“We’re taught that in life, we should try to look on the bright side. Not in this case. In this case, assume rejection first. Assume you’re the rule, not the exception. It’s liberating. But we also know it’s not an easy concept. -He’s not just into you” ― Greg Behrendt “Well my gun fires seven different shades of shit, so what’s your favorite color, punk?” ― Gerard Way “Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.” ― Leigh Hunt “Say you’ll marry me when I come back or, before God, I won’t go. I’ll stay around here and play a guitar under your window every night and sing at the top of my voice and compromise you, so you’ll have to marry me to save your reputation.” ― Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind “People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer.” ― Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing “That this girl would know exactly how to shatter me.” ― Tahereh Mafi, Destroy Me “This is the true measure of love: when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will ever love in the same way after us.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Wow,” said Adrian. He sat down on the bed and tested its bounciness, giving it a nod of approval. “This is amazing. What do you think, buttercup?” “I have no words,” I said honestly. He patted the spot beside him. “Want to try it out?” ― Richelle Mead, The Indigo Spell “Visionary feminism is a wise and loving politics. It is rooted in the love of male and female being, refusing to privilege one over the other. The soul of feminist politics is the commitment to ending patriarchal domination of women and men, girls and boys. Love cannot exist in any relationship that is based on domination and coercion. Males cannot love themselves in patriarchal culture if their very self-definition relies on submission to patriarchal rules. When men embrace feminist thinking and preactice, which emphasizes the value of mutual growth and self-actualization in all relationships, their emotional well-being will be enhanced. A genuine feminist politics always brings us from bondage to freedom, from lovelessness to loving.” ― bell hooks “The main condition for the achievement of love is the overcoming of one’s narcissism. The narcissistic orientation is one in which one experiences as real only that which exists within oneself, while the phenomena in the outside world have no reality in themselves, but are experienced only from the viewpoint of their being useful or dangerous to one. The opposite pole to narcissism is objectivity; it is the faculty to see other people and things as they are, objectively, and to be able to separate this objective picture from a picture which is formed by one’s desires and fears.” ― Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving “Marveling at his own boldness, he said softly, “I would enter your sleep if I could, and guard you there, and slay the thing that hounds you, as I would if it had the courage to face me in fair daylight. But I cannot come in unless you dream of me.” ― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn “The spiritualization of sensuality is called love: it is a great triumph over Christianity.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche “It suddenly made sense. Only twice in his life had he felt this inexplicable, almost mystical attraction to a woman. He’d thought it remarkable, to have found two, when in his heart he’d always believed there was only one perfect woman out there for him. His heart had been right. There was only one.” ― Julia Quinn, An Offer From a Gentleman “Buy a gift for a dog, and you’ll be amazed at the way it will dance and swerve its tail, but if don’t have anything to offer to it, it won’t even recognize your arrival; such are the attributes of fake friends.” ― Michael Bassey Johnson “In his extreme youth Stoner had thought of love as an absolute state of being to which, if one were lucky, one might find access; in his maturity he had decided it was the heaven of a false religion, toward which one ought to gaze with an amused disbelief, a gently familiar contempt, and an embarrassed nostalgia. Now in his middle age he began to know that it was neither a state of grace nor an illusion; he saw it as a human act of becoming, a condition that was invented and modified moment by moment and day by day, by the will and the intelligence and the heart.” ― John Edward Williams, Stoner “Let this hell be our heaven.” ― Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come “Far too many people opened their hearts and lives at the drop of a hat. Why give someone that power over you? Why endow them with the ability to hurt you that much? Let someone in and you were asking for an emotional kicking some day.” ― Dorothy Koomson, My Best Friend’s Girl “Do you remember what you said to me once? That you could help me only by loving me? Well-you did love me for a moment; and it helped me. It has always helped me.” ― Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth “Suddenly it was too hard to be in his presence, too painful to know that he would belong to someone else.” ― Julia Quinn, The Viscount Who Loved Me “and the two of them loved each other for a long time in silence without making love again.” ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera “I think about you every second of every day and I don’t know how to get over you,” she says. “Don’t,” I beg her. “Please don’t get over me.” ― Colleen Hoover, November 9 “Infatuation is not quite the same thing as love; it’s more like love’s shady second cousin who’s always borrowing money and can’t hold down a job.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage “One day she marched around the side of the house and confronted me. “I’ve seen you out there every day for the past week, and everyone knows you stare at me all day in school, if you have something you want to say to me why don’t you just say it to my face instead of sneaking around like a crook?” I considered my options. Either I could run away and never go back to school again, maybe even leave the country as a stowaway on a ship bound for Australia. Or I could risk everything and confess to her. The answer was obvious: I was going to Australia. I opened my mouth to say goodbye forever. And yet. What I said was: I want to know if you’ll marry me.” ― Nicole Krauss, The History of Love “Tucker strokes my hair. There’s something so tender about the gesture. It might as well have been him whispering I love you.” ― Cynthia Hand, Hallowed “I’d sell my soul to have you. In my whole life, you’ll always be what I wanted most.” ~ Hardy Cates” ― Lisa Kleypas, Sugar Daddy “Parents have this twisted belief that anyone under the age of about twenty simply can’t know what love is, like the age to love is assessed in the same way the law assesses the legal age to drink. They think that the ‘emotional growth’ of a teenager’s mind is too underdeveloped to understand love, to know if it’s ‘real’ or not. That’s completely asinine. The truth is that adults love in different ways, not the only way.” ― J.A. Redmerski, The Edge of Never “I’m not good enough for you. But no one is. And most men, good or bad, have limits to what they would do, even for someone they love. I have none. No God, no moral code, no faith in anything. Except you. You’re my religion. I would do anything you asked. I would fight, steal, kill for you.” -Kev to Win” ― Lisa Kleypas, Seduce Me at Sunrise “We were very different, and we disagreed about a lot of things, but he was always so interesting, you know?” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars “My love affair with (him) had a wonderful element of romance to it, which I will always cherish. But it was not an infatuation, and here’s how I can tell: because I did not demand that he become my Great Emancipator or my Source of All Life, nor did I immediately vanish into that man’s chest cavity like a twisted, unrecognizable, parasitical homonculus. During our long period of courtship, I remained intact within my own personality, and I allowed myself to meet (him) for who he was.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage “He didn’t look like the same person who picked me up this morning. Noah–sarcastic, distant, untouchable Noah–cared. And that made him real.” ― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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