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Orphan Train

Christina Baker Kline

Top 10 Best Quotes

“I've come to think that's what heaven is- a place in the memory of others where our best selves live on.”

“I like the assumption that everyone is trying his best, and we should all just be kind to each other.”

“I learned long ago that loss is not only probable but inevitable. I know what it means to lose everything, to let go of one life and find another. And now I feel, with a strange, deep certainty, that it must be my lot in life to be taught that lesson over and over again.”

“Time constricts and flattens, you know. It's not evenly weighted. Certain moments linger in the mind and others disappear.”

“So is it just human nature to believe that things happen for a reason - to find some shred of meaning even in the worst experiences?”

“And so it is that you learn how to pass, if you're lucky, to look like everyone else, even though you're broken inside.”

“Do you believe in spirits? Or ghosts?...Yes, I do. I believe in ghosts....They're the ones who haunt us. The ones who have left us behind." "Vivian has come back to the idea that the people who matter in our lives stay with us, haunting our ordinary moments. They're with us in the grocery store, as we turn the corner, chat with a friend. They rise up through the pavement; we absorb them through our soles." "The things that matter stay with you, seep into your skin.”

“people who matter in our lives stay with us, haunting our most ordinary moments. They’re with us in the grocery store, as we turn a corner, chat with a friend. They rise up through the pavement; we absorb them through our soles.”

“My entire life has felt like chance. Random moments of loss and connection. This is the first one that feels, instead, like fate.”

“She knows too well what it's like to tamp down your natural inclinations, to force a smile when you feel numb. [...] The expression of emotion does not come naturally, so you learn to fake it. To pretend. To display an empathy you don't really feel. And so it is that you learn to pass, if you're lucky, to look like everyone else, even though you're broken inside.”

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