You’re only young once, they say, but doesn’t it go on for a long time? More years than you can bear.
Hilary Mantel, An Experiment in Love
Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.
Andrew Boyd, Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe
It’s the good girls who keep the diaries; the bad girls never have the time.
Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying.
Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power — not because they don’t see it, but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist.
A gentleman is a person who gives the positive vibes to other women and knows to make her feel comfortable by calling and treating her like a sister.
The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.
Ernest Hemingway - A Farewell to Arms
In the end, we’ll all become stories.
I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.
I’m lovely and lonely.
I belong deeply to myself .
Warsan Shire - 34 Excuses For Why We Failed At Love
At best, love is simply the slipping of a hand in another’s, of knowing you are where you belong at last, and of exchanging through the eyes that all-consuming regard which ignores everybody else on earth.
Laurie Lee - I Can’t Stay Long
Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
Veronica A. Shoffstall - After a While
We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.
Tom Stoppard - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Opening your heart and being courageous and telling people that you care about them or like them or that you think they’re special only makes you a better, bigger, kinder, softer, more loving person and it only attracts more love into your life.
I wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.
Jodi Picoult - My Sister’s Keeper