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The Girl in the Castle

James Patterson

Top 10 Best Quotes

“But being mentally ill wasn’t like drowning, even if it sometimes felt like it. Because the thing about drowning is that someone else can save you, whether you want them to or not. And the thing about struggling with mental illness is that you have to be part of saving yourself.”

“Why is it that hearts know how to beat, and lungs unfailingly take in oxygen, while the brain, which is supposedly in charge of everything, sits up there in its bone case and screws everything up?”

“What can you do? I was born like this. Just like I have red hair and big feet, and like you can’t help looking like Lily Collins, I have this thing that comes over me—like this awful black fog or something—and when I’m inside it, there’s no light or happiness or meaning. I can’t describe how awful it is, because the words don’t exist. When I’m in the fog, I just need to get out of it again. And dying feels like the fastest way.” “But it’s the worst way,” I said. “You know that, right? You can’t get better if you’re dead.” “When I’m inside that fog I don’t believe there’s any way to get better.”

“The laws of physics are totally different from human laws, because human laws are decisions,” Ellie says. “They aren’t facts.”

“Most of us tried to keep our problems as private as we could, guarding those scary parts of ourselves like they were a treasure instead of a curse.”

“I measure every Grief I meet With narrow, probing, eyes— I wonder if It weighs like Mine— Or has an Easier size. —EMILY DICKINSON”

“How could I desire him like this when I was so full of sorrow? And would he desire me enough to help take me away from here, even for a few stolen moments?”

“How come they can take out tumors, but they can’t take out thoughts?” I didn’t know what to say. It was a question that all of us had asked at one point or another. But no one had ever come up with an answer.”

“Haven’t you read all the studies about how being a good reader makes you a better person?” Hannah asks him. “I’ve only read the headlines,” he says. She laughs. “Pitiful.” “I think I’m doing okay,”

“Have you ever felt a beloved hand grow cold in yours? If not, then I don’t expect you to understand.”

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Book Keywords:

loss, grief

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