“Don’t let yourself die without knowing the wonder of fucking with love.” ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez “I love you. It hurts more than anything ever has, but I do. So don’t you dare tell me I don’t. Don’t you ever say it again!” ― Jenny Downham, Before I Die “Do you know how many ways love can hit you? So it makes you happy, or miserable? It makes you sick in the belly or hurt in the heart. It makes everything brighter and sharper, or it blurs all the edges. It makes you feel like a king or a fool. Every way love can hit you, it’s hit me when it comes to you” ― Nora Roberts, Black Hills “Loving you was like going to war; I never came back the same.” ― Warsan Shire “ I will give you this, my love, and I will not bargain or barter any longer. I will love you, as sure as He has loved me. I will discover what I can discover and though you remain a mystery, save God’s own knowledge, what I disclose of you I will keep in the warmest chamber of my heart, the very chamber where God has stowed Himself in me. And I will do this to my death, and to death it may bring me. I will love you like God, because of God, mighted by the power of God. I will stop expecting your love, demanding you love, trading for your love, gaming for your love. I will simply love. I am giving myself to you, and tomorrow I will do it again. I suppose the clock itself will wear thin its time before I am ended at this altar of dying and dying again. God risked Himself on me. I will risk myself on you. And together, we will learn to love, and perhaps then, and only then, understand this gravity that drew Him, unto us.” ― Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality “It was rather beautiful: the way he put her insecurities to sleep. The way he dove into her eyes and starved all the fears and tasted all the dreams she kept coiled beneath her bones.” ― Christopher Poindexter “He opened his mouth. The words were there. He was about to say them when a jolt of terror went through him, the terror of someone who, wandering in a mist, pauses only to realise that they have stopped inches from the edge of a gaping abyss. The way she was looking at him – she could read what was in his eyes, he realised. It must have been written plainly there, like words on the page of a book. There had been no time, no chance, to hide it. “Will,” she whispered. “Say something, Will.” But there was nothing to say. There was only emptiness, as there had been before her. As there would always be. ‘I have lost everything’, Will thought. ‘Everything.” ― Cassandra Clare “Desire is the kind of thing that eats you and leaves you starving.” ― Nayyirah Waheed “I am a restlessness inside a stillness inside a restlessness.” ― Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle “Finally he spoke the three simple words that no amount of bad art or bad faith can every quite cheapen. She repeated them, with exactly the same slight emphasis on the second word, as though she were the one to say them first. He had no religious belief, but it was impossible not to think of an invisible presence or witness in the room, and that these words spoken aloud were like signatures on an unseen contract.” ― Ian McEwan, Atonement “She had to go on this quest. The fate of the world might depend on it. But part of him wanted to say: Forget the world. He didn’t want to be without her.” ― Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena “It was the first time I was ever in love, and I learned a lot. Before that I’d never even thought about killing myself.” ― Steven Wright “My nails dug into his back, and he trailed his lips down the edge of my chin, down the center of my neck. He kept going until he reached the bottom of the dress’s V-neck. I let out a small gasp, and he kissed all around the neckline, just enough to tease.” ― Richelle Mead, The Indigo Spell “People die. Love endures.” ― Rick Yancey, The Infinite Sea “Love cures people, both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.” ― Karl A. Menninger “It´s natural to want someone you love to do what you want, or what you think would be good for them, but you have to let everything happen to them. You can’t interfere with people you love any more than you’re supposed to interfere with people you don’t even know. And that’s hard, …, because you often feel like interfering -you want to be the one who makes the plans.” ― John Irving, The Cider House Rules “I will be generous with my love today. I will sprinkle compliments and uplifting words everywhere I go. I will do this knowing that my words are like seeds and when they fall on fertile soil, a reflection of those seeds will grow into something greater.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free “You have to be patient with him. Travis doesn’t remember much about it, but he was close to his mom, and after we lost her he was never the same. I thought he’d grow out of it, you know, with him being so young. It was hard on all of us, but Trav… he quit trying to love people after that. I was surprised that he brought you here. The way he acts around you, the way he looks at you; I knew you were somethin’ special.” ― Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Disaster “Like time suspended, a wound unmended– you and I. We had no ending, no said goodbye; For all my life, I’ll wonder why.” ― Lang Leav, Love & Misadventure “When you have reached the point where you no longer expect a response, you will at last be able to give in such a way that the other is able to receive, and be grateful. When Love has matured and, through a dissolution of the self into light, become a radiance, then shall the Lover be liberated from dependence upon the Beloved, and the Beloved also be made perfect by being liberated from the Lover.” ― Dag Hammarskjöld, Markings “Were knowledge all, what were our need To thrill and faint and sweetly bleed?” ― Christopher Brennan “I love you now for what we’ve already shared, and I love you now in anticipation of all that’s to come.” ― Nicholas Sparks, Nights in Rodanthe “to love means to realize there is a time to let the beloved one go” ― Tony Parsons, Man and Boy “I wanted him. I arched my back, fully aware of how vulnerable that made me and that I was giving him an invitation. He accepted it and laid me back against the table, bringing his body down on top of mine. That crushing kiss of his moved from my mouth to the nape of my neck. He pushed down the edge of my dress and the bra strap underneath, exposing my shoulder and giving his lips more skin to conquer.” ― Richelle Mead, The Indigo Spell “The strategic adversary is fascism… the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us.” ― Michel Foucault “You and I, it’s as though we have been taught to kiss in heaven and sent down to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught.” ― Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago “To me it seems that too many young women of this time share the same creed. ‘Live, laugh, love, be nothing but happy, experience everything, et cetera et cetera.’ How monotonous, how useless this becomes. What about the honors of Joan of Arc, Beauvoir, Stowe, Xena, Princess Leia, or women that would truly fight for something other than just their own emotions?” ― Criss Jami, Killosophy “You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here’s a hint—ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. It’s the great male fantasy—all it takes is one dance to know that she’s the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face. And right away you know—this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much. And they don’t want a very long courtship. They want to know immediately.” ― Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares “I was trying to go… somewhere. But I kept getting pulled back here. I couldn’t stop walking, couldn’t stop thinking. About the first time I ever saw you, and how after I couldn’t forget you. I wanted to, but I couldn’t stop myself. I forced Hodge to let me be the one who came to find you and bring you back to the Institute. And even back then, in that stupid coffee shop, when I saw you with Simon, even then that felt wrong to me– I should have been the one sitting with you. The one who made you laugh like that. I couldn’t get rid of that feeling. That it should have been me. And the more I knew you, the more I felt it– it had never been like that for me before. I’d always wanted a girl and then gotten to know her and not wanted her anymore, but with you the feeling just got stronger and stronger until that night when you showed up at Renwick’s and I knew. And then to find out the reason I felt like that– like you were some part of me I’d lost and never ever knew I was missing until I saw you again– that the reason was that you were my sister, it felt like some cosmic joke. Like God was spitting on me. I don’t even know for what– for thinking that I actually get to have you, that I would deserve something like that, to be happy. I couldn’t imagine what it was I’d done that I was being punished for–” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Glass “We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all. Be kind and do good for any one and that will be reflected. The ripples of the kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe.” ― Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style

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