Life isn’t like the movies. People don’t change overnight, people don’t go from arrogant and self-righteous to ashamed and remorseful. They don’t suddenly give in when they’ve spent years taking out. No doesn’t magically become a Yes.
Randa Abdel-Fattah, Does My Head Look Big In This?
She was no longer the mere performer who wrests a cry of desire and of passion from an old man by a perverted twisting of her loins; who destroys the energy and breaks the will of a king by trembling breasts and quivering belly. She became, in a sense, the symbolic deity of indestructible lust, the goddess of immortal Hysteria, of accursed Beauty, distinguished from all others by the catalepsy which stiffens her flesh and hardens her muscles; the monstrous Beast, indifferent, irresponsible, insensible, baneful, like the Helen of antiquity, fatal to all who approach her, all who behold her, all whom she touches.
Brooke: Why does everybody lie? You know, the bad buys lie to get in your bed, and the good guys lie to get into your heart. And I’m the idiot who falls for it every time. Lucas: Brooke, you are not an idiot. Not even close. You know who you are, most people don’t you know. That’s why they lie. They are afraid people might find out who they are before they figure it out themselves.
One Tree Hill, “The Trick is to Keep Breathing” (2.9)
By this method thousands of humans have been brought to think that humility means pretty women trying to believe they are ugly and clever men trying to believe they are fools. And since what they are trying to believe may, in some cases, be manifest nonsense, they cannot succeed in believing it and we have the chance of keeping their minds endlessly revolving on themselves in an effort to achieve the the impossible.
You know, he used to tell me how wonderful you were. But guys always say great things about their girlfriends until they break up. That's when the truth comes out. You know, I've waited 15 years to find out what he really thinks about you. Do you wanna know what he thinks about you now that you've broken up?
No, Shawn. I don't wanna talk about it.
Now that you've broken up, he still tells me how wonderful you are.
Because it’s only when you’re tested that you truly discover who you are. And it’s only when you’re tested that you discover who you can be. The person you want to be does exist, somewhere on the other side of hard work and faith and belief… and beyond the heartache and fear of what lies ahead.
Lucas Scott; One Tree Hill, “Things I Forgot at Birth” (4.2)