I said I just wanted to help people, to ease their suffering, but that was a lie. I did not do it to help anyone but myself. I was not showing real compassion for strangers, I was not showing what I really felt. Real grief is ugly and uncomfortable. People look away from grief the same way they look away from severed limbs or gaping wounds. What they want is pain like death on a stage: beautiful, bloodless, presented for their entertainment.
Sarah Rees Brennan, Tell the Wind and Fire (via book-blogandquotes)
my heroine is a very cheerful person ;)