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“You’ve done so many things and read so many books. Do you still believe in happy endings?”
“Oh my Lord, yes… I guess I would. I’ve had about a hundred of them.”
– The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler

Already I have to remind myself to be happy. And you know, if it were the other way… I wouldn’t have to remind myself to be unhappy. I’d be unhappy the rest of my life. Why should unhappiness be so much more powerful than happiness?  – The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler

No one with real integrity tries to sell their integrity to you. People with real integrity hardly notice they have it.  – The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler

Where’s the harm in a good heart and an active imagination? – The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler

Of all the things she had to make up, the hardest was herself.  – The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler

Why bother to send teenagers to school at all? Their minds were so clogged with hormones they couldn’t possibly learn a complex system like calculus or chemistry, much less the wild tangle of a foreign language. Why put everyone to the aggravation of making them try? [She] thought that she could just do the rest of it – watch them for signs of suicide or weapons or pregnancy or drug addiction or sexual abuse – but asking [teachers] to teach them French at the same time was really too much. – The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler

Love frays and humans fail, time passes, eras end. – The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker

They say that humans can read each other in a hundred subtle ways, that we can detect messages in the subtlest movements of a body, in the briefest expressions of a face, but somehow, on that day, I had communicated with amazing efficiency the exact opposite of what I most wanted in the world. – The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker

There are creatures at the bottom of the ocean that can live without light. They’ve evolved to thrive where other animals would die, and the darkness endowed us, too, with certain special abilities. What was possible in the dark never would have worked in the light. – The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker

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