The Pale Queen's Literary Quotes



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"I wanted to do whatever Amazing Thing I was

expected to do... and be done with it.

Go to sleep.

Go to a heaven where there was nothing but

bathtubs and books."

— Marya Hornbacher






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"It went on like that for a year and a half and I always thought it would change, that one day in the same way that it somehow had disappeared, it would come back and we’d be best friends again. So I hung on to whatever time he gave me and when you’re wrapped up in it you think you’re floating, but really I was just drowning more."

 -Jonathan Ames

08:31 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes7 notes

"I was shamefully curious - as most people are- about what I shouldn’t have been. But I guess we all like to know other people’s secrets so that we can live with our own."

-Jonathan Ames

10:08 am, by palequeenliteraryquotes133 notes

"Yes, I’ve never cared for introspection. I have an idea what lurks inside me and it’s best to ignore it. I recommend that you do the same."

-Jonathan Ames

07:10 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes21 notes

"I was aware that I was acting atrociously but I couldn’t stop myself. Rarely had I behaved in such a manner. But I guess when we’re feeling lonely in life, we attack those who actually do love us. It’s one of the things that characterizes human nature and can be summed up in one word: FLAWED."

-Jonathan Ames

10:00 am, by palequeenliteraryquotes30 notes

"I’ll be the first to admit it: my whole unconscious - well, I’m somewhat conscious of it - outlook on life is built on the premise that I can’t stand myself and should be shot. So if people love you, it makes it difficult to go about your business of being blissfully self-destructive and impulsive."

 -Jonathan Ames

09:14 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes6 notes

"I’ve hurt her terribly. I should be lashed…She said she has to practice ‘tough love’ on me, Jeeves. And I don’t blame her, but she’s been overly influenced by those admirable twelve-step programs. But I need more than twelve steps. For what ails me, I require that whole staircase in Rome."

-Jonathan Ames

06:10 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes3 notes

“Unfortunately, I’m one of those idiots who knows everything about health and is in a constant state of alarm, and yet I continue to do everything I shouldn’t do.”
-Jonathan Ames
09:16 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes5 notes

"I don’t like to be a bad influence. It’s bad enough that I have influence over myself."

-Jonathan Ames

08:44 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes2 notes

"But I feel so guilty, so terribly guilty, and before she left I asked for forgiveness and she screamed at me, "Why are you rejecting my love, is it so meaningless to you?" And I didn’t answer, I just let her go, but it is meaningless to me and I wish I could erase you because I never wanted to hurt you." 

-Jonathan Ames

05:32 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes14 notes

"It went on like that for a year and a half and I always thought it would change, that one day in the same way that it somehow had disappeared, it would come back and we’d be best friends again. So I hung on to whatever time he gave me and when you’re wrapped up in it you think you’re floating, but really I was just drowning more."

 -Jonathan Ames

12:02 pm, by palequeenliteraryquotes1 note