“Long distance is hard. You have to trust that as you each change on your own, your relationship will also change along with you. It takes hope, good humor, and idealism. It takes a massive dose of courage to protect the relationship at all odds. It is hard, but worth it. You’ll both be stronger as a result.” ― Craig M. Mullaney, The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education “We are the ones who take this thing called music and line it up with this thing called time. We are the ticking, we are the pulsing, we are underneath every part of this moment. And by making the moment our own, we are rendering it timeless. There is no audience. There are no instruments. There are only bodies and thoughts and murmurs and looks. It’s the concert rush to end all concert rushes, because this is what matters. When the heart races, this is what it’s racing towards.” ― Rachel Cohn, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist “Accidents ambush the unsuspecting, often violently, just like love.” ― Andrew Davidson, The Gargoyle “Human beings are funny. They long to be with the person they love but refuse to admit openly. Some are afraid to show even the slightest sign of affection because of fear. Fear that their feelings may not be recognized, or even worst, returned. But one thing about human beings puzzles me the most is their conscious effort to be connected with the object of their affection even if it kills them slowly within.” ― Sigmund Freud “He loved her because it was his nature to do so, but there were times when he could not endure her love for him. There were times when it became nothing but pure idiot mystery…” ― Flannery O’Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories “Abuse manipulates and twists a child’s natural sense of trust and love. Her innocent feelings are belittled or mocked and she learns to ignore her feelings. She can’t afford to feel the full range of feelings in her body while she’s being abused—pain, outrage, hate, vengeance, confusion, arousal. So she short-circuits them and goes numb. For many children, any expression of feelings, even a single tear, is cause for more severe abuse. Again, the only recourse is to shut down. Feelings go underground.” ― Laura Davis, Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Is a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse “the wounded child inside many males is a boy who, when he first spoke his truths, was silenced by paternal sadism, by a patriarchal world that did not want him to claim his true feelings. The wounded child inside many females is a girl who was taught from early childhood that she must become something other than herself, deny her true feelings, in order to attract and please others. When men and women punish each other for truth telling, we reinforce the notion that lies are better. To be loving we willingly hear the other’s truth, and most important, we affirm the value of truth telling. Lies may make people feel better, but they do not help them to know love.” ― bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions “Oh, Lily,” He says shaking his head. “I know about love. About wanting and dreaming and wishing with every part of your soul. I know enough to reconize the parts that are real and teh parts that are only in my fantasy.” Ge turns his head slightly to face me, and I find myself saying,”L-like what?” “Like when she cries and my heart tears in to little shreds, and all I can think of is making her forget the source of her sadness.” His face is blank, emotionless. his words -and the underlying emotion bombarding me through the bond- more than make up for it. “That’s real.” my voice is barely a whisper when I ask, “And fantasy?” “Believing she’ll ever feel the same way.” ― Tera Lynn Childs, Forgive My Fins “Something amazing happens when you’re in love and don’t give a damn about what day it is anymore.” ― Chad Sugg “You’ll never love yourself half as much as I love you and you’ll never treat yourself right darling but I want ya too if I let you knoooowww Im here for you then maybe you’ll love yourself like I love you ohhhhh” ― Niall Horan “Even if they end up together, which I highly doubt, given the strength of that particular bond-…-but even if Schuyler still loves him, or thinks she does, it doesn’t matter. Because Jack is going to leave her one day. i know he will. He’s too much for Schuyler. They’re wrong for each other. Anyone can see that. And when he leaves her, I’ll be there. However long it takes, I’ll still be there for her. Waiting.” ― Melissa de la Cruz, Revelations “A man is only as good as what he loves.” ― Saul Bellow “Why be alone when we can be together baby You can make my life worthwhile And I can make you start to smile” ― Mr. Big “There’s two kinds of women–those you write poems about and those you don’t.” ― Jeffrey McDaniel “Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.” ― George Eliot “Dante laughed. “No cold soup, no goat cheese. I’ll make a mental note. And no Gottfried Curse.” “And for you it’s no food at all. No sleep. And no tunnels.” “I’m low maintenance.” “Is that what you are? Because I’ve been trying to figure it out all semester.” “And what have you concluded?” “A mutant. A rare disease. A creature from the inferno. Dante.” “And what if you found out you were right?” he asked. “What if it meant that I could hurt you?” “I would say that I’m not scared. Everyone has the ability to hurt. It’s the choice that matters.” ― Yvonne Woon, Dead Beautiful “Please, Noah, I don’t want to do this wrong. Tell me how to make you feel good.” He shifted so that his body rested beside mine, his leg and arm still draped over me. I felt small under his warmth and strength. His chocolate-brown eyes softened. “Being with you feels good. Touching you-” he tucked a curl behind my ear. “-feels good. I have never wanted anyone like I want you. There’s nothing you can do wrong when just breathing makes everything right.” ― Katie McGarry, Pushing the Limits “Hindi mo pwedeng mahalin ang isang tao nang hindi mo minamahal ang hilaga, silangan, timog at kanluran ng kanyang paniniwala. Kapag nagmahal ka’y dapat mong tanggapin bawat letra ng kanyang birth certificate. Kasama na doon ang kanyang libag, utot at bad breath. Pero me limit. Pantay-pantay ang ibinibigay na karapatan sa lahat ng tao upang lumigaya, o masaktan, o magpakagago, pero kapag sumara na ang mga pinto, nawasak na ang mga puso, nawala na ang mga kaluluwa at ang bilang ay umabot na sa zero, goodbye na. Pero, the memory of that one great but broken love will still sustain you, tama nga na mas matindi ang mga alaala.” ― Ricky Lee, Para Kay B “Belinda stared into the fire for some time, thinking about what she had in her life, and what she had given up; and whether it would be worse to love someone who was no longer there, or not to love someone who was.” ― Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions “I look at you and see all the ways a soul can bruise, and I wish I could sink my hands into your flesh and light lanterns along your spine so you know that there’s nothing but light when I see you.” ― Shinji Moon, The Anatomy of Being “Love? I need a lot of love.” Of course you do. Everyone does. It’s funny that we never say it. It’s OK to scream, ‘I’m starving’ in public if you are hungry; it’s OK to make a fuss and say, ‘I’m so sleepy’, if you are tired; but somehow we cannot say, ‘I need some more love.’ Why can’t we say it? It’s just as basic a need.” ― Chetan Bhagat, One Night at the Call Center “People say I make strange choices, but they’re not strange for me. My sickness is that I’m fascinated by human behavior, by what’s underneath the surface, by the worlds inside people.” ― Johnny Depp “Why did dusk and fir-scent and the afterglow of autumnal sunsets make people say absurd things?” ― L.M. Montgomery, Emily’s Quest “You’re still alive. And that means you’ll love and be loved…and in the end, nothing else really matters.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me “A perfect person is easy to love. But when somebody likes all your imperfections, well, that’s when you know they really mean it.” ― Michelle Dalton, Sixteenth Summer “It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one.” ― Mary Francis Kennedy Fisher, The Art of Eating “I had forgotten how much light there is in the world, till you gave it back to me.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea “But the hearts of small children are delicate organs. A cruel beginning in this world can twist them into curious shapes. The heart of a hurt child can shrink so that forever afterward it is hard and pitted as the seed of a peach. Or again, the heart of such a child may fester and swell until it is a misery to carry within the body, easily chafed and hurt by the most ordinary things.” ― Carson McCullers, The Ballad of the Sad Café and Other Stories “I want you to have big dreams, big goals. I want you to strive to achieve them. But I don’t want to see you beating yourself up every time you make a mistake.” ― Kelley Armstrong, The Gathering “Come here, baby.” And with my words, Echo leaned into me soft, pliant, broken. “You’re not alone,” I whispered into her hair as I cradled her in my arms. “You’re not alone, because you have me.” And I love you, more than you could ever know ” ― Katie McGarry, Pushing the Limits

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