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A Kind of Spark

Elle McNicoll

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Whatever goes on inside that box with other people, I don't understand it. I always feel like everyone else has been sent pages and pages of instructions, tips and tricks to life and how to move smoothly. I'm always a few steps behind. I can read a book in a day, memorize anything, feel so strongly. But the doublespeak and the secret looks. I'm not sure I'll ever decipher them.”

“While you are neurotypical and I am autistic, I promise we are more alike than we are different.”

“People aren't like books. A familiar book is always the same, always comforting and full of the same words and pictures. A familiar person can be new and challenging, no matter how many times you try to read them.”

“Books are not medicine, they are food. You won't remember every bite but you will remember the taste.”

“Someone being autistic is the same as being left-handed or color blind. It means we all experience the world differently.”

“She's functioning - don't make that face, it's a perfectly appropriate medical term - she's functioning and I thought people might like to see that. She has it mild, Keedie. Like you." "It's mild to you!" Keedie shouts and I flinch, not used to hearing her raise her voice. "It's mild to you and every other heartless soul in this village, Nina, it's not mild to me. It's not mild to Addie! It's mild to you because we make it so, at great personal cost!”

“Other people's minds are small. Your mind is enormous. You don't want to be like other people.”

“It's so confusing. To be too much for some people and not enough for everyone else.”

“If they don't see it's wrong, if they don't say it's wrong, it can happen again. It could happen to you; it could happen to me.”

“When grown-ups don't like what we have to say, they blame our autism and say we don't know our own minds.”

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Book Keywords:

light, love, wonder, masking, experiences, beauty, witch-trials, inspirational, understanding, unity, stories, autism, thoughts, imagination, tolerance, differences

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