Lauren Oliver

Delirium

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Natalie Halehas quoted7 years ago
“And you should hear the music. Incredible, amazing music, like nothing you’ve ever heard, music that almost takes your head off, you know? That makes you want to scream and jump up and down and break stuff and cry. . . .”
Berns A.M.has quoted8 months ago
Love, the deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.
Mikie Joneshas quoted2 years ago
love you. Remember. They cannot take it.—which the wind seemed to carry back to me long after she had vanished, repeated on the dry trees, on the leaves coughing and whispering in the cold gray dawn. “And Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare.”
Mikie Joneshas quoted2 years ago
She turns and gives me a quick smile. But I can tell she is nervous, finally. There is a fine crease between her eyebrows, and she is chewing on the corner of her lip.
Mikie Joneshas quoted2 years ago
When I walk next to her I have to do a half skip every other step to keep up with her, and I wind up feeling like a duck bobbing up and down in the water.
Mikie Joneshas quoted2 years ago
All my nervousness dissipates. Hana is so relaxed about the whole thing, so nonchalant and normal.
Mikie Joneshas quoted2 years ago
I’m not ugly, but I’m not pretty, either. Everything is in-between.
Mikie Joneshas quoted2 years ago
I can smell the ocean, though it’s concealed from view by the twisting undulations of the streets, and it relaxes me.
Mikie Joneshas quoted2 years ago
I suck in deeply, inhaling the clean smell of seaweed and damp wood, listening to the distant cries of the seagulls as they circle endlessly, somewhere beyond the low, gray, sloping buildings, over the bay. Outside, a car engine guns to life. The sound startles me, and I jump.
Mikie Joneshas quoted2 years ago
I stand up and go toward the window, moving away from Grace and her big, staring eyes and thin, quick fingers. I feel sorry for her.
Mikie Joneshas quoted2 years ago
She is trying to gnaw on it, like an apple, with her little-kid teeth.
Nastya Alalovahas quoted3 years ago
For all the people who have infected me with amor deliria nervosa in the past— you know who you are. For the people who will infect me in the future— I can’t wait to see who you’ll be. And in both cases: Thank you.
Елена Боканьhas quoted4 years ago
The most dangerous sicknesses are those that make us believe we are well.
b4249527859has quoted6 years ago
It affects your mind so that you cannot think clearly, or make rational decisions about your own well-being.
Malak4lifehas quoted6 years ago
Things weren’t always as good as they are now. In school we learned that in the old days, the dark days, people didn’t realize how deadly a disease love was. For a long time they even viewed it as a good thing, something to be celebrated and pursued. Of course that’s one of the reasons it’s so dangerous: It affects your mind so that you cannot think clearly, or make rational decisions about your own well-being. (That’s symptom number twelve, listed in the amor deliria nervosa section of the twelfth edition of The Safety, Health, and Happiness Handbook, or The Book of Shhh, as we call it.) Instead people back then named other diseases—stress, heart disease, anxiety, depression, hypertension, insomnia, bipolar disorder—never realizing that these were, in fact, only symptoms that in the majority of cases could be traced back to the effects of amor deliria nervosa.
Of course we aren’t yet totally free from the deliria in the United States. Until the procedure has been perfected, until it has been made safe for the under-eighteens, we will never be totally protected. It still moves around us with invisible, sweeping tentacles, choking us. I’ve seen countless uncureds dragged to their procedures, so racked and ravaged by love that they would rather tear their eyes out, or try to impale themselves on the barbed-wire fences outside of the laboratories, than be without it.
Several years ago on the day of her procedure, one girl managed to slip from her restraints and find her way to the laboratory roof. She dropped quickly, without screaming. For days afterward, they broadcast the image of the dead girl’s face on television to remind us of the dangers of the deliria. Her eyes were open and her neck was twisted at an unnatural angle, but from the way her cheek was resting against the pavement you might otherwise think she had lain down to take a nap. Surprisingly, there was very little blood—just a small dark trickle at the corners of her mouth.
Carsten Golles Laursenhas quoted24 days ago
The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.
marhas quotedlast month
The most dangerous sicknesses are those that
make us believe we are well.
b1697511939has quoted2 months ago
has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure. Everyone else in my family has had the procedure already.
b1697511939has quoted2 months ago
The most dangerous sicknesses are those that
make us believe we are well.
Val Garayhas quoted3 months ago
There it is: the smell of salt spray and mist, a smell mixed, in my mind, with the idea of constant revolution, an eternal tide.
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