“Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen “If you have it [love], you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have.” ― J.M. Barrie “Sometimes I feel like we’re a knot, too tangled to be taken apart.” ― Kiera Cass, The Elite “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. “I imagine a line, a white line, painted on the sand and on the ocean, from me to you.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated “I went to a tattoo parlor and had YES written onto the palm of my left hand, and NO onto my right palm, what can I say, it hasn’t made my life wonderful, its made life possible, when I rub my hands against each other in the middle of winter I am warming myself with the friction of YES and NO, when I clap my hands I am showing my appreciation through the uniting and parting of YES and NO, I signify “book” by peeling open my hands, every book, for me, is the balance of YES and NO, even this one, my last one, especially this one. Does it break my heart, of course, every moment of every day, into more pieces than my heart was made of, I never thought of myself as quiet, much less silent, I never thought about things at all, everything changed, the distance that wedged itself between me and my happiness wasn’t the world, it wasn’t the bombs and burning buildings, it was me, my thinking, the cancer of never letting go, is ignorance bliss, I don’t know, but it’s so painful to think, and tell me, what did thinking ever do for me, to what great place did thinking ever bring me? I think and think and think, I’ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer “Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.” ― Matt Groening, The Big Book of Hell “I needed him like I’d never needed anyone.” ― Becca Fitzpatrick, Crescendo “I couldn’t stand here, hanging on, when the very thing I held disappeared more with each passing day.” ― Becca Fitzpatrick, Crescendo “I need the thing that happens when your brain shuts off and your heart turns on.” ― Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation “Every day People straighten up the hair, why not the heart?” ― Ernesto Che Guevara “If one wanted to depict the whole thing graphically, every episode, with its climax, would require a three-dimensional, or, rather, no model: every experience is unrepeatable. What makes lovemaking and reading resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space.” ― Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler “Kiss a lover, Dance a measure, Find your name And buried treasure. Face your life, It’s pain, It’s pleasure, Leave no path untaken.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book “But what was there to say? Only that there were tears. Only that Quietness and Emptiness fitted together like stacked spoons. Only that there was a snuffling in the hollows at the base of a lovely throat. Only that a hard honey-colored shoulder had a semicircle of teethmarks on it. Only that they held each other close, long after it was over. Only that what they shared that night was not happiness, but hideous grief. Only that once again they broke the Love Laws. That lay down who should be loved. And how. And how much.” ― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things “There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.” ― Cassandra Clare, Lady Midnight “I think you can love a person too much. You put someone up on a pedestal, and all of a sudden, from that perspective, you notice what’s wrong – a hair out of place, a run in a stocking, a broken bone. You spend all your time and energy making it right, and all the while, you are falling apart yourself. You don’t even realize what you look like, how far you’ve deteriorated, because you only have eyes for someone else.” ― Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care “This time I wouldn’t forget him, because I couldn’t ever forgive him – for breaking my heart twice.” ― James Patterson, Sundays at Tiffany’s “Where you go, I shall go; where you die, I shall die, and there will I be buried.” ― Rosamund Hodge, Cruel Beauty “Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure: 1. Acceptance 2. Understanding 3. Appreciation Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart. Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions? So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.” ― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration “Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice “Shut up…let me tell you, LET ME. Every time I look at your face or even remember it, it wrecks me. And the way you are with me and you’re just fun and you shit all over me and you make fun of me and you’re real. I don’t have enough time in any day to think about you enough…I don’t even think about women anymore. I think about you.” ― Louis C.K. “One day you fall for this boy. And he touches you with his fingers. And he burns holes in your skin with his mouth. And it hurts when you look at him. And it hurts when you don’t. And it feels like someone’s cut you open with a jagged piece of glass.” ― Maureen Medved, The Tracey Fragments “Five minutes are enough to dream a whole life, that is how relative time is.” ― Mario Benedetti “Nelly, I am Heathcliff – he’s always, always in my mind – not as a pleasure, any more then I am always a pleasure to myself – but, as my own being.” ― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights “I had fun last night,” I told Patch, flicking off my chin strap and handing over my helmet. “I’m officially in love with your sheets.” “That the only thing you’re in love with?” “Nope. Your mattress, too.” Some smile crept into Patch’s eyes. “My bed’s an open invitation.” ― Becca Fitzpatrick, Silence “The center will hold.” “How do you know?” “Because we are the center.” ― Richelle Mead, The Fiery Heart “To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation…Love is a high inducement to the individual to ripen, to become something in himself, to become world for himself for another’s sake, it is a great exacting claim upon him, something that chooses him out and calls him to vast things.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet “You say you’re sure? Sure that you’re in love? How can you know it? You think love is so simple? ” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go “So,” he called to her back, “Just out of curiosity, you know, purely conversation and all, at what age will you be entertaining offers of marriage?” “You think it’ll be so easy?” she called back over her shoulder. “No way. There will be tasks. Like in a fairy tale.” “Sounds dangerous.” “Very, so think twice.” “No need,” he said. “You’re worth it.” ― Laini Taylor, Days of Blood & Starlight “To find out if she really loved me, I hooked her up to a lie detector. And just as I suspected, my machine was broken. ” ― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.