Book Quotes | Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

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I’ll go ahead and apologize for the length of this post now, but I’m not totally sorry because this book has a lot of quotes that I liked. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira is about a girl starting high school after her sister died and her first English assignment is to write a letter to a dead person. She ends up writing in a sort of diary fashion to people like Kurt Cobain and Janis Joplin. I really enjoyed reading it and you should definitely check it out after you read these quotes!

 

“I think a lot of people want to be someone, but we are scared that if we try, we won’t be as good as everyone imagines we could be.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“And maybe what growing up really means is knowing that you don’t have to be just a character, going whichever way the story says. It’s knowing you could be the author instead.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“What I told you about saving people isn’t true. You might think it is because you might want someone else to save you, or you might want to save someone so badly. But no one else can save you, not really. Not from yourself. You fall asleep in the foothills, and the wolf comes down from the mountains. And you hope someone will wake you up. Or chase it off. Or shoot it dead. But when you realize that the wolf is inside of you, that’s when you know. You can’t run from it. And no one who loves you can kill the wolf, because it’s a part of you. They see your face on it. And they won’t fire the shot.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“You think you know someone, but that person always changes, and you keep changing too. I understand it suddenly, how that’s what being alive means. Our own invisible plates shifting inside of our bodies, beginning to align into the people we are going to become.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“Sometimes when we say things, we hear silence. Or only echos. Like screaming from inside. And that’s really lonely. But that only happens when we aren’t really listening. It means we weren’t really listening. It means we weren’t ready to listen yet. Because every time we speak, there is a voice. There is the world that answers back.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“There are a lot of human experiences that challenge the limits of our language,’ she said. ‘That’s one of the reasons we have poetry.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“Truth is beautiful no matter what the truth is. Even if it’s scary or bad. It is beautiful simply because it’s true. And truth is bright. Truth makes you more you.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“I wish you could tell me where you are now. I mean, I know you’re dead, but I think there must be something in a human being that can’t just disappear. It’s dark out. You’re out there. Somewhere, somewhere. I’d like to let you in.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“Nirvana means freedom. Freedom from suffering. I guess some people would say that death is just that. So, congratulations on being free, I guess. The rest of us are still here, grappling with all that’s been torn up.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“I feel like I’m drowning in memories. Everything is too bright.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself — and especially to feel, or not to feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to — letting a person be what he really is.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“It’s sad when everyone knows you, but no one knows you.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“I think that by beauty, you don’t just mean something that’s pretty. You mean something that makes us human.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“If beauty is truth, and truth is beauty, they are defined by each other, so how do we know the meaning of either.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“You used your voice like glue to keep your family together. And then you kept yourself from coming undone.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

“Maybe if I can learn to be more like her, I will know how to be better at living without her.”

     — Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira

 

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