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Defending Jacob

William Landay

Top 10 Best Quotes

“At some point as adults we cease to be our parents' children and we become our children's parents instead.”

“The interior of a teenager’s mind is an endless war between Stupid and Clever.”

“An emotion is a thought, yes, an idea, but it is also a sensation, an ache in your body. Desire, love, hate, fear, repulsion - you feel these things in your muscle and bones, not just in your mind.”

“Damage hardens us all. It will harden you too, when it finds you—and it will find you”

“no one worth knowing can be quite known, no one worth possessing can be quite possessed”

“Predisposition is not predestination.”

“the act does not create guilt unless the mind is also guilty.”

“...don't worry about how things look. People are going to think whatever they think. To hell with 'em. You can't worry about it.”

“We are pattern-seeking, storytelling animals, and have been since we began drawing on cave walls.”

“I rather doubt he had the sense to see the truth: that there are wounds worse than fatal, which the law's little binary distinctions-guilty/innocent, criminal/victim-cannot fathom, let alone fix. The law is a hammer, not a scalpel.”

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