“Just for the record, she still loves you. She wouldn’t bother to torture you if she didn’t. ” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Diary “I love you so much that nothing can matter to me – not even you…Only my love- not your answer. Not even your indifference” ― Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead “You can love somebody without it being like that. You keep them a stranger, a stranger who’s a friend.” ― Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s “I asked you here tonight because when you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” ― Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project “Perhaps the reason we are unable to love is that we yearn to be loved, that is, we demand something (love) from our partner instead of delivering ourselves up to him demand-free and asking for nothing but his company.” ― Milan Kundera “It was not the passion that was new to her, it was the yearning adoration. She knew she had always feared it, for it left her helpless; she feared it still, lest if she adored him too much, then she would lose herself, become effaced, and she did not want to be effaced, a slave, like a savage woman. She must not become a slave. She feared her adoration, yet she would not at once fight against it.” ― D.H. Lawrence “You are afraid of it because it is stronger than you; you hate it because you are afraid of it; you love it because you cannot subdue it to your will. Only the unsubduable can be loved.” ― Yevgeny Zamyatin, We “Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. ‘The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared’ (Luther).” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community “Falling in love in a Christian way is to say,’I am excited about your future and I want to be part of getting you there. I’m signing up for the journey with you. Would you sign up for the journey to my true self with me? It’s going to be hard but I want to get there.” ― Timothy J. Keller “Think how you love me,” she whispered. “I don’t ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember. Somewhere inside me there’ll always be the person I am to-night.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night “صديقي.. الذي تحوّلَ إلى عدوِّي فجأة.. بلا سببٍ تحوَّل! رغم أني لم أكُن سببًا في عداوته! ولا أعرفُ ما الدّاعي من غضبهِ وتحوّله.. إنك عالقٌ في رأسي على شكلكَ القَديم.. شكلكَ وأنت صَديقي!” ― رشاد حسن, مرآة تبحث عن وجه “We all have an old knot in the heart we wish to untie.” ― Michael Ondaatje, The Cat’s Table “The Quiet World In an effort to get people to look into each other’s eyes more, and also to appease the mutes, the government has decided to allot each person exactly one hundred and sixty-seven words, per day. When the phone rings, I put it to my ear without saying hello. In the restaurant I point at chicken noodle soup. I am adjusting well to the new way. Late at night, I call my long distance lover, proudly say I only used fifty-nine today. I saved the rest for you. When she doesn’t respond, I know she’s used up all her words, so I slowly whisper I love you thirty-two and a third times. After that, we just sit on the line and listen to each other breathe.” ― Jeffrey McDaniel, Forgiveness Parade “My life-my whole life- take it, and do with it what you will. I love you-love you as I have never loved any living thing. From the moment I met you I loved you, loved you blindly, adoringly,madly! You didn’t know it then-you know it now.” ― Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan “Love doesn’t give you very many choices. When you love someone, you just want to be with them. If they break your heart, you will still love them. Because hearts are easy to break, and though love is tender and sometimes fragile, love isn’t. Love sort of envelops you. It covers you like a giant shadow, then pulls you in like a blanket. You are so warm. The feeling surrounds you, and no matter how you feel, it is always there. You can’t escape it. But you wouldn’t want to. You are so, so safe. You can’t remember the last time you were this happy. Were you ever? This happy? Every second you are apart feels like hours. Sometimes, right before you fall asleep, you miss them so much it hurts. You ache for them. Their warmth. Their touch. Their smell. You need them. When you can’t sleep you wish and wish and wish that they would wake up and talk to you. When you dream of them, you wake up smiling. When pain stabs into you, you reach out for them. You cry to them, begging them to hold you and make it all go away, make everything go away. Love addicts you to its feeling. You never, ever want to lose that feeling. Sometimes the fear of losing love drives people to do crazy things. Like buy a plane ticket. Make a phone call. Run out of a class. Cry. Write. Laugh. Because when you love someone, you really love them. You give them your whole heart. You trust them. You never want to be away from them. Sometimes, you don’t even need their words. You just need them there. Love is such an amazing thing, and too many people take it for granted. If you’re in love, don’t let it go. Don’t you dare let it go.” ― Alysha Speer “My mother used to tell me that when push comes to shove, you always know who to turn to. That being a family isn’t a social construct but an instinct.” ― Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith “Think of two people, living together day after day, year after year, in this small space, standing elbow to elbow cooking at the same small stove, squeezing past each other on the narrow stairs, shaving in front of the same small bathroom mirror, constantly jogging, jostling, bumping against each other’s bodies by mistake or on purpose, sensually, aggressively, awkwardly, impatiently, in rage or in love – think what deep though invisible tracks they must leave, everywhere, behind them!” ― Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man “I hold the bottle out into the rain and watch as the steady flow slowly fills it. When there is enough, enough that Beth can clearly see, I close the bottle and hand it to her. She raises a skeptical eyebrow, but accepts the bottle. “It’s our rain Beth.” Her head barely shakes to show her confusion while I rub the back of my neck and search for my courage. “I told you I loved you in this rain and when you doubt my words, I want you to look at this bottle.” ― Katie McGarry, Dare You To “Her existence alone was excuse enough to justify the creation of the entire world.” ― Stephenie Meyer “What barrier is there that love cannot break?” ― Mahatma Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth “I loved him as we always love for the first time; with idolatry and wild passion.” ― Voltaire “What is love? There is nothing in the world, neither man nor Devil nor any thing, that I hold as suspect as love, for it penetrates the soul more than any other thing. Nothing exists that so fills and binds the heart as love does. Therefore, unless you have those weapons that subdue it, the soul plunges through love into an immense abyss.” ― Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose “Who fixes broken people? Is it only other broken people, ones who’ve already been ruined? And do we need to be fixed? It was the messiness and hurt in our pasts that drove us, and that same hurt connected us at a subdermal level, the kind of scars written so deeply in your cells that you can’t even see them anymore, only recognize them in someone else.” ― Leah Raeder, Unteachable “I miss you. I miss you. I miss you, I miss you. Be ready, because when I see you, I’ll never let you go again.” ― Veronica Rossi, Through the Ever Night “It is that we are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love, never no helplessly unhappy as when we have lost our loved object of its love.” ― Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents “The knowledge that she would never be loved in return acted upon her ideas as a tide acts upon cliffs.” ― Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey “The purpose of relationship is not to have another who might complete you, but to have another with whom you might share your completeness.” ― Neale Donald Walsch “I’m telling you this for one reason and one reason only: No matter how sure you are of someone’s love, it’s always nice to hear it.” ― Mike Gayle, Turning Thirty “Our lips met hungrily, and his clever artistic hands wrapped around my hips. A sudden buzz from my regular cell phone startled me from the kissing. “Don’t,” said Adrian, his eyes ablaze and breathing ragged. “What if there’s a crisis at school?” I asked. “What if Angeline ‘accidentally’ stole one of the campus buses and drove it into the library?” “Why would she do that?” “Are you saying she wouldn’t?” He sighed. “Go check it.” ― Richelle Mead, The Fiery Heart “I understood that as much as I had resisted the outside, as much as I had constricted my life, as much as I had closed and narrowed the channels into me, there were still many takers for the quiet heart.” ― Steve Martin, The Pleasure of My Company

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