I saw small boys baited and killed by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza refugee camp of Khan Younis. The soldiers swore at the boys in Arabic over the loudspeakers of their armored jeep. The boys, about 10 years old, then threw stones at an Israeli vehicle and the soldiers opened fire, killing some, wounding others. I was present more than once as Israeli troops drew out and shot Palestinian children in this way. Such incidents, in the Israeli lexicon, become children caught in crossfire.
How do we forgive ourselves for all of the things we did not become?
— "14 Lines from Love Letters or Suicide Notes" by David ‘Doc’ Luben (via bruisedkneesclub)
She was like a drowning person, flailing, reaching for anything that might save her. Her life was an urgent, desperate struggle to justify her life.
— Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated (via quotes-shape-us)