Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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freyja
freyjahas quoted3 years ago
Sometimes, you do things and you do them not because you’re thinking but because you’re feeling. Because you’re feeling too much. And you can’t always control the things you do when you’re feeling too much.
Ravenes
Raveneshas quoted2 years ago
You’re not alone, Ari. I know it feels that way. But you’re not.”
“How can you love me so much?”
“How could I not love you? You’re the most beautiful boy in the world.”
“I’m not.”
“You are. You are.”
freyja
freyjahas quoted3 years ago
Maybe we just lived between hurting and healing.
freyja
freyjahas quoted3 years ago
Sometimes, it seems like it just hurts too much to look at something. So you don’t. You just don’t look. But it doesn’t go away, Ari.
freyja
freyjahas quoted3 years ago
I hated the thing of living in my head.
freyja
freyjahas quoted3 years ago
Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer morning could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.
freyja
freyjahas quoted3 years ago
One of the secrets of the universe was that our instincts were sometimes stronger than our minds.
freyja
freyjahas quoted3 years ago
But love was always something heavy for me. Something I had to carry.
freyja
freyjahas quoted3 years ago
I loved and hated summers. Summers had a logic all their own and they always brought something out in me. Summer was supposed to be about freedom and youth and no school and possibilities and adventure and exploration. Summer was a book of hope. That’s why I loved and hated summers. Because they made me want to believe.
freyja
freyjahas quoted3 years ago
What was my brain doing, spelling out his name without my permission?
freyja
freyjahas quoted3 years ago
Sometimes, all you have to do is tell people the truth. They won’t believe you. After that, they’ll leave you alone.
Luvila
Luvilahas quoted3 years ago
Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign that you had healed.
Luvila
Luvilahas quoted4 years ago
Words were different when they lived inside of you.
petfce21
petfce21has quoted4 years ago
All this time I had been trying to figure out the secrets of the universe, the secrets of my own body, of my own heart. All of the answers had always been so close and yet I had always fought them without even knowing it.
Katarína
Katarína has quoted3 days ago
Words were different when they lived inside of you.
Katarína
Katarína has quoted3 days ago
All afternoon, I sat in that large comfortable chair in Dante’s room and he lay down on his newly made bed. And he read poems.

I didn’t worry about understanding them. I didn’t care about what they meant. I didn’t care because what mattered is that Dante’s voice felt real. And I felt real. Until Dante, being with other people was the hardest thing in the world for me. But Dante made talking and living and feeling seem like all those things were perfectly natural
hypnagogicwallflower
hypnagogicwallflowerhas quoted8 days ago
Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.”
regmiaayush118
regmiaayush118has quoted17 days ago
I didn’t know what to do with that piece of information. So I just kept it inside. That’s what I did with everything. Kept it inside.
regmiaayush118
regmiaayush118has quoted17 days ago
You can worry together.”
Sofia Gonzalez
Sofia Gonzalezhas quotedlast month
It was strange to feel like the Ari I used to be. Except that wasn’t totally true. The Ari I used to be didn’t exist anymore.
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