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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Top 10 Best Quotes

“I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone's hand.”

“Words were different when they lived inside of you.”

“I got to thinking that poems were like people. Some people you got right off the bat. Some people you just didn't get--and never would get.”

“Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.”

“The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.”

“To be careful with people and with words was a rare and beautiful thing.”

“Maybe we just lived between hurting and healing.”

“I wanted to tell them that I'd never had a friend, not ever, not a real one. Until Dante. I wanted to tell them that I never knew that people like Dante existed in the world, people who looked at the stars, and knew the mysteries of water, and knew enough to know that birds belonged to the heavens and weren't meant to be shot down from their graceful flights by mean and stupid boys. I wanted to tell them that he had changed my life and that I would never be the same, not ever. And that somehow it felt like it was Dante who had saved my life and not the other way around. I wanted to tell them that he was the first human being aside from my mother who had ever made me want to talk about the things that scared me. I wanted to tell them so many things and yet I didn't have the words. So I just stupidly repeated myself. "Dante's my friend.”

“We all fight our own private wars.”

“But love was always something heavy for me. Something I had to carry.”

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Book Keywords:

rain, summer, love, storm, pain, universe, true, boys, answers

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