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A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me

Jason Schmidt

Top 10 Best Quotes

“If what you need, in order to feel good about yourself later on, is to show him some mercy - then show him mercy. If you need to tell him the truth, do that. But try to look at in terms of what you're going to be able to live with ten, twenty years down the line.”

“How many little kids were being orphaned or killed, right that minute, while I was sitting there watching TV?”

“Your dad's story is over. In six months or a year, this will be done for him. He won't be dealing with the consequences of what you choose to do now. You will. So you make this decision based on what you need.”

“When she died of lung cancer a few years later, it felt like a malicious cosmic joke. When Grandpa married Margaret the fundamentalist Christian, that was the punch line.”

“The only thing that keeps me going is my art, she wrote. I believe in my heart that art is God's great gift to humanity. It's the only thing in my life I haven't botched miserably.”

“If you don't change course - if you don't have something waiting for you, even if it's just to occupy you until you turn eighteen, you're not going to make it. You need to make a plan for next year.”

“I'd stand near the fires, looking at people's faces, just soaking up the presence of other human beings. It was never enough, but it was better than nothing.”

“I wished I could imagine my life five years later, without me in it.”

“Her smiles were sudden and transformative, but I never understood what caused them.”

“He had the whitest, smoothest, most hairless ass I'd ever seen on a human being in my life. It looked like two pools of milk on a moonlit night.”

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Book Keywords:

social-anxiety, activism, guidance, poetic, sad, nudity, people, death, young-adult, humor, future-plans, thoughtful, funny, forgiveness, interactions, reflection, cancer

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