People are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts.
- Veronica Roth, Insurgent
People who try to be nice are false. They’re liars. You should never force your behavior to be a certain way. You should just be. Maybe it’s not going to be nice, but at least it’ll be honest.
- Veronica Rossi, Brooke
The truly frightening flaw in humanity is our capacity for cruelty - we all have it.
- Gillian Flynn, Dark Places
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.
- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
We are pattern-seeking, storytelling animals, and have been since we began drawing on cave walls.
- William Landay, Defending Jacob