Quotes from “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness

There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere inbetween.
Stories are the wildest things of all, the monster rumbled. Stories chase and bite and hunt.
Stories are important, the monster said. They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.
Stories were wild, wild animals and went off in directions you couldn’t expect.
You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.
“You be as angry as you need to be,” she said. “Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Not your grandma, not your dad, no one. And if you need to break things, then by God, you break them good and hard.”
You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.
Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.
The answer is that it does not matter what you think, the monster said, because your mind will contradict itself a hundred times each day.
How can a queen be both a good witch and a bad witch? How can a prince be a murderer and a saviour? How can an apothecary be evil-tempered but right-thinking? How can a parson be wrong-thinking but good-hearted? How can invisible men make themselves more lonely by being seen?
Because humans are complicated beasts,
You were merely wishing for the end of pain, the monster said. Your own pain. An end to how it isolated you. It is the most human wish of all.
As incredible as it seemed, time kept moving forward for the rest of the world.
The rest of the world that wasn’t waiting.
But there are harder things than being invisible
“The green things of this world are just wondrous, aren’t they?” his mother went on. “We work so hard to get rid of them when sometimes they’re the very thing that saves us.”
“Aren’t you going to say you’re sorry back?” Lily asked.
“Nope,” Conor said.
“Why not?”
“Because I’m not sorry.”
There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere inbetween.
You think I tell you stories to teach you lessons? the monster said. You think I have come walking out of time and earth itself to teach you a lesson in niceness?
Sometimes people need to lie to themselves most of all
everything seem heavy and impossible, like he’d been asked to lift a mountain with his bare hands and no one would let him leave until he did.
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