“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“The fact that you’re struggling doesn’t make you a burden. It doesn’t make you unloveable or undesirable or undeserving of care. It doesn’t make you too much or too sensitive or too needy. It makes you human. Everyone struggles. Everyone has a difficult time coping, and at times, we all fall apart. During these times, we aren’t always easy to be around – and that’s okay. No one is easy to be around one hundred percent of the time. Yes, you may sometimes be unpleasant or difficult. And yes, you may sometimes do or say things that make the people around you feel helpless or sad. But those things aren’t all of who you are and they certainly don’t discount your worth as a human being. The truth is that you can be struggling and still be loved. You can be difficult and still be cared for. You can be less than perfect, and still be deserving of compassion and kindness.”— Daniell Koepke

“You would call him dull, no doubt, but he smiled whenever he saw me and we could’ve built a life on that.” Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

“Out of nothing does not mean into nothing.” – Mary Szybist, Incarnadine: Poems

“Life is so simple
It is so raw
but we don’t see in black and white

A kiss is just a kiss
if vodka is applied
and intimacy are not feelings
but naked bodies begging
for love.” – m.k.c.

Do not make
out of people.
This will leave you
and sad,
missing arms that
cannot hold
hearts with
shaky foundations.

—Michelle K., Home

“If you love someone, you believe she is the best person in the world. She doesn’t see herself like that, and that’s the only thing he wants to show her. That’s love. he wants her to love herself the same way he loves her.” – Robert Pattinson

“Jesus Christ knows the worst about you. Nonetheless. He is the one who loves you the most.” – A.W. Tozer

“Your loneliness now is monumentally better than your loneliness with a man in the house who has no intention of loving and serving you like Christ loved the church, no intention of pouring himself out for you and the lives and souls of your children. Just wait.” – Matt Chandler

“…so she weeps alone.” – Margaret Fuller, Woman in the Nineteenth Century

“Where were you when I was still kind?” – Gregory Alan Isakov, Master and a Hound

“A bitter ending is better than an endless bitterness.” – About Elly

“You were pieced together by the most gentle of hands, and you were designed for something eternal.” – T.B. LaBerge

“The sunrise, of course, doesn’t care if we watch it or not. It will keep on being beautiful, even if no one bothers to look at it.” – Gene Amole

“But remember, there are two ways to dehumanize someone: by dismissing them, and by idolizing them.” – David Wong

“My heart didn’t break into a thousand pieces after he left. Instead, I realized all the things he didn’t do. He didn’t want to hear my stories. He didn’t ask me questions. He didn’t smile when I was talking to him. He didn’t hug me out of the blue to make me feel good. His hugs were always a preamble to something else and after he was gone, I wondered if he ever knew me at all.” – Diane Les Becquets

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.” – John Wooden

“It hurts until it doesn’t. You think it’s going to break you, but it won’t. You may not sleep as well at night, but you will be fine. Numb, but numb and fine are the same.” – Scandal

“I am unable to desscribe exactly what is the matter with me; now and then there are horrible fits of anxiety, apparently without cause, or otherwise a feeling of emptiness and fatigue in my head.” – Vincent Van Gogh, in a letter to his sister, Wil.

“You are not weak just because your heart feels so heavy.” – Andrea Gibson

“When a person tells you you hurt them, you don’t get to decide you didn’t.’ – Louis C.K.

“It was probably nothing but it felt like the world.” – Morrissey, Autobiography (141)

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin

“Do not awaken galaxies inside of someone if you are not even fond of stars.” – Lucy Quin

“Don’t judge yourself by what others did you you.” – C. Kennedy, Omorphi 

You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy.
Apologize for mistakes. Apologize for unintentionally hurting someone – profusely. But don’t apologize for being who you are.” – Danielle Laporte
“And then, suddenly, something is over.” – Louise Gluck, Poems 1962-2012
“Never love anybody who treats you like you’re ordinary.” – Oscar Wilde

“You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want.” – S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders

“Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.” – Benjamin Franklin

“There’s so much more to life than finding someone who will want you. There’s a lot of wonderful time to be spent discovering yourself without hoping someone will fall in love with you along the way, and it doesn’t need to be painful or empty. You need to fill yourself up with love. Not anyone else. Become a whole being on your own. Go on adventures, fall asleep in the woods with friends, wander around the city and night, sit in a coffee shop on your own, write on bathroom stalls, leave notes in library books, dress up for yourself, give to others, smile a lot. Do all things with love, but don’t romanticize life like you can’t survive without it. Live for yourself and be happy on your own. It isn’t anyless beautiful, I promise.” – Emery Allen

“When you’ve never gotten love from someone, you don’t know what it might look like if it ever does appear. You look for it in anything: any bright light overhead could be a star.” – Sarah Dessen, The Moon and More

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin

 “But who prays for Satan? Who, in the eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one that needed it most?” – Mark Twain

“I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if ya never take it seriously, ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.” – Almost Famous (2000) dir. Cameron Crowe

“When you lose someone who’s your home, your only home in the world, and when it happens you think, ‘Oh, I should’ve had a backup home. Another person, or place, or thing. Something to make me feel safe and now I don’t have that and now I’m lost.'” – The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, dir. Fredrik Bond

 “and I’m over it, I’m over it, I promise I’m over it. But it still hurts sometimes.” – Laura Elizabeth Ross

 “Not everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long-lasting. Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself, to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone to walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they’ve given us.” – Emery Allen

“Do life with people who remind you that you are enough.” – Debby Ryan

“If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 a.m. clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are. Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable.” – Robert Pattinson

“Night flight to San Francisco; chase the moon across America. God, it’s been years since I was on a plane. When we hit 35,000 feet we’ll have reached the tropopause, the great belt of calm air, as close as I’ll ever get to the ozone. I dreamed we were there. The plane leapt the tropopause, the safe air, and attained the outer rim, the ozone, which was ragged and torn, patches of it threadbare as old cheesecloth, and that was frightening. But I saw something that only I could see because of my astonishing ability to see such things: Souls were rising, from the earth far below, souls of the dead, of people who had perished, from famine, from war, from the plague, and they floated up, like skydivers in reverse, limbs all akimbo, wheeling and spinning. And the souls of these departed joined hands, clasped ankles, and formed a web, a great net of souls, and the souls were three-atom oxygen molecules of the stuff of ozone, and the outer rim absorbed them and was repaired. Nothing’s lost forever. In this world, there’s a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we’ve left behind, and dreaming ahead. At least I think that’s so.” – Tony Kushner, Angels in America, Part 2: Parestroika

“One day, you’re seventeen and you’re planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.” – One Tree Hill


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