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What the Wind Knows – Amy Harmon

  • “But the wind and water know all the earth’s secrets. They’ve seen and heard all that has ever been said or done. And if you listen, they will tell you all the stories and sing every song. The stories of everyone who has ever lived. Millions and millions of lives. Millions and millions of stories.” 
  • “We turn memories into stories, and if we don’t, we lose them. If the stories are gone, then the people are gone too.”
  • “I fell so fast, so hard, and so completely. Not because love is blind, but because . . . it’s not. Love isn’t blind, it’s blinding. Glaring.” 
  • “Only the wind knows which truly comes first.” 
  • “There are some paths that inevitably lead to heartache, some acts that steal men’s souls, leaving them wandering forever after without them, trying to find what they lost. There are too many lost souls in Ireland because of politics. I’m going to hold on to what’s left of mine.”
  • “It is as if we always were and always will be, as though our love and our lives sprang from the same source and will return to that source in the end, intertwined and indistinguishable. We are ancient. Prehistoric and predestined.” 
  • “When I struggled to get the words out, my grandfather would hand me a pen and paper. “If you can’t say them, write them. They last longer that way. Write all your words, Annie. Write them and give them somewhere to go.” 
  • “Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the disheveled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” 
  • “we keep the people we love in our hearts. We never lose them as long as we can remember how it felt to be loved by them”
  • “I’d heard once that our view of God has everything to do with those who taught us about Him. Our image of Him often reflected our image of them. Eoin taught me about God, and because I loved and cherished Eoin, I loved and cherished God.”
  • “So many opinions and so few solutions. And all the opinion in the world doesn’t change the past.”
  • “My grandfather told me once that happiness is an expression of gratitude. And it’s never wrong to be grateful.” 
  • “He would be the character that grew on the reader, making them love him simply because he was good. Decent. Dependable.” 
  • “The pain in my chest was a physical thing, biting and twisting, and I bore down to combat it, to extinguish it, but it grew like Medusa’s hair, the writhing tendrils slipping up and out of my eyes in hot, wet rivulets.” 
  • “I can’t imagine all men love their women the way I love Anne. If they did, the streets would be empty, and the fields would grow fallow. Industry would rumble to a halt and markets would tumble as men bowed at the feet of their wives, unable to need or notice anything but her. If all men loved their wives the way I love Anne, we would be a useless lot. Or maybe the world would know peace. Maybe the wars would end, and the strife would cease as we centered our lives on loving and being loved.”
  • “It is one thing to fight for freedom; it is another to condemn the innocent to die in your war.”
  • “I had a teacher who told me fiction is the future. Nonfiction is the past. One can be shaped and created. One cannot,” she said.” 
  • “Stress and loss have made us all phantoms of ourselves.”