“With you, intimacy colours my voice. even ‘hello’ sounds like ‘come here’.” ― Warsan Shire “In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.” ― Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles “A friend of mine once defined love as finding someone you can talk to late into the night” ― James Patterson “My soul sees its equal in you.” ― Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath & the Dawn “But love, I’ve come to understand, is more than three words mumbled before bedtime. Love is sustained by action, a pattern of devotion in the things we do for each other every day.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Wedding “And yet another moral occurs to me now: Make love when you can. It’s good for you.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night “Berterimakasihlah pada segala yang memberi kehidupan.” ― Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Bumi Manusia “Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” ― Bill Ayers “Falling in love is very real, but I used to shake my head when people talked about soul mates, poor deluded individuals grasping at some supernatural ideal not intended for mortals but sounded pretty in a poetry book. Then, we met, and everything changed, the cynic has become the converted, the sceptic, an ardent zealot.” ― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly “It’s strange how dreams get under your skin and give your heart a test for what’s real and what’s imaginary.” ― Jason Mraz “Everybody is a main character to someone…” ― Amy Harmon, Making Faces “Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience “Late Fragment And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.” ― Raymond Carver, A New Path to the Waterfall “Most things are forgotten over time. Even the war itself, the life-and-death struggle people went through is now like something from the distant past. We’re so caught up in our everyday lives that events of the past are no longer in orbit around our minds. There are just too many things we have to think about everyday, too many new things we have to learn. But still, no matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away. They remain with us forever, like a touchstone.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore “It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride.” ― John Ruskin “I have so much in me, and the feeling for her absorbs it all; I have so much, and without her it all comes to nothing.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther “But is it such a bad thing to live like this for just a little while? Just for a few months of one’s life, is it so awful to travel through time with no greater ambition than to find the next lovely meal? Or to learn how to speak a language for no higher purpose than that it pleases your ear to hear it? Or to nap in a garden, in a patch of sunlight, in the middle of the day, right next to your favourite fountain? And then to do it again the next day?” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love “Most men claim to desire driven, independent and confident women. Yet when confronted with such a creature reverence often evolves into resent. For just like women, men need to be needed.” ― Tiffany Madison “See how she leans her cheek upon her hand. O, that I were a glove upon that hand That I might touch that cheek!” ― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet “If you aren’t the woman I think you are, then this isn’t the world I thought it was.” ― Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha “Submission is not about authority and it is not obedience; it is all about relationships of love and respect.” ― Wm. Paul Young, The Shack “In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation.” ― Simone de Beauvoir “Would you rather live one perfect day over and over or live your life with no perfect days but just decent ones?” ― Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty “Love is like breathing, you take it in and let it out.” ― Wally Lamb, She’s Come Undone “Everyone always wants to know how you can tell when it’s true love, and the answer is this: when the pain doesn’t fade and the scars don’t heal, and it’s too damned late.” ― Jonathan Tropper, The Book of Joe “Cut the ending. Revise the script. The man of her dreams is a girl.” ― Julie Anne Peters, Keeping You a Secret “It’s like I’m thirteen again and he’s my crush. All I’m aware of in this entire roomful of people is him. Where he is, what he’s doing, who he’s talking to.” ― Sophie Kinsella, Remember Me? “Love. Not the kind you see in the movies or hear about on the radio. The real kind. The kind that gets beaten down and bloody, yet perseveres. The kind that hopes even when hope seems foolish. The kind that can forgives. The kind that believes in healing. The kind that can sit in silence and feel renewed. The real kind of love. It’s rare and we have it..” ― Chelsea Fine, Sophie & Carter “Love After Love The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your self. Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart to itself, to the stranger who has loved you all your life, whom you ignored for another, who knows you by heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.” ― Derek Walcott, Collected Poems, 1948-1984 “It ought to make us feel ashamed when we talk like we know what we’re talking about when we talk about love.” ― Raymond Carver

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