“Have you ever lost yourself in a kiss? I mean pure psychedelic inebriation. Not just lustful petting but transcendental metamorphosis when you became aware that the greatness of this being was breathing into you. Licking the sides and corners of your mouth, like sealing a thousand fleshy envelopes filled with the essence of your passionate being and then opened by the same mouth and delivered back to you, over and over again – the first kiss of the rest of your life. A kiss that confirms that the universe is aligned, that the world’s greatest resource is love, and maybe even that God is a woman. With or without a belief in God, all kisses are metaphors decipherable by allocations of time, circumstance, and understanding” ― Saul Williams, , said the shotgun to the head. “Gentle reader, may you never feel what I then felt! May your eyes never shed such stormy, scalding, heart-wrung tears as poured from mine. May you never appeal to Heaven in prayers so hopeless and so agised as in that hour left my lips: for never may you, like me, dread to be the instrument of evil to what you wholly love.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre “Then, one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…you give them a piece of you. They don’t ask for it. They do something dumb one day like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones “Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from “Loving Your Enemies”)” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. “Love, the poet said, is woman’s whole existence.” ― Virginia Woolf, Orlando “If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers…” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince “A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi, Words of Paradise: Selected Poems of Rumi “When You Are Old” WHEN you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true, But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face; And bending down beside the glowing bars, Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled And paced upon the mountains overhead And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.” ― W.B. Yeats “Let’s start with this statistic: You are delicious. Be brave, my sweet. I know you can get lonely. I know you can crave companionship and sex and love so badly that it physically hurts. But I truly believe that the only way you can find out that there’s something better out there is to first believe there’s something better out there. What other choice is there?” ― Greg Behrendt, He’s Just Not That Into You “Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high.” ― William Goldman, The Princess Bride “Friends are the family you choose (~ Nin/Ithilnin, Elven rogue).” ― Jess C. Scott, The Other Side of Life “I’m gonna fight for you, until your heart stops beating.” ― Stephenie Meyer, Eclipse “Why is love intensified by absence?” ― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife “I have little left in myself — I must have you. The world may laugh — may call me absurd, selfish — but it does not signify. My very soul demands you: it will be satisfied, or it will take deadly vengeance on its frame.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre “All my heart is yours, sir: it belongs to you; and with you it would remain, were fate to exile the rest of me from your presence forever.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre “If I love you, what business is it of yours?” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.” ― Toni Morrison, Beloved “Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone, I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One. I give ye my Spirit, ’til our Life shall be Done.” ― Diana Gabaldon, Outlander “I love you,” he whispered, and that was the moment he knew what he was going to do. When you loved someone, you put their needs before your own. No matter how inconceivable those needs were; no matter how fucked up; no matter how much it made you feel like you were ripping yourself into pieces.” ― Jodi Picoult, The Pact “You know the reason The Beatles made it so big?…’I Wanna Hold Your Hand.’ First single. Fucking brilliant. Perhaps the most fucking brilliant song ever written. Because they nailed it. That’s what everyone wants. Not 24/7 hot wet sex. Not a marriage that lasts a hundred years. Not a Porsche…or a million-dollar crib. No. They wanna hold your hand. They have such a feeling that they can’t hide. Every single successful song of the past fifty years can be traced back to ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand.’ And every single successful love story has those unbearable and unbearably exciting moments of hand-holding.” ― David Levithan, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist “Life is a series of pulls back and forth… A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. A wrestling match…Which side win? Love wins. Love always wins” ― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie “Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy – in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land “No human relation gives one possession in another—every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone.” ― Kahlil Gibran “Kissing – and I mean like, yummy, smacking kissing – is the most delicious, most beautiful and passionate thing that two people can do, bar none. Better than sex, hands down.” ― Drew Barrymore “I want to try making things right because picking up the pieces is way better than leaving them the way they are.” ― Simone Elkeles, Perfect Chemistry “Let me die the moment my love dies. Let me not outlive my own capacity to love. Let me die still loving, and so, never die.” ― Mary Zimmerman, Metamorphoses “I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” ― Mother Teresa “since feeling is first who pays any attention to the syntax of things will never wholly kiss you; wholly to be a fool while Spring is in the world my blood approves, and kisses are a far better fate than wisdom lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry –the best gesture of my brain is less than your eyelids’ flutter which says we are for eachother: then laugh, leaning back in my arms for life’s not a paragraph And death i think is no parenthesis” ― E.E. Cummings “But if I hadn’t fallen, I wouldn’t have met you.” ― Becca Fitzpatrick, Hush, Hush “If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.” ― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

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