“abstraction, n. Love is one kind of abstraction. And then there are those nights when I sleep alone, when I curl into a pillow that isn’t you, when I hear the tiptoe sounds that aren’t yours. It’s not as if I can conjure you up completely. I must embrace the idea of you instead.” ― David Levithan, The Lover’s Dictionary “Is it really so that the one I love is everywhere?” ― Jalaluddin Rumi “I love you,” I said, and stabbed him.” ― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses “In a strong relationship, you should love your companion more than you need them.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free “Nobody really knows her Except the chosen few Her secrets are kept hidden Behind that sun-kissed hue. If I reach out to touch her She’ll just run away My Forever and Always Will have to wait another day.” ― Simone Elkeles, Chain Reaction “Her life with others no longer interests him. He wants only her stalking beauty, her theatre of expressions. He wants the minute secret reflection between them, the depth of field minimal, their foreignness intimate like two pages of a closed book.” ― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient “If you love books enough, books will love you back.” ― Jo Walton, Among Others “The love we give away is the only love we keep.” ― Elbert Hubbard “There seemed to be three choices: to give up trying to love anyone, to stop being selfish, or to learn to love a person while continuing to be selfish.” ― Lydia Davis “After all, a woman who doesn’t love cats is never going to be make a man happy.” ― Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence “Love is giving up control. It’s surrendering the desire to control the other person. The two—love and controlling power over the other person—are mutually exclusive. If we are serious about loving someone, we have to surrender all the desires within us to manipulate the relationship.” ― Rob Bell, Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality “What kind of motel sells condoms?” “My favorite kind of motel?” ― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Origin “I want to be with you forever and beyond…” ― Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted “I need to figure out the secret. I need to work out how to keep things flying back to me instead of always flying away.” ― Carol Rifka Brunt, Tell the Wolves I’m Home “Dear Goat, How does one fall in love? Do you trip? Do you stumble, lose your balance and drop to the sidewalk, graze your knee, graze your heart? Do you crash to the stony ground? Is there a precipice, from which you float, over the edge, forever? I know I’m in love when I see you, I know when I long to see you. Not a muscle has moved. Leaves hang unruffled by any breeze. The air is still. I have fallen in love without taking step. When did this happen? I haven’t even blinked. I’m on fire. Is that too banal for you? It’s not, you know. You’ll see. It’s what happens. It’s what matters. I’m on fire. I no longer eat, I forget to eat. Food looks silly to me, irrelevant. If I even notice it. But I notice nothing. My thoughts are full and raging, a house full of brothers, related by blood, feuding blood feuds: “I’m in love.” “Typically stupid choice.” “I am, though, I’m racked by love as if love were pain.” “Go ahead. Fuck up your life. It’s all wrong and you know it. Wake up. Face it.” “There’s only one face, it’s all I see, awake or asleep.” I threw the book out the window last night. I tried to forget. You are all wrong for me, I know it, but I no longer care for my thoughts unless they’re thoughts of you. When I’m close to you, in your presence, I feel your hair brush my cheek when it does not. I look away from you, sometimes. Then I look back. When I tie my shoes, when I peel an orange, when I drive my car, when I lie down each night without you, I remain, As ever, Ram” ― Cathleen Schine, The Love Letter “Then he almost but didn’t say the two sentence he’d been meaning to say for years: part of me is made of glass, and also, I love you” ― Nicole Krauss “Cinta bukan sekedar memaafkan. cinta bukan sekedar soal menerima apa adanya. cinta adalah harga diri. cinta adalah rasionalitas sempurna. Jika kau memahami cinta adalah perasaan irasional, sesuatu yang tidak masuk akal, tidak butuh penjelasan, maka cepat atau lambat, luka itu akan kembali menganga. kau dengan mudah membenarkan apapun yang terjadi di hati, tanpa tahu, tanpa memberikan kesempatan berpikir bahwa itu boleh jadi karena kau tidak mampu mengendalikan perasaan tersebut. tidak lebih, tidak kurang” ― Tere Liye, Sepotong Hati Yang Baru “Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood, and you’re the one I need” ― Johnny Cash “I know the truth now. You’ve figured out I’m falling in love with you and you’re trying to make me stop by hurting me this way. Well it won’t work. One way or another, I’m going to make you care about me. Yes, I am, unless your cold attitude kills me first. It’s only fair, Connor. If I’m going to be miserable, by God, so are you. I am not a common wench and I will not be treated like one.” ― Julie Garwood, The Wedding “I’ve decided that I’m not going to try to squeeze myself into a friendship that hurts me anymore. I’m going to let her go and just be friends with people who make me feel good about myself.” ― Zoe Sugg “Here’s what I think. We all want someone to build a fort with. We want somebody to swap crayons with and play hide-and-seek with and live out imaginary stories with. We start out getting that from our family. Then we get it from our friends. And then, for whatever reasons, we get it in our heads that we need to get that feeling- that intimacy- from a single someone else. We call if growing up. But really, when you take sex out of it, what we want is a companion. And we make that so damn hard to find.” ― David Levithan, Are We There Yet? “I had always had a little problem looking out for myself in love. I was afraid people would leave me. So I sort of clung and did everything possible to keep someone around. I didn’t have a hard talk with myself about who I was keeping around. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. I clung to people like human life preservers. I thought i’d die if someone left me. Its ironic because now I’m the one who’s leaving.” ― Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming “I am not yours, not lost in you, Not lost, although I long to be Lost as a candle lit at noon, Lost as a snowflake in the sea. You love me, and I find you still A spirit beautiful and bright, Yet I am I, who long to be Lost as a light is lost in light.” ― Sara Teasdale, Love Songs “TANDAAN: mahirap mafriendzone, pero madali lang gumanti!” ― Ramon Bautista, Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo? “Love is no game. People cut their ears off over this stuff. People jump off the Eiffel Tower and sell all their possessions and move to Alaska to live with the grizzly bears, and then they get eaten and nobody hears them when they scream for help. That’s right. Falling in love is pretty much the same thing as being eaten alive by a grizzly bear.” ― Jess Rothenberg, The Catastrophic History of You and Me “You deserve someone better than me. Someone young and idealistic…someone who can experience things for the first time along with you. I’m not always kind, and I have more faults than I’d care to name. All I can promise is that I’ll want you until my last breath.” ― Lisa Kleypas, Because You’re Mine “Because that is when you love somebody – when you see them being game in the face of the worst. Not courageous. Not heroic. Just game.” ― Philip Roth, The Human Stain “If you kiss someone on the back of the neck, it spreads.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr. “She smiled, and there it was again, that aching pressure in his chest. Love, or a heart attack. Kind of the same thing.” ― Kristan Higgins, Somebody to Love “In any relationship in which two people become one, the end result is two half people.” ― Wayne W. Dyer

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