The Beginning of Everything, Robyn Schneider
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Robyn Schneider

The Beginning of Everything

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Verónica Citlali
Verónica Citlalihat Zitat gemachtvor 4 Jahren
The funny thing about gold is how quickly it can tarnish.
Ren Mengkouy
Ren Mengkouyhat Zitat gemachtvor 4 Jahren
SOMETIMES I THINK that everyone has a tragedy waiting for them, that the people buying milk in their pajamas or picking their noses at stoplights could be only moments away from disaster. That everyone’s life, no matter how unremarkable, has a moment when it will become extraordinary—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen.
My friend Toby came down with a bad case of tragedy the week before w
katherinesandt
katherinesandthat Zitat gemachtvor 4 Jahren
The news reports said that a fourteen-year-old boy from Japan was decapitated on the Thunder Mountain Railroad when he disregarded the posted safety warnings. What the news reports didn’t say was how the kid’s head sailed backward in its mouse-ear hat like some sort of grotesque helicopter, and how Toby Ellicott, on his twelfth birthday, caught the severed head and held on to it in shock for the duration of the ride.
Emilia
Emilia hat Zitat gemachtvor 3 Monaten
Oscar Wilde once said that to live is the rarest thing in the world, because most people just exist, and that’s all. I don’t know if he’s right, but I do know that I spent a long time existing, and now, I intend to live.
Serene Anacia Lamis
Serene Anacia Lamishat Zitat gemachtvor 3 Monaten
I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity and her flaming self respect and it’s these things I’d believe in even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all that she should be. . . . I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.
—F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
Naomi Ydel Carsula
Naomi Ydel Carsulahat Zitat gemachtvor 5 Monaten
SOMETIMES I THINK that everyone has a tragedy waiting for them,
Naomi Ydel Carsula
Naomi Ydel Carsulahat Zitat gemachtvor 5 Monaten
everything that really matters will happen.
Naomi Ydel Carsula
Naomi Ydel Carsulahat Zitat gemachtvor 5 Monaten
That everyone’s life, no matter how unremarkable, has a moment when it will become extraordinary—a single encounter after which
Aaliaan Abdullah
Aaliaan Abdullahhat Zitat gemachtvor 7 Monaten
gold is how quickly it can tarnish.
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b3838085632hat Zitat gemachtvor 8 Monaten
SOMETIMES I THINK that everyone has a tragedy waiting for them, that the people buying milk in their pajamas or picking their noses at stoplights could be only moments away from disaster. That everyone’s life, no matter how unremarkable, has a moment when it will become extraordinary—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen.
My friend Toby came down with a bad case of tragedy the week before we started seventh grade at Westlake Middle School. We were fanatical about Ping-Pong that summer, playing it barefoot in his backyard with aspirations toward some sort of world championship. I was the better player, because my parents had forced me into private tennis lessons ever since I’d been given my own fork at the dinner table. But sometimes, out of a sense of friendship, I let Toby win. It was a game for me, figuring out how to lose just convincingly enough that he wouldn’t figure I was doing it on purpose. And so, while he practiced for the mythical Ping-Pong world championship, I practiced a quiet, well-meaning type of anarchy toward my father’s conviction that winning was what mattered in life.
Even though Toby and I were the kind of best friends who rarely sought the company of other boys our age, his mother insisted on a birthday party, perhaps to insure his popularity in middle school—a popularity we had not enjoyed in elementary school.
She sent out Pirates of the Caribbean–themed invitations to a half dozen kids in our year with whom Toby and I shared a collective disinterest in socializing, and she took us all to Disneyland in the world’s filthiest burgundy minivan the last Tuesday of the summer.
We lived only twenty minutes’ drive south of Disneyland, and the magic of the place was well worn off by the end of sixth grade. We knew exactly which rides were good, and which were a waste of time. When Mrs. Ellicott suggested a visit to the Enchanted Tiki Room, the idea was met
Saad Liaqat
Saad Liaqathat Zitat gemachtvor 8 Monaten
I’m speaking, of course, about getting into college, where one has the option to engage in those sorts of illicit activities after achieving academic excellence, naturally,” Toby quickly amended. “And joining the debate team makes an excellent résumé stuffer for those college applications.
Saad Liaqat
Saad Liaqathat Zitat gemachtvor 8 Monaten
Back then, my impression of the debate team was that it was a bunch of guys who put on business suits during the weekend and thought they actually had something meaningful to say about foreign policy because they were enrolled in AP Government.
Saad Liaqat
Saad Liaqathat Zitat gemachtvor 8 Monaten
That everyone’s life, no matter how unremarkable, has a moment when it will become extraordinary—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen.
Nayashyn Nasrulla
Nayashyn Nasrullahat Zitat gemachtvor 9 Monaten
“Well, Mr. Illiterate Jock, let me enlighten you. There was this philosopher-slash-historian called Foucault, who wrote about how society is like this legendary prison called the panopticon. In the panopticon, you might be under constant observation, except you can never be sure whether someone is watching or not, so you wind up following the rules anyway.”

“But how do you know who’s a watcher and who’s a prisoner?” I asked, pulling into the empty parking lot.
Nayashyn Nasrulla
Nayashyn Nasrullahat Zitat gemachtvor 9 Monaten
“We’ll escape the panopticon together,”
Nayashyn Nasrulla
Nayashyn Nasrullahat Zitat gemachtvor 9 Monaten
EVERYTHING REALLY does get better, the way everyone claims, then happiness should be graphable. You draw up an X axis and a Y axis, where a positive slope represents a positive attitude, plot some points, and there you go. But that’s crap, because better isn’t quantifiable.
Nayashyn Nasrulla
Nayashyn Nasrullahat Zitat gemachtvor 9 Monaten
. The funny thing about gold is how quickly it can tarnish.
Nayashyn Nasrulla
Nayashyn Nasrullahat Zitat gemachtvor 9 Monaten
I still think that everyone’s life, no matter how unremarkable, has a singular tragic encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. That moment is the catalyst—the first step in the equation. But knowing the first step will get you nowhere—it’s what comes after that determines the result.
Ella Viola
Ella Violahat Zitat gemachtletztes Jahr
Going to the movies always makes me strangely exhilarated when I exit the theater, surrounded by the smell of popcorn and everyone talking about the film. It’s as though everything is more vivid, and the line between the probable and the cinematic becomes blurred. You think big thoughts, like maybe it’s possible to move someplace exciting, or risk everything for a chance at your dreams or whatever, but then you never do. It’s more the feeling that you could turn your life into a movie if you wanted to.
Ella Viola
Ella Violahat Zitat gemachtletztes Jahr
I went to sleep every night that week waiting for whatever it was between the two of us to start traveling at the speed of flashlights, but it never did. As always, she left me wanting more, and dreaming of what it would be like if I ever got it.
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