losing

Yes, victors are our strongest. They’re the ones who survived the arena and slipped the noose of poverty that strangles the rest of us. They, or should I say we, are the very embodiment of hope where there is no hope. And now twenty-three of us will be killed to show how even that hope was an illusion.

Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

No wonder I won the Games. No decent person ever does.

Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

It’s funny, because even though they’re rattling on about the Games, it’s all about where they were or what they were doing or how they felt when a specific event occurred… Everything is about them, not the dying boys and girls in the arena.

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Every widow wakes one morning, perhaps after years of pure and unwavering grieving, to realize she slept a good night’s sleep, and will be able to eat breakfast, and doesn’t hear her husband’s ghost all the time, but only some of the time. Her grief is replaced with a useful sadness. Every parent who loses a child finds a way to laugh again. The timbre begins to fade. The edge dulls. The hurt lessens. Every love is carved from loss. Mine was. Yours is. Your great-great-great-grandchildren’s will be. But we learn to live in that love.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

She was also an adult, and when adults fight children, adults always win.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

That’s the trouble with living things. Don’t last very long. Kittens one day, old cats the next. And then just memories. And the memories fade and blend and smudge together.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

They only let you be this happy if they’re preparing to take something from you.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

It always hurts more to have and lose than to not have in the first place.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

The most efficient way to lose in a fight is to act without knowing your enemy.

John Reese, Person Of Interest

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