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Good Sam – Dete Meserve

  • “Sometimes the most important moments in your life can only be seen in the rearview mirror.” 
  • “Time moves differently in a hospital. In the outside world, everyone is rushing, stressing, planning, strategizing, pushing on to the next appointment and the next thing. Inside, time slows like pulled taffy. In the hushed quiet of the hospital, everyone waits. For test results. For the doctor. For good news.” 
  • “You know, the Chinese believe that when you save a person’s life you become their blessed protector, and it’s your duty to do that for the rest of your life.” 
  • “Over the years, I’d convinced myself that good rarely exists in this world, and if it does, it comes with ulterior motives and hidden agendas. But the truth is that good is everywhere. It’s harder to see, but often it’s right in front of you.”
  • “They say hindsight is twenty-twenty, but it’s not true. Hindsight is something less than twenty-twenty, because our impressions of what happened after the fact are still colored by our emotions.” 
  • “When you’ve been sick for even a little while and then get well enough to rejoin the world of the healthy, everything seems strange yet somehow more magnificent. Colors are brighter, sounds are more vivid, and you feel like you’re experiencing them anew.”
  • “Maybe it was his touch that crackled like electricity along my skin or the way he toyed with my feet under the table as I inhaled the delicious soup he had made. Maybe it was the way he spoke to me, caressing me with his voice, deep and warm. It felt right being with him, like we had always being together Yet there was also a tension between us. I think we both felt our attraction deepening but weren’t sure what we were going to do about it.” 
  • “I’m not good at trust. Trust can break your heart, and if you happen to be one of the victims of the stories that I usually cover, trust can kill you.” 
  • “They say revenge is sweet, but if that’s true, it’s only temporary. At some point you must realize that your revenge has made you no less culpable than the person who did you wrong in the first place.” 
  • “A question can be as lethal as a weapon. It can insinuate, humiliate, aggravate, and, yes, illuminate.” 
  • “I’d let down my guard, let him suck me into the Good Sam story, never fully realizing he might be manipulating me for his own benefit. Jack had that effect on me. Being with Jack was like standing in the midst of a brilliant sunbeam, at once dazzled by its radiance even as you knew it was burning you.” 
  • “Every tragedy chips away at optimism. Hope becomes fragile then frayed – until one day, if you let it, hope disappears entirely.”