Line(s) of the Day #TheGoldfinch

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“A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are.”

As said by the highly reflective Theodore Decker in The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2013). The Pulitzer Prize winning novel tells of a 13 year’s old struggle to recover after a tragic incident, and his long-running connection with a painting by Carel Fabritius. You can find my review of The Secret History, Tartt’s debut novel here.

Line(s) of the Day #TheSecretHistory

The Secret HistoryI suppose at one time in my life I might have had any number of stories, but now there is no other. This is the only story I will ever be able to tell.

Taken from the book ‘The Secret History’ by Donna Tart