We create the illusions we need to go on. And one day, when they no longer dazzle or comfort, we tear them down, brick by glittering brick, until we are left with nothing but the bright light of honesty. The light is liberating. Necessary. Terrifying. We stand naked and emptied before it. And when it is too much for our eyes to take, we build a new illusion to shield us from its relentless truth.

The Sweet Far Thing

❝We’re each of us our own chiaroscuro, our own bit of illusion fighting to emerge into something solid, something real. We’ve got to forgive ourselves that. I must remember to forgive myself. Because there’s an awful lot of gray to work with. No one can live in the light all the time.
A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray (via nitnat7)
10 FAV FEMALE BOOK CHARACTERS: Felicity Worthington from the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray.
“I had thought Felicity dangerous a moment ago, when she felt powerful. I  was wrong. Wounded and powerless, she is more dangerous than I could  imagine.”

10 FAV FEMALE BOOK CHARACTERS: Felicity Worthington from the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray.

“I had thought Felicity dangerous a moment ago, when she felt powerful. I was wrong. Wounded and powerless, she is more dangerous than I could imagine.”

 “When I dream, I dream of him. For several nights now he’s come to me, waving from a distant shore as if he’s been waiting patiently for me to arrive. He doesn’t utter a word, but his smile says everything: I’ve missed you.” 
Gemma and Kartik - The Sweet Far Thing

“When I dream, I dream of him. For several nights now he’s come to me, waving from a distant shore as if he’s been waiting patiently for me to arrive. He doesn’t utter a word, but his smile says everything: I’ve missed you.”

Gemma and Kartik - The Sweet Far Thing

"Once upon a time there were four girls. One was pretty. One was clever. One charming, and one…one was mysterious. But they were all damaged, you see. Something not right about the lot of them. Bad blood. Big dreams.”
(A Great and a Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray)

"Once upon a time there were four girls. One was pretty. One was clever. One charming, and one…one was mysterious. But they were all damaged, you see. Something not right about the lot of them. Bad blood. Big dreams.”

(A Great and a Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray)

❝And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.
— Libba Bray - The Sweet Far Thing
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