Carve the Mark

by Veronica Roth (New York: HarperCollins 2017)

Carve the Mark

  • The better you know yourself, the less surprised you’ll be by your gift.
  • Pity was just disrespect wrapped in kindness.
  • My mother had always talked quietly when she was angry.  She said it made people listen.
  • Honor has no place in survival.
  • All people are violent.  Some resist the impulse, and some don’t.  Better to acknowledge it, to use it as a point of access to the rest of your being, than to lie to yourself about it.
  • Some people, when faced with the choice between death and pain, chose death… Religious to the point of self-destruction.
  • Take a person’s memories and you take the things that formed them.
  • Pain had a way of breaking time down.
  • Find another reason to go on.
  • Sometimes people just believed what they were told.  It was easier to survive that way.
  • To continue to love someone so far beyond help, beyond redemption, was madness.
  • Soft hearts make the universe worth living in.
  • Desperate people make stupid decisions all the time.
  • Power in one place tended to transfer to power elsewhere – power over the right people.
  • Fearsomeness gave a person a different kind of power.
  • Pretending was survival.
  • Better to reopen the wound fast, get it over with… bandage it up again.
  • People are harder to sum up when you know them well.
  • There was no stitching for the mind’s wounds, real though they were.
  • The world did not become something just because you needed it to.
  • The problem with being so convinced of your own awfulness – you thought other people were lying when they didn’t agree with you.
  • Justice, revenge.  It was too late to figure out the difference.
  • The heavy heart knows that justice is done.
  • Work is not life and life is not work.