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100 Jenny Downham Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Jenny Downham Sayings: Statement: A girl and a boy jump into a river. The boy swims over to Statement: A girl and a boy jump into a river. The boy swims over to the girl and says, "God, it's cold."
Question: What's the probability they will kiss?
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Jenny Downham Sayings: It's utterly beautiful not to know my own edges. It's utterly beautiful not to know my own edges.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: I wish I had a boyfriend. I wish he lived in the wardrobe on a I wish I had a boyfriend. I wish he lived in the wardrobe on a coat hanger. Whenever I wanted, I could get him out and he'd look at me the way boys do in films, as if I'm beautiful.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: We'll kill him on the green with a five iron. We'll kill him on the green with a five iron.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: Then she says, 'I love you.' Like three drops of blood falling onto snow. Then she says, 'I love you.' Like three drops of blood falling onto snow.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: Funny how when life was that simple, you never really realized how lucky you were. Funny how when life was that simple, you never really realized how lucky you were.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: But all that is warm will go cold. My ears will fall off and my But all that is warm will go cold. My ears will fall off and my eyes will melt. My mouth will be clamped shut. My lips will turn to glue.
... No taste or smell or touch or sound.Nothing to look at. Total emptiness for ever.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: I get a lot of letters, mostly from family members who have been affected by I get a lot of letters, mostly from family members who have been affected by cancer rather than young people themselves. I reply to them all.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: I've been told there are five stages of grief, and if that's true, then he's I've been told there are five stages of grief, and if that's true, then he's stuck in stage one; denial.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: Three points for the dead slowly prising open the lids of their coffins. They want Three points for the dead slowly prising open the lids of their coffins. They want to hunt the living. They can't stop. Their throats have turned to liquid and their fingers glint under the weak autumn sun.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: Every few years we disappear, Zoey. All our cells are replaced by others. Not a Every few years we disappear, Zoey. All our cells are replaced by others. Not a single bit of me is the same as when I was last in this room.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: I'm here. Soon I won't be. Zoey's baby is here. Its pulse tick-ticking. Soon it I'm here. Soon I won't be. Zoey's baby is here. Its pulse tick-ticking. Soon it won't be. And when Zoey comes out of that room, having signed on the dotted line, she'll be different. She'll understand what I already know- that death surrounds us all.
And it tastes like metal between you teeth.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: I'm going because my life was crap until I met you. I'm going because I I'm going because my life was crap until I met you. I'm going because I don't want to be here when you're not, still living with my mum and nothing being any different. I wouldn't even be thinking about going if it hadn't been for you.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: If I could buck, I would. If I could howl at the moon, then I If I could buck, I would. If I could howl at the moon, then I would. To feel this, when I'd thought it was
over, when my body's closing down and I thought I'd have no pleasure from it again.
I am blessed.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: Maybe you should say goodbye, Cal.''No.''It might be important.''It might make her die. Maybe you should say goodbye, Cal.'
'No.'
'It might be important.'
'It might make her die.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: I feel something very small growing inside me as I look at her, and I I feel something very small growing inside me as I look at her, and I realize in one absolutely clear moment that I don't like her at all.
'You know what?' I say. 'Forget it. I'll do the list by myself.'
She stands up, swings her stupid hair about and tries to look offended. It's a trick that works with guys, but it makes no difference to the way I feel about her.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: If you want a girl to like you, you have to listen like a woman If you want a girl to like you, you have to listen like a woman and love like a man.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: This mad psycho tells everyone to get into a field and says I'm going to This mad psycho tells everyone to get into a field and says I'm going to pick one of you just one of you
out of all of you to die and everyone's looking around thinking it's so unlikely to be me because there's
thousands of us so statistically it's completely unlikely and the psycho walks up and down looking at
everyone and when he gets near me he hesitates and he smiles and then he points right at me and says
you're the one and the shock that it's me and yet of course it's me why wouldn't it be I knew all along
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Jenny Downham Sayings: Hey, listen,' I say. " Fascinating as this is, we've got to go now. I Hey, listen,' I say. " Fascinating as this is, we've got to go now. I have to collect the invites for my funeral."
That shuts them up. Fiona looks astonished." Really?
" Yeah." I grab Zoey's arm. "It's a shame i can't be there myself - i like parties. Text me if you think of any good hymns!
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Jenny Downham Sayings: The light is heart-breaking. The light is heart-breaking.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: It's all right, Tessa, you can go. We love you. You can go now.''Why are It's all right, Tessa, you can go. We love you. You can go now.'
'Why are you saying that?'
'She might need permission to die, Cal.'
'I don't want her to. She doesn't have my permission.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: Ill haunt you,' I tell him. 'But from inside. Every time you cough you'll think Ill haunt you,' I tell him. 'But from inside. Every time you cough you'll think of me.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: Was this love? Because it hurt. It felt like a bit of glass stuck somewhere Was this love? Because it hurt. It felt like a bit of glass stuck somewhere important - his heart or his head. And it was throbbing.
Novel You Against Me
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Jenny Downham Sayings: We make patterns, we share moments. We make patterns, we share moments.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: He says, 'Anything could be happening down there, but up here you just wouldn't know He says, 'Anything could be happening down there, but up here you just wouldn't know it.'
I know what he means. It could be pandemonium in all those little houses, everyone's dreams in a mess. But up here feels peaceful. Clean.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: I love you. I love you. I send this message through my fingers and into I love you. I love you. I send this message through my fingers and into his, up his arm and into his heart. Hear me. I love you. And I'm sorry to leave you.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: When he thought about her, he remembered her at the cottage, her eyes fiery, daring When he thought about her, he remembered her at the cottage, her eyes fiery, daring to love him. But standing here in front of him , she looked defeated and sad.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: I wish it was possible to smear cancer cells onto his arse. I wish it was possible to smear cancer cells onto his arse.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: Humans are made from the nuclear ash of dead stars. He says that when I Humans are made from the nuclear ash of dead stars. He says that when I die, I'll return to dust, glitter, rain.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: It's really going to happen. I really won't ever go back to school. Not ever. It's really going to happen. I really won't ever go back to school. Not ever. I'll never be famous or leave anything worthwhile behind. I'll never go to college or have a job. I won't see my brother grow up. I won't travel, never earn money, never drive, never fall in love or leave home or get my own house.
It's really, really true.
A thought stabs up, growing from my toes and ripping through me, until it stifles everything else and becomes the only thing I'm thinking. It fills me up like a silent scream.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: Was this love? Because it hurt. It was like a bit of glass stuck somewhere Was this love? Because it hurt. It was like a bit of glass stuck somewhere important - his heart or his head, and it was throbbing.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: She shrugs, goes over to the window and looks down at the garden. She circles She shrugs, goes over to the window and looks down at the garden. She circles a finger on the glass, then she says, "Maybe you should try an believe in God."
"Should I?"
"Yeah, maybe we all should. The entire human race.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: I want to die in my own way. It's my illness, my death, my choice. I want to die in my own way. It's my illness, my death, my choice. This is what saying yes means.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: Like a stone falling in a pond, circles and circles of love ripple through me. Like a stone falling in a pond, circles and circles of love ripple through me.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: Every breath, every heartbeat, was one less until maybe things stopped hurting this much. Every breath, every heartbeat, was one less until maybe things stopped hurting this much.
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Jenny Downham Sayings: Number two on my list is simple. I must say yes to everything for one Number two on my list is simple. I must say yes to everything for one whole day. Whatever it is and whoever asks it of me.
Jenny Downham Sayings: The inside of the door is glossy white. A total re-paint. I touch it with The inside of the door is glossy white. A total re-paint. I touch it with my fingers, but it stays the same. It's so bright it makes the room waver at the edges. Every few years we disappear.
Jenny Downham Sayings: A little bird moves a mountain of sand one grain at a time it picks A little bird moves a mountain of sand one grain at a time it picks up one grain every million years and when the mountain has been moved the bird puts it all back again and that's how long eternity is and that's a very long time to be dead
Jenny Downham Sayings: A glimpse of light reflected in his eyes. Stars shining there perhaps. Or the moon. A glimpse of light reflected in his eyes. Stars shining there perhaps. Or the moon.
Jenny Downham Sayings: When my second child was born, I gave up acting - two young children out When my second child was born, I gave up acting - two young children out on the road was too difficult to manage. I'd always written, but began to do so with real commitment now that it was my only creative outlet. I used all my acting techniques to do it. I still do.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Is this how it is for everyone?' she whispered.'No.''How do you know?''I just do. I've Is this how it is for everyone?' she whispered.
'No.'
'How do you know?'
'I just do. I've never felt this with anyone before.'
'Serious?'
'Serious. That isn't a line.'
'Kiss me,' she said.
He did. Everywhere.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Should we say something?' Cal asks.'Goodbye, bird?' I suggest.He nods. 'Goodbye, bird. Thank you for Should we say something?' Cal asks.
'Goodbye, bird?' I suggest.
He nods. 'Goodbye, bird. Thank you for coming. And good luck.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I'd like to go home now,' she said softly. She hoped someone would show her I'd like to go home now,' she said softly. She hoped someone would show her the way.
Jenny Downham Sayings: If she planted a seed, she'd have to dig it back up and look at If she planted a seed, she'd have to dig it back up and look at it every day to see if it was growing yet.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Simona: Truth doesn't exist?Katie: ...because everyone's got their own side of a story...If there's no Simona: Truth doesn't exist?
Katie: ...because everyone's got their own side of a story
...If there's no real truth, then all we can do is offer up our own stories and listen to other people's and try and make sense of it all
Jenny Downham Sayings: Help me, Mikey, she wanted to say. I'm afraid. More afraid than you'd ever believe.' Help me, Mikey, she wanted to say. I'm afraid. More afraid than you'd ever believe.' And he'd take her hand and they'd fly across the rooftops and up into space and sit on some planet and watch a double sunrise or maybe a star being born or some other event that no human had ever seen, her head on his shoulder, his arm around her. And she'd tell him everything.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I want you to be with me in the dark. To hold me. To keep I want you to be with me in the dark. To hold me. To keep loving me. To help me when I get scared. To come right to the edge and see what's there.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Maybe I'll come back as somebody else.I'll be the wild-haired girl Adam meets in his Maybe I'll come back as somebody else.
I'll be the wild-haired girl Adam meets in his first week at university. 'Hi, are you on the horticultural
course as well?
Jenny Downham Sayings: I sit up in bed and watch her fiddle about in the back of my I sit up in bed and watch her fiddle about in the back of my wardrobe. I think she's got a plan. That's what's good about Zoey. She'd better hurry up though, because I'm starting to think of things like carrots. And air. And ducks. And pear trees. Velvet and silk. Lakes. I'm going to miss ice. And the sofa. And the lounge. And the way Cal loves magic tricks. And white things- milk, snow, swans.
Jenny Downham Sayings: It's as if a child with a brush and too much enthusiasm has been set It's as if a child with a brush and too much enthusiasm has been set free with a tin of black paint inside me.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I said I wouldn't leave her. I said I wouldn't leave her.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Her skin tasted expensive. Her skin tasted expensive.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I can see inside planes!' he yells. 'Come and look!'It's difficult climbing in a mini I can see inside planes!' he yells. 'Come and look!'
It's difficult climbing in a mini dress ... I haul myself up even though my arms ache. I want to see inside planes too. I want to watch the wind and catch birds in my fist.
Jenny Downham Sayings: He falls asleep quickly. I lie awake and listen to lights being switched off all He falls asleep quickly. I lie awake and listen to lights being switched off all over the town. Whispered
goodnights. The drowsy creak of bedsprings.
I find Adam's hand and hold it tight.
I'm glad that night porters and nurses and long-distance lorry drivers exist. It comforts me to know that
in other countries with different time zones, women are washing clothes in rivers and children are filing to
school. Somewhere in the world right now, a boy is listening to the merry chink of a goat's bell as he
walks up a mountain. I'm very glad about that.
Jenny Downham Sayings: It comes and goes. People think if you're sick you become fearless and brave, but It comes and goes. People think if you're sick you become fearless and brave, but you don't. Most of the time it's like being stalked by a psycho, like I might get shot any second. But sometimes I forget for hours.'
'What makes you forget?'
'People. Doing stuff. When I was with you in the wood, I forgot for a whole afternoon.
Jenny Downham Sayings: When he isn't with me, I think ive made him up. When he isn't with me, I think ive made him up.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Dust Glitter Rain Dust Glitter Rain
Jenny Downham Sayings: Nurses never tell you what they know. They're hired for their cheeriness and the thickness Nurses never tell you what they know. They're hired for their cheeriness and the thickness of their hair. They need to look alive and healthy, to give the patients something to aim for.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I imagine horses in the engine, their manes flying, their breaths steaming, their nostrils flaring I imagine horses in the engine, their manes flying, their breaths steaming, their nostrils flaring as they gallop.
Jenny Downham Sayings: A fine silver rain, like cobwebs falling. A fine silver rain, like cobwebs falling.
Jenny Downham Sayings: It was strange how words meant something when they came out of your mouth. Inside It was strange how words meant something when they came out of your mouth. Inside your head they were safe and silent, but once they were outside, people grabbed hold of them.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I've always wanted to be a cat. Warm and domesticated when you want to be, I've always wanted to be a cat. Warm and domesticated when you want to be, wild when you don't.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Tell me how would be..You don't want to eat much from now on, you'll be Tell me how would be..
You don't want to eat much from now on, you'll be thirst. And.. sometimes have fever. You want to sleep a lot. You have a little or no energy.
Will it hurt?
No. The morphine would make sure you don't feel any pain. And then give you some beautiful dreams.
Do you think i'll be scared?
i think you got the worst luck in the world, and if i would be in your shoes, i will be scared. But i also believe the how of you handle this last few days would be exactly like them should be done.
i hate you when you say days..
Come soon you'll start to drifting on consciousness. Sometimes you wont be respond, but you know people are they, you hear them talk.
And eventually, Tess, you just drift away..
Jenny Downham Sayings: I want a big dark room you can barely move in, with bodies grinding close I want a big dark room you can barely move in, with bodies grinding close together. I want to hear a thousand songs played incredibly loud. I want to dance so fast that my hair grows long enough to trample on. I want my voice to be thunderous above the throb of bass. I want to get so hot that I have to crunch ice in my mouth.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I don't give a shit, Dad!""Well I do! I absolutely give a shit! This will I don't give a shit, Dad!"
"Well I do! I absolutely give a shit! This will completely exhaust you."
"It's my body. I can do what I like!"
"So you don't care about your body now?"
"No, I'm sick of it! I'm sick of doctors and needles and blood tests and transfusions. I'm sick of being stuck in a bed day after day while the rest of you get on with your lives. I hate it! I hate all of you! Adam's gone for a university interview, did you know that? He's going to be here for years doing whatever he likes and I'm going to be under the ground in a couple of weeks!
Jenny Downham Sayings: There's a terrible stillness. I notice a small tear in the wallpaper above her shoulder. There's a terrible stillness. I notice a small tear in the wallpaper above her shoulder. I notice finger marks grimed on the light switch. Somewhere down in the house, a door opens and shuts. As Zoey turns to face me, I realize that life is made up of a series of moments, each one a journey to the end.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Don't pretend to care. I don't need you as an anesthetic. Don't pretend to care. I don't need you as an anesthetic.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Like a tree losing its leaves. I forget even the thing I was thinking. Like a tree losing its leaves. I forget even the thing I was thinking.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I don't want to be dead. I haven't been loved this way for long enough. I don't want to be dead. I haven't been loved this way for long enough.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Instructions for AdamLook after no one except yourself. Go to university and make lots of Instructions for Adam
Look after no one except yourself. Go to university and make lots of friends and get drunk. Forget your door keyes. Laugh. Eat pot-noodles for breakfast. Miss lectures. Be irresponsible.
Jenny Downham Sayings: She wishes she was old. She'd swap her life to be in a life that She wishes she was old. She'd swap her life to be in a life that was nearly over, so long as she didn't have to be here.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Spring is a powerful spell.The blue. The clouds high up and puffy. The air warmer Spring is a powerful spell.
The blue. The clouds high up and puffy. The air warmer than it's been for weeks.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Alchemy, Dex called it, which was something to do with magic if you were French. Alchemy, Dex called it, which was something to do with magic if you were French.
Jenny Downham Sayings: It was only one man who had gone, but it felt like forever, something so It was only one man who had gone, but it felt like forever, something so permanent and unstoppable that it blasted her. If she were a tree, she would drop all her leaves.
Jenny Downham Sayings: You want some sweet and lovely things, Tessa, but be careful. Other people can't always You want some sweet and lovely things, Tessa, but be careful. Other people can't always give you what you want.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Do you want this to be a love story? Do you want this to be a love story?
Jenny Downham Sayings: I lean back on the pillows and look at the corners of the room. When I lean back on the pillows and look at the corners of the room. When I was a kid, I always wanted to live on the ceiling - it looked so clean and uncluttered, like the top of a cake.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I miss him as soon as he goes. When he isn't with me, I think I miss him as soon as he goes. When he isn't with me, I think I made him up.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Her face crashes. She hasn't dealt with a single transfusion or lumbar puncture. She wasn't Her face crashes. She hasn't dealt with a single transfusion or lumbar puncture. She wasn't allowed near me for the bone-marrow transplant, but she could have been there for any number of diagnoses, and wasn't. Even her promises to visit more often have faded away with Christmas. It's her turn to taste some reality.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Dad, you played rounders with me, even though you hated it and wished I'd take Dad, you played rounders with me, even though you hated it and wished I'd take up cricket. You learned how to keep a stamp collecion because I wanted to know. For hours you sat in hospitals and never, not once, complained. You brushed my hair like a mother should. You gave up work for me, friends for me, four years of your life for me. You never moaned. Hardly ever. You let me have Adam. You let me have my list. I was outrageous. Wanting, wanting so much. And you never said, 'That's enough. Stop now.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I want the people I love to get up and speak about me, and even I want the people I love to get up and speak about me, and even if you cry it'll be OK. I want you to say honest things.
Jenny Downham Sayings: We make patterns, we share moments. Sometimes, I think I'm the only one to see We make patterns, we share moments. Sometimes, I think I'm the only one to see it.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I shrug him off. 'Can't you just go away?There's a moment. It has a sound I shrug him off. 'Can't you just go away?
There's a moment. It has a sound in it, as if something very small got broken.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Every seven years our bodies change, every cell. Every seven years, we disappear. Every seven years our bodies change, every cell. Every seven years, we disappear.
Jenny Downham Sayings: The last few weeks, it was as if someone had taken his life to pieces The last few weeks, it was as if someone had taken his life to pieces and let him see the way it worked.
Jenny Downham Sayings: And in the space he left behind, in the loss of him, she felt an And in the space he left behind, in the loss of him, she felt an actual physical pain in her belly. She'd lost a friend and she didn't have many of those.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I like you," he said.He made it sound as if she was bound to disagree I like you," he said.
He made it sound as if she was bound to disagree with him. She nodded. His face said he was telling her something very important.
He said, "I mean it. Whatever happens, you have to believe that.
Jenny Downham Sayings: The shops in High Street still have their metal grilles down, blank-eyed and sleeping. My The shops in High Street still have their metal grilles down, blank-eyed and sleeping. My name is scrawled across them all. I'm outside Ajay's newsagent's. I'm on the expensive shutters of the health food store. I'm massive on Handie's furniture shop, King's Chicken Joint and the Barbecue Cafe. I thread the pavement outside the bank and all the way to Mothercare. I've possessed the road and am a glistening circle at the roundabout.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I didn't understand that when you make love, you actually do MAKE love. Stir things. I didn't understand that when you make love, you actually do MAKE love. Stir things. Affect each other. The breath that escapes from me is dazzled. He breathes it in with a gasp.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Hold my hand. Don't let go. Hold my hand. Don't let go.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I don't want to go into a fridge at an undertaker's. I want you to I don't want to go into a fridge at an undertaker's. I want you to keep me at home until the funeral. Please can someone sit with me in case I get lonely? I promise not to scare you.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I don't think words reach people. Maybe nothing does I don't think words reach people. Maybe nothing does
Jenny Downham Sayings: Cal says, Do you want to see my Megazord? You'll have to come to my Cal says, Do you want to see my Megazord? You'll have to come to my room because it's defending a city and if I move it, everyone will die.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I want a magician with a cloak and wand, or a knight with a sword, I want a magician with a cloak and wand, or a knight with a sword, someone fearless.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Humans are made from nuclear ash of dead stars Humans are made from nuclear ash of dead stars
Jenny Downham Sayings: I used to believe that Dad could do anything, save me from anything. But he I used to believe that Dad could do anything, save me from anything. But he can't, he's just a man.
Jenny Downham Sayings: Don't think you have to be good because you're the only one left. Be as Don't think you have to be good because you're the only one left. Be as bad as you like.
Jenny Downham Sayings: As an actor I worked for seven years with a community theater company based in As an actor I worked for seven years with a community theater company based in London. We used improvisation techniques to take stories to young people who wouldn't normally have access to them - in prisons, hospitals, young offender's units, youth clubs and housing estates.
Jenny Downham Sayings: I made a fatal error thinking he could save me. I made a fatal error thinking he could save me.
Jenny Downham Sayings: She'd never in her whole life bunked school, smoked dope, or kissed a boy whose She'd never in her whole life bunked school, smoked dope, or kissed a boy whose name she didn't know, and yet in the last few days, she'd done all these things.