Turtles All The Way Down is all the way on top of my most loved books list. It's deep, insightful and got me thinking about many things. If you're looking for some book to be your next read, go for this, you won't regret it.
Here's a quick little summary: The protagonist, Aza, suffers from severe OCD. She has a bold and feisty best friend named Daisy. The plot is fairly simple, A billionaire called Russell Pickett goes missing after his mansion is raided and the person who finds him will be entitled to 50,000 dollars. Aza and Daisy both decide to go after him, during this process they cross paths with his son Davis Pickett.
I won't be telling you the rest of the story 'cause I don't want to spoil it for you.
Now without any further ado, let's dive right into the quotes.
“Actually, the problem is that I can’t lose my mind,” I said. “It’s inescapable.”
“I was beginning to learn that your life is a story told about you, not one that you tell.”
“What I love about science is that as you learn, you don't really get answers. You just get better questions.”
“The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely.”
“The worst part of being truly alone is you think about all the times you wished that everyone would just leave you be. Then they do, and you are left being, and you turn out to be terrible company.”
“True terror isn’t being scared; it’s not having a choice on the matter.”
“The problem with happy endings is that they're either not really happy, or not really endings, you know? In real life, some things get better and some things get worse. And then eventually you die.”
“You are as real as anyone, and your doubts make you more real, not less.”
“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't.”
“One of the challenges with pain, physical or psychic, is that we can really only approach it through metaphor. It can’t be represented the way a table or a body can. In some ways pain is the opposite of language.”
“In the best conversations, you don't even remember what you talked about, only how it felt. It felt like we were in some place your body can't visit, some place with no ceiling and no walls and no floor and no instruments”
“And we're such language-based creatures that to some extent we cannot know what we cannot name. And so we assume it isn't real. We refer to it with catch-all terms, like crazy or chronic pain, terms that both ostracize and minimize. The term chronic pain captures nothing of the grinding, constant, ceaseless, inescapable hurt. And the term crazy arrives at us with none of the terror and worry you live with.”
“We always say we are beneath the stars. We aren't, of course—there is no up or down, and anyway the stars surround us. But we say we are beneath them, which is nice. So often English glorifies the human—we are whos, other animals are that—but English puts us beneath the stars, at least.”
“I is the hardest word to define.”
“No, it's not, Holmesy. You pick your endings, and your beginnings. You get to pick the frame, you know? Maybe you don't choose what's in the picture, but you decide the frame.”
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