What was it about not knowing a person that allowed you to wonder whether she might be the answer to all your problems?
I figured anybody who talked about church as much as she did was using it a little like cocaine anyhow.
God is not attracted to mountaintops or church steeples. God is drawn to suffering, and the dark places it surfaces.
The truth will set you free. Unless you're guilty.
Deep down, everyone wants the truth.
Nothing overdone, nothing racy, which made her all the more alluring.
The roots of any evil deed can be traced to the perpetrator's refusal to experience pain.
The bad things don't seem to happen to bad people.'That's because they already did. There's no original evil left in the world.
Plenty of people who survive tragedies end up ambivalent about danger--frightened by it, yet strangely drawn to it.
The good guys had to operate on a higher level than the killers--just for society to keep track of who was who.
Watching her, he saw again how she teetered between adolescence and adulthood, with a raw sensuality that had to deposit her in a kind of no-man's land--too much a woman for boys her own age, too young for fully adult men.
The irrational thoughts were the ones with the power to burn holes in your gut.
Most of you guys can't see the potential in a nervous breakdown. A real collapse. There's more chance of finding yourself in a major depression than there is in a bottle Prozac.
But insight doesn't necessarily produce self-control. Sometimes you just see your destructiveness more clearly.
People react predictably, especially when they don't have time to think.