“I don’t want to live, I want to love first and live incidentally.” ― Zelda Fitzgerald “You know someone’s right for you when the things they don’t have to say are even more important than the things they do.” ― Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home “Love’s gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.” ― Rabindranath Tagore “Love cannot live where there is no trust.” ― Edith Hamilton, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes “I realized I’m in love. It’s always been right in front of me.” ― Richelle Mead, The Indigo Spell “Thank you…for gracing my life with your lovely presence, for adding the sweet measure of your soul to my existence.” ― Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come “The thing is, that world doesn’t exist. All growing up means is that your realize no one will come along to fix things. No one will come along to save you.” ― Elizabeth Scott, Love You Hate You Miss You “I look down at our knees, slightly touching. Jeans against jeans. Does she notice the heat transferring from her body to mine? Does she even realize what she’s doing to me? I know, I know. I’m not a virgin and the slightest touch of a girl’s knee is driving me insane. I don’t even know what I’m feeling for Maggie, I just know that I’m feeling. It’s something I’ve tried to avoid and deny until yesterday, when I held her in my arms while her tears spilled onto my shirt. God, our knees touching isn’t enough. I need more. She’s knotting her fingers together on her lap as if she doesn’t know what to do with them. I want to touch her, but what if she pulls away like before? I’ve never been such a wuss with a girl in my life. I bite my bottom lip as I slide my hand about millionth of a millimeter closer to her hand. She doesn’t seem fazed so I move closer. And closer. When the tips of my fingers touch her wrist, she freezes. But she doesn’t jerk her hand away. God, her skin is so soft, I think as my fingers trail a path from her wrist to her knuckles to her smooth, manicured nails. I swear touching her like this is driving me nuts. It’s more erotic, more intense than any other time with Kendra. I feel awkward and inexperienced as a freshman again. I look up. Everyone else is oblivious to the intensity of emotions running rampant in the back of the public bus. When I look back down at my hand covering hers, I’m grateful she hasn’t come to her senses and pulled away. As if she knows my thoughts, we both turn our hands at the same time so our hands are palm against palm…finger against finger. Her hand is dwarfed against mine. It makes her seem more delicate and petite than I’d realize. I feel a need to protect her and be her champion should she ever need one. With a slight shift of my hand, I lace my fingers through hers. I’m holding hands. With Maggie Armstrong. I’m not even going to think about how wrong it is because it feels so right. She’s avoided looking right at me, but now she turns her head and our eyes lock. God, how come I never noticed before how long her lashes were and how her brown eyes have specks of gold that sparkle when the sun shine on them? The bus stops suddenly and I look out the window. It’s our stop. She must have realized this because she pulls her hand away from mine and stands. I follow behind, still reeling.” ― Simone Elkeles, Leaving Paradise “libidinous, adj. I never understood why anyone would have sex on the floor. Until I was with you and I realized: you don’t realize you’re on the floor.” ― David Levithan, The Lover’s Dictionary “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.” ― Amy Carmichael “Mysteries of attraction could not always be explained through logic. Sometimes the fractures in two separate souls became the very hinges that held them together.” ― Lisa Kleypas, Devil in Winter “Love is like the sea. It’s a moving thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from the shore it meets, and it’s different with every shore.” ― Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God “That’s what I love about Aibileen, she can take the most complicated things in life and wrap them up so small and simple, they’ll fit right in your pocket.” ― Kathryn Stockett, The Help “And the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion. And whenever those twin poisonous flowers began to sprout in the parched land of that field, Mariam uprooted them. She uprooted them and ditched them before they took hold.” ― Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns “I delete the picture of him from my phone; I delete his number. I think that if I just delete him enough, it will be like none of it ever happened and my heart won’t hurt so badly” ― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before “Everything I know, I know because of love.” ― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace “Isn’t hate merely the result of wounded love?” ― Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club “You want to take me to a movie?” I asked. “Well, not really,” he said. “What I really want is for you to be my girlfriend. But I thought saying that might scare you off.” ― Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye “Without love we all like birds with broken wings.” ― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie “When I like people immensely I never tell their names to anyone. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray “Everything want to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved.” ― Alice Walker, The Color Purple “The bottom line is that we never fall for the person we’re supposed to.” ― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper “Maybe it’s just hiding somewhere. Or gone on a trip to come home. But falling in love is always a pretty crazy thing. It might appear out of the blue and just grab you. Who knows — maybe even tomorrow.” ― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart “I believe in love at first sight but I will always believe that the people we love we have loved before. Many, many, many times before and when we stumble through grace and circumstance and that brilliant illusion of choice to finally meet them again, we feel it faster each time through. The one glance that set life alight is two sets of two eyes staring through the layers of lifetimes and stolen glances and first kisses and hands held; the brace against the weight and unrelenting tide of waiting. I believe in love at first sight but am not burdened with the misconception that it’s a first sight at all.” ― Tyler Knott Gregson “It’s a very brave thing to fall in love. You have to be willing to trust somebody else with your whole being, and that’s very difficult, really difficult and very brave.” ― Nicole Kidman “As for you girls, you must risk everything for Freedom, and give everything for Passion, loving everything that your hearts and your bodies love. The only thing higher for a girl and more sacred for a young woman than her freedom and her passion should be her desire to make her life into poetry, surrendering everything she has to create a life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in her imagination.” ― Roman Payne “I can’t–I can’t think about anything or anyone else,” he whispered. A hand drifted up, dragging back through his hair. “I can’t think straight when you’re around. I can’t sleep. It feels like I can’t breathe–I just–” “Liam, please,” I begged. “You’re tired. You’re barely over being sick. Let’s just… Can we just go back to the others?” “I love you.” He turned toward me, that agonized expression still on his face. “I love you every second of everyday, and I don’t understand why, or how to make it stop–” He looked wild with pain; it pinned me in place, even before what he had said registered in my mind. “I know it’s wrong; I know it down to my damn bones. And I feel like I’m sick. I’m trying to be a good person, but I can’t. I can’t do this anymore.” ― Alexandra Bracken, Never Fade “You said move on, where do I go?” ― Katy Perry “Does that count as an argument? Can we kiss and make up now?” “It was only half an argument.” “Fine. Then, you kiss and I’ll make up.” I laughed until he effectively shut me up with his lips.” ― Colleen Houck “I gave you my heart, but it wasn’t enough.” ― Simone Elkeles, Return to Paradise

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