I want to kill a Charynite King” tattooed on my arse?”
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“What are you so sad about? We’re going to know him for the rest of our lives.”