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“When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable.”― Jess C. Scott, The Intern

“I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.”― Lisa Kleypas, Blue-Eyed Devil

“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.”― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not. I just feel pain. A lot of pain. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong.”― Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”― C.G. Jung

“A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another, they will fall for each other…Maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever”― Dave Matthews Band

“You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won’t mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever…. connections are made with the heart, not the tongue.”― C. JoyBell C.

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”― Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

“Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.”― Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City
“It hurts to let go. Sometimes it seems the harder you try to hold on to something or someone the more it wants to get away. You feel like some kind of criminal for having felt, for having wanted. For having wanted to be wanted. It confuses you, because you think that your feelings were wrong and it makes you feel so small because it’s so hard to keep it inside when you let it out and it doesn’t coma back. You’re left so alone that you can’t explain. Damn, there’s nothing like that, is there? I’ve been there and you have too. You’re nodding your head.”― Henry Rollins, The Portable Henry Rollins

“We’re all seeking that special person who is right for us. But if you’ve been through enough relationships, you begin to suspect there’s no right person, just different flavors of wrong. Why is this? Because you yourself are wrong in some way, and you seek out partners who are wrong in some complementary way. But it takes a lot of living to grow fully into your own wrongness. And it isn’t until you finally run up against your deepest demons, your unsolvable problems—the ones that make you truly who you are—that we’re ready to find a lifelong mate. Only then do you finally know what you’re looking for. You’re looking for the wrong person. But not just any wrong person: it’s got to be the right wrong person—someone you lovingly gaze upon and think, “This is the problem I want to have.”

I will find that special person who is wrong for me in just the right way.”― Andrew Boyd, Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe

“Well, it seems to me that the best relationships – the ones that last – are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is… suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.”― Gillian Anderson

“I mean, if the relationship can’t survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term?”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
― Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

“Why is it,” he said, one time, at the subway entrance, “I feel I’ve known you so many years?”
“Because I like you,” she said, “and I don’t want anything from you.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can’t figure out what from.”― Mae West

“I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not. I just feel pain. A lot of pain. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong.”
― Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.”
― C.G. Jung

“A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another, they will fall for each other…Maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever”
― Dave Matthews Band

“You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won’t mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever…. connections are made with the heart, not the tongue.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”
― Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

“Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.”
― Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City

“It hurts to let go. Sometimes it seems the harder you try to hold on to something or someone the more it wants to get away. You feel like some kind of criminal for having felt, for having wanted. For having wanted to be wanted. It confuses you, because you think that your feelings were wrong and it makes you feel so small because it’s so hard to keep it inside when you let it out and it doesn’t coma back. You’re left so alone that you can’t explain. Damn, there’s nothing like that, is there? I’ve been there and you have too. You’re nodding your head.”
― Henry Rollins, The Portable Henry Rollins

“We’re all seeking that special person who is right for us. But if you’ve been through enough relationships, you begin to suspect there’s no right person, just different flavors of wrong. Why is this? Because you yourself are wrong in some way, and you seek out partners who are wrong in some complementary way. But it takes a lot of living to grow fully into your own wrongness. And it isn’t until you finally run up against your deepest demons, your unsolvable problems—the ones that make you truly who you are—that we’re ready to find a lifelong mate. Only then do you finally know what you’re looking for. You’re looking for the wrong person. But not just any wrong person: it’s got to be the right wrong person—someone you lovingly gaze upon and think, “This is the problem I want to have.”

I will find that special person who is wrong for me in just the right way.”
― Andrew Boyd, Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe

“Well, it seems to me that the best relationships – the ones that last – are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is… suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.”
― Gillian Anderson

“I mean, if the relationship can’t survive the long term, why on earth would it be worth my time and energy for the short term?”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
― Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

“Why is it,” he said, one time, at the subway entrance, “I feel I’ve known you so many years?”
“Because I like you,” she said, “and I don’t want anything from you.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“Every man I meet wants to protect me. I can’t figure out what from.”
― Mae West

“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.”
― Ernest Hemingway, Men Without Women

“There is greatness in doing something you hate for the sake of someone you love.”
― Shmuley Boteach

“If conversation was the lyrics, laughter was the music, making time spent together a melody that could be replayed over and over without getting stale.”
― Nicholas Sparks

“It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.”
― Nick Hornby

“I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay

“I will love you always. When this red hair is white, I will still love you. When the smooth softness of youth is replaced by the delicate softness of age, I will still want to touch your skin. When your face is full of the lines of every smile you have ever smiled, of every surprise I have seen flash through your eyes, when every tear you have ever cried has left its mark upon your face,I will treasure you all the more, because I was there to see it all. I will share your life with you, Meredith, and I will love you until the last breath leaves your body or mine.”
― Laurell K. Hamilton, A Lick of Frost

“When we’re incomplete, we’re always searching for somebody to complete us. When, after a few years or a few months of a relationship, we find that we’re still unfulfilled, we blame our partners and take up with somebody more promising. This can go on and on–series polygamy–until we admit that while a partner can add sweet dimensions to our lives, we, each of us, are responsible for our own fulfillment. Nobody else can provide it for us, and to believe otherwise is to delude ourselves dangerously and to program for eventual failure every relationship we enter.”
― Tom Robbins

“Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates and guys are just people to have fun with.”
― Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City

“Come sleep with me: We won’t make Love, Love will make us.”
― Julio Cortázar

“I suffer from girlnextdooritis where the guy is friends with you and that’s it.”
― Taylor Swift

“Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

“I’ve been fighting to be who I am all my life. What’s the point of being who I am, if I can’t have the person who was worth all the fighting for?”
― Stephanie Lennox, I Don’t Remember You

“I want to be in a relationship where you telling me you love me is just a ceremonious validation of what you already show me.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.”
― Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

“Every couple needs to argue now and then. Just to prove that the relationship is strong enough to survive. Long-term relationships, the ones that matter, are all about weathering the peaks and the valleys.”
― Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven

“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

“Never marry at all, Dorian. Men marry because they are tired, women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Maybe its like you said before, all of us being cracked open. Like each of us starts out as a watertight vessel. And then things happen – these people leave us, or don’t love us, or don’t get us, or we don’t get them, and we lose and fail and hurt one another. And the vessel starts to crack in places. And I mean, yeah once the vessel cracks open, the end becomes inevitable. Once it starts to rain inside the Osprey, it will never be remodeled. But there is all this time between when the cracks start to open up and when we finally fall apart. And its only that time that we see one another, because we see out of ourselves through our cracks and into others through theirs. When did we see each other face to face? Not until you saw into my cracks and I saw into yours. Before that we were just looking at ideas of each other, like looking at your window shade, but never seeing inside. But once the vessel cracks, the light can get in. The light can get out.”
― John Green, Paper Towns

“I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother.”
― Martha Gellhorn, Selected Letters

“Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?”
― Mary Manin Morrissey

“People like to say love is unconditional, but it’s not, and even if it was unconditional, it’s still never free. There’s always an expectation attached. They always want something in return. Like they want you to be happy or whatever and that makes you automatically responsible for their happiness because they won’t be happy unless you are … I just don’t want that responsibility.”
― Katja Millay, The Sea of Tranquility

“When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.”
― Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Dairy Queen

“Cheating and lying aren’t struggles, they’re reasons to break up.”
― Patti Callahan Henry, Between The Tides

“Usually adult males who are unable to make emotional connections with the women they choose to be intimate with are frozen in time, unable to allow themselves to love for fear that the loved one will abandon them. If the first woman they passionately loved, the mother, was not true to her bond of love, then how can they trust that their partner will be true to love. Often in their adult relationships these men act out again and again to test their partner’s love. While the rejected adolescent boy imagines that he can no longer receive his mother’s love because he is not worthy, as a grown man he may act out in ways that are unworthy and yet demand of the woman in his life that she offer him unconditional love. This testing does not heal the wound of the past, it merely reenacts it, for ultimately the woman will become weary of being tested and end the relationship, thus reenacting the abandonment. This drama confirms for many men that they cannot put their trust in love. They decide that it is better to put their faith in being powerful, in being dominant.”
― bell hooks

“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.”
― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

“Relationships dont always make sense. Especially from the outside”
― Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

“Every couple has ups and downs, every couple argues, and that’s the thing—you’re a couple, and couples can’t function without trust.”
― Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight

“To say that one waits a lifetime for his soulmate to come around is a paradox. People eventually get sick of waiting, take a chance on someone, and by the art of commitment become soulmates, which takes a lifetime to perfect.”
― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

“Lots of things can be fixed. Things can be fixed. But many times, relationships between people cannot be fixed, because they should not be fixed. You’re aboard a ship setting sail, and the other person has joined the inland circus, or is boarding a different ship, and you just can’t be with each other anymore. Because you shouldn’t be.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“If a girl starts out all casual with a guy and she doesn’t tell him that she wants a relationship, it will never become a relationship. If you give the guy the impression that casual is okay with you, that’s all he’ll ever want. Be straight with him from the start. If he gets scared and runs away, he wasn’t right for you.”
― Susane Colasanti, Waiting for You

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”
― David Richo

“Part of the problem with the word ‘disabilities’ is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.”
― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers

“Those sweet lips. My, oh my, I could kiss those lips all night long.
Good things come to those who wait.”
― Jess C. Scott, The Intern

“A dame that knows the ropes isn’t likely to get tied up.”
― Mae West

“I know my heart will never be the same
But I’m telling myself I’ll be okay”
― Sara Evans

“I used to advertise my loyalty and I don’t believe there is a single person I loved that I didn’t eventually betray.”
― Albert Camus, The Fall

“Women cannot complain about men anymore until they start getting better taste in them.”
― Bill Maher

“I may not always be with you
But when we’re far apart
Remember you will be with me
Right inside my heart”
― Marc Wambolt, Poems from the Heart

“What we wait around a lifetime for with one person, we can find in a moment with someone else.”
― Stephanie Klein, Straight Up and Dirty

“I was suffering the easily foreseeable consequences. Addiction is the hallmark of every infatuation-based love story. It all begins when the object of your adoration bestows upon you a heady, hallucinogenic dose of something you never dared to admit you wanted-an emotional speedball, perhaps, of thunderous love and roiling excitement. Soon you start craving that intense attention, with a hungry obsession of any junkie. When the drug is witheld, you promptly turn sick, crazy, and depleted (not to mention resentful of the dealer who encouraged this addiction in the first place but now refuses to pony up the good stuff anymore– despite the fact that you know he has it hidden somewhere, goddamn it, because he used to give it to you for free). Next stage finds you skinny and shaking in a corner, certain only that you would sell your soul or rob your neighbors just to have ‘that thing’ even one more time. Meanwhile, the object of your adoration has now become repulsed by you. He looks at you like you’re someone he’s never met before, much less someone he once loved with high passion. The irony is,you can hardly blame him. I mean, check yourself out. You’re a pathetic mess,unrecognizable even to your own eyes. So that’s it. You have now reached infatuation’s final destination– the complete and merciless devaluation of self.” – pg 20-21”
― Elizabeth Gilbert

“We die to each other daily. What we know of other people is only our memory of the moments during which we knew them. And they have changed since then. To pretend that they and we are the same is a useful and convenient social convention which must sometimes be broken. We must also remember that at every meeting we are meeting a stranger.”
― T.S. Eliot, The Cocktail Party

“I care,” he said in a trembling voice. “I care so much that I do not know how to tell you without it seeming inconsequential compared to how I feel. Even if I am distant at times and seem as if I do not want to be with you, it is only because this scares me, too.”
― Aimee Carter, The Goddess Test

“Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing.”
― Brian L. Weiss, Messages from the Masters : Tapping into the Power of Love

“Relationships are mysterious. We doubt the positive qualities in others, seldom the negative. You will say to your partner: do you really love me? Are you sure you love me? You will ask this a dozen times and drive the person nuts. But you never ask: are you really mad at me? Are you sure you’re angry? When someone is angry, you don’t doubt it for a moment. Yet the reverse should be true. We should doubt the negative in life, and have faith in the positive.”
― Christopher Pike, Remember Me

“nothing in this world was more difficult than love.”
― Gabriel García Márquez

“Don’t leave a piece of jewelry at his house so you can go back and get it later; he may be with his real girlfriend.”
― Amy Sedaris, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

“Of course it hurt that we could never love each other in a physical way. We would have been far more happy if we had. But that was like the tides, the change of seasons–something immutable, an immovable destiny we could never alter. No matter how cleverly we might shelter it, our delicate friendship wasn’t going to last forever. We were bound to reach a dead end. That was painfully clear.”
― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

“He could totally be your boyfriend,” [Angel] went on with annoying persistance. “You guys could get married. I could be like a junior bridesmaid. Total could be your flower dog.”
“I’m only a kid!” I shrieked. “I can’t get married!”
“You could in New Hampshire.”
My mouth dropped open. How does she know this stuff? “Forget it! No one’s getting married!” I hissed. “Not in New Hampshire or anywhere else! Not in a box, not with a fox! Now go to sleep, before I kill you!”
― James Patterson, Max

“I think you are wrong to want a heart. It makes most people unhappy. If you only knew it, you are in luck not to have a heart.”
― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

“Because I can’t help doing it,” he said with a shrug. “And hey, if I keep loving you, maybe you’ll eventually crack and love me too. Hell, I’m pretty sure you’re already half in love with me.”
“I am not! And everything you just said is ridiculous. That’s terrible logic.”
Adrian returned to his crossword puzzle. “Well, you can think what you want, so long as you remember-no matter how ordinary things seem between us-I’m still here, still in love with you, and care about you more than any other guy, evil or otherwise, ever will.”
“I don’t think you’re evil.”
“See? Things are already looking promising.”
― Richelle Mead, The Indigo Spell

“We kiss all the time.” I clear my throat, then add, “We just…do it in private.”
“A smug expression crosses his face. “I don’t buy it for a second, ’cause if you were my girlfriend and a stud like me was livin’ in your house, I’d kiss you in front of the guy every chance I got as a reminder.”
“A reminder of w-w-what?”
“That you were mine.”
― Simone Elkeles, Rules of Attraction

“All I’m telling you to do is to be smart about it. Know that if this man isn’t looking for a serious relationship, you’re not going to change his mind just because you two are going on dates and being intimate. You could be the most perfect woman on the Lord’s green earth-you’re capable of interesting conversation, you cook a mean breakfast, you hand out backrubs like sandwiches, you’re independent (which means, to him, that you’re not going to be in his pockets)-but if he’s not ready for a serious relationship, he going to treat you like sports fish.”
― Steve Harvey, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment

“Moving on is easy. It’s staying moved on that’s trickier.”
― Katerina Stoykova Klemer

“How would your life be different if…You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day…You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Books are a poor substitute for female companionship, but they are easier to find.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

“We have to recognise that there cannot be relationships unless there is commitment, unless there is loyalty, unless there is love, patience, persistence.”
― Cornel West, Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life

“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.”
― Jane Austen, Emma

“You’re just another story I can’t tell anymore.”
― pleasefindthis, I Wrote This For You

“A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement”
― Jess C. Scott

“Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake & help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“You can measure the happiness of a marriage by the number of scars that each partner carries on their tongues, earned from years of biting back angry words.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

“I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“This is what happened in love. One of you cried a lot and then both of you grew sarcastic.”
― Lorrie Moore, Like Life

“We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves.
I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography – to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

“only someone who is ready for everything, who doesn’t exclude any experience, even the most incomprehensible, will live the relationship with another person as something alive and will himself sound the depths of his own being.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

“When we face pain in relationships our first response is often to sever bonds rather than to maintain commitment.

― bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

“If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.”
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

“I felt like an animal, and animals don’t know sin, do they?”
― Jess C. Scott, Wicked Lovely

“Do you know what it means to come home at night to a woman who’ll give you a little love, a little affection, a little tenderness? It means you’re in the wrong house, that’s what it means.”
― Henny Youngman

“It’s probably a bad indicator of your lifestyle when you miss your ex-boyfriend because he’s absolutely lethal.”
― Charlaine Harris, Dead to the World

“When you hold a grudge, you want someone else’s sorrow to reflect your level of hurt but the two rarely meet.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“V-Day…if you need this one day in a year to show everyone else you truly care for “your loved one” I think it’s quite stupid. I hate this commercialism. It’s all artificial, and has nothing to do with real love.”
― Jess C. Scott, EyeLeash: A Blog Novel

“Failed relationships can be described as so much wasted make-up.”
― Marian Keyes, Watermelon

“He loved her for almost everything she was & she decided that was enough to let him stay for a very long time.”
― Brian Andreas

“If you spend your time hoping someone will suffer the consequences for what they did to your heart, then you’re allowing them to hurt you a second time in your mind.”
― Shannon L. Alder
“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”
― John Joseph Powell, The Secret of Staying in Love

“you can take this mouth
this wound you want
but you can’t kiss
and make it
better.”
― Daphne Gottlieb, Why Things Burn

“That’s when I finally got it. I finally understood. It wasn’t the thought that counted. It was the actual execution that mattered, the showing up for somebody. The intent behind it wasn’t enough. Not for me. Not anymore. It wasn’t enough to know that deep down, he loved me. You had to actually say it to somebody, show them you cared. And he just didn’t. Not enough.”
― Jenny Han, It’s Not Summer Without You

“It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished.”
― Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary

“He knew one of the women well, and had shared his universe with her. They had seen the same mountains, and the same trees, although each of them had seem them differently. She knew his weaknesses, his moments of hatred, of despair. Yet she was there at his side. They shared the same universe.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Valkyries

“Mocking a woman is like drinking too much wine. It may be fun for a short time, but the hangover is hell.”
― Brandon Sanderson, Warbreaker

“Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories.”
― Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase

“Statistically speaking, there is a 65 percent chance that the love of your life is having an affair. Be very suspicious.”
― Scott Dikkers, You Are Worthless: Depressing Nuggets of Wisdom Sure to Ruin Your Day

“A busy, vibrant, goal-oriented woman is so much more attractive than a woman who waits around for a man to validate her existence.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“Six hundred and forty fish later, the only thing I know is everything you love will die. The first time you meet someone special, you can count on them one day being dead and in the ground.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

“There are so many things that demand to be said. Where did you go? Do you ever think about me? You’ve ruined me. Are you okay? But of course, I can’t say any of that.”
― Gayle Forman, Where She Went

“Love doesn’t mean anything if you’re not willing to make a commitment, and you have to think not only about what you want, but about what he wants. Not just now, but in the future.”
― Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven

“And then the line was quite but not dead. I almost felt like he was there in my room with me, but in a way it was better, like I was not in my room and he was not in his, but instead we were together in some invisible and tenuous third space that could only be visited on the phone.”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“Can officially confirm that the way to a man’s heart these days is not through beauty, food, sex, or alluringness of character, but merely the ability to seem not very interested in him.”
― Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary

“Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh, Teachings on Love

“Every woman that finally figured out her worth, has picked up her suitcases of pride and boarded a flight to freedom, which landed in the valley of change.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“He wasn’t the type for displays of affection, either verbal or not. He was disgusted by couples that made out in the hallways between classes, and got annoyed at even the slightest sappy moments in movies. But I knew he cared about me: he just conveyed it more subtly, as concise with expressing this emotion as he was with everything else. It was in the way he’d put his hand on the small of my back, for instance, or how he’d smile at me when I said something that surprised him. Once I might have wanted more, but I’d come around to his way of thinking in the time we’d been together. And we were together, all the time. So he didn’t have to prove how he felt about me. Like so much else, I should just know.”
― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

“The best relationships in our lives are the best not because they have been the happiest ones, they are that way because they have stayed strong through the most tormentful of storms.”
― Pandora Poikilos, Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out

“Unrequited love is the infinite curse of a lonely heart.”
― Christina Westover

“That’s why I loved being with you. We could do the simplest things, like toss starfish into the ocean and share a burger and talk and even then I knew that I was fortunate. Because you were the first guy who wasn’t constantly trying to impress me. You accepted who you were, but more than that, you accepted me for me. And nothing else mattered– not my family or your family or anyone else in the world. It was just us.”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me

“I have no right to say or do anything that diminishes a man in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him but what he thinks of himself. Hurting a man in his dignity is a crime.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself.”
― Deepak Chopra

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.”
― Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

“Don’t worry about hurting me, if that’s what you’re afraid of. I want to get hurt. At least I´ll feel something for a change.”
― Katie Kacvinsky, Awaken

“When God knows you’re ready for the responsibility of commitment, He’ll reveal the right person under the right circumstances.”
― Joshua Harris, I Kissed Dating Goodbye: A New Attitude Toward Relationships and Romance

“We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everyhwere.”
― Tim McGraw

“When what you hear and what you see don’t match, trust your eyes.”
― Dale Renton

“I want to be around people that do things. I don’t want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things.”
― Amy Poehler

“You couldn’t just pick and choose at will when someone depended on you, or loved you. It wasn’t like a light switch, easy to turn on or off. If you were in, you were in. Out, you were out.”
― Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride

“misgivings, n.

Last night, I got up the courage to ask you if you regretted us.
“There are things I miss,” you said. “But if I didn’t have you, I’d miss more.”
― David Levithan, The Lover’s Dictionary

“You know that when I hate you, it is because I love you to a point of passion that unhinges my soul.”
― Julie de Lespinasse

“You Can’t Lose Something You Never Had”
― Kate Hudson

“There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“I won’t telephone him. I’ll never telephone him again as long as I live. He’ll rot in hell, before I’ll call him up. You don’t have to give me strength, God; I have it myself. If he wanted me, he could get me. He knows where I am. He knows I’m waiting here. He’s so sure of me, so sure. I wonder why they hate you, as soon as they are sure of you.”
― Dorothy Parker, The Portable Dorothy Parker

“A true gentleman is one that apologizes anyways, even though he has not offended a lady intentionally. He is in a class all of his own because he knows the value of a woman’s heart.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Perfectly Imperfect
We have all heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Each snowflake takes the perfect form for the maximum efficiency and effectiveness for its journey. And while the universal force of gravity gives them a shared destination, the expansive space in the air gives each snowflake the opportunity to take their own path. They are on the same journey, but each takes a different path.
Along this gravity-driven journey, some snowflakes collide and damage each other, some collide and join together, some are influenced by wind… there are so many transitions and changes that take place along the journey of the snowflake. But, no matter what the transition, the snowflake always finds itself perfectly shaped for its journey.
I find parallels in nature to be a beautiful reflection of grand orchestration. One of these parallels is of snowflakes and us. We, too, are all headed in the same direction. We are being driven by a universal force to the same destination. We are all individuals taking different journeys and along our journey, we sometimes bump into each other, we cross paths, we become altered… we take different physical forms. But at all times we too are 100% perfectly imperfect. At every given moment we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey. I’m not perfect for your journey and you’re not perfect for my journey, but I’m perfect for my journey and you’re perfect for your journey. We’re heading to the same place, we’re taking different routes, but we’re both exactly perfect the way we are.
Think of what understanding this great orchestration could mean for relationships. Imagine interacting with others knowing that they too each share this parallel with the snowflake. Like you, they are headed to the same place and no matter what they may appear like to you, they have taken the perfect form for their journey. How strong our relationships would be if we could see and respect that we are all perfectly imperfect for our journey.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
― Brené Brown

“Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved.”
― William Paul Young

“Annabeth,” he said hesitantly, “in New Rome, demigods can live their whole lives in peace.”
Her expression turned guarded. “Reyna explained it to me. But, Percy, you belong at Camp Half-Blood. That other life—”
“I know,” Percy said. “But while I was there, I saw so many demigods living without fear: kids going to college, couples getting married and raising families. There’s nothing like that at Camp Half-Blood. I kept thinking about you and me…and maybe someday when this war with the giants is over…”
It was hard to tell in the golden light, but he thought Annabeth was blushing. “Oh,” she said…
“I’m sorry,” he said. “I just…I had to think of that to keep going. To give me hope. Forget I mentioned—”
“No!” she said. “Gods, Percy, that’s so sweet.”
― Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena

“Hope for love, pray for love, wish for love, dream for love…but don’t put your life on hold waiting for love.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“I just…I just miss him. And I hate being so alone.”
― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

“You fit into me
like a hook into an eye
a fish hook
an open eye”
― Margaret Atwood

“I cannot have a man who is afraid of everything, I don’t have the time to soothe insecurities and fears, I cannot have a man who is standing on a stone by a creek, watching for the fish to swim by and every time he sees a fish he says “Oh look, this fish scares me, I wonder what this fish means, this fish might mean- this, or this fish might mean- that” for God’s sake, they are just fish, and they don’t mean anything! Such a sad thing, so many fine, strong men standing on top of little stones, pointing at fish all the time! Such a waste! Such a waste of time! I can only have a man who will leap into the water, not minding the damn fish and whatever other little things that scare him. I need to have someone who is braver than me; if I am a pirate, he has to be the pirate Captain, if I am a pirate Captain he has to be the flying dragon.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“Last night I was seriously considering whether I was a bisexual or not but I don’t think so though I’m not sure if I’d like to be and argh I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, if you like a person, you like the person, not their genitals.”
― Jess C. Scott, Tongue-Tied

“I got my heart’s desire, and there my troubles began.”
― Lev Grossman, The Magicians

“My girlfriend is sad and quiet and keeps me up all night worrying about her.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

“When you find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will stand in front of you when other’s cast stones, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, who will hold your hand when your sick, who thinks your pretty without makeup, the one who turns to his friends and say, ‘that’s her’, the one that would bear your rejection because losing you means losing his will to live, who kisses you when you screw up, watches the stars and names one for you and will hold and rock that baby for hours so you can sleep…..you marry him all over again.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“My head’ll explode if I continue with this escapism.”
― Jess C. Scott, EyeLeash: A Blog Novel

“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

“Submission is not about authority and it is not obedience; it is all about relationships of love and respect.”
― William Paul Young, The Shack

“That night when you kissed me, I left a poem in your mouth, and you can hear some of the lines every time you breathe out.”
― Andrea Gibson

“The words ‘I Love You’ kill, and resurrect millions, in less than a second.”
― Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

“An unarticulated crush is very different from an unrequited one, because at least with an unrequited crush you know what the hell you’re doing, even if the other person isn’t doing it back. An unarticulated crush is harder to grapple with, because it’s a crush that you haven’t even admitted to yourself. The romantic forces are all there — you want to see him, you always notice him, you treat every word from him as if it weighs more than anyone else’s. But you don’t know why. You don’t know that you’re doing it. You’d follow him to the end of the earth without ever admitting that your feet were moving.”
― David Levithan, Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd

“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

“We know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all, for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.”
― Albert Einstein

“If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.”
― W.H. Auden

“I believe in love the verb, not the noun.”
― Greg Behrendt, He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

“If you have the woman you love, what more do you need? Well, besides an alibi for the time of her husband’s murder.
”
― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.”
― Henry Winkler

“Certainly the most destructive vice if you like, that a person can have. More than pride, which is supposedly the number one of the cardinal sins – is self pity. Self pity is the worst possible emotion anyone can have. And the most destructive. It is, to slightly paraphrase what Wilde said about hatred, and I think actually hatred’s a subset of self pity and not the other way around – ‘ It destroys everything around it, except itself ‘.

Self pity will destroy relationships, it’ll destroy anything that’s good, it will fulfill all the prophecies it makes and leave only itself. And it’s so simple to imagine that one is hard done by, and that things are unfair, and that one is underappreciated, and that if only one had had a chance at this, only one had had a chance at that, things would have gone better, you would be happier if only this, that one is unlucky. All those things. And some of them may well even be true. But, to pity oneself as a result of them is to do oneself an enormous disservice.

I think it’s one of things we find unattractive about the american culture, a culture which I find mostly, extremely attractive, and I like americans and I love being in america. But, just occasionally there will be some example of the absolutely ravening self pity that they are capable of, and you see it in their talk shows. It’s an appalling spectacle, and it’s so self destructive. I almost once wanted to publish a self help book saying ‘How To Be Happy by Stephen Fry : Guaranteed success’. And people buy this huge book and it’s all blank pages, and the first page would just say – ‘ Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself – And you will be happy ‘. Use the rest of the book to write down your interesting thoughts and drawings, and that’s what the book would be, and it would be true. And it sounds like ‘Oh that’s so simple’, because it’s not simple to stop feeling sorry for yourself, it’s bloody hard. Because we do feel sorry for ourselves, it’s what Genesis is all about.”
― Stephen Fry

“I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships so will our healing, and I know that grace rarely makes sense for those looking in from the outside.”
― William Paul Young, The Shack

“We ruined each other by being together. We destroyed each other’s dreams.”
― Kate Chisman, Run

“One of the best times for figuring out who you are & what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly.”
― David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.”
― Stephen R. Covey

“People die, I think, but your relationship with them doesn’t. It continues and is ever-changing.”
― Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun

“Someone real,” I hear myself saying. “Someone who never has to pretend, and who I never have to pretend around. Someone who’s smart, but knows how to laugh at himself. Someone who would listen to a symphony and start to cry, because he understands music can be too big for words. Someone who knows me better than I know myself. Someone I want to talk to first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Someone I feel like I’ve known my whole life, even if I haven’t.”
― Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home

“How could I be sleeping with this particular man…. Surely only true love could justify my lack of taste.”
― Margaret Atwood, Lady Oracle

“Thought I couldn’t live without you
It’s gonna hurt when it heals too
Even though I really love you
I’m gonna smile cause I deserve to
Quickly I’m learning to love again
All I know is I’mma be ok”
― Leona Lewis

“She was the third beer. Not the first one, which the throat receives with almost tearful gratitude; nor the second, that confirms and extends the pleasure of the first. But the third, the one you drink because it’s there, because it can’t hurt, and because what difference does it make?”
― Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

“I love you. I hate you. I like you. I hate you. I love you. I think you’re stupid. I think you’re a loser. I think you’re wonderful. I want to be with you. I don’t want to be with you. I would never date you. I hate you. I love you…..I think the madness started the moment we met and you shook my hand. Did you have a disease or something?”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Because isn’t that the point of every relationship: to be known by someone else, to be understood? He gets me. She gets me. Isn’t that the simple magic phrase?”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

“What you want most you push away from you.
You want more than you care to admit.”
― Tarjei Vesaas, The Bridges

“Physical love is unthinkable without violence.”
― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“If a man, who says he loves you, won’t tell you the details of a private conversation between him and another woman you can be sure he is not protecting your heart. He is protecting himself and the women he has feelings for. Wise women simply see things as they are, not as their low self-esteem allows.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“And now you are and I am and we’re a mystery which will never happen again.”
― E.E. Cummings

“The quickest way to rectify that mistake (choosing the wrong person) is by learning from that, moving on, and choosing much more wisely in the future.”
― Greg Behrendt, He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

“Frida Kahlo to Marty McConnell
leaving is not enough; you must
stay gone. train your heart
like a dog. change the locks
even on the house he’s never
visited. you lucky, lucky girl.
you have an apartment
just your size. a bathtub
full of tea. a heart the size
of Arizona, but not nearly
so arid. don’t wish away
your cracked past, your
crooked toes, your problems
are papier mache puppets
you made or bought because the vendor
at the market was so compelling you just
had to have them. you had to have him.
and you did. and now you pull down
the bridge between your houses,
you make him call before
he visits, you take a lover
for granted, you take
a lover who looks at you
like maybe you are magic. make
the first bottle you consume
in this place a relic. place it
on whatever altar you fashion
with a knife and five cranberries.
don’t lose too much weight.
stupid girls are always trying
to disappear as revenge. and you
are not stupid. you loved a man
with more hands than a parade
of beggars, and here you stand. heart
like a four-poster bed. heart like a canvas.
heart leaking something so strong
they can smell it in the street.”
― Marty McConnell

“Learn to deal with the fact that you are not a perfect person but you are a person that deserves respect and honesty.”
― Pandora Poikilos, Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out

“Why don’t we break up? I guess I stay with her because she stays with me. And that’s not an easy thing to do.”
― John Green, Looking for Alaska

“But in the real world, you couldnt really just split a family down the middle, mom on one side, dad the other, with the child equally divided between. It was like when you ripped a piece of paper into two: no matter how you tried, the seams never fit exactly right again. It was what you couldn’t see, those tiniest of pieces, that were lost in the severing, and their absence kept everything from being complete.”
― Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye

“I believe in the immeasurable power of love; that true love can endure any circumstance and reach across any distance.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“Siblings: children of the same parents, each of whom is perfectly normal until they get together.”
― Sam Levenson

“Intimacy is the capacity to be rather weird with someone – and finding that that’s ok with them.”
― Alain de Botton

“Making love to me is amazing. Wait, I meant: making love, to me, is amazing. The absence of two little commas nearly transformed me into a sex god.
”
― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

“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.

“My love is pizza shaped. Won’t you have a slice? It’s circular, so there’s enough to go around.
”
― Dora J. Arod, Love quotes for the ages. And the ageless sages.

“You like every one; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

“Sometimes I get real lonely sleeping with you.”
― Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase

“Love is a commitment that will be tested in the most vulnerable areas of spirituality, a commitment that will force you to make some very difficult choices. It is a commitment that demands that you deal with your lust, your greed, your pride, your power, your desire to control, your temper, your patience, and every area of temptation that the Bible clearly talks about. It demands the quality of commitment that Jesus demonstrates in His relationship to us.”
― Ravi Zacharias, I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love

“Have you ever noticed how parents can go from the most wonderful people in the world to totally embarrassing in three seconds?”
― Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid

“…the opposite of love is not hate — it’s apathy. It’s not giving a damn. If somebody hates me, they must “feel” something … or they couldn’t possibly hate. Therefore, there’s some way in which I can get to them.”
― Leo Buscaglia

“No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish – consciously or unconsciously – that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.”
― Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

“Because introverts are typically good listeners and, at least, have the appearance of calmness, we are attractive to emotionally needy people. Introverts, gratified that other people are initiating with them, can easily get caught in these exhausting and unsatisfying relationships.”
― Adam S. McHugh

“This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience – it looks for a way of being constructive.
Love is not possessive.
Love is not anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own ideas.
Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage.
Love is not touchy.
Love does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.
Love knows no limits to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that stands when all else has fallen.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman

“Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.”
― Bernard Branson

“If a man can possess a woman sexually -really possess- he won’t need to control her ideas, her opinions, her clothes, her friends, even her other lovers.”
― Toni Bentley

“Being single doesn’t mean you’re weak, it means that you’re strong enough to wait for the right person.”
― Niall Horan

“I don’t understand dating.. and the other things that people do.. all I know is that you ought to find the one you recognize. The one who gives you four arms, four legs, four eyes, and has the other half of your heart. There’s only one of those, so what are all the other things for? Like dating?”
― C. JoyBell C.

“Your absence has not taught me to be alone, it merely has shown that when together we cast a single shadow on the wall.”
― Doug Fetherling

“I hope we’ll be friends forever, together we’ll always be. I don’t think you understand just how much you mean to me. And one day when we part our ways, we’ll think back to the past and think about how happy we are ’cause our friendship will always last.”
― Bridget Davis

“Caring about someone isn’t complicated. It isn’t easy. But it isn’t complicated, either. Kinda like lifting the engine block out of a car.”
― Jim Butcher, Small Favor

“Yes, it’s a well-known fact about you: you’re like death, you take everything.”
― Milan Kundera, Laughable Loves

“I would rather a romantic relationship turn into contempt than turn into apathy. The passion in the extremities make it appear as though it once meant something. We grow from hot or cold, but lukewarm is the biggest insult.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Right now we are here, and nothing can mar our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment.”
― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

“Sometimes the one who is running from the Life/Death/Life nature insists on thinking of love as a boon only. Yet love in its fullest form is a series of deaths and rebirths. We let go of one phase, one aspect of love, and enter another. Passion dies and is brought back. Pain is chased away and surfaces another time. To love means to embrace and at the same time to withstand many endings, and many many beginnings- all in the same relationship.”
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

“When forever becomes a place…when forever ceases to be just a word… when it ceases to be just a measurement of time…but instead becomes a place where soul mates can dance to the song in their hearts… that is a reflection of true love.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“But why, why, why can’t people just say what they mean?”
― Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project

“The end of a relationship is not always a failure. Sometimes all the love in the world is not enough to save something. In these cases, it is not a matter of fault from either person. Some things cannot be, it’s as simple as that.”
― Ashly Lorenzana

“Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives.”
― Marilyn Monroe

“contiguous, adj.

I felt silly for even mentioning it, but once I did, I knew I had to explain.
“When I was a kid, “I had this puzzle with all fifty states on it–you know, the kind where you have to fit them all together. And one day I got it in my head that California and Nevada were in love. I told my mom, and she had no idea what I was talking about. I ran and got those two pieces and showed it to her–California and Nevada, completely in love. So a lot of the time when we’re like this”–my ankles against the backs of your ankles, my knees fitting into the backs of your knees, my thighs on the backs of your legs, my stomach against your back, my chin folding into your neck–“I can’t help but think about California and Nevada, and how we’re a lot like them. If someone were drawing us from above as a map. that’s what we’d look like; that’s how we are.”
For a moment, you were quiet. And then you nestled in and whispered.
“Contiguous.”
And I knew you understood.”
― David Levithan, The Lover’s Dictionary

“But whenever I meet dynamic, nonretarded Americans, I notice that they all seem to share a single unifying characteristic: the inability to experience the kind of mind-blowing, transcendent romantic relationship they perceive to be a normal part of living. And someone needs to take the fall for this. So instead of blaming no one for this (which is kind of cowardly) or blaming everyone (which is kind of meaningless), I’m going to blame John Cusack.”
― Chuck Klosterman, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

“Often men who have been emotionally neglected and abused as children by dominating mothers bond with assertive women, only to have their childhood feelings of being engulfed surface. While they could not ‘smash their mommy’ and still receive love, they find that they can engage in intimate violence with partners who respond to their acting out by trying harder to connect with them emotionally, hoping that the love offered in the present will heal the wounds of the past. If only one party in the relationship is working to create love, to create the space of emotional connection, the dominator model remains in place and the relationship just becomes a site for continuous power struggle.”
― bell hooks

“..he may love you, he may miss you, but ultimately he’s just not that into you.”
― Greg Behrendt, He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

“We met each other when we were young, before we knew enough about disappointment, and once we did we found we reminded each other of it.”
― Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

“I make love with a focus and intensity that most people reserve for sleep.”
― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

“Our love was a two-person game. At least until one of us died, and the other became a murderer.
”
― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

“Hugh and I have been together for so long that in order to arouse extraordinary passion, we need to engage in physical combat. Once, he hit me on the back of the head with a broken wineglass, and I fell to the floor pretending to be unconscious. That was romantic, or would have been had he rushed to my side rather than stepping over my body to fetch the dustpan.”
― David Sedaris, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

“It’s hard to communicate anything exactly and that’s why perfect relationships between people are difficult to find.”
― Gustave Flaubert, Sentimental Education

“It’s not your job to like me – it’s mine”
― Byron Katie

“Maybe you could be mine / or maybe we’ll be entwined / aimless in this sexless foreplay.”
― Jess C. Scott, EyeLeash: A Blog Novel

“It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog

“When you loved someone and had to let them go, there will always be that small part of yourself that whispers, “What was it that you wanted and why didn’t you fight for it?”
― Shannon L. Alder

“You can be in love and you can be in a relationship. But they’re not always the same thing.”
― pleasefindthis, I Wrote This For You

“You think that holding someone hard will bring them closer. You think that you can hold them so hard that you’ll still feel them, embossed on you, when you pull away.
Every time Eleanor pulled away from Park, she felt the gasping loss of him.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

“I used to think I knew everything. I was a “smart person” who “got things done,” and because of that, the higher I climbed, the more I could look down and scoff at what seemed silly or simple, even religion.
But I realized something as I drove home that night: that I am neither better nor smarter, only luckier. And I should be ashamed of thinking I knew everything, because you can know the whole world and still feel lost in it. So many people are in pain-no matter how smart or accomplished-they cry, they yearn, they hurt.But instead of looking down on things, they look up, which is where I should have been looking, too. Because when the world quiets to the sound of your own breathing, we all want the same things:comfort, love, and a peaceful heart.”
― Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: a True Story

“I could’ve sworn I was telling the truth when I told you I didn’t miss you.”
― pleasefindthis, I Wrote This For You

“All I want from you is to trust me with what little you can, and grow in loving people around you with the same love I share with you. It’s not your job to change them, or to convince them. You are free to love without an agenda.”
― William Paul Young, The Shack

“But it is impossible to go through life without trust; that is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself.”
― Graham Greene, The Ministry of Fear

“A man is lucky if he is the first love of a woman. A woman is lucky if she is the last love of a man.”
― Charles Dickens

“The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself.”
― Diane Von Furstenberg

“If you spend your life sparing people’s feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you can’t distinguish what should be respected in them.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night & The Last Tycoon

“I suppose it’s not a social norm, and not a manly thing to do — to feel, discuss feelings. So that’s what I’m giving the finger to. Social norms and stuff…what good are social norms, really? I think all they do is project a limited and harmful image of people. It thus impedes a broader social acceptance of what someone, or a group of people, might actually be like.”
― Jess C. Scott, New Order

“Love lasts about seven years. That’s how long it takes for the cells of the body to totally replace themselves.”
― Françoise Sagan

“Words were weapons, his father had taught him that, and he’d wanted to hurt Clary more than he’d ever wanted to hurt any girl. In fact, he wasn’t sure he had ever wanted to hurt a girl before. Usually he just wanted them, and then he wanted them to leave him alone.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

“He knew me in all the ways that truly mattered: the shape of my fears, the contours of my dreams.”
― Justina Chen

“Be sure it’s your real self you’re showing. Because it is your real self that needs to be loved.”
― Daphne Rose Kingma, Finding True Love: The 4 Essential Keys to Bring You the Love of Your Life

“When you say “I” and “my” too much, you lose the capacity to understand the “we” and “our”.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common basis possible is the lowest level.”
― Oscar Wilde

“Single is no longer a lack of options – but a choice. A choice to refuse to let your life be defined by your relationship status but to live every day Happily and let your Ever After work itself out.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“Every now and then, I’d meet a guy and think that we were getting along great, and suddenly I’d stop hearing from him. Not only did he stop calling, but if I happened to bump into him sometime later he always acted like I had the plague. I didn’t understand it. I still don’t. And it bothered me. It hurt me. With time, it got harder and harder to keep blaming the guys, and I eventually came to the conclusion that there was something wrong with me. That maybe I was simply meant to live my life alone.”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Lucky One

“Her face looked ugly in the attempt to avoid tears; it was an ugliness which bound him to her more than any beauty could have done. It isn’t being happy together, he thought as though it were a fresh discovery, that makes one love–it’s being unhappy together.”
― Graham Greene, The Ministry of Fear

“Find a woman who makes you feel more alive. She won’t make life perfect but she’ll make it infinitely more interesting. And then love her with all that’s in you.”
― Gayle Roper, Shadows on the Sand

“The desire to love someone always exceeds the desire to be loved by someone & that’s exactly why we end up loving the person who doesn’t deserve that LOVE.”
― Anirban Bose, Bombay Rains, Bombay Girls

“She asked if I loved another woman, so I answered honestly and said, “Dinner was great, but I could go for dessert.”
― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91.

“I had a dream about you. We installed Dr. Robert Jarvik’s artificial heart in a mannequin and brought it to life, only to later kill it because a creature that’s all fake heart and no brain is what’s commonly called a “politician,” and must be destroyed.
”
― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you. You were an escalator, and I was a flight of stairs. You thought I was a Luddite, and I thought I was as ostrich, because I hadn’t figured out how to put the fly in flight. One day you broke down, and then you saw that you and I weren’t so different after all.”
― Dora J. Arod, I Had a Dream About You

“You know someone’s right for you when the things they don’t have to say are even more important than the things they do.”
― Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home

“Wanting him to come back before anyone notices part of the world has not moved since he left.”
― Brian Andreas

“I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.”
― Zsa Zsa Gabor

“The best you can hope for in a relationship is to find
someone whose flaws are the sort you don’t mind. It is
futile to look for someone who has no flaws, or someone
who is capable of significant change; that sort of person
exists only in our imaginations.”
― Scott Adams, God’s Debris: A Thought Experiment

“Love cannot live where there is no trust.”
― Edith Hamilton, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

“I realized I’m in love. It’s always been right in front of me.”
― Richelle Mead, The Indigo Spell

“And for that one moment of freedom you have to listen to all that love crap… it drive me nuts sometimes… I want to kick them out immediately… I do now and then. But that doesn’t keep them away. They like it, in fact. The less you notice them the more they chase after you. There’s something perverse about women… they’re all masochists at heart.”
― Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

“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

“Share your weaknesses. Share your hard moments. Share your real side. It’ll either scare away every fake person in your life or it will inspire them to finally let go of that mirage called “perfection,” which will open the doors to the most important relationships you’ll ever be a part of.”
― Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

“How would your life be different if…You approached all relationships with authenticity and honesty? Let today be the day…You dedicate yourself to building relationships on the solid foundation of truth and authenticity.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Share too much and someone can hurt you.”
― Dorothy Koomson, My Best Friend’s Girl

“Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments, a future – and also because we live as if our only task was precisely to have relationships with other people.”
― Albert Camus

“There is an emotional promiscuity we’ve noticed among many good young men and women. The young man understands something of the journey of the heart. He wants to talk, to “share the journey.” The woman is grateful to be pursued, she opens up. They share the intimacies of their lives – their wounds, their walks with God. But he never commits. He enjoys her… then leaves. And she wonders, What did I do wrong? She failed to see his passivity. He really did not ever commit or offer assurances that he would. Like Willoughby to Marianne in Sense and Sensibility.

Be careful you do not offer too much of yourself to a man until you have good, solid evidence that he is a strong man willing to commit. Look at his track record with other women. Is there anything to be concerned about there? If so, bring it up. Also, does he have any close male friends – and what are they like as men? Can he hold down a job? Is he walking with God in a real and intimate way? Is he facing the wounds of his own life, and is he also demonstrating a desire to repent of Adam’s passivity and/or violence? Is he headed somewhere with his life? A lot of questions, but your heart is a treasure, and we want you to offer it only to a man who is worthy and ready to handle it well.”
― Stasi Eldredge, Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul

“You want to take me to a movie?” I asked.
“Well, not really,” he said. “What I really want is for you to be my girlfriend. But I thought saying that might scare you off.”
― Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye

“They hurt you. You hurt ’em back. Or maybe it is the other way around. Whatever. Someday you might find a way to forgive each other. But it won’t be like it used to ’cause that pain never really goes away.”
― Brian K. Vaughan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You

“Lately I can’t help wanting us
to be like other people.
For example, if I were a smoker,

you’d lift a match to the cigarette
just as I put it between my lips.
It’s never been like that

between us: none of that easy chemistry, no quick, half automatic flares. Everything between us had to be learned. Saturday finds me brooding
behind my book, all my fantasies

of seduction run up against the rocks.
Tell me again why you don’t like sex in the afternoon?
No, don’t tell me–

I’ll never understand you never understand us, America’s strangest loving couple: they never
drink a bottle of wine together and rarely look at each other.
Into each other’s eyes, I mean.”
― Deborah Garrison, A Working Girl Can’t Win

“People are islands,’ she said. ‘They don’t really touch. However close they are, they’re really quite separate. Even if they’ve been married for fifty years.”
― Ian Fleming, Casino Royale

“If he can’t handle you at your worst then he does not deserve you at your best. Real love means seeing beyond the words spoken out of pain, and instead seeing a person’s soul.”
― Shannon L. Alder, 300 Questions LDS Couples Should Ask Before Marriage

“To wisely live your life, you don’t need to know much
Just remember two main rules for the beginning:
You better starve, than eat whatever
And better be alone, than with whoever.”
― Omar Khayyám, Rubaiyat

“He doesn’t need to be reminded you’re great.”
― Greg Behrendt, He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

“Tell me whom you haunt and I’ll tell you who you are.”
― André Breton

“What a relationship looks like on the outside isn’t the same as what it’s like on the inside. You can be more in love with someone in your mind than with the person you see every day.”
― Jean Kwok, Girl in Translation

“Why does anyone stay in an unhappy relationship? Because people do. They do it all the time. And the truth is, when you’re in it, when you’re up to your neck in the everyday part of life with another human being, sometimes you don’t exactly notice how bad things really are. It’s not always as apparent as it would seem. Unhappiness, when it involves another person, can be like that line from The Sun Also Rises about going bankrupt, how it happens two ways: gradually, and then suddenly.”
― Sarah Dunn

“Better to put your heart on the line, risk everything, and walk away with nothing than play it safe. Love is a lot of things, but “safe” isn’t one of them.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“So many believe that it is love that grows, but it is the knowing that grows and love simply expands to contain it.”
― William Paul Young, The Shack

“Life takes a bit of time and a lot of relationship.”
― William Paul Young, The Shack

“Either you go to America with Mrs. Van Hopper or you come home to Manderley with me.”
“Do you mean you want a secretary or something?”
“No, I’m asking you to marry me, you little fool.”
― Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

“Love doesn’t have to be on Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t have to be by the time you turn eighteen or thirty-three or fifty-nine. It doesn’t have to conform to whatever is usual. It doesn’t have to be kismet at once, or rhapsody by the third day.

It just has to be. In time. In place. In spirt.

It just has to be.”
― David Levithan, How They Met, and Other Stories

“This emotion I’m feeling now, this is love, right?”
“I don’t know. Is it a longing? Is it a giddy stupid happiness just because you’re with me?”
“Yes,” she said.

“That’s influenza,” said Miro. “Watch for nausea or diarrhea within a few hours.”
― Orson Scott Card, Children of the Mind

“My heart is burning a hole in my chest and every time you speak to me, it keeps sinking, and I’m left with nothing but ashes. I wish she were talking to me, because the more she speaks to me, the more my heart flutters like a rising phoenix.
-Karen Quan and Jarod Kintz”
― Karen Quan, liQUID PROse QUOtes

“Relationships take up energy; letting go of them, psychiatrists theorize, entails mental work. When you lose someone you were close to, you have to reassess your picture of the world and your place in it. The more your identity was wrapped up with the deceased, the more difficult the loss.”
― Meghan O’Rourke

“Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same.”
― Flavia Weedn

“They lay silently. She was staring at something across the room. She was making him feel uncomfortable. ‘It wouldn’t work. It’s the attraction of opposites,’ he said.
We’re not opposites.’

I don’t mean just you and me. Women fall in love when they get to know you. Men are just the opposite. When they finally know you they’re ready to leave.”
― James Salter

I’m not crying because of you; you’re not worth it. I’m crying because my delusion
“I’m not crying because of you; you’re not worth it. I’m crying because my delusion of who you were was shattered by the truth of who you are.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“If you’re right & I’m not, I’m going to be hell to live with, she said. So, you better think about that next time you want to be right. ”
― Brian Andreas

“I once loved a girl who almost loved me, but not as much as she loved John Cusack.”
― Chuck Klosterman, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

“There are all kinds of ways for a relationship to be tested, even broken, some, irrevocably; it’s the endings we’re unprepared for.”
― Katherine Owen, Not To Us

“It’s all about falling in love with yourself and sharing that love with someone who appreciates you, rather than looking for love to compensate for a self love deficit.”
― Eartha Kitt

“Theresa, I know there’s a part of you that believes you can change someone, but the reality is that you can’t. You can change yourself, and Garrett can change himself, but you can’t do it for him.”
― Nicholas Sparks, Message In A Bottle

“Laughter is more than just a pleasurable activity…When people laugh together, they tend to talk and touch more and to make eye contact more frequently.”
― Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

“Visionary feminism is a wise and loving politics. It is rooted in the love of male and female being, refusing to privilege one over the other. The soul of feminist politics is the commitment to ending patriarchal domination of women and men, girls and boys. Love cannot exist in any relationship that is based on domination and coercion. Males cannot love themselves in patriarchal culture if their very self-definition relies on submission to patriarchal rules. When men embrace feminist thinking and preactice, which emphasizes the value of mutual growth and self-actualization in all relationships, their emotional well-being will be enhanced. A genuine feminist politics always brings us from bondage to freedom, from lovelessness to loving.”
― bell hooks

“It can be difficult to leave a long-term relationship, even when our inner-wisdom tells us it’s time to let go. At this point, we can choose let go and endure the intense pain of leaving behind the familiar to make way for a new chapter in our life. Or we can stay and suffer a low-grade pain that slowly eats away at our heart and soul, like an emotional cancer. Until we wake up, one day and realize, we are buried so deep in the dysfunction of the relationship that we scarcely remember who we were and what we wanted and needed to be.”
― Jaeda DeWalt

“Death is the easy part, the hard part is living and knowing you could be so much more then you’re willing to be.”
― Robert M. Drake

“Funny how we take it for granted that we know all there is to know about another person, just because we see them frequently or because of some strong emotional tie.”
― Robert Bloch, Psycho

“People generally didn’t cheat in good relationships.”
― Emily Giffin, Something Blue

“A woman can become a man’s friend only in the following stages – first an acquantaince, next a mistress, and only then a friend.”
― Anton Chekhov, The Three Sisters

“The real thing that keeps men and women apart, is fear. Women blame men and men blame women, but the culprit is fear, women are afraid of one thing, men are afraid of a different thing; the fears of women have to do with losing while the fears of men have to do with not being good enough for something. One is loss, the other is insecurity. Men are innately more insecure than women and women are innately more needful of companionship than men. It’s good for both men and women to be able to recognize and identify these fears not only within themselves, but within each other, and then men and women will see that they really do need to help each other. It’s not a game, it’s not a competition, the two sexes need one another.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“Two separate beings, in different circumstances, face to face in freedom and seeking justification of their existence through one another, will always live an adventure full of risk and promise.” (p. 248)”
― Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

“You’ll blow up a helicopter, but you won’t go out with me? What is wrong with you?”
― Meg Cabot, When Lightning Strikes

“When we fail to set boundaries and hold people accountable, we feel used and mistreated. This is why we sometimes attack who they are, which is far more hurtful than addressing a behavior or a choice.”
― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

“I used to think–and given the way we ended up, maybe I still do–that all relationships need the kind of violent shove that a crush brings, just to get you started and to push you over the humps. And then, when the energy from that shove has gone and you come to something approaching a halt, you have to look around and see what you’ve got. It could be something completely different, it could be something roughly the same, but gentler and calmer, or it could be nothing at all.”
― Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

“A tamed woman will never leave her mark in the world.”
― Robert M. Drake

“Most don’t deserve your tears… and the ones that do will never make you cry.”
― T. Rafael Cimino, Table 21

“We walked to meet each other up at the time of our love and then we have been irresistibly drifting in different directions, and there’s no altering that.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.”
― Socrates

“love one another, but make not a bond of love:
let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.”
― Kahlil Gibran, Prophet Hb

“Don’t answer the door in a wedding dress and veil, he might not think you’re joking.”
― Amy Sedaris, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

“Daughter! Get you an honest Man for a Husband, and keep him honest. No matter whether he is rich, provided he be independent. Regard the Honour and moral Character of the Man more than all other Circumstances. Think of no other Greatness but that of the soul, no other Riches but those of the Heart. An honest, Sensible humane Man, above all the Littlenesses of Vanity, and Extravagances of Imagination, labouring to do good rather than be rich, to be usefull rather than make a show, living in a modest Simplicity clearly within his Means and free from Debts or Obligations, is really the most respectable Man in Society, makes himself and all about him the most happy.”
― John Adams, Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife

“I thought he should have realized sooner that important people don’t show up very often, and you should hold on to them when they do. Maybe I was smarter than he was all along, because that was something I’d always known.”
― Lorraine Zago Rosenthal, Other Words for Love

“I had a dream about you last night. The champagne was non-alcoholic. You didn’t notice, and laughed at my jokes anyway.”
― Michael Summers, I Had a Dream About You

“Oh, you know. Jace reminds me of an old boyfriend. Some guys look at you like they want sex. Jace looks at you like you’ve already had sex, it was great, and now you’re just friends–even though you want more. Drives girls crazy. You know what I mean?”
Yes, Clary thought. “No,” she said.

pg. 280”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

“So I learned two things that night, and the next day, from him: the perfection of a moment, and the fleeting nature of it.”
― Margaret George, The Memoirs of Cleopatra

“A friend is someone whose face you can see in the dark.”
― Frances O’Roark Dowell, The Secret Language of Girls

“My wife and I just don’t have the same feelings for each other we used to have. I guess I just don’t love her anymore and she doesn’t love me. What can i do?”
“The feeling isn’t there anymore?” I asked.
“That’s right,” he reaffirmed. “And we have three children we’re really concerned about. What do you suggest?”
“love her,” I replied.
“I told you, the feeling just isn’t there anymore.”
“Love her.”
“You don’t understand. the feeling of love just isn’t there.”
“Then love her. If the feeling isn’t there, that’s a good reason to love her.”
“But how do you love when you don’t love?”
“My friend , love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is a fruit of love, the verb. So love her. Serve her. Sacrifice. Listen to her. Empathize. Appreciate. Affirm her. Are you willing to do that?”
― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

“the wounded child inside many males is a boy who, when he first spoke his truths, was silenced by paternal sadism, by a patriarchal world that did not want him to claim his true feelings. The wounded child inside many females is a girl who was taught from early childhood that she must become something other than herself, deny her true feelings, in order to attract and please others. When men and women punish each other for truth telling, we reinforce the notion that lies are better. To be loving we willingly hear the other’s truth, and most important, we affirm the value of truth telling. Lies may make people feel better, but they do not help them to know love.”
― bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

“أريدك أن تعرف المزيد عن النساء مما لن تخبرك به واحده منهن.. إن النساء لا يطلبن الاهتمام ولكنهن يسعين إلى يجدن ذلك الرجل الذى يهتم بهن فعلا..”
― شيرين هنائي, صندوق الدمى

“I remember one desolate Sunday night, wondering: Is this how I´m going to spend the rest of my life? Marrid to someone who is perpetually distracted and somewhat wistful, as though a marvelous party is going on in the next room, which but for me he could be attending?”
― Suzanne Finnamore

“I hate the way, once you start to know someone, care about them, their behavior can distress you, even when it’s unreasonable and not your fault, even if you were really trying to be careful, tactful.”
― Tanith Lee, Wolf Star

“Why be alone when we can be together baby
You can make my life worthwhile
And I can make you start to smile”
― Mr. Big

“Relationships are treated like Dixie cups. They are the same. They are disposable. If it does not work, drop it, throw it away, get another.
Committed bonds (including marriage) cannot last when this is the prevailing logic. Most of us are unclear about what to do to protect and strengthen caring bonds when our self-centered needs are not being met.”
― bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

“You get lonely, is what it is. A person’s not supposed to go through life with absolutely nobody. It’s not normal. The longer you go by yourself the weirder you get, and the weirder you get the longer you go by yourself. It’s a loop and you gotta do something to get out of it.”
― Jim Shepard

“I think when men hear that women want a commitment, they think it means commitment to a romantic relationship, but that’s not it. It’s a commitment to not floating around anywhere. I want a guy who is entrenched in his own life.”
― Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

“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

“Never knew what a friendship was, Never knew how to really love, You can’t be what I need you to, & I don’t know why I fuck with you”
― Erykah Badu

“Truth builds trust.”
― Marilyn Suttle

“Annabeth realized that if six of them went on these two quests, it would leave Percy alone on the ship with Coach Hedge, which was maybe not a situation a caring girlfriend should put him in. Nor was she eager to let Percy out of her sight again—not after they’d been apart for so many months.”
― Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena

“Jesus waited three days to come back to life. It was perfect! If he had only waited one day, a lot of people wouldn’t have even heard he died. They’d be all, “Hey Jesus, what up?” and Jesus would probably be like, “What up? I died yesterday!” and they’d be all, “Uh, you look pretty alive to me, dude…” and then Jesus would have to explain how he was resurrected, and how it was a miracle, and the dude’d be like “Uhh okay, whatever you say, bro…” And he’s not gonna come back on a Saturday. Everybody’s busy, doing chores, workin’ the loom, trimmin’ the beard, NO. He waited the perfect number of days, three. Plus it’s Sunday, so everyone’s in church already, and they’re all in there like “Oh no, Jesus is dead”, and then BAM! He bursts in the back door, runnin’ up the aisle, everyone’s totally psyched, and FYI, that’s when he invented the high five. That’s why we wait three days to call a woman, because that’s how long Jesus wants us to wait…. True story.”
― Barney Stinson

“Encouragement requires empathy and seeing the world from your spouse’s perspective. We must first learn what is important to our spouse. Only then can we give encouragement. With verbal encouragement, we are trying to communicate, “I know. I care. I am with you. How can I help?” We are trying to show that we believe in him and in his abilities. We are giving credit and praise.”
― Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate

“I used to loathe ambivalence; now I adore it. Ambivalence is my new best friend.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“Some of the biggest challenges in relationships come from the fact that most people enter a relationship in order to get something: they’re trying to find someone who’s going to make them feel good. In reality, the only way a relationship will last is if you see your relationship as a place that you go to give, and not a place that you go to take. ”
― Anthony Robbins

“A broken heart is just the growing pains necessary so that you can love more completely when the real thing comes along.”
― J.S.B. Morse, Now and at the Hour of Our Death

“To us, your power comes from one simple thing: you’re a woman, and we men will do
anything humanly possible to impress you so that, ultimately, we can be with you. You’re the driving force behind why we wake up every day. Men go out and get jobs and hustle to make
money because of women. We drive fancy cars because of women. We dress nice, put on cologne, get haircuts and try to look all shiny and new for you. We do all of this because the more our game is stepped up, the more of you we get. You’re the ultimate prize to us.”
― Steve Harvey, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment

“How was I supposed to know what’s real and what’s not? It feels like I’m the only one who doesn’t know the difference.”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

“Basically, all women are nurturers and healers, and all men are mental patients to varying degrees.”
― Nelson DeMille, The General’s Daughter

“One minute of reconciliation is worth more than a whole life of friendship!”
― Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

“The strength of a man isn’t seen in the power of his arms. It’s seen in the love with which he EMBRACES you.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“In any relationship in which two people become one, the end result is two half people.”
― Wayne W. Dyer

“I know I’m not going to be in your head all the time. But once you know me, I’ll be forever in your heart. ”
― Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading

“I had a dream about you last night.. you were holding a pine cone and introducing him as Gerald.”
― Nicole McKay, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you. I was sitting on your couch, relating my succession of ideas on subconscious influence. I asked you what they meant, and you told me that free associations were a bad way to advance my political career.”
― Bauvard, I Had a Dream About You

“Over time, any deception destroys intimacy, and without intimacy couples cannot have true and lasting love.”
― Bonnie Eaker Weil, Financial Infidelity: Seven Steps to Conquering the #1 Relationship Wrecker

“So that’s how we live our lives. No matter how deep and fatal the
loss, no matter how important the thing that’s stolen from us – that’s
snatched right out of our hands – even if we are left completely
changed, with only the outer layer of skin from before, we continue to
play out our lives this way, in silence. We draw ever nearer to the
end of our allotted span of time, bidding it farewell as it trails off
behind. Repeating, often adroitly, the endless deeds of the everyday.
Leaving behind a feeling of insurmountable emptiness…
Maybe, in some distant place, everything is already, quietly, lost.
Or at least there exists a silent place where everything can
disappear, melting together in a single, overlapping figure. And as
we live our lives we discover – drawing toward us the thin threads
attached to each – what has been lost. I closed my eyes and tried to
bring to mind as many beautiful lost things as I could. Drawing them
closer, holding on to them. Knowing all the while that their lives
are fleeting.”
― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

“I didn’t know someone could love me like this,” she said. “Could love me and love me and love me without…needing space.”
Lincoln wasn’t asleep. He rolled on top of her.
“There’s no air in space,” he said.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

“Men are jealous of every woman, even when they don’t have the slightest interest in her themselves.”
― Jan Neruda, Prague Tales

“I think of how each person in a marriage owes it to the other to find individual happiness, even in a shared life. That this is the only way to grow together, instead of apart.”
― Emily Giffin, Heart of the Matter

“I’m tired of waiting by the phone, and second-guessing what a guy says and trusting someone not to hurt me. Again. I’ve been storming the relationship castle for fifteen years, and I still don’t have my prince. I’ve got a bunch of battle scars from the field and I want to go home and nurse my wounds. I don’t want to fight anymore.”
― Kim Gruenenfelder, A Total Waste of Makeup

“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

“Women writers make for rewarding (and efficient) lovers. They are clever liars to fathers and husbands; yet they never hold their tongues too long, nor keep ardent typing fingers still.”
― Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

“But I think we both knew, even then, that what we had was something even more rare, and even more meaningful. I was going to be his friend, and was going to show him possibilities. And he, in turn, would become someone I could trust more than myself.”
― David Levithan, Boy Meets Boy

“She is delightfully chaotic; a beautiful mess. Loving her is a splendid adventure.”
― Steve Maraboli

“If there is one thing I can pass on from my humbling experiences in life, thus far, I will tell you this, the next time someone tells you “the absence of expectations is the absence of disappointment, do not listen. Have expectations. Keep them great. It’ll be a very bumpy ride. You’ll even get bruised, sometimes very badly. Sometimes, you’ll come to an abrupt halt or even fall off your ride. But you’ll grow. And if you do not grow, you do not live.”
― Pandora Poikilos

“In the best, the friendliest and simplest relations flattery or praise is necessary, just as grease is necessary to keep wheels turning. ”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

“I’m done. I don’t need anything more out of life. I have you, and that’s enough.”
― Alessandra Torre

“What if we just acknowledged that we have a bad relationship, and we stuck it out, anyway? What if we admitted that we make each other nuts, we fight constantly and hardly ever have sex, but we can’t live without each other, so we deal with it? And then we could spend our lives together — in misery, but happy to not be apart.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert

“Time has its revenges, but revenge seems so often sour. Wouldn’t we all do better not trying to understand, accepting the fact that no human being will ever understand another, not a wife with a husband, nor a parent a child? Perhaps that’s why men have invented God – a being capable of understanding. ”
― Graham Greene, The Quiet American

“With each reunion (we) had to learn each other all over again. There was always that nervous moment at the airport when I would stand there waiting for him to arrive, wondering, Will I still know him? Will he still know me?”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

“But what are loyalty and caring really worth?”
“To me? Everything.”
― Richelle Mead, The Golden Lily

“To respect the dignity of a relationship also implies accepting the end when it comes. Except in my mind, except in my dreams, where the aftertaste of her still lingers.”
― André Brink, Before I Forget

“After their encounter on the approach to Jupiter, there would aways be a secret bond between them—not of love, but of tenderness, which is often more enduring.”
― Arthur C. Clarke, 2010: Odyssey Two

“It’s funny, for all it took was a broken heart and that alone was enough, enough for her to do everything she ever dreamed of.”
― Robert M. Drake

“There’s never a reason to trust someone. If there’s a reason, then it’s not trust.”
― Gerald Morris, The Quest of the Fair Unknown

“Be a bit of a challenge; not because you’re playing games but because you realize you’re worth the extra effort.”
― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

“To be deeply loved, means a willingness to cut yourself wide open, exposing your vulnerabilities… hopes, hurts, fears and flaws. Hiding behind the highlight reel of who you are, is the real you and that person is just as worthy of love. There is nothing more terrifying or fulfilling, than complete love, it’s worth the risk… reach for it.”
― Jaeda DeWalt

“If you have feelings for someone, let them know. It doesn’t matter if they can be in your life or not. Maybe, it is just enough for both of you to release the truth, so healing can occur. The opposite is true, as well. If you don’t have feelings for someone then never let another person suggest that you do. Protect your reputation and be responsible for the wrong information spread about you. Never allow anyone to live with a false belief or unfounded hope about you. An honorable person sets the record straight, so that person can move on with their life.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“There was no one to be seen so she gave in freely to her sobs as she made her way home, pressed her arms against her stomach; the pain lodged in there like an ill-tempered foetus.
Let a person in and he hurts you.
There was a reason why she kept her relationships brief. Don’t let them in. Once they’re inside they have more potential to hurt you. Comfort yourself. You can live with the anguish as long as it only involves yourself. As long as there is no hope.”
― John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In

“I had a dream about you last night… you were a giant slinky and I watched you fall down the stairs.”
― Amy Sommers, I Had a Dream About You

“Sometimes you get everything you ever wanted, only it doesn’t look like what you wanted anymore.”
― Leila Sales, Past Perfect

“Ask yourself, does this person make me feel good about myself? Do I feel safe, strong and free with this person? Those are the questions you need to ask….You have to be strong to truly be open.”
― April Sinclair, I Left My Back Door Open: A Novel

“Roen snorted. “You two have the strangest relationship in the Dells.”
Archer smiled slightly. “She won’t consent to make it a marriage.”
“I can’t imagine what’s stopping her. I don’t suppose you’ve considered being less munificent with your love?”
“Would you marry me, Fire, if I slept in no one’s bed but yours?”
He knew the answer to that, but it didn’t hurt to remind him. “No, and I should find my bed quite cramped.”
― Kristin Cashore, Fire

“I had a dream about you last night. I could fly. I was going to use this power to impress you, but you were too heavy to carry, so I won you over with my personality instead”
― Michael Summers, I Had a Dream About You

“If you’re trapped in the dream of the Other, you’re fucked.”
― Gilles Deleuze

“I believe with all my heart that the cliches are true, that we are our own best friends and best company, and that if you’re not right for yourself, it’s impossible to be right for anyone.”
― Rachel Machacek, The Science of Single: One Woman’s Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding L ove

“Please, touch me, I pray.”
― Jess C. Scott, The Intern

“The true measure of a man is how he treats you when others are not looking.”
― Alessandra Torre

“Was it necessary to tell me that you wanted nothing in the world but me?’
The corners of his mouth drooped peevishly.
Oh, my dear, it’s rather hard to take quite literally the things a man says when he’s in love with you.’
Didn’t you mean them?’

At the moment.”
― W. Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

“It seems to me that if you place music (and books, probably, and films, and plays, and anything that makes you feel) at the center of your being, then you can’t afford to sort out your love life, start to think of it as the finished product. You’ve got to pick at it, keep it alive and in turmoil, you’ve got to pick at it and unravel it until it all comes apart and you’re compelled to start all over again. Maybe we all live life at too high a pitch, those of us who absorb emotional things all day, and as a consequence we can never feel merely content: we have to be unhappy, or ecstatically, head-over-heels happy, and those states are difficult to achieve within a stable, solid relationship.”
― Nick Hornby

“What is it about men that make women so lonely?”
― Elliot Perlman

“Love has no limitations. It cannot be measured. It has no boundaries. Although many have tried, love is indefinable.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Delusion detests focus and romance provides the veil.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“What marriage offers – and what fidelity is meant to protect – is the possibility of moments when what we have chosen and what we desire are the same. Such a convergence obviously cannot be continuous. No relationship can continue very long at its highest emotional pitch. But fidelity prepares us for the return of these moments, which give us the highest joy we can know; that of union, communion, atonement (in the root sense of at-one-ment)…
To forsake all others does not mean – because it cannot mean – to ignore or neglect all others, to hide or be hidden from all others, or to desire or love no others. To live in marriage is a responsible way to live in sexuality, as to live in a household is a responsible way to live in the world. One cannot enact or fulfill one’s love for womankind or mankind, or even for all the women or men to whom one is attracted. If one is to have the power and delight of one’s sexuality, then the generality of instinct must be resolved in a responsible relationship to a particular person. Similarly, one cannot live in the world; that is, one cannot become, in the easy, generalizing sense with which the phrase is commonly used, a “world citizen.” There can be no such think as a “global village.” No matter how much one may love the world as a whole, one can live fully in it only by living responsibly in some small part of it. Where we live and who we live there with define the terms of our relationship to the world and to humanity. We thus come again to the paradox that one can become whole only by the responsible acceptance of one’s partiality.
(pg.117-118, “The Body and the Earth”)”
― Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

“He who wants a rose must respect her thorn.”
― André Gide

“I will never deny that life isn’t fair. It seems as though when a woman leaves a man she is strong and independent, but when a man leaves a woman he is a pig and a jerk.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“There is no mystery– that’s the beauty of it. We are entirely explicable to each other, and yet we stay. What a miracle that is.”
― Kamila Shamsie, Broken Verses

“It’s better to have a few faithful friends than numerous shallow friendships.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett, Friends 2 Lovers: The Unthinkable

“A relationship isn’t something that has to be created in a day or perfected in a day. Part of the game is to keep working on it. It’s something that’ll always be just a little flawed.”
― Nora Roberts

“She was still under the spell of her infatuation. She had tried to forget him, realizing the inutility of remembering. But the thought of him was like an obsession, ever pressing itself upon her. It was not that she dwelt upon details of their acquaintance, or recalled in any special or peculiar way his personality; it was his being, his existence, which dominated her thought, fading sometimes as if it would melt into the mist of the forgotten, reviving again with an intensity which filled her with an incomprehensible longing.”
― Kate Chopin, The Awakening

“My dad had limitations. That’s what my good-hearted mom always told us. He had limitations, but he meant no harm. It was kind of her to say, but he did do harm.”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

“I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it’ll make sense.”
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“The bank of love is never bankrupt.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Nothing is stranger or more ticklish than a relationship between people who know each other only by sight, who meet and observe each other daily – no hourly – and are nevertheless compelled to keep up the pose of an indifferent stranger, neither greeting nor addressing each other, whether out of etiquette or their own whim.”
― Thomas Mann, Death in Venice

“They had, finally, the only thing anyone really wants in life: someone to hold your hand when you die.”
― Lorrie Moore, Anagrams

“Love doesn’t come with an on-off switch. It’s made of too many threads of memory and hope and heartache that weave themselves into the very core of who you are.”
― Martina Boone, Compulsion

“We are the sum of all people we have ever met; you change the tribe and the tribe changes you.”
― Dirk Wittenborn, Fierce People

“I look back to where my life had been. It’s always risky to think of letting go. That’s why this is the perfect ending. Nothing left to reconcile.”
― Loretta Ellsworth, In a Heartbeat

“Eve: “If you ended up naked and dead with another woman, I’d do the Rumba on your corpse.”
Roarke: “You can’t do the Rumba.”
Eve: “I’d take lessons first.”

Roarke: “You might very well. Not that you’ll ever get the chance, but you’d also grieve.”
Eve: “Wouldn’t give you the satisfaction. You cheating f-wit putz. ”

Roarke: “You’d weep in the dark and call my name.”
Eve: “Call your name alright. How are things in hell? You dickless bastard. And I’d laugh and laugh, that’s how I”d call your name.”
Roarke: “Christ Jesus Eve, I love you.”

–Eve, Roarke”
― J.D. Robb, Divided in Death

“Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly.”
― William Shakespeare, As You Like It

“With the cure, relationships are all the same, and rules and expectations are defined. Without the cure, relationships must be reinvented every day, languages constantly decoded and deciphered. Freedom is exhausting.”
― Lauren Oliver, Requiem

“I had a dream about you last night. I was alone on a dark night and you came to me as a firefly. I knew it was you because you were the brightest.”
― Crystal Woods, Dreaming is for lovers

“I had a dream about you. You were lost in a daydream, when I walked in and you began screaming. But I know that could never actually happen. In real life I only enter people’s nightmares.”
― Bauvard, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you last night… you kept meowing at people and licking yourself it was not unlike you normally.”
― Nicole McKay, I Had a Dream About You

“Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy in the other’s achievements, confidence in oneself, and the ability to give without undue thought of gain.”
― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers

“A beautiful thing happens when we start paying attention to each other. It is by participating more in your relationship that you breathe life into it.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“I’ve heard that people stand in bad situations because a relationship like that gets turned up by degrees. It is said that a frog will jump out of a pot of boiling water. Place him in a pot and turn it up a little at a time, and he will stay until he is boiled to death. Us frogs understand this.”
― Deb Caletti, Stay

“Intimacy requires courage because risk is inescapable. We cannot know at the outset how the relationship will affect us. Like a chemical mixture, if one of us is changed, both of us will be. Will we grow in self-actualization, or will it destroy us? The one thing we can be certain of is that if we let ourselves fully into the relationship for good or evil, we will not come out unaffected.”
― Rollo May, The Courage to Create

“I don’t deserve you. I’m not made for relationships. I know I’m going to fuck this up. I’m going to drive you away or do something to hurt you, and you’ll be added to my list of people I screwed over. You should walk away now.”
― M.A. Stacie, Unwritten Rules

“Sometimes not talking is effortless, and other times it’s more exhausting than lifting pianos.”
― Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole

“He feared me as many men fear women: because their mistresses (or their wives) understand them. They are scarcely adult, some men: they wish women to understand them, and to that end they tell them all their secrets; and then, when they are properly understood, they hate their women for understanding them.”
― Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot

“So often survivors have had their experiences denied, trivialized, or distorted. Writing is an important avenue for healing because it gives you the opportunity to define your own reality. You can say: This did happen to me. It was that bad. It was the fault & responsibility of the adult. I was—and am—innocent.” The Courage to Heal by Ellen Bass & Laura Davis”
― Ellen Bass, The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

“There isn’t time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that.”
― Mark Twain

“The best kind of humans are the ones who stay.”
― Robert M. Drake

“You don’t fix a man the way you do a fault in a pipe or a leak in a roof. You take him as he is, Mary Brenna, or you don’t take him at all…adjustments can’t be all made on one side, darling, else the balance goes off and what’s being built just falls down.”
― Nora Roberts, Tears of the Moon

“Truth is, something that I thought was perfect was taken away from me, and I never wanted perfect again. I wanted middle of the road, stuff I didn’t care about so that I couldn’t lose anything I really loved ever again.”
― Cecelia Ahern, The Time of My Life

“I pictured Cupid sitting in a crappy little bar, drunk and depressed, while he moaned to the bartender, “That Jasmine Parks, gods, she pisses me off! Did you see what she just did? Totally blew off this immortal stud to play kiss-the-boo-boo with a fickle little rent-a-cop. Why? ‘Cause she’s the biggest chickenshit on the planet! I’m ready to toss my bow and pick up a bazooka!”
― Jennifer Rardin, Once Bitten, Twice Shy

“I was trying to decide if you still had free will as a wolf. If I was a terrible person for planning to drug my girlfriend and drag her back to my house to keep in the basement.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, Forever

“She knew that what she was going through was nothing special, just garden-variety heartbreak, the sort of thing that poets and novelists had been writing about for hundreds of years, but she also knew, from those same books, that there were people who never recover form it, ones who go on through life beset by a dim and painful longing.”
― Sarah Dunn

“You will have five hundred million little bells, and I shall have five hundred million springs of fresh water…”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

“Life’s too short to drink crappy coffee and cry over boys who don’t care.”
― Unknown

“So many events and moments that seemed insignificant add up. I remember how for the last Valentine´s Day, N gave flowers but no card. In restaurants, he looked off into the middle distance while my hand would creep across the table to hold his. He would always let go first. I realize I can´t remember his last spontaneous gesture of affection.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“..I find it incredible impossible not to cry when I hear Stevie Nicks’s “Landslide,” especially the lyric: “I’ve been afraid of changing, because I’ve built my life around you.” I think a good test to see if a human is actually a robot/android/cylon is to have them listen to this song lyric and study their reaction. If they don’t cry, you should stab them through the heart. You will find a fusebox.”
― Mindy Kaling

“Trying to fall out of love is like trying to climb a mountain. Blindfolded, on crutches, naked in a hail storm.”
― Louise Caiola

“All’s fair in love and war,” said Ron brightly, “and this is a bit of both.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“You cold or something?’ he said. She strained against him; she wanted to pass clear through him: ‘It’s a chill, it’s nothing’; and then, pushing a little away: ‘Say you love me.’

I said it.’

No, oh no. You haven’t. I was listening. And you never do.’

Well, give me time.’

Please.’

He sat up and glanced at a clock across the room. It was after five. Then decisively he pulled off his windbreaker and began to unlace his shoes.

Aren’t you going to, Clyde?’

He grinned back at her. ‘Yeah, I’m going to.’

I don’t mean that; and what’s more, I don’t like it: you sound as though you were talking to a whore.’

Come off it, honey. You didn’t drag me up here to tell you about love.’

You disgust me,’ she said.

Listen to her! She’s sore!’

A silence followed that circulated like an aggrieved bird. Clyde said, ‘You want to hit me, huh? I kind of like you when you’re sore: that’s the kind of girl you are,’ which made Grady light in his arms when he lifted and kissed her. ‘You still want me to say it?’ Her head slumped on his shoulder. ‘Because I will,’ he said, fooling his fingers in her hair. ‘Take off your clothes–and I’ll tell it to you good.”
― Truman Capote, Summer Crossing

“I never tell my boyfriend that I’m busy when I’m not. No matter how effective they are, cheap techniques like that just don’t agree with me. So it’s always okay, it’s always all right. In my opinion the surest way to hook a man is to be as open with him as possible.”
― Banana Yoshimoto, Asleep

“[Marriage] happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in, and those within despair of getting out.”
― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

“You can argue that it’s a different world now than the one when Matthew Shepard was killed, but there is a subtle difference between tolerance and acceptance. It’s the distance between moving into the cul-de-sac and having your next door neighbor trust you to keep an eye on her preschool daughter for a few minutes while she runs out to the post office. It’s the chasm between being invited to a colleague’s wedding with your same-sex partner and being able to slow-dance without the other guests whispering.”
― Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home

“We kissed each other until we were too tired to keep going. I could still feel him holding back. It was my penance for what I had done to him. All I could do was hope the walls would fall and that I could have all of him again, but I was always leaving and he was tired of watching me walk away. We both knew that I couldn’t stay and that he couldn’t come with me, but still, we couldn’t let go.”
― Kimberly Novosel, Loved

“Women and men who have established no-lie relationships talk about them with reverence, even when they are not permanent and, in fact, even when they are not romantic. Why? In the no-lie relationship there is acceptance of who each partner is, rather than a shallow idealization. There is a genuine commitment to the relationship beyond the immediate. You each act as though you are in a real partnership that will last.”
― Dory Hollander, 101 Lies Men Tell Women — And Why Women Believe Them

“Prince or commoner, tenor or bass,
Painter or plumber or never-do-well,
Do me a favor and shut your face –
Poets alone should kiss and tell.”
― Dorothy Parker, The Collected Dorothy Parker

“Love falls in love with love;
comes like an echo sounding back,
searches its mirrored shadow
within a look. ”
― Mocco Wollert

“I had a dream about you last night. The best day of my life was when I taught you how to juggle, but the best day of yours was when you taught someone else.”
― Michael Summers, I Had a Dream About You

“He thought about this for a second. “True. But if you never really make friends, you probably don’t have anyone to be your 2 a.m. Which would kind of suck.
I just looked at him as he stirred his soup, carrots spinning in the liquid. “Your what?”
“Two a.m.” He swallowed, then said, “You know. The person you can call at two a.m. and, no matter what, you can count on them. Even if they’re asleep or it’s cold or you need to be bailed out of jail…they’ll come for you. It’s, like, the highest level of friendship.”
― Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye

“How dare you say it’s nothing to me?
Baby, you’re the only light I ever saw.”
― John Mayer, Continuum: Music by John Mayer

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ”
― Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

“The girl was grateful to the young man for every bit of flattery; she wanted to linger for a moment in its warmth and so she said, ‘You’re very good at lying.’

‘Do I look like a liar?’

‘You look like you enjoy lying to women,’ said the girl, and into her words there crept unawares a touch of the old anxiety, because she really did believe that her young man enjoyed lying to women.”
― Milan Kundera, Laughable Loves

“Solid character will reflect itself in consistent behavior, while poor character will seek to hide behind deceptive words and actions.”
― Myles Munroe, Waiting and Dating

“We swallowed the chaos because we knew we didn’t want to be ordinary.”
― Robert M. Drake

“We are one of those couples i used to watch, thinking to myself that I’d never be on the inside of something so special. I remember reassuring myself that it probably looked nicer than it actually was, I am happy to be wrong about that.”
― Emily Giffin, Something Borrowed

“In your pursuit of your passions, always be young. In your relationship with others, always be grown-up. ”
― Tom Brokaw

“I can see that the sadness has returned. And it’s not a beautiful sadness- beautiful sadness is a myth. Sadness turns our features to clay, not porcelain.”
― David Levithan, Every Day

“She never got a chance to fall out of love, to do it properly, slowly and thoroughly, and the result was he was like a phantom limb. Gone but still there. And like a true phantom limb, the preponderance of feelings associated with him were painful.”
― Sarah Dunn

“When she was younger, she felt that he wanted to know everything about her, but she was sometimes afraid to tell too much. She was afraid he would know her too well, that he would find some weakness in her, some element that would turn him away, maybe even a quality she didn’t even realize she possessed.”
― Michael Stein

“It was completely fifth garde and completely silly and I loved it, because he wasn’t afraid to be silly. It was like kissing him first – I could do whatever I wanted and not have to worry what he’d think of me.”
― Kelley Armstrong, The Gathering

“He is your friend who pushes you nearer to God.”
― Abraham Kuyper

“Pundits are always blaming TV for making people stupid, movies for desensitizing the world to violence, and rock music for making kids take drugs and kill themselves. These things should be the least of our worries. The main problem with mass media is that it makes it impossible to fall in love with any acumen of normalcy. There is no ‘normal,’ because everybody is being twisted by the same sources simultaneously. ”
― Chuck Klosterman, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

“Needy people are like newborns, I have come to realize. One intoxicated night and BAM! You are stuck with this problem. You finally take it home and it wants to keep you up all night and cries when it isn’t sucking on various parts of your anatomy. It wants you there for everything – rocking, feeding, burping, changing… It’s ridiculous. If I wanted a kid I would have one. Until then, grow the hell up and stand on your own two feet, you little crazy.”
― Chase Brooks

“You think being dead inside is bad until someone brings you back to life and stabs you in the chest without the intention of killing you.”
― Denice Envall

“If we are to feel the positive feelings of love, happiness, trust, and gratitude, we periodically also have to feel anger, sadness, fear, and sorrow.”
― John Gray, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

“A man can know his father, or his son, and there might still be nothing between them but loyalty and love and mutual incomprehension.”
― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

“Love is something you do for someone else, not something you do for yourself.”
― Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages Singles Edition

“Dominator culture teaches all of us that the core of our identity is defined by the will to dominate and control others. We are taught that this will to dominate is more biologically hardwired in males than in females. In actuality, dominator culture teaches us that we are all natural-born killers but that males are more able to realize the predator role. In the dominator model the pursuit of external power, the ability to manipulate and control others, is what matters most. When culture is based on a dominator model, not only will it be violent but it will frame all relationships as power struggles.”
― bell hooks

“Everyday it gets easier to connect with an electronic device that it is to connect with real people.”
― Pablo

“I have never bought into the idea that blood is thicker than water. Love and respect are meant to be earned from our children, our spouses, our families, and our friends.”
― Raquel Cepeda, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina

“A family can be the bane of one’s existence. A family can also be most of the meaning of one’s existence. I don’t know whether my family is bane or meaning, but they have surely gone away and left a large hole in my heart.”
― Keri Hulme, The Bone People

“Just because a relationship ends, it doesn’t mean it’s not worth having.”
― Sarah Mlynowski, Gimme a Call

“It’s always hard to remember love – years pass and you say to yourself, Was I really in love, or was I just kidding myself? Was I really in love, or was I just pretending he was the man of my dreams? Was I really in love, or was I just desperate?”
― Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

“Friendships are nice. So is competence.”
― Michael Crichton, Disclosure

“It’s unexpectedly painful to have become a pronoun.”
― Robin Black, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This

“I had a dream about you last night. We watched pornography together, but purely for the storyline.”
― Michael Summers, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you last night.. You were playing with chicken livers and told me everyone was in quarantine.”
― Amy Sommers, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you last night.. you were trying to give coordinates to an apple”
― Nicole McKay, I Had a Dream About You

“He doesn’t have to love your CD collection. He doesn’t have to love your shoes. But any good, mature guy better make an attempt to love your friends and family—especially when they’re great.”
― Greg Behrendt, He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

“There’s nothing like that feeling of waiting for a guy. It’s the loneliest feeling in the world. Holding that cell phone in your hand as you take out the trash, use the bathroom, change the litter box. Fearful that the one second you aren’t looking will be when they call. Pathetic. And something I have done as recently as last week.”
― Hilary Winston, My Boyfriend Wrote a Book About Me: And Other Stories I Shouldn’t Share with Acquaintances, Coworkers, Taxi drivers, Assistants, Job Interviewers, Bikini Waxers, and Ex/Current/Future Boyfriends but Have

“Because you let our love just fall apart
You no longer have my heart”
― Boyz II Men

“Sometimes the most beautiful people are beautifully broken.”
― Robert M. Drake

“Your first impulse is to share good news, your second is to club someone with it.”
― Stephen King, The Stand

“I miss you in waves and tonight I’m drowning. You left me fending for my life and it feels like you’re the only one who can bring me back to the shore alive.”
― Denice Envall

“But dear, don’t be afraid of love it’s only magic.”
― Robert M. Drake

“Oh for God’s sake,’ Heather said, ‘I wish you two would just go out, fail miserably as a couple, and get it over with.”
― Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye

“To be honest, it was pretty hard to leave. I desperately wanted to turn around, and tell him everything would be okay. That I adore him and I trust him and that I’ll stand by him while he goes through this tough time. But I’m just too tired. I’m thirty years old. I’m tired of relationships that are always painful. I’m tired of hurting. I’m tired of waiting by the phone, and second-guessing what a guy says and trusting someone not to hurt me. Again. I’ve been storming the relationship castle for fifteen years, and I still don’t have my prince. I’ve got a bunch of battle scars from the field and I want to go home and nurse my wounds. I don’t want to fight anymore.”
― Kim Gruenenfelder, A Total Waste of Makeup

“That guys. Sideburns. You like him?”
My back squirms. “You’ve asked me that before.”
“What I meant was,” he says, flustered. “Your feelings haven’t changed? Since you’ve been here?”
It takes a moment to consider the question. “It’s not a matter of how I feel,” I say at last. “I’m interested, but … I don’t know if he’s still interested in me.”
St. Clair edges closer. “Does he still call?”
“Yeah. I mean, not often. But yes.”
“Right. Right, well,” he says, blinking. “There’s your answer.”
― Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

“Give a man a centimeter and he’ll think he’s a ruler.”
― Janet Skeslien Charles, Moonlight in Odessa

“It’s easy to like someone from a distance. But when she stopped being this amazing unattainable thing or whatever, and started being, like, just a regular girl with a weird relationship with food and frequent crankiness wh’s kind of bossy–then I had to basically start liking a whole different person.”
― John Green

“You don’t stop loving someone just because you hate them.”
― Hanif Kureishi, Intimacy

“Women that can work a camera with ease often work men just as effortlessly for both require the same commitment to vanity and manipulation.”
― Tiffany Madison

“We had been friends. We could not become strangers. It left only one thing: we must be enemies.”
― John Christopher, The Prince in Waiting

“Because he could not afford to fail, he could not afford to trust.”
― Joseph J. Ellis, His Excellency: George Washington

“Please don’t hate you??!! I hate that I love you. Loving you made me waste a year of my life. Loving
you made me be passionate about nothing but you. Loving you made me take risks I never would have
otherwise. Loving you made me give it up to you. Loving you made me neglect my parents and Amy.
Loving you made me not care that my grandma just died. Loving you made me turn out bitter and
hopeless like her. Loving you made me hate myself for being dumped by you. Loving you made me
deluded, irrational, inconsiderate, and a liar. And because I love you, you’re always going to haunt me.”
― Daria Snadowsky, Anatomy of a Boyfriend

“The snag about marriage is, it isn´t worth the divorce.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“Everyone creates realities based on their own personal beliefs. These beliefs are so powerful that they can create [expansive or entrapping] realities over and over.~Kuan Yin”
― Hope Bradford, Beneficial Law of Attraction: The Manifestation Teachings

“You’re walking funny,” Lucy said, a shit-eating grin on her face. Five days of out of this world sex with a starving man could do that to a girl.
“You’re just jealous.” Brenna pushed through the door into DarkRiver’s business HQ.
Lucy made a mournful face. “Yes, I am. Goddamn but your man is hot. And he smiles at you! I’ve seen him do it, even if no one believes me.”
― Nalini Singh, Caressed by Ice

“When we love someone our love becomes demonstrable or real only through our exertion – through the fact that for that someone (or for ourself) we take an extra step or walk an extra mile. Love is not effortless. To the contrary, love is effortful.”
― M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth

“Love doesn’t erase the past, but it makes the future different.”
― Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages Singles Edition

“When you’ve been around as long as me, Lucy, you’ll know that there are three types of sex… One – brand-new, kitchen-table sex. Two – bedroom sex. Then number three – hallway sex, when you pass each other in the hallway and say ‘Fuck you.'” – Lockie”
― Kathy Lette, To Love, Honour And Betray

“There is no formula to relationships. They have to be negotiated in loving ways, with room for both parties, what they want and what they need, what they can do and what their life is like. In business, people negotiate to win. They negotiate to get what they want. Maybe you’re too used to that. Love is different. Love is when you are as concerned about someone else’s situation as you are about your own.”
― Morrie Schwartz

“This is new to us, you know? Your mother’s sorry. She’s sorry that she hurt your feelings, and she wants you to invite your girlfriend over for dinner.”
“So that she can make her feel bad and weird?”
“Well she is kind of weird, isn’t she?”
Park didn’t have the energy to be angry. He sighed and let his head fall back on the chair.
His dad kept talking. “Isn’t that why you like her?”
― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

“You’re a mess, I confess, I despise you in the best kind of way.”
― Coco J. Ginger

“Relationship gurus always said that an attraction based on friendship and mutual respect was far more likely to stay the course – and the bastards were right.”
― Marian Keyes, The Other Side of the Story

“Tanith frowned. Did people still go on DATES any more? She was sure they did. They probably called it something different though. She tried to think of the last date she’d been on. The last PROPER date. Did fighting side by side with Saracen Rue count as a date? They ended up snuggling under the moonlight, drenched in gore and pieces of brain – so it had PROBABLY been a date. If it wasn’t, it was certainly a fun time had by all. Well, not ALL. But she and Saracen had sure had a blast.”
― Derek Landy, Mortal Coil

“You know your problem, Quentin? You keep expecting people not to be themselves.”
― John Green, Paper Towns

“Why?’ He asked.
‘Why what?’ What could I say? Noah, despite you being an asshole, or maybe because of it, I’d like to rip off your clothes and have your babies. Don’t tell.”
― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

“Don’t let a thief into your house three times. The first time was enough. The second time was a chance. The third time means you’re stupid.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“One of the most important of life´s lessons is to learn independance, to understand freedom. This means independence from attachments, from results, from opinions, and from expectations. Breaking attachments leads to freedom, but breaking attachments does not mean abandoning a loving and meaningful relationship, a relationship that nourrishes your soul. It means ending dependency on any person or thing. Love is never a dependency.”
― Brian L. Weiss, Messages from the Masters : Tapping into the Power of Love

“No matter how much you love someone, you still want to have you own way.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

“Shame isn’t a strong enough word for what I feel.
“You could live a hundred lifetimes and not deserve him, you know,” Haymitch says.”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

“We look down our noses at people who’ve made mistakes in relationships. She’s so stupid! How could she do that! Our superiority makes us feel better. But I’d bet everything I have on the fact that people to claim to have a perfect record in love are either lying or have very limited dating experience. People who say, I’d never do that! Someday, unless you are very, very lucky, you’ll have a story to tell. Or not to tell.”
― Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming

“Those who take lightly promises they make to those they love are people who find little lasting satisfaction in life. This is not an easy time in which to live. That does not mean that it has to be a difficult time to love, but it does mean that you will find unusual stresses upon your lives and your relationship.”
― Brandon Sanderson, The Well of Ascension

“Over time as most people fail the survivor’s exacting test of trustworthiness, she tends to withdraw from relationships. The isolation of the survivor thus persists even after she is free.”
― Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

“Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself- to serve.”
― William Paul Young, The Shack

“Regrets came up and asked me if I’d like to own them. Declined them for the most part but took a few just so I wouldn’t leave this relationship empty handed.”
― Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole

“All of them, all except Phineas, constructed at infinite cost to themselves these Maginot Lines against this enemy they thought they saw across the frontier, this enemy who never attacked that way-if he ever attacked at all; if he was indeed the enemy.”
― John Knowles, A Separate Peace

“She couldn’t be on his wavelength all the time. That’s all. When you could recognize that and deal with it, you were on your way to an adult relationship.”
― Stephen King, The Stand

“On the left side of a strong woman, stands a strong man; he is strengthened by her character.”
― Ellen J. Barrier

“Scholars, theologians, and even poets have yet to be able to truly describe and touch upon the beauty, romance, and magic of a relationship built on 100% authenticity”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Alas, woman is faithful as long as she loves, but you demand that she be faithful without love and give herself without enjoyment. Who is cruel then, woman or man?”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Furs

“Hearts set about finding other hearts the moment they are born, and between them, they weave nets so frightfully strong and tight that you end up bound forever in hopeless knots, even to the shadow of a beast you knew and loved long ago.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There

“Most people think everybody feels about them much more violently than they actually do; they think other people’s opinions of them swing through great arcs of approval or disapproval.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

“Someday I will have revenge. I know in advance to keep this to myself, and everyone will be happier. I do understand that I am expected to forgive N and his girlfriend in a timely fashion, and move on to a life of vegetarian cooking and difficult yoga positions and self-realization, and make this so much easier and more pleasant for all concerned.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“They (penguins) then fall madly in love and live happily ever after.

And so you ask yourself: “If a penguin can have a worthwhile, stimulating relationship, why the hell can’t I?”

Or maybe you ask yourself: “Would I be happier if I started dating a penguin”
― Bradley Trevor Greive, Looking for Mr. Right

“Surprises, I feel now, are primarily a form of violence.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“I love you as the mother of my child”: the kiss of death.
Mother of His Child: demotion. I am beginning to see this truism: Mothers are not always wives. I have been stripped of a piece of self.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“Love me like a wrong turn on a bad road
late at night.”
― Kim Addonizio

“I think we go well together. I like being with you because I’m never bored. Even when we’re not talking, even when we’re not touching, even when we’re not in the same room, I’m not bored. I’m never bored. I think it’s because I have confidence in you, in your thoughts. Do you understand? I love everything I see in you, and everything I don’t see. I know your faults, but as it turns out, I feel as though your faults go well with my qualities. We’re not afraid of the same things. Even our inner demons go well together! You, you’re worth more than you show…”
― Anna Gavalda, Someone I Loved (Je l’aimais)

“Someone asked me about the difference between love and lust. Hmmm. That will take a little thought. How to tell the difference? Well, for guys, if she looks better AFTER you’ve made love to her than before, that might be love. If you find yourself itching to get out the door afterward, probably just lust, y’know?”
― Steven Barnes

“Often we take personally the slings and arrows of our ‘abusers’. But frequently we are merely the interchangeable pawns of their own neurotic dramas. Anyone else in your position would have received the same treatment. There is nothing especially noxious or negatively noteworthy about you.”
― Brian L. Weiss, Messages from the Masters : Tapping into the Power of Love

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
― Jack Lemmon

“A good place to meet a man is at the dry cleaner. These men usually have jobs and bathe.”
― Rita Rudner

“I Love Loving You
You are my favorite song; a rhythm of beauty that captures my spirit.
You are my favorite poem; an exquisite grouping of ideas set in motion with an unmatched enchanting elegance.
You are my best friend; from our laughter to our deep conversations, our moments together are a timeless pleasure.
You are my soul mate; a connection so pure, so powerful, that it can only be considered divine.
You are my lover; a passionate entwinement, a chorus of ecstasy, and a feeling of complete unity that words could never adequately describe.
You are my angel; you remind me of the goodness in this world and inspire me to be the greatest version of myself.
You are my home; it is in your loving gaze that I find the comfort, acceptance, and the sense of belonging.
You are my love ~ mi amor; there are not enough days in forever to allow me to fully express my love for you.
I love loving you.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“Family, friends and relationships are the blessings of the God. They are the best way to access God.”
― Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power

“I will never claim to know what you are thinking. I only hope I am on your mind.”
― Amanda Mosher, Better to be able to love than to be loveable

“There is nothing more beautiful than a vulnerable heart in open hands.”
― Amanda Mosher, Better to be able to love than to be loveable

“She was a beautiful dreamer. The kind of girl, who kept her head in the clouds, loved above the stars and left regret beneath the earth she walked on.”
― Robert M. Drake

“time made me stronger, you’re no longer on my mind”
― Boyz II Men

“You can’t truly hate someone until you’ve cared about them. Until you’ve loved them.”
― Kirsten Hubbard, Like Mandarin

“I have to go. I have a finite amount of life left and I don’t want to spend it arguing with you.”
― Jenny Trout, Ashes to Ashes

“A person shows signs of clutching on too fast, of being needy, of not hearing the word “no,” of jealousy, of guarding you and your freedom. But the signs can be so small they skitter right past you. Sometimes they dance past, looking satiny, something you should applaud. Someone’s jealousy can make you feel good. Special. But it’s not even about you. It’s about a hand that is already gripping. It’s about their need, circling around your throat”
― Deb Caletti, Stay

“The foundation of adult trust is not “You will never hurt me.” It is “I trust myself with whatever you do.”
― David Richo, Daring to Trust: Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy

“Don’t. Don’t let’s pretend when there’s no one around.”
― Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

“Still, she knows one thing for certain: never judge a relationship unless you are the one wrapped up in its arms.”
― Alice Hoffman, Local Girls

“I’ve found that when you’re wrapped up in the process of dating and want so badly to have something work out with someone -anyone- it’s easy to forget that your choices aren’t limited to one person or the other. There’s also the choice I always forget about: To not choose anyone in order to keep myself open to someone who IS right for me.”
― Rachel Machacek, The Science of Single: One Woman’s Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding L ove

“They feel life is for the taking, and that everyone deserves happiness no matter what the cost. I must remember these tricks if I ever decide to have my soul surgically removed.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“Sure am glad I’m not royalty,” I muttered. “I wouldn’t want to have to bump uglies with someone I can’t stand. On a regular basis. And no one else.”
“Ow!” I exclaimed, trying to yank my fingers from Trent but finding them caught. Then I colored, realizing what I’d said. “Oh… sorry,” I stammered, meaning it. “That was insensitive.”
Trent’s frown turned into a sly smirk. “Bump uglies?” he said, eyes on the table behind me. “You are a font of gutter slang, Rachel. We must do this again.”
― Kim Harrison, For a Few Demons More

“Most women go through life looking for love, and looking for someone to treat them like a queen. For some women finding real love seems to be something that will never happen. I believe that finding love is not as hard as people make it seem. The reason that some women can’t find real love is because they look for more than just real love. A lot of women know what they need in a relationship, and thats for a man to love that woman with all of his heart, and to treat her real good. Most women have guys in their life or guys that try to get with them that could really love them and treat them real good. Those are usually the guys that get forced into that friend zone or rejected upfront. See those guys could give them what they need, but not what they want. “Wants” can be anything from a woman wanting a man to have certain materialistic things, or she could want him to look a certain way, those are a few examples of the things that some of them want, but they vary depending on the female. What some females don’t understand is that none of the things that they want has anything with love or how that person will treat you. You could find a man that looks perfect, has a house and car, he can be a college graduate with a good job, and you could still end up being with a person that doesn’t truly love you, and will treat you like shit. What I am trying to say is that the person who could treat you good and really love you could already be in your life, but you could have been blinded by the things you want in a man so you overlooked the person that you were really looking for. And by the way there are men that do the same thing; I just wanted to be clear on that.”
― Taisen Deshimaru

“It’s as if every conversation with a woman was a test, and men always failed it, because they always lacked the key to the code and so they never quite understood what the conversation was really about.”
― Orson Scott Card, Enchantment

“He gave her a quick, casual kiss on the cheek first. Then came the hug, and it was the hug that always made Laurel’s heart mush. Serious grip, cheek to the hair, eyes closed, just a little sway. Del’s hugs mattered, she thought, and made him impossible to resist.”
― Nora Roberts, Savor the Moment

“For you she learned to wear a short black slip
and red lipstick,
how to order a glass of red wine
and finish it. She learned to reach out
as if to touch your arm and then not
touch it, changing the subject.
Didn’t you think, she’d begin, or
Weren’t you sorry. . . .

To call your best friends
by their schoolboy names
and give them kisses good-bye,
to look away when they say
Your wife! So your confidence grows.
She doesn’t ask what you want
because she knows.

Isn’t that what you think?

When actually she was only waiting
to be told Take off your dress—
to be stunned, and then do this,
never rehearsed, but perfectly obvious:
in one motion up, over, and gone,
the X of her arms crossing and uncrossing,
her face flashing away from you in the fabric
so that you couldn’t say if she was
appearing or disappearing.”
― Deborah Garrison, A Working Girl Can’t Win

“I look at him with the nostalgic affection men are said to feel for their wars, their fellow veterans. I think, I once threw things at this man. I threw a glass ashtray, a fairly cheap one which didn’t break. I threw a shoe (his) and a handbag (mine), not even snapping the handbag shut first, so that he was showered with a metal rain of keys and small change. The worst thing I threw was a small portable television set, standing on the bed and heaving it at him with the aid of the bouncy springs, although the instant I let fly I thought, Oh God, let him duck! I once thought I was capable of murdering him. Today I feel only a mild regret that we were not more civilized with each other at the time. Still, it was amazing, all those explosions, that recklessness, that Technicolor wreckage. Amazing and agonizing and almost lethal.”
― Margaret Atwood, CAT’S EYE.

“Alright, good night,” he said, his words a little slurred. “But before I pass out, I want you to know that you’re the hottest biscuit this side of the gravy boat.”
― Erin McCarthy, Hard and Fast

“Living together/ is one move closer/ to living apart”
― Kristi Maxwell

“Everybody deserves love, but nobody is entitled to it.”
― Katerina Stoykova Klemer

“You will be a great queen when you come back, you know. And someday you’ll love me the way you love your wolf.”
― Carrie Jones, Entice

“He announces that lately he keeps losing things. “Like your wife and child,” I want to say, but don´t. At fourty, I´ve learned not to say everything clever, not to score every point.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“You might think that a boy is just your friend, but then if you find out that maybe he likes you (in a boyfriend way), everything changes instantly. (47)”
― Charise Mericle Harper, Flashcards of My Life

“You could say that Elphaba brought us together,’ said Boq softly. ‘I’m closer to her and so I’m closer to you.’
Galinda seemed to give up. She leaned her head back on the velvet cushions of the swing and said, ‘Boq, you know despite myself I think you’re a little sweet. You’re a little sweet and you’re a little charming and you’re a little maddening and you’re a little habit-forming.’
Boq held his breath.
But you’re little!’ she concluded. ‘You’re a Munchkin, for god’s sake!’
He kissed her, he kissed her, he kissed her, little by little by little.”
― Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

“He was everything your mother warned you about when she told you not to walk alone in the dark.”
― Nenia Campbell, Armed and Dangerous

“I wonder if it is possible to have two boyfriends. I mean, times are changing. Relationships are more complicated. In France men always have mistresses and wives and so on. Henri probably has two girlfriends. He would laugh if you told him you just had one. He would say, ‘C’est tres, tres tragique.’”
― Louise Rennison, Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas

“If you haven’t cried at least once while writing a chapter of your inspirational book, then you have to ask yourself if your’re writing fiction.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“The aching in my chest
isn’t because I miss you,
it’s realizing that you have
become someone I no longer know,
your fears, your 4 am thoughts,
your achievements,
are things I no longer have an equivalent to.
Who we were and who we are
are four different people,
and the me from now
doesn’t relate to the me from then,
let alone to the you from now.
-Tanzy Sayadi and Jarod Kintz”
― Tanzy Sayadi, liQUID PROse QUOtes

“Just because you discover that you may like somebody after all, it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s any attraction.”
― Steve Kluger

“Love and honesty don’t mix.”
― Miguel Syjuco, Ilustrado

“I had a dream about you last night.. You were balancing ten tiny footballs on your nose while dancing with a turquoise unicorn.”
― Amy Sommers, I Had a Dream About You

“Don’t spoil me with your lies, love me with your truth.”
― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

“Trust in someone means that we no longer have to protect ourselves. We believe we will not be hurt or harmed by the other, at least not deliberately. We trust his or her good intentions, though we know we might be hurt by the way circumstances play out between us. We might say that hurt happens; it’s a given of life. Harm is inflicted; it’s a choice some people make.”
― David Richo

“We know so little about one another. We embrace a shadow and love a dream.”
― Hjalmar Söderberg, Doctor Glas

“One of the most difficult things he’d ever done was turn away and leave her standing in the shadows.”
― Rachel Gibson, I’m In No Mood For Love

“I’m terrified of getting involved with someone who disappoints me or leaves me empty and alone. I’m terrified of rejection, so I set my expectations so high that they can never be met, and I dig around with a magnifying glass looking for flaws in very person I date. There’s always a flaw to exploit, and I’ll find it so I never have to get too close.”
― Rachel Machacek, The Science of Single: One Woman’s Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding L ove

“In love, women are professionals, men are amateurs”
― François Truffaut

“If I lived a million lives, I would’ve felt a million feelings and I still would’ve fallen a million times for you.”
― Robert M. Drake

“Be careful whom you choose to love. This decision will impact your future life and happiness in ways you cannot yet imagine.”
― Toni Coleman

“Sometimes our walls exist just to see who has the strength to knock
them down.”
― Darnell Lamont Walker, Creep

“You know a relationship has deteriorated past the point of salvage when one person detests another’s gestures.”
― Josephine Humphreys, Rich in Love

“Here was a boy who liked flaws, who saw them not as failings but as strengths. Who knew such a person could exist, or what would have happened if we’d found each other under different circumstances? Maybe in a perfect world. But not in this one.”
― Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

“Just start off with the same goals in mind. If you have the same values, same goals then you’ll be on track for the same future.”
― Angelina Jolie

“But it became clear very quickly that I’d underestimated how much I liked him. Not him, perhaps, but the fact that I had someone on the other end of an invisible line. Someone to update and get updates from, to inform of a comic discovery, to imagine while dancing in a lonely basement, and to return to, finally, when the music stopped.”
― Marina Keegan, The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

“A soul mate is not found. A soul mate is recognized.”
― Vironika Tugaleva, The Love Mindset

“It is the same way with dating. The time you are most prepared for dating is when you don’t need anyone to complete you, fulfill you, or instill in you a sense of worth or purpose.”
― Myles Munroe, Waiting and Dating

“In the world of dogma, you become free the day you decide to go to hell.”
― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

“We can’t be so desperate for love that we forget where we can always find it; within.”
― Alexandra Elle

“You’ve got an awfully kissable mouth.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gatsby Girls

“Sometimes you met someone that changed the pattern, who wormed their way past the cracks in your heart, caulked them up, sealed themselves in, and stayed there. Sometimes they did it by insisting you meet them at every step, as Jamie had done to me.”
― Diana Peterfreund, Tap & Gown

“my only complaints are two:
that I didn’t make myself ready
for you sooner in life, that
I can’t give you better,
Love you more.”
― Jan Beatty

“He needs “space” and “time,” as if this were physics and not a human relationship.”
― Kathryn Stockett, The Help

“Hating hurts the hater the most. Hating is not a salve for the wounded soul, it is an abrasive that keeps the soul wounded and raw and oversensitive.”
― Jack R. Rose

“I loved you at your worst, and you were always at your worst. Nothing could stop me. Not even you.”
― Denice Envall

“That’s one of the first things that comes out of young people’s mouths when they’re in love. FOREVER. And that’s cool, it’s all good-until you get old enough to realize what forever is.”
― Ice-T, Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood

“For [erotically intelligent couples], love is a vessel that contains both security and adventure, and commitment offers one of the great luxuries of life: time. Marriage is not the end of romance, it is the beginning. They know that they have years in which to deepen their connection, to experiment, to regress, and even to fail. They see their relationship as something alive and ongoing, not a fait accompli. It’s a story that they are writing together, one with many chapters, and neither partner knows how it will end. There’s always a place they haven’t gone yet, always something about the other still to be discovered.”
― Esther Perel, Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic + the Domestic

“For the first time in his life he understood why the Bible called sex “knowing”. Everything was different. Now he knew Dante. He’d known Dante. And wonder of wonders, Dante had known him right back.”
― Damon Suede, Hot Head

“To touch a person…to sleep with a person…is to become a pioneer,” she whispered then, “a frontiersman at the edge of their private world, the strange, incomprehensible world of their interior, filled with customs you could never imitate, a language which sounds like your own but is really totally foreign, knowable only to them.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, Palimpsest

“How do you know? How best to ensure his nervous breakdown?” I ask.
“Keep going,” Christian says. “Just go on as if nothing has happened. We all hate that.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“The manlier you are, the harder it is to understand what a woman wants: there is not a hint of female brain in you.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“And you can’t have two stars in one relationship. Somebody has to be willing to be the wagon…at lease some of the time”
― Meg Cabot, Queen of Babble Gets Hitched

“Don’t be a fool. Don’t give up something important to hold onto someone who can’t even say they love you.”
― Sarah Dessen, Someone Like You

“Insanity is everyone expecting you not to fall apart when you find out everything you believed in was a lie.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“She knew how breakups went from hearing other girls complain about them. First the pulling away, the gradual refusal to return notes or phone calls. The vague messages saying nothing was wrong, that the other person just needed a little space. Then the speech about how “It’s not you, it’s me.” Then the crying part.

She’d never thought any of that would apply to her and Jace. What they had wasn’t ordinary, or subject to the ordinary rules of relationships and breakups. They belonged to each other totally, and always will, and that was that.

But maybe everyone felt that way? Until the moment they realized they were just like everyone else, and everyone they’d thought was real shattered apart.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels

“The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“To gaze into another persons face is to do two things: to recognise their humanity and to assert your own.”
― Lawrence Hill, Someone Knows My Name

“I KNEW IT WAS OVER

when tonight you couldn’t make the phone ring
when you used to make the sun rise
when trees used to throw themselves
in front of you
to be paper for love letters
that was how i knew i had to do it

swaddle the kids we never had
against january’s cold slice
bundle them in winter
clothes they never needed
so i could drop them off at my mom’s
even though she lives on the other side of the country
and at this late west coast hour is
assuredly east coast sleeping
peacefully

her house was lit like a candle
the way homes should be
warm and golden
and home
and the kids ran in
and jumped at the bichon frise
named lucky
that she never had
they hugged the dog
it wriggled
and the kids were happy
yours and mine
the ones we never had
and my mom was

grand maternal, which is to say, with style
that only comes when you’ve seen
enough to know grace

like when to pretend it’s christmas or
a birthday so
she lit her voice with tiny
lights and pretended
she didn’t see me crying

as i drove away
to the hotel connected to the bar
where i ordered the cheapest whisky they had

just because it shares your first name
because they don’t make a whisky
called baby
and i only thought what i got
was what
i ordered

i toasted the hangover
inevitable as sun
that used to rise
in your name

i toasted the carnivals
we never went to
and the things you never won
for me
the ferris wheels we never
kissed on and all the dreams
between us
that sat there
like balloons on a carney’s board
waiting to explode with passion
but slowly deflated
hung slave
under the pin-
prick of a tack

hung
heads down
like lovers
when it doesn’t
work, like me
at last call
after too many cheap

too many sweet
too much
whisky makes me
sick, like the smell of cheap,

like the smell of
the dead

like the cheap, dead flowers
you never sent
that i never threw
out of the window
of a car
i never
really
owned”
― Daphne Gottlieb, Final Girl

“I suppose that we women are such cowards that we think a man will save us from fears, and we marry him.”
― Bram Stoker, The New Annotated Dracula

“People can attach themselves to something–an idea, another person, a desire–with an impossibly strong grip, and in the case of restless ghosts, a grip stronger than death. Will is a powerful thing. Will–it’s supposed to be a good treat, a more determined and persistent version of determination and persistence. But will and obsession–they sit right next to each other. They pretend to be strangers and all the while meet secretly at midnight.” -”
― Deb Caletti, Stay

“Sometimes the door closes on a relationship, not because we failed but because something bigger than us says this no longer fits our life. So, lock the door, shed a tear, turn around and look for the new door that’s opened. It’s a sign that you’re no longer that person you were, it’s time to change into who you are. It’s going to be okay.”
― Lee Goff

“I had to learn to live without you and I couldn’t make sense of it, because I left so much of me inside of you.”
― Robert M. Drake

“It seemed that we loved each other better when there were large swaths of two continents between us. The daily work of love was often hard to perform at home. ”
― Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project

“Everyone has their first date and the object is to hide your flaws. And then you’re in a relationship, and it’s all about hiding your disappointment. And then, once you’re married, it’s about hiding your sins.”
― Joss Whedon

“Then i imagined a lifetime of having to cry to get him to be kind, and I went back to no again. ”
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“Terkadang,yang tak bisa kamu lupakan
adalah seseorang yang tak pernah bisa kamu miliki.”
― Christian Simamora, All You Can Eat

“Why, then, did I always feel as if his happiness was my responsibility? It wasn’t fair for him to burden me with that. It had never been fair.”
― Melanie Benjamin, Alice I Have Been

“It was never about the world being too big, it was more like she was too much for the world to handle.”
― Robert M. Drake

“Love, he realized, was like the daggers he made in his forge: When you first got one it was shiny and new and the blade glinted bright in the light. Holding it against your palm, you were full of optimism for what it would be like in the field, and you couldn’t wait to try it out. Except those first couple of nights out were usually awkward as you got used to it and it got used to you.

Over time, the steel lost its brand-new gleam, and the hilt became stained, and maybe you nicked the shit out of the thing a couple of times. What you got in return, however, saved your life: Once the pair of you were well acquainted, it became such a part of you that it was an extension of your own arm. It protected you and gave you a means to protect your brothers; it provided you with the confidnece and the power to face whatever came out of the night; and wherever you went, it stayed with you, right over your heart, always there when you needed it.
You had to keep the blade up, however. And rewrap the hilt from time to time. And double-check the weight.
Funny…all of that was well, duh when it came to weapons. Why hadn’t it dawned on him that matings were the same?
(From the thoughts of Vishous)”
― J.R. Ward, Lover Unleashed

“Life had sure been simpler when I hadn’t dated.”
― Charlaine Harris, Dead Until Dark

“Ordinarily, I am the person who falls in love quickly and somewhat inappropriately and then goes on to destroy what is a good thing. That’s always been my style. So, you know: I get it. And I feel right now the way I imagine all those guys felt with me. And I have to say, for the first time in my life, I feel something approaching compassion for them.”
― Sarah Dunn, Secrets to Happiness

“No, I am never setting foot in this house again it scares me and makes me sad and I wish you could be a mom whose eyes worked but I don’t think you can. ”
― Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

“Miscommunication is endless.”
― J.P. Rattie

“I still think I love him more. It’s one of those things you never know for certain because there’s no way to enter all the relationship data in a computer and have it spit out a definitive answer. You can’t quantify love, and if you try, you wind up focusing on misleading factors.”
― Emily Giffin, Baby Proof

“Tina leans forward and asks quietly, ‘Do you? You know? Love her?’
Squeezing Nat’s knee again, I reply, ‘She’s teachin’ me how.”
― Belle Aurora, Love Thy Neighbour

“Once you embrace your value, talents and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.”
― Rob Liano

“The best baby-sitters, of course, are the baby’s grandparents. You feel completely comfortable entrusting your baby to them for long periods, which is why most grandparents flee to Florida.”
― Dave Barry

“What’s the difference?” You ask me
The difference is, a smile touches my lips
When I remember both the memory of you entering my life
And the memory of you leaving my life”
― Tammy-Louise Wilkins, My Intimate Poetry

“Sometimes, if she simply remained quiet, and let the inadequacy of his excuses reverberate on the air, he became ashamed and backtracked.”
― J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy

“God is great and God is good,” Lisa says. “But where are the Apache attack helicopters when you need them?”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“Why, you are a man of heart!”
“Sometimes,” replied Phileas Fogg, quietly. “When I have the time.”
― Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days

“Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.”
― Nelson Algren, A Walk on the Wild Side

“People will walk in and walk out of your life, but the one whose footstep made a long lasting impression is the one you should never allow to walk out.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson

“Never judge someone by their relatives.”
― Charles Martin, Chasing Fireflies: A Novel of Discovery

“Unless I understand the Cross, I cannot understand why my commitment to what is right must be precedence over what I prefer.”
― Ravi Zacharias, I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love

“We’ve lost a lot of years, but you can’t lose love. Not real love. It stays locked inside you, ready for whenever you are strong enough to find it again.”
― Martina Boone, Compulsion

“I was flipping channels, watching this cheerleading program on MTV. They took a field hockey girl and “transformed” her into a cheerleader by the end of the show. I was just wondering: what if she liked field hockey better?”
― Jess C. Scott, EyeLeash: A Blog Novel

“You want the fairy tale.”
“I want a chance at it.”
― Rachel Gibson, I’m In No Mood For Love

“What’s agitating about solitude is the inner voice telling you that you should be mated to somebody, that solitude is a mistake. The inner voice doesn’t care about who you find. It just keeps pestering you, tormenting you–if you happen to be me–with homecoming queens first, then girls next door, and finally anybody who might be pleased to see you now and then at the dinner table and in bed on occasion. You look up from reading the newspaper and realize that no one loves you, and no one burns for you.”
― Charles Baxter, El festín del amor

“She was broken from moment to moment, watching her world collide she felt lost inside herself. She fell apart for a passion that flamed beneath her. She waited and died a hundred times, it dripped from her pores. The moment she let go, she soared over the stillness like the star she was born to be.”
― Robert M. Drake

“Often people that settle in life are those that only do what they can with what they have and where they are. Never settle for someone that didn’t know your worth from the beginning, or build a life without God in it. Live beyond your low expectations.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Even if toxic people are right about what is “good,” they are wrong if the approach is not healthy.”
― John Lewis Lund, How to Hug a Porcupine: Dealing With Toxic & Difficult to Love Personalities

“I used to want you so bad, I’m so through with that because honestly you turned out to be the best thing I never had!”
― Beyoncé Knowles

“I loved you because there was no other place for me to go. We were married because we did not know what else to do with each other. You never knew me, nothing about me, what died inside me, what lived invisibly.”
― Aleksandar Hemon, The Lazarus Project

“In the realm of love and sex, it’s girls who are in the position of working hard to adapt themselves to the needs and fantasies of the mercurial males whose approval and attention they seek.”
― Meenakshi Gigi Durham, The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It

“And since I’m marrying into the Quartet, I have certain privileges and duties. If you’re sleeping with Laurel—”
“I’m not sleeping with Laurel. We’re dating.”
“Right, and the two of you are just going to hold hands, admire the moon, and sing camp songs.”
“For a while. Minus the singing.”
― Nora Roberts, Savor the Moment

“We need to bridge our sense of loneliness and disconnection with a sense of community and continuity even if we must manufacture it from our time on the Web and our use of calling cards to connect long distance. We must “log on” somewhere, and if it is only in cyberspace, that is still far better than nowhere at all. (264)”
― Julia Cameron, God is No Laughing Matter

“The best defense is a confusing offense.”
― Kimberly Pauley, Still Sucks to Be Me: More All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton Smith, Teen Vampire

“Isn’t everyone a part of everyone else?”
― Budd Schulberg

“If somebody never gets enough of you, they will always want more”
― Ashly Lorenzana

“I wanted to have a good relationship. One that’s romantic and dramatic, like in the movies. But I finally became a woman at 17 and learned that men aren’t really that simple.”
― Ai Yazawa, Nana, Vol. 1

“You lose yourself, Erica, because with the right person, who you become together is something so much greater, more than you could even realize right now.”
― Meredith Wild, Hardwired

“Better not to invent her in her absence. Better to wait until she’s actually here. Then he can make her up as she goes along.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

“Oh, he did look like a deity – the perfect balance of danger and charm, he was at the same time fascinating and inaccessible, distant because of his demonstrated flawlessness, and possessing such strength of character that he was dismaying and at the same time utterly attractive in an enticing and forbidden way.”
― Simona Panova, Nightmarish Sacrifice

“God is even in a single parent household.”
― Karen Salmansohn, Even God is Single:

“I didn’t dream about you last night. I woke up in fear.”
― Michael Summers, I Had a Dream About You

“If thou dost seek to have what thou dost hide,
By self-example mayst thou be denied.”
― William Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Sonnets

“Everything else has vanished, so you take them now. Maybe if you’re the one keeping them, I’ll be the one feeling better.”
― Daniel Handler, Why We Broke Up

“Anya looked upon Nin admirably. Having him as a partner-in-crime—if only on this one occasion, which she hoped would only be the start of something more—was more revitalizing than the cheap thrills of a cookie-cutter shallow, superficial romance, where the top priority was how beautiful a person was on the outside.”
― Jess C. Scott, The Other Side of Life

“As I saw it,
all my mother’s life, my father
held her down, like
lead strapped to her ankles.

She was
buoyant by nature;
she wanted to travel,
go to the theater, go to museums.
What he wanted
was to lie on the couch
with the Times
over his face,
so that death, when it came,
wouldn’t seem a significant change.”
― Louise Glück, Ararat

“Our lives were now worlds apart, separated by time, circumstance, and the unbridgeable chasm of money.”
― Travis Luedke, The Shepherd

“Happy wife, happy life.”
― Paul Orfalea, Copy This!: Lessons from a Hyperactive Dyslexic who Turned a Bright Idea Into One of America’s Best Companies

“How could you love us being together?” he asked me “We are nothing alike and we are not meant for each other and we drive each other crazy, you love that? How can you love that?” So I told him “I know that we’re not meant for each other, that we drive each other crazy, and that we are so different. But that’s us. That’s what we have; a wild nonsense. We are not good together, but together we are bad for each other. I love us together this way just like this. Because even if it’s no good, it’s what we have! It’s us.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“If I say your voice is an amber waterfall in which I yearn to burn each day, if you eat my mouth like a mystical rose with powers of healing and damnation, If I confess that your body is the only civilization I long to experience… would it mean that we are close to knowing something about love?”
― Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black

“It is with the soul that we grasp the essence of another human being, not with the mind, nor even with the heart.”
― Henry Miller

“Trust and faith bring joy to life and help relationships grow to their maximum potential.”
― Joyce Meyer, Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind

“I was aware that we were both silently making those inevitable comparisons, putting our relationship in context. She is more this and less that. He is better or worse in these ways. It is human nature to do this–unless its your first relationship, which might be the very reason that your first relationship feels special and remains forever sacred. But the older you get, the more cynical you become, and the more complicated and convoluted the exercise is. You begin to realize that nothing is perfect, that there are trade-offs and sacrifices. The worst is when someone in your past trumps the person in the present, and you think to yourself: if I’d known this, then maybe I wouldn’t have let him go.”
― Emily Giffin, Baby Proof

“I believe that it is impossible for two individuals not committed to their own and each other’s well being to sustain a healthy and enduring relationship.”
― bell hooks, Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life

“When we replace a sense of service and gratitude with a sense of entitlement and expectation, we quickly see the demise of our relationships, society, and economy.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“Maybe I hope too much. Maybe I dream too much or maybe I love too much to just give up on you.”
― Robert M. Drake

“And when all your faith is gone let it be me, if it’s a friend you need let it be me”
― Ray Lamontagne

“Some people don’t realize what they have until it’s gone, but that does not always mean they are supposed to get it back.”
― Stephan Labossiere

“She needed the chaos within her in order to discover the extraordinary no man could ever reach.”
― Robert M. Drake

“There was a tacit understanding between them that ‘liquor helped’; growing more miserable with every glass one hoped for the moment of relief.”
― Graham Greene, The Heart of the Matter

“A break up is the closest thing to bereavement”
― Lindsey Kelk, I Heart New York

“She wildly burned for the one she loved and he stood there watching, hoping he too would catch a blaze from the violence stirring in her heart.”
― Robert M. Drake

“You never know who’s waiting for you and you never know when love is coming your way or who it might be. But let me just say, a healthy relationship requires SACRIFICE and DEDICATION.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett, Friends 2 Lovers: The Unthinkable

“Before her marriage she had thought that she had love within her grasp; but since the happiness which she had expected this love to bring her hadn’t come, she supposed she must have been mistaken. And Emma tried to imagine just what was meant, in life, by the words “bliss,” “passion,” and “rapture” – words that had seemed so beautiful to her in books.”
― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

“Relationships never provide you with everything. They provide you with some things. You take all the things you want from a person — sexual chemistry, let’s say, or good conversation, or financial support, or intellectual compatibility, or niceness, or loyalty — and you get to pick three of those things. The rest you have to look for elsewhere. It’s only in the movies that you find someone who gives you all those things. But this isn’t the movies. In the real world, you have to identify which three qualities you want to spend the rest of your life with, and then you look for those qualities in another person. That’s real life. Don’t you see it’s a trap? If you keep trying to find everything, you’ll wind up with nothing.”
― Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

“Ain’t No Drama Like Bedroom Drama”
― Renata D. Johnson

“There is nothing right or wrong in love. Where there is love, then there is nothing but only love.”
― Sara Naveed, Undying Affinity

“Take me now, God!” I shout to the inky sky. “I´m ready.”
“You´re not ready. You´re not even divorced yet,” Bunny says. “You cannot die married to that man.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“I wish I hadn’t. I wish I’d fought for you. I was weak and stupid.”
― S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep

“It was a bitter moment for us. We weren’t two mature parents. We were just two kids playing grown-up. We still needed Mommy and Daddy’s permission, blessings, and money to survive.”
― Erma Bombeck

“Hereafter she is only my sister in name; not because I disown her, but because she has disowned me.”
― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

“Failed relationships can be described as so much wasted makeup.
Forget the laughs, forget the fights, forget the sex, forget the jealousy. But take off your hat and observe a moment’s silence for the legions of unknown tubes of foundation, mascara, eyeliner, blusher and lipstick who died that it might all have been possible. But who died in vain.”
― Marian Keyes, Watermelon

“I had a dream about you last night. We stopped telling each other about our dreams when we realized we were still inside them.”
― Michael Summers, I Had a Dream About You

“Disagreement is not necessarily a reason to head for Splitsville. In fact, a relationship without disagreement is probably too brittle to last. Some of the best human bonds are forged in the fire of disagreement.”
― Jerry Spinelli, Today I Will: A Year of Quotes, Notes, and Promises to Myself

“I had a dream about you last night… you were there.”
― Nicole McKay, I Had a Dream About You

“In marriage, each partner is to be an encourager rather than a critic; a forgiver rather than a collector of hurts; an enabler rather than a reformer.”
― H. Norman Wright

“Jump, if you want to, ‘cause I’ll catch you, girl. I’ll catch you “fore you fall. Go as far inside as you need to, I’ll hold your ankles. Make sure you get back out. I’m not saying this because I need a place to stay. That’s the last thing I need. I told you, I’m a walking man, but I been heading in this direction for seven years. Walking all around this place. Upstate, downstate, east, west; I been in territory ain’t got no name, never staying nowhere long. But when I got here and sat out there on the porch, waiting for you, well, I knew it wasn’t the place I was heading toward; it was you. We can make a life, girl. A life.”
― Toni Morrison, Beloved

“I had a dream about you last night. We were plug sockets in the bedroom. We saw only a short part of their day, but we knew everything of it.”
― Michael Summers, I Had a Dream About You

“What was it about relationships that made you feel so vulnerable? Oh, right. A relationship. In any relationship, you put yourself out there. You exposed all of your sensitive nerve endings and your heart and you just had to hope that you trusted the right person.”
― Courtney Cole, Every Last Kiss

“There is a relationship between the eye contacts we make and the perceptions that we create in our heads, a relationship between the sound of another’s voice and the emotions that we feel in our hearts, a relationship between our movements in space all around us and the magnetic pulls we can create between others and ourselves. All of these things (and more) make up the magic of every ordinary day and if we are able to live in this magic, to feel and to dwell in it, we will find ourselves living with magic every day. These are the white spaces in life, the spaces in between the written lines, the cracks in which the sunlight filters into. Some of us swim in the overflowing of the wine glass of life, we stand and blink our eyes in the sunlight reaching unseen places, we know where to find the white spaces, we live in magic.”

“In this story
I am the poet
You’re the poetry.”
― Arzum Uzun

“Become the leader of your life. Lead yourself to where you want to be. Breathe life back into your ambitions, your desires, your goals, your relationships.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“Give a girl a boyfriend and she becomes a total expert on relationships”
― Cecily von Ziegesar, You Know You Love Me

“An honorable human relationship – that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word “love” – is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.

It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and isolation.

It is important to do this because in doing so we do justice to our own complexity.

It is important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard way with us.”
― Adrienne Rich, On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose, 1966-1978

“I don’t even know her yet..but if she could see me right now, I’d want her to know that I love her”
― Eric Ludy, When Dreams Come True: A Love Story Only God Could Write

“Two people with mental issues in a relationship does not work. It’s like sitting in a boat and neither one has an oar to row the other to shore. You can meet your mirror image in life, but that doesn’t mean you should marry him.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“To love everyone unconditionally does not mean to give everyone your unconditional time. Sometimes, to love completely, we must never see someone again. This, too, is love. This is giving someone the freedom to exist and be happy, even if it must be without you.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“From someone who doesn’t want to share your destiny, you should neither accept a cigarette”
― Cesare Pavese, The Burning Brand: Diaries, 1935-1950

“When a girl uses six derogatory adjectives in her attempt to paint the portrait of the loved one, it means something. One may indicate a merely temporary tiff. Six is big stuff.”
― P.G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Morning

“It is the mind which creates the world around us, and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow, my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours, my heart will never stir to the emotions with which yours is touched.”
― George Gissing

“Maybe love was meant to save us from ourselves.”
― Robert M. Drake

“Its dark and I’m reading my scars because our moments remind me of where I should be.”
― Robert M. Drake

“Love is beyond reason. Love is not measurable in words. Love cannot be partial; it cannot have owners. Love is essentially beyond definition or concept.”
― Mabel Iam

“You’re only responsible for being honest, not for someone else’s reaction to your honesty.”
― Kelli Jae Baeli, ISO

“Women, in general, will find it difficult to turn from a man and stop demanding that he meets their needs, provides security, and protects their identity, and return to me. Men, in general, find it very hard to turn from the works of their hands, their own quests for power and security and significance, and turn to me.”
― William Paul Young, The Shack

“One has only to set a loved human being against the fact that we are all in peril all the time to get back a sense of proportion. What does anything matter compared to the reality of love and its span, so brief at best, maintained against such odds?”
― May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude

“Understand the nature and influence of repeating patterns, from childhood experiences or even from past lives. Wthout understanding, patterns tend to repeat, unnecessarily damaging the relationship.”
― Brian L. Weiss, Messages from the Masters : Tapping into the Power of Love

“Just remember that the only question in a house is who is to rule. The rest is only dancing around that, trying not to look it in the eye.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless

“Mismatches destroy us all, even the most tender ones, and most never have the courage to break someone else’s heart to follow their own.”
― Amy Guth, Three Fallen Women

“In relationships, there are no beginning and no end.”
― Santosh Kalwar

“If I have to ‘catch’ a man to get a husband, I don’t want one.”
― Tamora Pierce, Shatterglass

“When certain parts of our bodies are touched, certain enzymes and chemicals that trigger sexual desire are released into our system. The more our bodies are stimulated, the more chemicals are released and the greater our sexual desire grows until it becomes a virtually unstoppable flood.”
― Myles Munroe, Waiting and Dating

“Sacrifices made for love are fine, unless the sacrifice is you.”
― Kellie Elmore

“Young love is so ridiculous, as is middle-aged and old love. And it’s also hilarious. When have you ever felt so vulnerable and wonderful and terrible at the same time?”
― Grace Helbig

“Who does ever get what they want? It doesn’t seem to happen to many of us if any at all. It’s always two people bumping against each other blindly, acting out old ideas and dreams and mistaken understandings.”
― Kent Haruf, Our Souls at Night

“You aren’t alive if you aren’t in need.”
― Henry Cloud, Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren’t

There is something beautiful about watching two people lovingly act silly together; behaving as though
“There is something beautiful about watching two people lovingly act silly together; behaving as though no one else existed.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“Better guilt than the terrible burden of freedom and responsibility.”
― Ernest Becker, The Denial of Death

“She preferred imaginary heroes to real ones, because when tired of them, the former could be shut up in the tin kitchen till called for, and the latter were less manageable.”
― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

“Perhaps love is a minor madness. And as with madness, it’s unendurable alone. The one person who can relieve us is of course the sole person we cannot go to: the one we love. So instead we seek out allies, even among strangers and wives, fellow patients who, if they can’t touch the edge of our particular sorrow, have felt something that cuts nearly as deep.”
― Andrew Sean Greer, The Story of a Marriage

“Look for the heart in a man before you look at what he has.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett, Friends 2 Lovers: The Unthinkable

“A pure heart is superlatively rare and even more attractive.”
― J.S.B. Morse, Now and at the Hour of Our Death

“When a man has seen the woman whom he would have chosen if he had intended to marry speedily, his remaining a bachelor will usually depend on her resolution rather than on his.”
― George Eliot, Middlemarch

“But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people–first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy.”
― Albert Einstein, Ideas and Opinions

“You’re not a bad person, you’re just a little bit different and I’m a sucker for that.”
― Robert M. Drake

“A wedding is and event, but marriage is a life.”
― Myles Munroe, Waiting and Dating

“[novan]: bassists are very good with their fingers
[novan]: and some of us sing backup vocals, so that means we’re good with our mouths too…

(~ IM chat with Novan Chang, 18, bassist)”
― Jess C. Scott, EyeLeash: A Blog Novel

“A woman may be beautiful but have poor character. A man may be a business genius, making money left and right, but lack common courtesy, sensitivity, and compassion.”
― Myles Munroe, Waiting and Dating

“It’s always seemed to me that flirtation is a man’s device for avoiding responsibility. He can say whatever he wants and knows he won’t be taken seriously.”
― G.G. Vandagriff, The Last Waltz

“A while back, when Dick & Barry & I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you *are* like, Barry proposed the idea of a questionnaire for potential partners, a 2 or 3 page multiple-choice document that covered all the music/film/TV/book bases. It was intended: a) to dispense with awkward conversation, and b) to prevent a chap from leaping into bed with someone who might, at a later date, turn out to have every Julio Iglesias record ever made. It amused us at the time… But there was an important & essential truth contained in the idea, and the truth was that these things matter, and it’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently, or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.”
― Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

“I know how you feel because I’ve been there too. I’ve hated and I’ve loved. I’ve seen my demons root and crawl and my angels branch and soar. I’ve died within myself and lived a thousand different lives. I too fight the same war and I too am drowning in the puddles of self-consciousness this world created.”
― Robert M. Drake

“When you walk a life of honesty, you live a life of truth.”
― Therese Benedict

“He looked at her and tried to discover behind her lascivious expression the familiar features that he loved tenderly. It was as if he were looking at two images through the same lens, at two images superimposed one on the other with one showing through the other. These two images showing through each other were telling him that everything was in the girl, that her soul was terrifyingly amorphous, that it held faithfulness and unfaithfulness, treachery and innocence, flirtatiousness and chastity. This disorderly jumble seemed disgusting to him, like the variety to be found in a pile of garbage. Both images continued to show through each other, and the young man understood that the girl differed only on the surface from other women, but deep down was the same as they: full of all possible thoughts, feelings, and vices, which justified all his secret misgivings and fits of jealousy. The impression that certain outlines delineated her as an individual was only a delusion to which the other person, the one who was looking, was subject–namely himself. It seemed to him that the girl he loved was a creation of his desire, his thoughts, and his faith and that the real girl now standing in front of him was hopelessly other, hopelessly alien, hopelessly ambiguous. He hated her.”
― Milan Kundera, Laughable Loves

“There’s something I have to say,” I said seriously, looking her in the eye.
She smiled. “Oookay.” She was mocking me-mocking my tone-but I didn’t care.
“Okay. Here it is. I love you,” I said. “And I never, ever wanted to hurt you. It’s like, the number one thing I never want to do, but somehow, I keep doing it. And I’m sorry, I just…that’s all I wanted to say all this time. All I was trying to do…with that thing with your dad, not telling you…was not to hurt you. And I’m sorry that I did.
Alley stared at me.
“And I’m sorry that I did it again. With the Chloe thing. Which was stupid. Like, really, really, stupid. And I-”
“Can you just stop, for a second?” Ally said, holding up a hand.
“What?” I said.
“Can you say the first part again?” she asked, rolling her fingers around for a rewind.
I racked my brain.
“Um…I love you?” I said.
“That’s the part, Cuz I love you, too.”
― Kieran Scott, He’s So Not Worth It

“I don’t talk with everybody because i am not everybody, i am single.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson

“There are only two ways to live your life. One as if all that matters is to have someone love and accept you. The other is as though loving and accepting another person is all that matters. Often, when you choose the second you get the first.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Shall there be truth between us, as two men? Not as friends, but as enemies and equals?”
― Stephen King, The Gunslinger

“Faithfulness in small things leads to faithfulness in great things, and never the other way around.”
― Jerry L. Lewis, What God Can’t Do

“Women were excited after sex, wired becasue in their minds the relationship was on beginning. Men went to sleep m the because for the orgasm had arrived and the relationship was done.”
― Eric Jerome Dickey, Pleasure

“Relationships are so much like the United States – they only really thrive when faced with an external threat.”
― Laura Pedersen, Best Bet

“I spend the rest of the afternoon trying to explain to Zoe one of the very saddest notions in love and life: sometimes the timing is wrong–and sometimes you realize the heart of the matter way to late in the game.”
― Emily Giffin, Baby Proof

“For someone who is supposed to be a knight in shining armor, you’re acting like an ass in aluminum foil.”
― Lisa Logue, Cursed Secrets

“He was one of those quite rare adults who communicate with small children fairly well and who love them all impartially–not in a sugary way but in a businesslike fashion that may sometimes entail a hug, in the same way that closing a big business deal may call for a handshake.”
― Stephen King, The Gunslinger

“There is no formula to relationships. They have to be negotiated in loving ways, with room for both parties, what they want and what they need, what they can do and what their life is like.”
― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

“I was going to say the beginning is the good part, when it’s all sparks and sparkles, before they are inevitably unmasked as assholes.”
― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

“I realize the thing about a guy you’ve spent your whole life loving from afar is that even though he’s real you’ve really made most of him up.”
― Kirsten Smith, The Geography of Girlhood

“I had a dream about you last night.. You thought you were a candy vampire, you were standing in the sun screaming ‘I’m melting.”
― Nicole McKay, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you last night… I was a brick and you were a blanket. Damn that improbability drive.”
― Nicole McKay, I Had a Dream About You

“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Having a sister or a friend is like sitting at night in a lighted house. Those outside can watch you if they want, but you need not see them. You simply say, “Here are the perimeters of our attention. If you prowl around under the windows till the crickets go silent, we will pull the shades. If you wish us to suffer your envious curiosity, you must permit us not to notice it.” Anyone with one solid human bond is that smug, and it is the smugness as much as the comfort and safety that lonely people covet and admire.”
― Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

“Each piece of glass is another piece of myself I gave to him.
It’s too bad I didn’t keep any pieces for myself.”
― Amanda Grace, But I Love Him

“…there remained a strange formality between them, and her pleasure in his presence felt too much like missing him had felt during the last week.”
― Robin McKinley, Pegasus

“As for myself: I had come to the conclusion that there was nothing sacred about myself or any human being, that we were all machines, doomed to collide and collide and collide. For want of anything better to do, we became fans of collisions. Sometimes I wrote well about collisions, which meant I was a writing machine in good repair. Sometimes I wrote badly, which meant I was a writing machine in bad repair. I no more harbored sacredness than did a Pontiac, a mousetrap, or a South Bend Lathe.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

“People are meant to go through life two by two. ’Tain’t natural to be lonesome.”
― Thornton Wilder, Our Town

“I love you,” he said, his voice catching. “When I thought you were going to die, I wanted to die.”
― Eloisa James, When Beauty Tamed the Beast

“I always watch you. You consume my every thought.”
― M.A. Stacie, Unwritten Rules

“A Plan B life can be just as good or better than a Plan A life. You just have to let go of that first dream and realize that God has already written the first chapter of the new life that awaits you. All you have to do is start reading!”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Despite the fact that I have no regrets about how things turned out in my life, I still can’t help wanting to understand my intense relationship with Leo, as well as that turbulent time between adolescence and adulthood when everything feels raw and invigorating and scary-and why those feelings are all coming back to me now.”
― Emily Giffin, Love the One You’re With

“No, I don’t think I could fall in love with him, handsome though he is, because I don’t accept any of that huff he gives me about my great beauty and all that. I’d have to trust a man’s words before I could love him. I think.”
― Sherwood Smith, Court Duel

“At the end of the day I went to this place where your memories left footsteps on my skin and the breath of your touch stained my desire. Yea, it was one of those nights where I needed you the most.”
― Robert M. Drake

“I love you, he thought, because you are honest with me and because you are willing to speak the truth to me when others might seek to curry favor instead. I love you because you are in this bed with me, not trying to conceive the much-awaited next generation of Windhams, but just holding my hand.

— Gayle Windham”
― Grace Burrowes, The Heir

“I live for sex.
I celebrate it, and relish the electricity of it, with every fibre of my being.
I can see no better reason for being alive.”
― Fiona Thrust, Naked and Sexual
“You wouldn’t believe that so much could change just because a relationship ended.”
― Nick Hornby, About a Boy

“The day he moved out was terrible –
That evening she went through hell.
His absence wasn’t a problem
But the corkscrew had gone as well.”
― Wendy Cope, Serious Concerns

“We cannot win in team situations or in relationships by ourselves. It is like trying to pick up a pencil with only one finger…Even if that one finger is extremely strong, it will prove almost impossible to pick up that pencil unless you use your other fingers or some other part of your hand. Teamwork is a bit like using all of your fingers. Each one is unique and contributes something different, but they unite in pursuit of a common goal.”
― Terry Orlick

“Among the many answers I have found, I believe love is the most beautiful and simple art that reflects the beauty of life.”
― Mabel Iam

“Marriage as a long conversation. – When marrying you should ask yourself this question: do you believe you are going to enjoy talking with this woman into your old age? Everything else in a marriage is transitory, but most of the time that you’re together will be devoted to conversation.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human

“THE WEATHER OF LOVE

Love
Has a way of wilting
Or blossoming
At the strangest,
Most unpredictable hour.
This is how love is,
An uncontrollable beast
In the form of a flower.
The sun does not always shine on it.
Nor does the rain always pour on it
Nor should it always get beaten by a storm.
Love does not always emit the sweetest scents,
And sometimes it can sting with its thorns.
Water it.
Give it plenty of sunlight.
Nurture it,
And the flower of love will
Outlive you.
Neglect it or keep dissecting it,
And its petals will quickly curl up and die.
This is how love is,
Perfection is a delusional vision.
So love the person who loves you
Unconditionally,
And abandon the one
Who only loves you
Under favorable
Conditions.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“The seeking of a mate shall be undertaken with due preparation and care. A life-bond should never be contemplated as a light thing–unlike a legal union or sanctified joining, the sealing of souls CANNOT be severed. When a mate is SOULBOUND to another–LIFEMATED, as some have come to regard it–a mystery is engaged. In one aspect mystical, the lifemating process is the most sublime endeavor that a Refarian may assume. Once formed, the bond must be ever cherished and nurtured by the process of lifelong rigor.”
― Deidre Knight, Parallel Attraction

“Dumped doesn’t even begin to describe it. If you’re going to use a trash metaphor, incinerated is more like it.”
― Rachel Cohn, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List

“Love tames the benumbed beast. A man is put to use regarding a woman’s physical safety, but a woman is put to use regarding a man’s mental safety.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“If the sound of happy children is grating on your ears, I don’t think it’s the children who need to be adjusted.”
― Stefan Molyneux

“In love, treat your relationship as if you are growing the most beautiful flower. Keep watering it, tend to its roots, give it lots of sunlight, and always make sure the petals are full of color and are never curling. Once you neglect your plant, it will die, as will your relationship.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“You cannot connect with anyone except through reality.”
― Stefan Molyneux

“I had a dream about you last night… You turned red, then green, and then blue. You told me you were trying to fit in with the m&m’s.”
― Amy Sommers, I Had a Dream About You

“But some relationships aren’t meant to last.

They are worthy only till the time the two persons involved have time for each other.

They do not know eternity. They live for the present, the “now”. And when distance plays it part, or life turns out to be busy, they fall apart.

And may be that’s why they’re never termed “LOVE”. They simply remain what they were – mere RELATIONSHIPS.”
― Sanhita Baruah

“I had a dream about you last night… You tried to propose with a digital ceramic heater.”
― Amy Sommers, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you last night.. You were in the amazon rain forest yipping like a dog.”
― Amy Sommers, I Had a Dream About You

“One thing I’ve learned is it’s better to be addicted to things than people. You get hooked on a thing and if someone takes it from you, you can find another source. Only people can really hurt you. Only people can push you out into the cold permanently.”
― A.M. Riley, Immortality is the Suck

“The heart is like a woman, and the head is like a man, and although man is the head of woman, woman is the heart of man, and she turns man’s head because she turns his heart.”
― Peter Kreeft, Jesus-Shock

“Hide yourself in God, so when a man wants to find you he will have to go there first.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“dealing with any man means dealing with multiple personalities.”
― Rick Riordan, The Serpent’s Shadow

“It was told to me, it was in a manner forced on me by the very person herself whose prior engagement ruined all my prospects, and told me, as I thought, with triumph. This person’s suspicions, therefore, I have had to oppose by endeavouring to appear indifferent where I have been most deeply interested; and it has not been only once; I have had her hopes and exultations to listen to again and again. I have known myself to be divided from Edward forever, without hearing one circumstance that could make me less desire the connection. Nothing has proved him unworthy; nor has anything declared him indifferent to me. I have had to content against the unkindness of his sister and the insolence of his mother, and have suffered the punishment of an attachment without enjoying its advantages. And all this has been going on at the time when, as you too well know, it has not been my only unhappiness. If you can think me capable of ever feeling, surely you may suppose that I have suffered now.”
― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“Every advantage is temporary.”
― Katerina Stoykova Klemer

“Love is supposed to be based on trust, and trust on love, it’s something rare and beautiful when people can confide in each other without fearing what the other person will think.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

“Uh-uh, dude. I tried it your way with the dating and the girls and the kissing and the drama, and man, I didn’t like it. Plus, my best friend is a walking cautionary tale of what happens to you when romantic relationships don’t involve marriage. Like you always say, kafir, everything ends in breakup, divorce, or death. I want to narrow my misery options to divorce or death – that’s all.”
― John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

“Ask anyone and they’ll most likely say their family is crazy, and if they don’t say their family is crazy, their friends are crazy. That’s because everyone is crazy after taking the mask off. People are most themselves when not really trying to fit in, when either alone or around those already closest to them, and that is crazy.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Is it not the great end of religion, and, in particular, the glory of Christianity, to extinguish the malignant passions; to curb the violence, to control the appetites, and to smooth the asperities of man; to make us compassionate and kind, and forgiving one to another; to make us good husbands, good fathers, good friends; and to render us active and useful in the discharge of the relative social and civil duties? ”
― William Wilberforce

“Then we’re just sitting there, staring at each other. Which has been happening a lot lately. It’s like
whatever wall there was between us, however she was holding herself back from me . . . all of that
pretense is gone.
“And when you find a soul mate,” Sara says, “it’s undeniable. You have to be together.”
“That’s my philosophy.” I look back at her. “You have to go with the flow.”
“Exactly. I think the universe guides you to make the right choices.”
“Do you believe in fate?”
“I guess, but . . . it’s more about creating the life you want so you can make that fate a reality. You
know?”
― Susane Colasanti

“I need you because I know I deserve you but let me fall in love with you one last time before I let go. So I can remember the beautiful imperfection that rattled my bones.”
― Robert M. Drake

“With all honesty, somewhere between the hello and the dreams I saw you in I fell in love.”
― Robert M. Drake

“Don’t feed your ego with my soul.”
― Arzum Uzun

“She wasn’t broken. She was just bent, over the chance of being ignored by the one she loved.”
― Robert M. Drake

“The old Amy, the girl of the big laugh and the easy ways, literally shed herself, a pile of skin and soul on the floor, and stepped this new, brittle, bitter Amy … a razor-wire knot daring me to unloop her, and I was not up to the job with my thick, numb, nervous fingers. Country fingers. Flyover fingers untrained in the intricate, dangerous work of ‘solving Amy’. When I’d hold up the bloody stumps, she’d sigh and turn to her secret mental notebooks on which she tallied all my deficiencies, forever noting disappointments, frailties, shortcomings.”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

“Wearing a condom is like eating an icecream cone with a sock on your tongue.”
― Mark Gungor

“we are threatened with suffering from three directions: from our body, which is doomed to decay…, from the external world which may rage against us with overwhelming and merciless force of destruction, and finally from our relations with other men… This last source is perhaps more painful to use than any other. (p77)”
― Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents

“Everyone disliked their partners at some time or another, she knew that. But she’d spent her hours in the dark wondering whether she’d ever liked him. Would it really have been so much worse to spend those years alone? Why did there have to be someone else in the room while she was eating, watching TV, sleeping?”
― Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked

“At your absolute best, you still won’t be good enough for the wrong person. At your worst, you’ll still be worth it to the right person.”
― Karen Salmansohn

“Proclaim your pride and bitterness loudly to the world, but to me speak softly, and tell me simply that she doesn’t love you.”
― Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac

“All the black leather
she needs
is the E-Z boy recliner
where her love is parked

with one of his hands wrapped around a remote,
the other, a bottle of beer.

She’s right. It’s kinky.
The way he doesn’t look away

from the TV,
as her head bobs

in his lap
like a fisherman’s float

on a nature program,
hectic

with the pace
his breath sets.

His crotch swells
under her mouth’s

prowess. He’s such
a sweetheart

he waits
until the

commercials
to come.”
― Daphne Gottlieb, Why Things Burn

“She seemed to think that one of the perks of marriage was that it gave you rights of comment and intrusion over single people’s love lives.”
― J.K. Rowling, The Casual Vacancy

“I had a dream about you last night. We went to the store cupboard to make out, but we ended up sharing our pain and then crying together. We wasn’t prepared for this level of intimacy.”
― Michael Summers, I Had a Dream About You

“…you do not have too many boogeymen for me. You have just the right number.”
― Rebecca Wells

“FRIDA KAHLO TO MARTY MCCONNELL

leaving is not enough; you must
stay gone. train your heart
like a dog. change the locks
even on the house he’s never
visited. you lucky, lucky girl.
you have an apartment
just your size. a bathtub
full of tea. a heart the size
of Arizona, but not nearly
so arid. don’t wish away
your cracked past, your
crooked toes, your problems
are papier mache puppets
you made or bought because the vendor
at the market was so compelling you just
had to have them. you had to have him.
and you did. and now you pull down
the bridge between your houses,
you make him call before
he visits, you take a lover
for granted, you take
a lover who looks at you
like maybe you are magic. make
the first bottle you consume
in this place a relic. place it
on whatever altar you fashion
with a knife and five cranberries.
don’t lose too much weight.
stupid girls are always trying
to disappear as revenge. and you
are not stupid. you loved a man
with more hands than a parade
of beggars, and here you stand. heart
like a four-poster bed. heart like a canvas.
heart leaking something so strong
they can smell it in the street.”
― Marty McConnell

“I had a dream about you last night… Unfortunately, it wasn’t a dream.”
― Amy Sommers, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you last night… Well I say dream I mean nightmare… you were a Yankee fan.”
― Nicole McKay, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you last night.. You kept screaming at Ted Danson to pour you a drink.”
― Amy Sommers, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you. You were being hung. I had a sword in one hand and a stool in the other. I couldn’t decide which one to use, so I stood on the stool and threw myself on the sword. It was the least I could do to protest capital punishment.”
― Bauvard, I Had a Dream About You

“The greatest love stories are not those in which love is only spoken, but those in which it is acted upon.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“When you can’t reach the standards of another’s heart you must ask yourself,
“What value do I put on my soul that I would subject myself to such rejection?”
― Shannon L. Alder, 300 Questions LDS Couples Should Ask Before Marriage

“When you want to share something with another person more than anything, it is one of the most difficult things to realize that you can never have it. Accepting this realization is even more difficult. Loving someone does mean saying goodbye to them in some cases, though we will fight that until the oftentimes bitter end before doing the right thing.”
― Ashly Lorenzana

“First of all, never buy a man a plasma TV until you’re married. A lot of men once they have a plasma TV they don’t need a girlfriend”
― Greg Behrendt

“When a man plays with your heart it is for one of two reasons: He knows he can or he is undecided.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“That was the day that I promised I’d never sing of love that does not exist. but darling, You are the only exception”
― Hayley Williams

“Lovers do things together! They rent videos, they ride Ferris wheels, they go out for pizza, they play Scrabble. They . . . they talk!’
‘Talk?’ He lifted his head and frowned, his eyes puzzled. ‘We talk all the time, Raine. I’ve never had such talkative sex.’
‘That’s just it!’ She wiggled, flailed, but couldn’t budge him. ‘Two minutes alone with you, and I’m flat on my back. Every single time!’
A slow, knowing grin spread over his face. ‘Is this your way of telling me you want to be on top?”
― Shannon McKenna, Behind Closed Doors

“Faith doesn’t get you around problems in life and relationships, it gets you through it.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett, Friends 2 Lovers: The Unthinkable

“If I knew how a lot of my relationships would have turned out, I never would have gotten involved in them… And I would have missed out on some of the best times in my life.”
― L.A. Witt, Rules of Engagement

“Bones,” I sighed. “Know something? I’m not afraid of you, but you scare
me….” His outline blurred again.
“You scare me, too, Kitten,” he might have replied, but I couldn’t be sure.”
― Jeaniene Frost, Halfway to the Grave

“If you do not respect your own wishes, no one else will. You will simply attract people who disrespect you as much as you do.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“Some people are oil and water.”
― John Christopher, The Pool of Fire

“People don’t get to our ages without having pasts. I’m more interested in the future.”
― Robyn Donald, Tiger, Tiger

“How could I live above the water or breathe under it. How could I swim in darkness consumed in an ocean of you? Falling or flying towards you, losing or finding myself in you and beauty was never the word to catch all that you are. For now I know the means of the infinite and it all starts and ends with you.”
― Robert M. Drake

“Miro, I’m so sorry. I always felt such pity for you humans because you could only think of one thing at a time and your memories were so imperfect and . . . now I realize that just getting through the day without killing somebody can be an achievement.”

It gets to be a habit. Most of us manage to keep our body count quite low. It’s the neighborly way to live.”
― Orson Scott Card, Children of the Mind

“If you never left anything or anyone there would be no room for the new. Naturally, to move on is an infidelity — to others, to the past, to old notions of oneself. Perhaps every day should contain at least one essential infidelity or necessary betrayal. It would be an optimistic, hopeful act, guaranteeing belief in the future — a declaration that things can be not only different but better.”
― Hanif Kureishi, Intimacy: das Buch zum Film von Patrice Chéreau

“Just because he likes the same bizzaro crap as you doesn’t mean he’s your soul mate.”
― Rachel Hansen

“There is a soul-jealousy that can be as frantic as any body-jealousy.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

“Parker: She believed, absolutely, that each person, each heart, had a counterpart—had a mate. A rightness. She’d always believed it, and understood that unshakable belief was a reason she was good at what she did.”
― Nora Roberts

“A relationship needs constant attention. It’s a living thing, not just a habit. You’ve got to keep on top of it.”
― Matt Dunn, Best Man

“Suddenly I remembered that laugh, it told a different story, our story.”
― Robert M. Drake

“I decided that giving a girl a ring when you’re not in a serious relationship is sort of like giving a guy a blow job when you have no real feelings for him. It makes everything feel a little cheap.It cheapens the giver and the recipient.”
― Emily Giffin, Baby Proof

“You can only trust your emotions as you can lie to yourself with your brain but not your heart.”
― Carl White

“How can I grieve what is still in motion?” I ask her. “Shoes are still dropping all over the place. I´m not kidding,” I say. “It´s Normandy out there.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“She realized, when relationships failed to last, it was not because love was no longer present, but because people had stopped believing in themselves and in their partners.”
― Christina Westover, Poisoning Sylvie

“Mine Enemy is growing old —
I have at last Revenge —
The Palate of the Hate departs —
If any would avenge

Let him be quick — the Viand flits —
It is a faded Meat —
Anger as soon as fed is dead —
‘Tis starving makes it fat”
― Emily Dickinson, I’m Nobody! Who Are You?

“There was a time Jeff and Helen loved each other and touched each other’s hands and ate breakfast in cafes together and secretly fucked in public, the way people in like do. Then came a time they made each other crazy and beat their hands on steering wheels and tore up love letters and photographs and said goodbye.”
― Amy Guth, Three Fallen Women

“He had known so much about her once -what she thought, how she felt, the reasons for her actions. And now he only knew that he loved her, and all the other knowledge seemed passing from him just as he needed it most.”
― E.M. Forster, Where Angels Fear to Tread

“When all one person do is complain, people don’t want to talk or listen to them.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett

“I had a dream about you. We couldn’t decide on a sunrise. You wanted a tan, I only cared about the view. Then World War III fulfilled both our desires.”
― Bauvard, I Had a Dream About You

“There are so many movies like this, where you thought you were smarter than the screen but the director was smarter than you, of course he’s the one, of course it was a dream, of course she’s dead, of course, it’s hidden right there, of course it’s the truth and you in your seat have failed to notice in the dark.”
― Daniel Handler, Why We Broke Up

“Every configuration of people is an entirely new universe unto itself.”
― Kristin Cashore, Bitterblue

“No people find each other more absurd than lovers”
― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

“I missed you so much,” she breathed.
I tilted my head back and put my hands on her shoulders. I could hardly believe this was happening. I was finally getting to touch her. To kiss her. It was all happening. “I missed you, too.”
― Kieran Scott, He’s So Not Worth It

“You never walk alone. Even the devil is the lord of flies.”
― Gilles Deleuze

“It took hours to turn the clock back 30 seconds.”
― Jonathan Franzen, Strong Motion

“Then, what’s the matter?’ I wonder, in fact, how many times I have said that or something equal to it to a woman passing palely through my life. What’re you thinking? What’s made you so quiet? You seem suddenly different. What’s the matter? Love me is what this means, of course. Or at least, second best: surrender. Or at the very least, take some time regaling me with why you won’t, and maybe by the end you will.”
― Richard Ford, The Sportswriter

“Even before we met and long after we’re both gone, my heart lives inside of yours. I’m forever and ever in love with you.”
― Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading 2

“Too often in my life, love has been defined as “humiliation with occasional roses”.”
― Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming

“It seemed that everyone else could mate, could fit their parts together in pleasant and productive ways, but that some almost indistinguishable difference in my anatomy and psyche set me slightly, yet irrevocably, apart.”
― Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

“All human males were as fascinated with cars as they were with breasts.”
― Anita Clenney

“The fights are always the same”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being A Wallflower

“… she gave me a look that deftly combined tenderness with revulsion. To this day the memory of that look still visits me like a Jehovah’s Witness: uninvited and tireless.”
― Steve Toltz

“the important people in our lives leave imprints. they may die or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart”
― Jules Renard

“It happens the world over – we love ourselves more than we do the one we say we love. We all want to be Number One, we’ve got to be Number One or nothing! We can’t see that we could make ourselves loved and needed in the Number Two, or Three, or Four spot. No sir, we’ve got to be Number One, and if we can’t make it, we’ll rip and tear at the loved one till we’ve ruined every smidgin of love that was ever there.”
― Irene Hunt, Up a Road Slowly

“I know you think I’m crazy. Maybe that’s because I am. About life, about this moment, about you.”
― Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading

“The protagonist, Amanda, discusses her sex relationship with her husband, John Paul —

As long as it’s done with honesty and grace, John Paul doesn’t mind if I go to bed with other men. Or with other girls, as is sometimes my fancy. What has marriage got to do with it? Marriage is not a synonym for monogamy any more than monogamy is a synonym for ideal love. To live lightly on the earth, lovers and families must be more flexible and relaxed. The ritual of sex releases its magic inside or outside the marital bond. I approach that ritual with as much humility as possible and perform it whenever it seems appropriate. As for John Paul and me, a strange spurt of semen is not going to wash our love away.”
― Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction

“This is where men and women are different, we can put aside petty competition for relationships – they can’t. It interferes.”
― Adriana Trigiani, Viola in Reel Life

“Maybe what this is. What we have, is something that will save us from ourselves.”
― Robert M. Drake

“His arms wrapped around my waist from behind and he kissed my neck again, closer to the wound this time. My pulse accelerated. I wanted him to bite me; I wanted to be his.”
― Joann I. Martin Sowles, Laney

“Maybe, if you can’t get someone out of your head they were never meant to leave. Perhaps, they were meant to help change you into the person you have been waiting to become.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“I could now see her the way she actually is and not in the distorted way my mind presented her to me when I was trying to find a reason to reject her and move on”
― Jack Weyland, As Always, Dave

“As they embrace, she kisses him full on the mouth. And suddenly sticks her tongue right in. She has done this before, often. It’s one of those drunken long shots which just might, at least theoretically, once in ten thousand tries, throw a relationship right out of its orbit and send it whizzing off on another. Do women ever stop trying? No. But, because they never stop, they learn to be good losers.”
― Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man

“Did you know that wherever you find fool’s gold, real gold exists somewhere nearby? This also goes for relationships and friendships. Real gold is found in the heart. For every piece of fake gold that you discard, remember that true gold isn’t too far.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“To save face, it’s better not to ask sex from the ex, but to give everything the axe.”
― Anthony Liccione

“Siguro kaya naimbento ang salita’t konseptong closure ay para sa mga tinatamad malaman ang magiging wakas. Yung mga atat na atat malaman ang ending. Yung mga naburyong na sa pagkainip sa dapat kahinatnan. Kesa nga naman maghintay sa pagkahaba-haba’t pagkatagal-tagal ng ending, mabuti pang putulin nalang.”
― Eros S. Atalia

“I’ve decided that there isn’t much difference in the way we treat our siblings and the way we treat our special someones. But at the end of it all we know our siblings have to forgive us…or they’ll never be able to borrow our car.”
― Emma Daley

“If she does not respect you, she will replace you.”
― Habeeb Akande

“I had a dream about you. You suggested to split the profits, so I did. I threw one half in the furnace to power the steam engine, and the other half in the air to distract our pursuers.”
― Bauvard, I Had a Dream About You

“I wear a necklace of hope with pearly beads. When I met you, it broke, and the beads spilled all over the floor, into the gutters.”
― Karen Quan, Write like no one is reading

“This is what our love is––a sacred pattern of unbroken unity sewn flawlessly invisible inside all other images, thoughts, smells, and sounds.”
― Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

“Somewhere between love and hate lies confusion, misunderstanding and desperate hope.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Every relationship that has hit a crossroads has asked, “What is it that you want from me?”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Il n’y a rien de gentil à laisser de faux espoirs. L’ambiguïté est la source de la douleur.”
― Amélie Nothomb, Ni d’Ève ni d’Adam

“All over the world major museums have bowed to the influence of Disney and become theme parks in their own right. The past, whether Renaissance Italy or Ancient Egypt, is re-assimilated and homogenized into its most digestible form. Desperate for the new, but disappointed with anything but the familiar, we recolonize past and future. The same trend can be seen in personal relationships, in the way people are expected to package themselves, their emotions and sexuality, in attractive and instantly appealing forms.”
― J.G. Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition

“Because two people in love don’t make a hive mind. Neither should they want to be a hive mind, to think the same, to know the same. It’s about being separate and still loving each other, being distinct from each other. One is the violin string one is the bow.”
― Graham Joyce

“I am replete with stamina in finding out every single fact I can about this whole affair.
Yet, I think, do I want to pull that thread? Do I want to unleash the truth, unravel deceit, and kill reality as I´ve known it? It is irreparable, if I do, from the moment we met until now. It is long. If I discover too much that is false about what I thought my past was, Time will be skewed even further. I already have a poor connection with the present. Example: I have no sense of what day it is. It´s better.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“It made me realize how I needed to stop punishing her for something she couldn’t help […] because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.”
― Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

“So I put up with bad behavior in the name of loving the way I thought you were supposed to love.”
― Deb Caletti, The Secret Life of Prince Charming

“I just want you to know that where ever life takes you, I’ll always be happy for you as long as its something that makes you happy because that’s all that really makes me happy. Why? I’m just listening to my heart and all it’s telling me is to understand. Which in a way I can but then again I can’t. I’m use to it all though because not everyone lives a fair life if you know what I mean.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett, Friends 2 Lovers: The Unthinkable

“Close cycles. Not because of pride or arrogance, but because that no longer fits your life”
― Paulo Coelho

“This is what it is to love an artist: The moon is always rising above your house. The houses of your neighbors look dull and lacking in moonlight. But he is always going away from you. Inside his head there is always something more beautiful.”
― Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice

“They ought to find out how to vaccinate for love, like smallpox.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“The toxic behaviors were there before you decided to enter into relationships with them. The signs were there. You may have chosen to look the other way, but the signs were there.—Psychotherapist from Type 1 Sociopath”
― P.A. Speers, Type 1 Sociopath – When Difficult People Are More Than Just Difficult People

“Let Love Rule”
― Lenny Kravitz

“If you don’t feel the same way about him, if you’re just leading him on, you need to tell him that. I’ve seen too many nice guys get shafted because a girl can’t get over some jerk.”
― Nenia Campbell, Terrorscape

“You know what’s lame, Pudge? I really care about her. I mean, we were hopeless. Badly matched. But still. I mean, I said I loved her… I mean, it’s stupid to miss someone you didn’t even get along with. but I don’t know, it was nice, you know, having someone you could always fight with.”
― John Green, Looking for Alaska

“Why?” She asked in a confused whisper. “Out of all the women in the world, why did you choose this mortal?”
“Because fate drove me to you.”
― Charlotte Featherstone, Lust

“I want to tell him that it’s just a stupid car, but bits of me are scattered all over town; the graveyard, school, Cassie’s room, the motel, and standing in from of the sink in my mother’s kitchen. It takes too much energy to gather all the bits together, so I just sit there and watch him implode. ”
― Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

“No one had told her this would happen, that her girlishness would give way to the solid force of wifehood, motherhood. The choices available were all imperfect. If you chose to be with someone, you often wanted to be alone. If you chose to be alone, you often felt the unbearable need for another body – not necessarily for sex, but just to rub your foot, to sit across the table, to drop his things around the room in a way that was maddening but still served as a reminder that he was there.”
― Meg Wolitzer, The Position

“Nodding, Parker ate. “He’s an exceptional kisser.”
“He really is. He . . . How do you know?” When Parker just smiled, Emma’s jaw dropped. “You? You and Jack? When? How?”
“I think it’s disgusting,” Mac muttered. “Yet another best pal moving on my imaginary ex.”
“Two kisses, my first year at Yale, after we ran into each other at a party and he walked me back to the dorm. It was nice. Very nice. But as exceptional a kisser as he is, it was too much like kissing my brother. And as exceptional a kisser as I am, I believe he felt it was too much like kissing his sister. And that’s how we left it. I gather that wasn’t an issue for you and Jack.”
― Nora Roberts, Bed of Roses

“It sometimes seemed to him that for love to work, it had to be fair, that he should tell only half the joke, and she the other half. Otherwise, it would not be love, but something completely else–pity or entertainment, or stand-up comedy.”
― Tao Lin, Bed

“Love is not the perfect match, love is the connection between two people.”
― Unarine Ramaru

“I kept loving and loving and loving. Every waking hour, I marveled on how these moments would make made me feel. I wanted to love the world and be the change it so deliciously craved.”
― Robert M. Drake

“We returned to the hotel and had intercourse. I like that word intercourse. It poses only a limited range of possibilities.”
― Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase

“We might have coupled
In the bed-ridden monopoly of a moment
Or broken flesh with one another
At the profane communion table
Where wine is spill’d on promiscuous lips

We might have given birth to a butterfly
With the daily-news
Printed in blood on its wings”
― Mina Loy, The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy

“It’s funny how many ways there are to hurt people. As many ways to hurt as there are species of flower. Whole bouquets of hurt.”
― Joshua Gaylord, When We Were Animals

“Men want a girl who looks like a boy. They want to protect her but she must be a survivor. And she must come…like a train…but with…elegance.”
― Patrick Marber, Closer

“I had a dream about you last night.
We moved into a cabin in the countryside.
I couldn’t handle the spiders.
You couldn’t handle my drama.
I moved back to the city.”
― Michael Summers, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you last night. It wasn’t until after you sold me the talking car, I realized you were the world’s best ventriloquist.”
― Michael Summers, I Had a Dream About You

“When introverts go to church, we crave sanctuary in every sense of the word, as we flee from the disorienting distractions of twenty-first-century life. We desire to escape from superficial relationships, trivial communications and the constant noise that pervade our world, and find rest in the probing depths of God’s love.”
― Adam S. McHugh, Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture

“Love affairs are for emotional sprinters; the pleasures of love are for the emotional marathoners.”
― Robertson Davies

“How could you do that to me?” I repeat. I don´t have to itemize. He knows what I speak of.
Eventually N produces three answers, in this order:

1. “Because I am a complete rotter.” I silently agree, but it´s a cop-out: I have maggots, therefore I am dead.
2. “I was stressed at work and unhappy and we were always fighting…and you know I was just crazy…”

I cut him off, saying, “You don´t get to be crazy. You did exactly what you chose to do.”
Which is true, he did. It is what he has always done. He therefore seems slightly puzzled at the need for further diagnosis, which may explain his third response:

3. “I don´t know.”

This, I feel instinctively, is the correct answer. How can I stay angry with him for being what he is? I was, after all, his wife, and I chose him. No coincidences, that´s what Freud said. None. Ever.
I wipe my eyes on my sleeve and walk toward the truck, saying to his general direction, “Fine. At least now I know: You don´t know.”
I stop and turn around and fire one more question: a bullet demanding attention in the moment it enters the skin and spreads outward, an important bullet that must be acknowledged.
“What did you feel?”
After a lengthy pause, he answers. “I felt nothing.”
And that, I realize too late, was not the whole truth, but was a valid part of the truth.
Oh, and welcome to the Serengeti. That too.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“The trouble with you is that the only way you can communicate is through art. You’ve never learned to communicate your feelings to a man. You don’t even want to communicate in a relationship. You think that if you open up to love, you’ll lose your independence or your self-expression or creativity or whatever you call all that passionate, wonderful stuff that makes you feel alive inside.”
― Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All

“…Love can give you the most exhilarating wonderful highs at times…
…Then there will be dives that will take all you have just to hold on…

Quote on the Title Page of “Love TORN Asunder”
― Elizabeth Funderbirk, Love Torn Asunder

“I love love. I love having a lover and being one. The insularity of passion. I love it. I love the way it blurs the distinction between everyone who isn’t one’s lover.”
― Tom Stoppard, The Real Thing

“If truth doesn’t set you free, generosity of spirit will.”
― Katerina Stoykova Klemer

“The vast desire and capacity a woman has for intimate relationships tells us of God’s vast desire and capacity for intimate relationships. In fact, this may be The most important thing we ever learn about God–the He yearns for relationship with us. “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God” (John 17:3). The whole story of the Bible is a love story between God and His people. He yearns for us. He cares. He has a tender heart.”
― Stasi Eldredge, Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul

“I dunno.” She sat on the bench and hugged the robe like a pillow. “I still think that Brett guy is cute.”
“Good luck getting him away from Bekka.” Cleo gathered her silky black hair into a high pony and pink-dabbed Smith’s Rosebud Salve on her lips. “She’s got more grip than Crazy Glue.”
“More cling than Saran Wrap,” Lala added.
“More hold than Final Net.” Cleo giggled.
“More possession than The Exorcist,” Lala managed.
“More clench than butt cheeks,” Blue chimed in.
“More competition than American Idol,” Frankie stuck out her chest and showed them her diva booty roll.
The girls burst out laughing.
“Nice!” Blue lifted her purple gloved hand.
Frankie slapped it without a single spark.
“I hate to be a downer…” Claudine shuffled back into the conversation wearing her slippers and robe. “But that girl will destroy you if she catches you with Brett.”
“I’m not worried,” Frankie tossed her hair back. “I’ve seen all the teen movies, and the nice girl gets the boy in the end.”
― Lisi Harrison, Monster High

“Just friends, just friends. Standing there in the bookstore, watching Seth walk away, I half wondered how anyone could still use that line. But I knew why, of course. It was used because people still believed it. Or at least they wanted to.”
― Richelle Mead, Succubus Blues

“When a clandestine couple kisses, it is much more likely that sex will immediately follow. This is because there is much more risk. Once you have kissed secretly, it is very difficult not to have sex. It would be impolite not to have sex. You have to show that you are serious about each other.”
― Adam Thirlwell, Politics

“Somewhere underneath it all, I know he doesn’t deserve to take up space in my brain.”
― Susane Colasanti, Take Me There

“Yes. THANK YOU. And say hello to Judas Iscariot.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“Because that’s what unfaithfulness is, isn’t it? A cancer that’s always there in the back of your mind, eating away at the foundations of the relationship.”
― Matt Dunn, The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook

“When you depersonalize abrasive behavior and see it as a call for help you become a catalyst for the best kind of change.”
― Marilyn Suttle

“My life was dark, torture and empty before you found me. You brought the light, Red. I love you.”
― M.A. Stacie, Unwritten Rules

“Kiss me hot,heavy,wet & angry with that attitude like you do when your mouth yells it hates me but your tongue screams it can’t wait for me. Hug me, touch me, submit to me with that insatiable passion like you do when you thought you could leave but the sight of my throbbing rock hard love muscle made you too weak in the knees. Your mind is melting fast, your soul is whispering trust, your eyes are begging please and your anger has turned to lust. Let me undress your body, caress your skin and wetly massage your mind back into making love to me again. I’d rather say I’m sorry and keep my best friend than have this come to an end. Be encouraged but more importantly…be lethal with your make up love.”
― Kerry E. Wagner

“Unfortunately, he still hadn’t asked for my number, or a date, or my hand in marriage, and my drink was getting low.”
― Kimberly Novosel, Loved

“We all want relationships that are healthy and resolved, and sometimes that simply doesn’t happen. But the beauty of life is that inside these disappointments are hidden the most miraculous of blessings. What we lose and what we might have been pales against what we have.”
― Laura Schroff, An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny

“I had a dream about you last night. Eons ago, we created a Universe, then sat back and watched miniature versions of ourselves try to make all the same mistakes we did.”
― Michael Summers, I Had a Dream About You

“I didn’t answer. We were not buddies. We could not chat about the proximity of our offices, or football, or forgiveness.”
― Kimberly Novosel, Loved

“I’ve loved him since I’ve known him, Mrs. Daniels. He just finally stopped fighting.”
― Amy Lane, Sidecar

“There are many things that can keep you in a relationship. Fear of being alone, Fear of disrupting the arrangement of your life.A decision to settle for something that’s okay. Because you don;t know if you can get any better. Or maybe there’s the irrational belief that it will get better even if you know he won’t change.”
― David Levithan

“Don’t show a friend your gift, or your bag of money if you still want to maintain your relationship, but if nay, go on, and all you’ll see is hate and jealousy, and you’ll fight with him in the street like a dog and all you’ll feel is regret.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson

“So often, we had the tendency of saying, they’re the problem. No, they’re not the problem. Our heart is the problem. they are just there to show me what is in my heart. They don’t put those things in my heart. They don’t put the wrath, the bitterness in my heart. Those things are already there. They are the vessels God uses to to release what is in my heart so that I am aware of how black my heart really is.”
― Lowell Nelson

“I had a dream about you last night… You replaced all the people in your life with kittens. It felt more like a prediction of the future.”
― Amy Sommers, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you last night… you sat in a cardboard box and said you were a tree.”
― Nicole McKay, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you last night… you were crying over spilt ink screaming “the words, the what could have been beautiful words.”
― Nicole McKay, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you last night… it was raining and you were fishing for fire to set a sandcastle a flame.”
― Nicole McKay, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you last night.. You pretended not to be a three hole punch.”
― Amy Sommers, I Had a Dream About You

“I no longer have the energy for meaningless friendships, forced interactions or unnecessary conversations. If we don’t vibrate on the same frequency there’s just no reason for us to waste our time. I’d rather have no one and wait for substance than to not feel someone and fake the funk.”
― Joquesse Eugenia

“I am unlovable…I have tried to involve myself in other people, in relationships, and even – in my sillier moments – in love. But it doesn’t work. Something in me is broken or missing and sooner or later the other person catches me Acting or one of Those Nights comes along.”
― Jeff Lindsay, Darkly Dreaming Dexter

“There are many forms of love as there is moments in time, and you are capable of feeling them all at different stages of your life.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Love spiritually, not strategically.”
― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

“There are better people in the world, do not let the worst do the worst to you, you deserve the best in life.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson

“Honey, nobody ever knows someone completely. You have to just enjoy what you do know and have faith in the rest.”
― Erin McCarthy, Hard and Fast

“But the coconut is also a symbol of resilience, Samar. Even in the conditions where there’s very little nourishment and even less nurturance, it flourishes, growing taller than most of the plants around it.”
― Neesha Meminger, Shine, Coconut Moon

“Our actions are guaranteed to affect others. Because we are not alone in this world, much of our learning about ourselves comes from our interaction with others. Our relationships are our teachers. We learn from each other.”
― Tae Yun Kim, Seven Steps to Inner Power

“I just wouldn’t want to hook up with a guy unless I really, really like him, and in my
experience all boys can be classified as either assholes or bores, unless they’re both.
Maybe it’s a blessing, because the last thing I need is relationship drama to sidetrack me from my grades.”
― Daria Snadowsky, Anatomy of a Boyfriend

“The person who wants out of the relationship always gets her way.”
― Emily Giffin, Something Blue

“The first time someone I loved left me behind…I didn’t know how my family would balance. We had been such a sturdy little end table, four solid legs. I was sure we would now be off-kilter, always unstable. Until one day I looked more closely, and realized that we had simply become a stool.”
― Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf

“Love doesn’t always curl your toes sometimes it takes a bite right out of your soul.”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich

“She was aware that in love even the most passionate idealism will not rid the body’s surface of its terrible, basic importance.”
― Milan Kundera, Laughable Loves
“Each time a person passes by you and you say ‘hello’, imagine that person turning into a candle. The more positivity, love and light you reflect, the more light is mirrored your way. Sharing beautiful hellos is the quickest way to earn spiritual brownie points. You should start seeing hellos as small declarations of faith. Every time you say hello to a stranger, your heart acknowledges over and over again that we are all family.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Because a quiet night is not the same as a silent one, a firm man is not the same as a steady one, and a bright light is not the same as a brilliant one.”
― Tahereh Mafi, Unravel Me

“I want to take all our best moments, put them in a jar, and take them out like cookies and savor each one of them forever.”
― Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading

“You cannot borrow half of who you are from someone else, yet people try to do it all of the time, they just call it a relationship!”
― Jennifer O’Neill, The Pursuit of Happiness: 21 Spiritual Rules to Sucess

“Forgiveness is created by the restitution of the abuser; of the wrongdoer. It is not something to be squeeeeeezed out of the victim in a further act of conscience-corrupting abuse.”
― Stefan Molyneux

“Excuse me, I feel interrupted and I think I’ve overdose from the idea of loving you.”
― Robert M. Drake

“My Personality
unfolding before you
like a Swiss Army knife.”
― Katerina Stoykova Klemer, The air around the butterfly/Въздухът около пеперудата

“I saw my reflection in their eyes, but not the men themselves, not clearly. This preserved the idea that all intelligent and even vaguely attractive men were essentially good. Delusion detest focus and romance provides the veil.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“Oh, how wonderfully romantic of you. Romantics are really only in love with themselves.”
― Miguel Syjuco, Ilustrado

“She would be quiet at first. Then she would say a word about something small, something she had noticed, and then another word, and another, each one flung out like a little piece of sand, one from this direction, another form behind, more and more, until his looks, his character, his soul would have eroded away . . . I was afraid that some unseen speck of truth would fly into my eye, blur what I was seeing and transform him from the divine man I thought he was into someone quite mundane, mortally wounded with tiresome habits and irritating imperfections.”
― Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

“Trust is not a gasoline-soaked blanket that succumbs to the matches of betrayal, never able to be used for its warmth again; it’s a tapestry that wears thin in places, but can be patched over if you have the right materials, circumstances, and patience to repair it. If you don’t, you’re always the one who feels the coldest when winter comes.”
― A.J. Darkholme, Rise of the Morningstar

“Do you really think that I don’t have anything better to do than to spend my time thinking about you? Digging up a little of the goods on Luc Martineau?”
Fine lines appeared at the corners of his eyes and he laughed. “Sweetheart, there is nothing little about Luc’s goods.”
― Rachel Gibson, See Jane Score

“Marriage,” she said quietly, “is the most expensive ticket to nowhere”
― Aryn Kyle, The God of Animals

“The time to read Madame Bovary is when your romantic hopes and desires have crashed, and you will believe that your future relationships will have disappointing – even devastating – consequences.”
― John Irving, In One Person

“Because conflict-avoidant Emily would never “bite” or even hiss unless Greg had done something truly horrible, on some level she processes his bite to mean that she’s terribly guilty—of something, anything, who knows what?”
― Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

“I had a dream about you last night… shortly after I woke up screaming in terror.”
― Amy Sommers, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you last night… you made a beard for yourself out of forty two bags of Twizzlers.”
― Nicole McKay, I Had a Dream About You

“I believe the world is divided in three groups: givers, takers and the few that can balance both impulses. Giving and loving is a beautiful thing. It is the currency of compassion and kindness, it is what separates good people from the rest. And without it, the world would be a bleak place. If you are a giver, it is wise to define your boundaries because takers will take what you allow them to; all givers must learn to protect that about themselves or eventually, there is nothing left to give.”
― Tiffany Madison

“Don’t ever stray from yourself, in order to be close to someone that doesn’t have the courtesy to remind you of your worth, or the integrity of a gentleman to walk you home.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“The power of patriarchy has been to make maleness feared and to make men feel that it is better to be feared that to be loved. Whether they can confess this or not, men know that just is not true.”
― bell hooks

“Fletcher was always going to be your ex-boyfriend, from the moment you met him. He’s just finally caught up with where he’s supposed to be.”
― Derek Landy, Death Bringer

“The more invested I am in my own ideas about reality, the more those experiences will feel like victimizations rather than the ups and downs of relating. Actually, I believe that the less I conceptualize things that way, the more likely it is that people will want to stay by me, because they will not feel burdened, consciously or unconsciously, by my projections, judgments, entitlements, or unrealistic expectations.”
― David Richo, Daring to Trust: Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy

“But everything I have to give, I’ll give to you”
― Ray Lamontagne

“To get the most out of the relationship you are in, it won’t be helpful to listen to the ego’s stories about it. They will only bring separation and conflict. Essence would tell a different story about your loved one. It would probably be something like: “This person is in my life for me to love to the best of my ability. Let’s see what happens if I do that.” As Essence, we are here to serve others and serve life. The ego, on the other hand, is all about serving itself.”
― Gina Lake, What about Now?: Reminders for Being in the Moment

“It was the wildness of it that got me going: the primal lust, the sheer needs of two people in heat, quickly finding ways to express their sacred hunger to each other in animal passion.”
― Fiona Thrust, Naked and Sexual

“Do not hold your breath for anyone,
Do not wish your lungs to be still,
It may delay the cracks from spreading,
But eventually they will.
Sometimes to keep yourself together
You must allow yourself to leave,
Even if breaking your own heart
Is what it takes to let you breathe.”
― Erin Hanson

“He reached out and intertwined our hands. Gently urging me forward he whispered, “Have I lost you love?”
― Erin Jamison, Better Than 8: Fantasy

“I have always wanted to give you the world, so I started giving you pieces of the oceans that kept us apart.”
― Karen Quan, Write like no one is reading

“Broken hearts, you can run, you can hide and perhaps the earth is big enough to believe you’re safe. So maybe for a moment you have escaped but hear me, hear me well. Love will find you and it will leave nothing behind.”
― Robert M. Drake

“The greatest adventure is to have no fear for the blaze that lies ahead.”
― Robert M. Drake

“’Better to have loved and lost,’ my ass.
Anyone parroting that little platitude had obviously never lost anyone of consequence.”
― Nenia Campbell, Touched with Sight

“We’re only instruments of love, flowing through heaps of pain hoping one day we’d hatch a passion of our own.”
― Robert M. Drake

“Miles was still mourning the loss of his Romantic Plan. ‘There was going to be champagne, and oysters, and you’ — he held out both hands as though shifting a piece of furniture — ‘were going to be sitting there, and I was going to get down on one knee, and…and…”
― Lauren Willig, The Masque of the Black Tulip

“If someone tries to use you as a tool, you shouldn’t mind it, because it is their choice and folly, not yours.”
― Jude Morgan, Indiscretion

“Sing me a love song in a slow, southern drawl to the tune of sunny days…”
― Kellie Elmore, Magic in the Backyard

“Commitment is another name for relationship not the compromise.”
― Santosh Kalwar

“The books we love offer a sketch of a whole universe that we secretly inhabit, and in which we desire the other person to assume a role.

One of the conditions of happy romantic compatibility is, if not to have read the same books, to have read at least some books in common with the other person—which means, moreover, to have non-read the same books. From the beginning of the relationship, then, it is crucial to show that we can match the expectations of our beloved by making him or her sense the proximity of our inner libraries.”
― Pierre Bayard, How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read

“First impressions are rarely worth preserving. Men typically fall short of our expectations.”
― Renate Linnenkoper, Exogenesis

“There is a correlation between the number of days since a man last had sex, and, the number of things that he is willing to do for a woman.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“But sometimes this hatred broke like a wave, unexplainably collapsing under its own weight, and before it would begin to well up again, she suddenly felt nothing but pure compassion for him, a kindness and forgiveness that almost broke her heart.”
― Sana Krasikov, One More Year

“Some people have the coldest smiles, but have the tenderest hearts. And many have the most tender smiles, but carry the coldest hearts. You cannot judge a man by his smile, but you can judge a man by his heart. The smallest actions reveal the most about a hearts true color, so pay attention to them. Actions are the true words of the heart.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“how anxiously I yearned for those I had forsaken.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

“Sports bars are also a great place for guys to meet other guys–either for sex or for wrestling, whichever feels more right. ”
― Eugene Mirman, The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life

“well I believe in commitment it’s just I, you know, I don’t stick to it.”
― Jim Lewis

“It was some time since I had gone to sleep in the same room with a girl. Of course, the room was large and reasonably well-lighted, and the girl had other things than me on her mind.”
― Ross Macdonald, The Blue Hammer

“She didn’t want me; she wanted all of me. I didn’t mind saying it. My girlfriend scared the crap out of me.”
― T.J. Forrester, Miracles, Inc.: A Novel

“Falling in love is a wonderfully terrifying sensation.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Bathsheba loved Troy in the way that only self-reliant women love when they abandon their self-reliance. When a strong woman recklessly throws away her strength she is worse than a weak woman who has never any strength to throw away. One source of her inadequacy is the novelty of the occasion. She has never had practice in making the best of such a condition. Weakness is doubly weak by being new.”
― Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd

“ان اكبر تحديات الرجل ترجمة كلام المرأة اذا تحدثت و مساندتها بالتفهم والتأييد المناسبين للموقف و لمشاعرها… و اكبر تحديات المرأة تأويل صمت الرجل و مساندته بتقبله و دعمه بان تترك له المساحة التي يحتاج اليها”
― John Gray, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

“people will forget what you said, people will forget what you do, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Jason Barger

“Love is fickle and fleeting,” Tsukiko continues. “It is rarely a solid foundation for decisions to be made upon, in any game.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

“The girls said she was too cynical about love, but how could you not be? On the surface, relations between men and women were all soft kisses and white gowns and hand-holding. But underneath they were a scary, complicated, ugly mess, just waiting to rise to the surface.”
― J. Courtney Sullivan, Commencement

“Real relationships – the kind that were supposed to last but never did – were more trouble than they were worth.”
― Lauren Conrad, L.A. Candy

“I have to figure out why I worked at a job I hated for years. I have to find out why I can’t see what everyone else sees in me. I don’t feel beautiful. When I look in the mirror, I never saw beautiful. For this to happen to someone like me, it’s devastating, Jonas. I don’t want you to think it’s vanity, it isn’t. I can’t see me and I need to be able to do that. I need to find out what I’m like and what I want. I have to be comfortable in my own skin before I can be in a relationship the way you want.”
― Christine Feehan, Safe Harbor

“You had to live in your own bubble. You couldn’t force your way into someone else’s, because then it wouldn’t be a bubble any more.”
― Nick Hornby, About a Boy

“It is assured that men of all ages imagine a woman naked when they first meet.”
― Tiffany Madison, Black and White

“Psychoanalysis is often about turning our ghosts into ancestors, even for patients who have not lost loved ones to death. We are often haunted by important relationships from the past that influence us unconsciously in the present. As we work them through, they go from haunting us to becoming simply part of our history.”
― Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

“For the first time in history, middle-class women do not need men in the traditional ways – for safety, for money, for a life. So they’re demanding instead what they always wanted but couldn’t ask for: emotional connection, presence, intimacy. Sex with enough foreplay, enough seduction, enough closeness to please them. Men are baffled not only because the needs they are being asked to fill differ so from what their fathers and grandfathers understood to be their jobs but also because full-fledged intimacy requires strengths and skills they’ve never learned. Moreover… they’re strengths and skills that were once left solely to women: Men didn’t have to develop them. This maturational mismatch may be contributing to distrust among lovers of all ages.”
― Dalma Heyn, Drama Kings: The Men Who Drive Strong Women Crazy

“He opened his mouth to say that she looked extremely beautiful and deserved armfuls of roses, but the words were lost in committee somewhere, shuffled aside by the parts of his head that worked full-time at avoiding ridicule.”
― Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

“One minute she acts like she wants to be with me and I’m the one rejecting her. The next, she’s got this barbed wire fence and barking dogs around her, like I can’t even ask her the simplest questions.”

“And here I was assuming you didn’t care about her.”

Stabbing his fingers through his hair, he groaned, “I don’t!”

“And you make it perfectly clear.” Men. Idiots.”
― Jenny Trout, Ashes to Ashes

“Technically, on the spectrum of very bad things, they did nothing truly wicked. But of course, that spectrum has no measure for the greatest of all carnal sins, the kind that occurs before skin touches skin, before wondering turns to yearning, yearning to having, having to holding for dear life, when two people cling to each other so desperately that even when they lie, inches apart, neither is fully satisfied until the light between them turns to darkness.”
― Galt Niederhoffer, The Romantics

“None of us, irrespective of our sexual preference and/or practice, imagine that we can have an intimate relationship with a partner and always have seamless harmony. Indeed, most of us assume that once the “honeymoon” period is over differences will emerge and conflicts will happen. Positively, we also assume that we will be “safe“ in those moments; that even if voices are raised and emotions expressed are intense, there will not be and should not be any abuse or any reason to be unsafe, and that the will to connect and communicate will prevail.”
― bell hooks, Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom

“Relationship doesn’t remain, We resonate on different flames, I could cut you down again, If you were like all other men, If you were like all other men, I know that I could shut you down again”
― Amy Winehouse

“North is a powerful man, and you’re still connected to him.” Flo frowned. “Probably sexual memory, those Capricorns are insatiable. Well, you know. Sea Goat. And of course, you’re a Fish. You’ll end up back in bed with him.”

Andie slammed the car door. “You know what I’d like for Christmas, Flo? Boundaries. You can gift me early if you’d like.”
― Jennifer Crusie, Maybe This Time

“I’m always looking for meaningful one-night stands”
― Dudley Moore

“I could probably write a book on the complexities of our relationship, on my constantly shifting emotions, my ever-changing mind, but let’s just say that nothing is ever as black and white as it seems, that love is not only blind but pathetic too. It can make us into victims and fools, reduce us to the kind of people who infuriate us on soap operas, the kind you want to scream at for allowing the creep or bitch to walk all over them.”
― J.M. Morris, Fiddleback

“Deep down under where his heart resided, strangled up in thorny vines of guilt, anger, fear and longing, there lay something deeper in him, something that he couldn’t see but she could.”
― Carol Oates, Ember

“So she stood naked in front of the young man and at this moment stopped playing the game.”
― Milan Kundera, Laughable Loves

“So many men treat their wives badly, or indifferently, or with barely contained impatience. Josh doesn’t mind– no that’s not right–he insists on openly showing his love and respect for me.”
― Lynn Morris, Shadow of the Mountains

“Married women are far more depressed than married men — in unhappy marriages, three times more; and — interestingly — in happy marriages, five times more. In truth, it is men who are thriving in marriage, now as always, and who show symptoms of psychological and physical distress outside it. Not only their emotional well-being but their very lives, some studies say, depend on being married!”
― Dalma Heyn

“We’re broken in complementary ways, thus rendering our damage comprehensible to each other.”
― Ann Aguirre, Killbox

“Mend your speech a little, Lest you may mar your fortunes.”
― William Shakespeare

“The Betty Lady explains love and splitting up: “It´s like playing the shell game with Jesus. You can´t figure anything out; it´s best not to try. You´ll just humiliate yourself.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“Pull a thread in my story and feel the tremor half a world and two millenia away.”
― Daniel Taylor, Tell Me a Story: The Life-Shaping Power of Our Stories

“(Georgie) Why is it that you always want to run after the one that goes off in a huff, and push away the one who is clinging to you?”
― Nancy Woodruff, My Wife’s Affair

“When a man I like touches my arm or my hair, I want to know if he’ll touch the center of me, and whatever I learned in school–I went to school for a long time–I seem to believe that my center can be reached best with the tip of a penis….”
― Alice Mattison, Men Giving Money, Women Yelling: Intersecting Stories

“We played for about half an hour before I realized we were actually playing two different games. What I’d thought of as ludo was actually a game called gin rummy, and what Warren was playing seemed to be a mixture of craps and table tennis. Once we started playing by one consistent set of rules, though, the fun was really over.”
― Graham Parke, No Hope for Gómez!

“A man must at times be hard as nails: willing to face up to the truth about himself, and about the woman he loves, refusing compromise when compromise is wrong. But he must also be tender. No weapon will breach the armor of a woman’s resentment like tenderness.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, The Mark of a Man

“NOT UNTIL I MET YOU

Not until I felt your sunshine,
Did I realize that I had been in the shade.
Not until I saw all your colors,
Did I realize that mine had faded.
Not until I heard your dreams,
Did I realize that I was still sleeping.
And not until I experienced my life with you,
Did I realize that I was barely
Breathing.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Men, you’ll never be a good groom to your wife unless you’re first a good bride to Jesus.”
― Timothy J. Keller

“Listen she said, everything ends, every single relationship you will ever have in your lifetime is going to end…. I’ll die, you’ll die, you’ll get tired of each other. You don’t always know how it’s going to happen, but it is always going to happen. So stop trying to make everything permanent, it doesn’t work. I want you to go out there and find some nice man you have no intention of spending the rest of your life with. You can be very, very happy with people you aren’t going to marry.”
― Ann Patchett, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

“There comes a time in some relationships when no matter how sincere the attempt to reconcile the differences or how strong the wish to recreate a part of the past once shared, the struggle becomes so painful that nothing else is felt and the world and all its beauty only add to the discomfort by providing cruel contrast.”
― Leo Buscaglia, Loving Each Other

“He carries stars in his pockets
because he knows
she fears the dark.
Whenever sadness pays her a visit
he paints galaxies
on the back of her hands.”
― Alaska Gold, Growing Light

“I hold a strict policy of automatic grudges against people everyone likes.”
― Kate Hattemer, The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

“It is a matter of perspective, the difference between opponent and partner,” Tsukiko says. “You step to the side and the same person can be either or both or something else entirely. It is difficult to know which face is true.”
― Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

“He offered her power, money, status…
a giant prison, all in exchange
for only…her soul.”
― Coco J. Ginger

“I didn’t want to leave things the way we had, unresolved, … and tried to tell myself he cared about me enough not to look elsewhere for what I wasn’t giving him.”
― Sarah Dessen, Someone Like You

“However self-sufficient we may fancy ourselves, we exist only in relation — to our friend, family, and life partners; to those we teach and mentor; to our co-workers, neighbors, strangers; and even to forces we cannot fully conceive of, let alone define. In many ways, we are our relationships.”
― Derrick A. Bell, Ethical Ambition: Living a Life of Meaning and Worth

“With him everything is a test, affection is measured, that given weighed against that which has been received, and the balance, more often than not, disappointing him.”
― S.J. Watson, Before I Go to Sleep

“To the degree you experience God’s love towards you – seeing you as beautiful and radiant – to that degree sex won’t ruin your life.”
― Timothy J. Keller

“You know it’s a bad sign when the theme song from Titanic describes your relationship.”
― Julia Spencer-Fleming, All Mortal Flesh

“Women get into a relationship hoping a man will change, and he never does; men get into a relationship hoping the woman don’t change, but she always does. Men want their partners to be consistent. That they won’t make impromptu impossible demands nor baffle him with classically female sudden-onset hysterical behavior.”
― Valerie Frankel, The Girlfriend Curse

“To love is to soar in the wild unexpectedly.”
― Robert M. Drake

“Ideally, of course, a relationship is best, but then how many people are capable of deep feeling? Practically none.”
― Gore Vidal, The City and the Pillar

“He found it both sad and fascinating that only through an artificial universe of video images could she establish contact with the real world.”
― Arthur C. Clarke, 2061: Odyssey Three

“A man to whom a woman cannot look up, she cannot love. Yet, it is marvelous how a woman contrives to find something to look up to in a man.”
― Arnold Haultain, Hints for Lovers

“The conventional parabola–sentiment, the touch of the hand, the kiss, the passionate kiss, the feel of the body, the climax in the bed, then more bed, then less bed, then the boredom, the tears and the final bitterness–was to him shameful and hypocritical.”
― Ian Fleming, Casino Royale

“The thing about her is, she’s good-natured. He knew it the second he saw her standing by the parking meters. He could just tell from the soft way her belly looked. With women, you keep bumping against them, because they want different things, they’re a different race. Either they give, like a plant, or scrape, like a stone. In all the green world nothing feels as good as a woman’s good nature.”
― John Updike, Rabbit, Run

“As I’ve said, it wasn’t until a long time afterwards—long after I’d left the Cottages—that I realized just how significant out little encounter in the churchyard had been. I was upset at the time, yes. But I didn’t believe it to be anything so different from other tiffs we’d had. It never occurred to me that our lives, until then so closely interwoven could unravel and separate over a thing like that.
But the fact was, I suppose, there were powerful tides tugging us apart by then, and it only needed something like that to finish the task. If we’d understood that back then—who knows?—maybe we’d have kept a tighter hold of one another.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

“As I walked inside, she turned around and headed for the end of the bed. Then she paused and turned to face me. She was wearing her Orchard Hill basketball T-shirt and sweatpants and she looked tired, but beautiful.”
― Kieran Scott, He’s So Not Worth It

“By God, I may be old-fashioned in my ideas, but women run around too much these days to suit me. They meet all kinds of crazy fish.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“Ah, sweetie. If the poets couldn’t unriddle them, then you certainly can’t. Be kind, and keep your ears on offer if she wants to talk. But you can’t draw out the strangeness, Edgar. It’s not a poison.”
― Allyse Near, Fairytales for Wilde Girls

“I wanted intimacy in caps lock but I got it in parentheses. We curled into each other, upside down, my empty spaces filled by another. “Give me the three minute version of your life story,” he said. I nailed it it one then refused to throw the question back as etiquette governs. He wanted to know where I’d been. I wanted to know who he was.”
― Eleni Zoe, Hope Dies Last: Lessons in Love

“I review what I know once again, confronting the monolith now alien and almost unconnected to me: my marriage.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“That’s the problem with relationships,” George was saying. “It’s a contract. You agree to be some unchanging caricature of yourself. To act the same way all the time. Never to change. It’s counter-evolutionary. How can anything new and good come into your life, if you’re holding on to something that doesn’t exist anymore?”
― Alex Shakar, Luminarium

“for to have a deep attachment for a person (or a place or thing) is to have taken them as the terminating object of our instinctual responses.”
Separation anxiety. International Journal of Psycho-Analysts, XLI, 1-25 (1959(”
― John Bowlby

“Between Countess Nordston and Levin there had been established those relations, not infrequent in society, in which two persons, while ostensibly remaining on friendly terms, are contemptuous of each other to such a degree that they cannot even treat each other seriously and cannot even insult each one another.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“When someone you love makes compassion, kindness, forgiveness, respect and God an option, you can be sure they have made you an option, as well.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Anxiety and desire are two, often conflicting, orientations to the unknown. Both are tilted toward the future. Desire implies a willingness, or a need, to engage this unknown, while anxiety suggests a fear of it. Desire takes one out of oneself, into the possibility or relationship, but it also takes one deeper into oneself. Anxiety turns one back on oneself, but only onto the self that is already known.”
― Mark Epstein, Open to Desire: Embracing a Lust for Life – Insights from Buddhism and Psychotherapy

“Do you love me Hero?” His pale green eyes were full of torment. “Do you love me like I love you?”
― Elizabeth Hoyt, Notorious Pleasures

“تتحدث النساء لنفس الاسباب التي يتوقف الرجال بسببها عن الكلام”
― John Gray

“I have to wonder if you’re not being slightly naive here. I mean, are you saying that you want nothing for people? You have no motives? Everybody has motives. Name the person, the circumstances, I’ll name the motive. Even saints have motives — to feel like saints, probably. … But still, the point of any relationship is obtaining something from another person.”
― Tom Rachman, The Imperfectionists

“He educated Maurice, or rather his spirit educated Maurice’s spirit, for they themselves became equal. Neither thought “Am I led; am I leading?” Love had caught him out of triviality and Maurice out of bewilderment in order that two imperfect souls might touch perfection.”
― E.M. Forster, Maurice

“Then, whenever I feel the sun on my face, I will think of you, ” I told him. “You will always be with me, Bill. Because of all I have felt for you, and all I have learned from you.”
― Cornelia Maude Spelman, Missing: A Memoir

“The clerk is looking at me. His expression hasn’t changed. What I want to do is punch a hole in the front of the desk, reach through, grab his balls, and make him sing The Mickey Mouse Club song. But these days, I’m working on the theory that killing everyone I don’t like might be counterproductive. I’m learning to use my indoor voice like a big boy, so I smile back at the clerk.”
― Richard Kadrey, Kill the Dead

“My boyfriends have all been as stoical as queen’s guards. They’d been patient, committed, and dispassionate, and I’d had to really debase myself to extract any emotion, either grin or grimace, from them.”
― Koren Zailckas, Fury: A Memoir

“Small animals are a great problem. I wish God had never created small animals, or else that He had made them so they could talk, or else that He’d given them better faces. Space. Take moths. They fly at the lamp and burn themsleves, and then they fly right back again. It can’t be instinct, because it isn’t the way it works. They just don’t understand, so they go right on doing it. Then they lie on their backs and all their legs quiver, and then they’re dead. Did you get all that? Does it sound good?”
“Very good,” Grandmother said.
Sophia stood up and shouted, “Say this: say I hate everything that dies slow! Say I hate everything that won’t let you help! Did you write that?”
― Tove Jansson, The Summer Book

“The only person that should wear your ring is the one person that would never…

1. Ask you to remain silent and look the other way while they hurt another.
2. Jeopardize your future by taking risks that could potentially ruin your finances or reputation.
3. Teach your children that hurting others is okay because God loves them more. God didn’t ask you to keep your family together at the expense of doing evil to others.
4. Uses religious guilt to control you, while they are doing unreligious things.
5. Doesn’t believe their actions have long lasting repercussions that could affect other people negatively.
6. Reminds you of your faults, but justifies their own.
7. Uses the kids to manipulate you into believing you are nothing. As if to suggest, you couldn’t leave the relationship and establish a better Christian marriage with someone that doesn’t do these things. Thus, making you believe God hates all the divorced people and will abandon you by not bringing someone better to your life, after you decide to leave. As if!
8. They humiliate you online and in their inner circle. They let their friends, family and world know your transgressions.
9. They tell you no marriage is perfect and you are not trying, yet they are the one that has stirred up more drama through their insecurities.
10. They say they are sorry, but they don’t show proof through restoring what they have done.
11. They don’t make you a better person because you are miserable. They have only made you a victim or a bitter survivor because of their need for control over you.
12. Their version of success comes at the cost of stepping on others.
13. They make your marriage a public event, in order for you to prove your love online for them.
14. They lie, but their lies are often justified.
15. You constantly have to start over and over and over with them, as if a connection could be grown and love restored through a honeymoon phase, or constant parental supervision of one another’s down falls.
16. They tell you that they don’t care about anyone other than who they love. However, their actions don’t show they love you, rather their love has become bitter insecurity disguised in statements such as, “Look what I did for us. This is how much I care.”
17. They tell you who you can interact with and who you can’t.
18. They believe the outside world is to blame for their unhappiness.
19. They brought you to a point of improvement, but no longer have your respect.
20. They don’t make you feel anything, but regret. You know in your heart you settled.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“their respect for the mystery–the half-grasped but never spoken idea that maybe, when you got right down to the place where the cheese binds, there is no such thing as marriage, no such thing as union, that each soul stood alone and ultimately defied rationality. That was the mystery.”
― Stephen King, Pet Sematary

“I arrived, I saw humans and I saw through their faces. Nothing ever changes but the light in their eyes. For I too have buried my demons today, without knowing what might remain beneath the face of tomorrow.”
― Robert M. Drake

“Being faithful and monogamous is not natural for human beings. It takes work. Deep down we all know that. We have all been tempted to stray at some point or another. Even when it was only a fleeting thought and we didn’t act on it. Every time we acknowledge that someone of the opposite sex is “attractive” or “sexy” we are doing nothing other than pointing out that they would be a suitable mate. Not acting on that natural impulse to want to mate with a viable mating partner requires a conscious decision. It’s a constant struggle between what your body wants, and what the civilized part of your brain says you should do, in order to avoid the negative consequences of cheating on your spouse and ruining your long-term relationship. That’s why affairs, and extra-marital sex, are often referred to as “a moment of weakness.”
― Oliver Markus, Why Men And Women Can’t Be Friends

“Women have been brought up with the false sense that they have all the options in the world. We don’t understand that the culture really isn’t offering us all of these options – there still are very strong pressures to conform. We have to step outside the culture to be able to make choices that will really give us what we want. But we lack the psychic mechanisms to do this, to really choose.”
― Dalma Heyn

“Ladies! I encourage you NOT to be so easily flattered by what a man has. Be flattered by his strength, courage, integrity, and character as a man. Be impressed by his ability to be honest, faithful, loving, and respectful to you. Be impressed because he can communicate and openly express his feelings. Be impressed because he’s got confidence, direction, and purpose in his life. Be impressed because he’s a quality man, NOT a fine man. Real Talk!”
― Stephanie Lahart

“I can only do what’s easy. I can only entice and be enticed. I can’t, and won’t, attempt difficult relations. If I marry it will either be a man who’s strong enough to boss me or whom I’m strong enough to boss. So I shan’t ever marry, for there aren’t such men. And Heaven help any one whom I do marry, for I shall certainly run away from him before you can say ‘Jack Robinson.”
― E.M. Forster, Howards End
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“Kate lost a mother,” I said, “but I lost a nothing.”
Kate doesn’t feel that way,” Jack assured me.
But what about everybody else besides Kate? How can I ever explain to anyone what she was when she and I had no name? People need names for everything. I wasn’t a relative or a friend, I was just an object of her kindness.”
He wiped my cheeks, saying Ssshh. I buried my face in his shoulder.
True kindness is stabilizing,” I went on. “When you feel it and when you express it, it becomes the whole meaning of things. Like all there is to achieve. It’s life, demystified. A place out of self, a network of simple pleasures, not a waltz, but like whirls within a waltz.”
You’re the one now,” Jack said definitively. “That’s why you met her. She had something she had to pass on.” (p. 95)”
― Hilary Thayer Hamann, Anthropology of an American Girl

“She understands suddenly that the stuff that fills her up is not the love or attention she might get from other people; it is the love she herself has for other people. We are, Portia decides, the people we love”
― Jessica Anya Blau, Drinking Closer to Home

“That cake tasted good. But the cake in the garbage tasted better. It was the best cake I ever ate.”
― Loretta Ellsworth, In a Heartbeat

“I wept for relationships not possible due to denial and dreams locked in the back of people’s minds, all of the bits of life that lay dormant until the babblings of televisions and nursing homes sweep them away. It makes me wonder how many of the dreams we had originally have already been forgotten.”
― Christopher Hawke, Unnatural Truth

“Is disinterest not the essence of every human relationship?”
― Sándor Márai, Embers

“You want him praising the Lord in the morning, you put a smile on his face tonight.”
― Mark Gungor, Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage: Unlocking the Secrets to Life, Love and Marriage

“A girl should set her sights on a man who has money; or if not, who can expect to come into money; or if not, who has moneyed connections.”
― Jude Morgan, Indiscretion

“Connecting with someone is not necessarily a bond with a significant other, or even a friend, but can be the indefinable – perhaps the rarest and most precious thing in life to find at all.”
― Donna Lynn Hope

“I thought I would prefer apathy over this,” I confided to her. “Why?” she asked. “Are you saying you would rather be cold than comforted? He’s looking at you and offering his hand in friendship and you’re rudely looking away pretending not to notice. At least with him you wouldn’t be so alone.” I felt my eyes turn into colorless pools as I glared at her for stating the obvious. “Being numb to someone is better than feeling something,” I explained. “Safer you mean,” she interrupted. I sighed and continued, “When someone who was once significant in your life comes back after an extended absence, emotions you had finally freed yourself from are reawakened, and if that’s not enough to contend with, dormant memories are summoned whether you want them to be or not.” “And what is it that you want?” she posed triumphantly. I swallowed my anger and thought with defeat, “Nothing anyone can give me.”
― Donna Lynn Hope

“At least there’s nothing scary about him and hopefully he doesn’t see anything scary in me. We go way back, to summer camp. We KNOW each other. People I don’t know just make me want to say YIKES! I’ll take history over mystery any day of the week.”
― Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet

“(Peter) If you don’t share the lows, it seems you might stop sharing the highs as well.”
― Nancy Woodruff, My Wife’s Affair

“To share out your soul freely, that is what metanoia (a change of mind, or repentance)really refers to: a mental product of love. A change of mind, or love for the undemonstrable. And you throw off every conceptual cloak of self-defense, you give up the fleshly resistance of your ego. Repentance has nothing to do with self-regarding sorrow for legal transgressions. It is an ecstatic erotic self-emptying. A change of mind about the mode of thinking and being.”
― Christos Yannaras, Variations on the Song of Songs

“You can always evaluate a man’s character by the way he speaks about his ex girlfriends and other women. When entering a new relationship or getting close with a new guy, make sure you take notice of the language he uses when referring to other girls”
― Miya Yamanouchi, Embrace Your Sexual Self: A Practical Guide for Women

“When clouds of pain loom in the sky
When a shadow of sadness flickers by
When a tear finds its way to the eye
When fear keeps the loneliness alive
I try and console my heart
Why is it that you cry? I ask

This is only what life imparts
These deep silences within
Have been handed out to all by time
Everyone’s story has a little sorrow
Everyone’s share has a little sunshine

No need for water in your eyes
Every moment can be a new life
Why do you let them pass you by?
Oh heart, why is it that you cry?”
― Javed Akhtar

“Men are not dogs. We merely think we are and, on occasion, act as if we are. But, by believing in our nobler nature, women have the amazing power to inspire us to live up to it.”
― Neil Strauss, The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists

“Women rescue men just as much as, if not more than, men rescue women.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“My God, these folks don’t know how to love — that’s why they love so easily.”
― D.H. Lawrence

“If you expect honesty, be honest. If you expect forgiveness, forgive. If you expect a whole person, you have to be a whole person.”
― Kristen Crockett, The Gift of Past Relationships

“It hurts to let go. Sometimes it seems the harder you try to hold on to something or someone the more it wants to get away. You feel like some kind of criminal for having felt, for having wanted. For having wanted to be wanted.”
― Henry Rollins

“people have character strength but they lack communication skills, and that undoubtedly affects the quality of relationships as well.”
― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

“Our moments are music, and sometimes – just sometimes – we can catch them and put them into some lasting form. If we didn’t have music, I don’t think we could ever be truly happy, and if we didn’t have special moments, we would never find music.”
― David Levithan, How They Met, and Other Stories

“Perhaps the depth of love can be calibrated by the number of different selves that are actively involved in a given relationship.”
― Carl Sagan, Contact

“These guys may not talk too much about relationships, but they sure do blush at telling moments, don’t they? Maybe that’s the key to understanding the opposite sex; I could invent a science, call it blushology.”
― Jody Gehrman, Babe in Boyland

“If you stay in the company of anger, pain, or hurt, happiness will find someone else to visit. Make the choice to view all of your past relationships as a gift. Throw out what hasn’t worked in the past and incorporate new concepts. Focus on being happy.”
― Kristen Crockett, The Gift of Past Relationships

“The Heart of Gold fled on silently through the night of space, now on conventional photon drive. Its crew of four were ill as ease knowing that they had been brought together not of their own volition or by simple coincidence, but by some curious perversion of physics- as if relationships between people were susceptible to the same laws that governed the relationships between atoms and molecules”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“I know my vision is impaired and cannot be trusted with even the simplest tasks, much less dating. Not that I´ve come within talon distance of a man.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“First she would try to kill him, but failing this give him food and her body, breast-feed him back to a state of childishness and even, perhaps, feel affection for him. Then, the moment he was asleep, cut his throat. The synopsis of the ideal marriage.”
― J.G. Ballard, High-Rise

“It all comes down to that one person you always think about before you fall asleep at night. And text “Good Morning” as soon as you wake up.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett

“Regardless of whether a relationship brings us joy or sorrow, each relationship gives us the opportunity to grow stronger, nobler, and more compassionate with ourselves and others.”
― Tamela Rich

“The women we really love are the women who complete us, who have the qualities we can borrow and so become something nearer to whole men. Just as we complete them, of course; it’s not a one-way thing. Leola and I, when romance was stripped away, were too much alike; our strengths and weaknesses were too nearly the same. Together we would have doubled our gains and our losses, but that isn’t what love is.”
― Robertson Davies

“He is not the same person as when we
met, but . . . neither am I. Time has refined us, but instead of pushing us apart, we’re closer than ever.”
― Ann Aguirre, Aftermath

“Never give a lousy person the opportunity to create lousy babies.”
― Roberto Hogue, Real Secrets of Sex: A Women’s Guide on How to Be Good in Bed

“When I am lonely for boys what I miss is their bodies. The smell of their skin, its saltiness. The rough whisper of stubble against my cheek. The strong firm hands, the way they rest on the curve of my back.”
― A.M. Harte, Hungry For You

“Love is more about being the right person than finding the right person.”
― Barbara Bartlein, Why Did I Marry You Anyway?: Overcoming the Myths That Hinder a Happy Marriage

“There is such a shelter in each other.”
― Nick Laird

“Her grey, sun-strained eyes stared straight ahead, but she had deliberately shifted our relations, and for a moment I thought I loved her. But I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires, and I knew that first I had to get myself definitely out of that tangle back home.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“I´ve blown it, the whole grisly charade.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“What? Did we end up hating each other? Did we end up the way we thought we always knew would? Did I end up wearing khakis because of that fucking ad?”
― Bret Easton Ellis, Glamorama

“Your relationships will take you beyond the boundaries of your normal strength. Encouragement gives struggling people eyes to see the unseen Christ.”
― Timothy S. Lane, Relationships: A Mess Worth Making

“You can never recover from losing a person you love, but you can find a way to let it be part of your life rather than letting it take over every part of you”
― Darien Gee, Friendship Bread

“I had a dream about you. You were crying, and I couldn’t tell if it was because you were sad or because you’d been laughing too hard. So I decided to find out by telling you that I’d just heard from the cops, and your mother had been murdered. Before I got to the punch line you started sobbing in a different manner, so I realized you’d been laughing earlier. By that time the mood had changed, and I decided it best not to deliver the punch line after all. So I sat down next to you and put my arm around you and tried to console you for your perceived loss. 
”
― Dora J. Arod, I Had a Dream About You

“I help others because I can, not because I expect something in return.”
― Amy Manemann, Deadly Reunion

“Robots are like Mars: they need girls.
Boys won’t do;
the memesoup is all wrong. They stomp
when they should kiss
and they’re none too keen
on having things shoved inside them…

It’s not a robot
until you put a girl inside. Sometimes
I feel like that.
A junkyard
the Company forgot to put a girl in.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, The Melancholy of Mechagirl

“The thing that binds us together is that we have both lowered our expectations of life”
― Orhan Pamuk, Snow

“Every broken heart has screamed at one time or another: Why can’t you see who I truly am?”
― Shannon L. Alder

“I would be consumed by you,’ she said, and blinked her eyes furiously when she felt them fill with tears. ‘You would sap all the energy and all the joy from me. You would put out all the fire of my vitality.’
‘Give me a chance to fan the flames of that fire,’ he said, ‘and to nurture your joy.”
― Mary Balogh, Slightly Dangerous

“Relationships are never static. They have to evolve over time as the individuals in them change.”
― Sherryl Woods, Driftwood Cottage

“About halfway through I broke down crying, which I hadn’t expected. I was a little ashamed, but only a little;it was her, you see, and she never taxed me with the times that I slipped from the way I thought a man should be…the way I thought I should be, at any rate. A man with a good wife is the luckiest of God’s creatures, and one without must be among the most miserable, I think, the only true blessing of their lives that they don’t know how poorly off they are.”
― Stephen King, The Green Mile

“When women are secret they are secret indeed; and more often then not they only begin to be secret with the advent of a second lover.”
― Thomas Hardy, A Pair of Blue Eyes

“Because that’s what unfaithfulness is, isn’t it? A cancer that’s always there in the back of your mind, eating away at the foundations of the relationship. It’s happened once, it could happen again, so you’re always looking for telltale signs or symptoms to show that it’s reappeared…”
― Matt Dunn, The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook

“Christopher McCandless:”I will miss you too, but you are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from the joy of human relationships. God’s place is all around us, it is in everything and in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at things.”
― Shunryu Suzuki

“We spend so much time on the whole world instead of on those who really need us, in a world where rumours are a trend and truth is an afterthought.”
― Pandora Poikilos, Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out

“If you listen closely, silence can be deafening.”
― Truth Devour, Wantin

“When a man cheats, it is said it is because he is a dog. When a woman cheats, it is said it is because her man is a dog.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana, Divided & Conquered

“No relationship is without its difficulties and this is certainly true when one or both of the persons involved has an autistic spectrum disorder. Even so, I believe what is truly essential to the success of any relationship is not so much compatibility, but love. When you love someone, virtually anything is possible.”
― Daniel Tammet, Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant

“Nurturing, Providing, and loving you passionately. May that be, my number of responsibilities. As one to the end, forever more. That’s how long I desire, our love to last for. Providing for you many and joyful memories. In hours of darkness, as well as brightness. I plan to supply for you. For your love for me and happiness, is all that matters to me.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett, Friends 2 Lovers: The Unthinkable

“Emancipation of women has made them lose their mystery.”
― Grace Kelly

“How much do you love me?”
She drew in a breath and let it out. “Too much.”
“Too much is just enough for this man.”
“And do you love me?” she whispered.
“I have always loved you. Always. You know that.”
― Delilah Marvelle, Once Upon a Scandal

“An apple tree is just like a person. In order to thrive, it needs companionship that’s similar to it in some ways, but quite different than others.”
― Jeffrey Stepakoff, The Orchard

“Walk together. Feel the heart beats. Experience the presence. This is how to be thankful.”
― Amit Ray

“I’m not saying that I think one man is better than the other. I’m not saying that either is kinder or wiser or more ambitious, more thoughtful, confident, or able. But the fact is that when I’m with the one, comfort settles into my bones. I feel calm around him, as if the sun is smiling down on me and the world has suddenly become a sweet, safe place to be. I feel good about life―about myself. And it’s hard not to want to be near someone who, just by their very nature, makes you feel that way.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year

“I hate everything about her except for the fact that I love everything about her.”
― Charles Yu, Sorry Please Thank You: Stories

“It’s early days. A few skeletons are bound to keep jumping out of the closet.”
― Alan Moore, Watchmen

“I had a dream about you. In my dream I stole all your money, kidnapped your parents, and mailed you mannequin parts spray-painted red in a series of packages that also included ransom notes. Then, towards the end of the dream, the cops surrounded my cave and swarmed in to arrest me. Sweating, my eyes shot open, and I realized it was a dream. “Of course it’s a dream,” I thought. “The cops have no idea where my cave is, and your first package has yet to be delivered.”
”
― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, I Had a Dream About You

“He did not want an affair with his boss. He did not even want a one-night stand. Because what always happened was that people found out, gossip at the water cooler, meaningful looks in the hallway. And sooner or later the spouses found out. It always happened. Slammed doors, divorce lawyers, child custody.”
― Michael Crichton, Disclosure

“Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“The blame of course belonged to Clyde, who just was not much given to talk. Also, he seemed very little curious himself: Grady, alarmed sometimes by the meagerness of his inquiries and the indifference this might suggest, supplied him liberally with personal information; which isn’t to say she always told the truth, how many people in love do? or can? but at least she permitted him enough truth to account more or less accurately for all the life she had lived away from him. It was her feeling, however, that he would as soon not hear her confessions: he seemed to want her to be as elusive, as secretive as he was himself.”
― Truman Capote, Summer Crossing

“Quand on parle des vices d’un homme, si on vous dit : “Tout le monde le dit” ne le croyez pas ; si l’on parle de ses vertus en vous disant encore : “Tout le monde le dit”, croyez-le.”
― François-René de Chateaubriand

“I shall never cease to marvel at the way we beg for love and tyranny.”
― Francine du Plessix Gray, Lovers and Tyrants

“But my best friend from college was silent for a long time. She, of all of my friends, had seen the parade of sad wrecks through my life, date after bad date after bad boyfriend. She was the one who’d picked up the pieces after the musician, the investment banker, the humanitarian who was human to everyone but me.

When at last she spoke, she said, Oh, hell.
And, after that: Hallelujah.”
― Lauren Groff, Delicate Edible Birds and Other Stories

“When she had failed once or twice to respond to some conversational gambit or other, Bond also relapsed into silence and occupied himself with his own gloomy thoughts.”
― Ian Fleming, Casino Royale

“All positive interactions with other human beings involve, to some degree, the experience of visibility– that is, the experience of being seen and understood.”
― Nathaniel Branden

“I was living and dying in all the fibers of what is chewed and digested and in all the fibers that absorb the sun, consuming and digesting. Under the thatched arbor of a restaurant on a river-bank, where Olivia had waited for me, our teeth began to move slowly, with equal rhythm, and our eyes stared into each other’s with the intensity of serpents’—serpents concentrated in the ecstasy of swallowing each other in turn, as we were aware, in our turn, of being swallowed by the serpent that digests us all, assimilated ceaselessly in the process of ingestion and digestion, in the universal cannibalism that leaves its imprint on every amorous relationship and erases the lines between our bodies and sopa de frijoles, huachinango a la vera cru-zana, and enchiladas.”
― Italo Calvino, Under the Jaguar Sun

“The moment you put someone on a pedestal they will look down upon you. The trick is respecting each other equally.”
― Teresa Mummert

“SELFLESS LOVE.
If you have a special person in your life, but you find yourselves arguing, irritated and/or fighting out of the blue… you both need to try to step back and be selfless and think of the other person… with no ego of your own. No ego. We are ALL dealing with our own tough issues. We may keep them to ourselves, but we all have struggles. If you BOTH allow yourselves to step into each others shoes- to have the awareness and respect for each others issues and struggles… that will most likely allow the love that you have for each other to shine through at its brightest.

There will be ups and downs- feelings of being under-appreciated for both. It will happen. But let that be the worst that happens. Unity through diversity. That’s the greatest love. A selfless love. It’s paradoxical, but you each would get back more than you give out. That’s the love that conquers all things that’s mentioned in the Bible. It will be challenging for both of you, but well worth it.”
― José N. Harris

“When we are passionately in love with our Prince, we put Him above all else–not just in theory, but also practically, in every moment of our day-to-day lives. We do not live for the applause of heaven. Our longings are not for people’s approval but only for more and more of Him. We are marked by an effortless, unshakable strength that is found in the presence of our perfect Lover.”
― Leslie Ludy, Authentic Beauty: The Shaping of a Set-Apart Young Woman

“We imagined we knew everything the other thought, even when we did not necessarily want to know it, but in fact, I have come to see, we knew not the smallest fraction of what there was to know.”
― Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

“I am getting nowhere with you and I can’t let you go and I cant get through.”
― Ani DiFranco

“Public truth telling is a form of recovery, especially when combined with social action. Sharing traumatic experiences with others enables victims to reconstruct repressed memory, mourn loss, and master helplessness, which is trauma’s essential insult. And, by facilitating reconnection to ordinary life, the public testimony helps survivors restore basic trust in a just world and overcome feelings of isolation. But the talking cure is predicated on the existence of a community willing to bear witness. ‘Recovery can take place only within the context of relationships,’ write Judith Herman. ‘It cannot occur in isolation.”
― Lawrence N. Powell, Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust, and David Duke’s Louisiana

“Security comes first from inside of you. Then, if you are very lucky, you will be in a position to find other people who also possess that same sort of security, and build some sort of family or community as a team.”
― Anthony D. Ravenscroft, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful: An Introduction on Polyamory

“I feel incendiary, a wildfire. My spirit licks at the gates of a very elaborate, customized, and distracting emotional Hades.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“Anyway, you can’t leave her like that. You can’t do that to the woman. She doesn’t deserve it; nobody does. You don’t belong to her and she doesn’t belong to you, but you’re both part of each other; if she got up and left now and walked away and you never saw each other again for the rest of your lives, and you lived an ordinary waking life for another fifty years, even so on your deathbed you would still know she was part of you.”
― Iain Banks

“I´m just not sending out the right vibe lately. Perhaps the fact that I wear stained sweatpants and free T-shirts is holding me back. I just can´t seem to get back into the intelligent-slut-for-hire outfits that lure men; even shoes with laces evade me. Plus my hair is Fran Lebowitz-esque. I think my eyes are getting closer together. I don´t know.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“You get what you give,” we will tell his sorry, selfish ass.” The Betty Lady has spoken. I detect a Bronx accent.
“But,” I demur, “it will make the other woman say, ´See? She IS a jealous and paranoid and pushy wife.´”
The Betty Lady rips open a cell phone statement with a nail file and, without looking up at me, says, “Let me tell you something, honey. In my experience? The only thing they care about is what they see in the mirror each morning and WINNING…or their perception of winning.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“If you really love someone. You wouldn’t hide them. You would be proud to let the whole world know that you have feelings for that special someone. If I got asked who do I love. I would straight up say the name. Just imagine how special that person would feel to know that you aren’t afraid or embarrassed to let everyone know that person means a lot to you. However, sometimes its understandable especially when you have your friends or family against it. Which to me shouldn’t matter because it’s your life and we only live once. Even if it doesn’t work out, we grow from our own experiences, right?”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett

“Where does love go? When something you have taped on the wall falls off, what has happened to the stickum? It has relaxed. It has accumulated an assortment of hairs and fuzzies. It has said “Fuck it” and given up. It doesn’t go anywhere special, it’s just gone. Energy is created, and then it is destroyed. So much for the laws of physics. So much for chemistry. So much for not so much.”
― Lorrie Moore

“Well, clearly someone you trust isn’t really someone you should be trusting,” she said without thinking, and regretted it when Terrible glanced at her. He did it fast, just a quick cut of his eyes in her direction and then away again, but she saw it. She felt it. It was starting already. She wished she could say she was surprised, wished she hadn’t been waiting for it, expecting it the way she expected rain from black clouds overhead. Nothing in the world was permanent, especially not happiness. She’d always known that. She just wished life would stop proving her right.”
― Stacia Kane, Sacrificial Magic

“Sex can lead to nasty things like herpes, gonorrhea, and something called relationships.”
― Sacha Baron Cohen

“My guess is that he remembers some of me, some of us together, and the rest rolled off him like topsoil in a flash flood.”
― Elizabeth Kostova, The Swan Thieves

“Delusions are hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding insane people living in a backwards world.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“We are responsible for our own relationships, their successes, their failures, the good times, the bad times. Take responsibility for creating the relationships that you desire.”
― Sam Owen

“Jack hadn’t thought of love as a promise before—a promise that, even when the world was falling down around him, would stay kept. But without Sutton saying a word, he knew that there would be comfort when he couldn’t sleep tonight. And tomorrow and the day after, there would be a home to go to, even if it was no more than a pair of arms around him and a head tucked close to his in the darkness.”
― Tamara Allen, Whistling in the Dark

“I think we’re romantic people in some ways, but when it comes to relationships it’s not a question of ‘Can you trust another human being?’, so much as a question of trusting yourself. The animalistic nature of man seems to mean that you’re bound to find another people physically attractive. And there’s something dishonest about shutting those feelings off – it seems puritanical to deny yourself that. The idea of sin is still so widely pervading.”
― Richey Edwards

“Pubic hair is proof of sexual maturity and if your partner finds that a turn-off, you should probably reconsider that partner.”
― Hadley Freeman, Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies

“Straight between them ran the pathway,
Never grew the grass upon it”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Song of Hiawatha

“My mother had always taught me to write about my feelings instead of sharing really personal things with others, so I spent many evenings writing in my diary, eating everything in the kitchen and waiting for Mr. Wrong to call.”
― Cathy Guisewite

“I had a day when I was busy in the world, where the activity created a turmoil on the surface of my consciousness like waves on the surface of the ocean, which made it difficult to see through the waves to the inner silence.
It reminded me that we need to develop both the capacity to use the mind when engaged in activity and social relations, and to be able to let go of the activity and to come in contact with the deep inner silence.
The relationship between being active in the world and in social relations and the inner silence is like the relationship between the waves on the surface of the ocean and the deep inner silence on the bottom of the ocean.”
― Swami Dhyan Giten, Presence – Working from Within. The Psychology of Being

“I don’t know,” she said. “We used to squabble a lot when we were going together and then engaged and everything, but I thought everything would be so different as soon as you were married. And now I feel so sort of strange and everything. I feel so sort of alone.”
― Dorothy Parker, Here We Are

“How do people know they are sane? Can a person be gripped by lunacy, only to be released a short time later, never to relive the episode again?”
― Dee Remy, There Once Was A Boy

“The greatest testament of a life lived is to be missed when you are gone. It is not something you can plan for or buy ahead of time. It is a sentiment that comes freely from the lives you touch in positive ways.”
― Brian MacLearn

“Or maybe I, like, cuddle raped him or something.”
― Lauren Barnholdt, Two-Way Street

“…човек невинаги може да възстанови личните си граници, след като е допуснал да бъдат размити и прекрачени от друго човешко същество в процеса на романтична връзка: колкото и да се опитваме не можем да възвърнем онази автономност на личността, която сме си въобразявали че притежаваме”
― Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist

“أن التقارب دائمًا صعب عندما تكون المسافة قد توسعت عبر السنين ، وأجيانًا يستحيل التغلب عليها”
― Nicholas Sparks, Three Weeks With My Brother

“- Ты хочешь знать, как быть, если сделал что-то не так? Отвечаю, детка: никогда не проси прощения. Ничего не говори. Посылай цветы. Без писем. Только цветы. Они покрывают все. Даже могилы.”
― Erich Maria Remarque, Three Comrades

“we all make vows, Jimmy. And there is something very beautiful and touching and noble about wanting good impulses to be permanent and true forever,” she said. “Most of us stand up and vow to love, honor and cherish someone. And we truly mean it, at the time. But two or twelve or twenty years down the road, the lawyers are negotiating the property settlement.”
“You and George didn’t go back on your promises.”
She laughed. “Lemme tell ya something, sweetface. I have been married at least four times, to four different men.” She watched him chew that over for a moment before continuing, “They’ve all been named George Edwards but, believe me, the man who is waiting for me down the hall is a whole lot different animal from the boy I married, back before there was dirt. Oh, there are continuities. He has always been fun and he has never been able to budget his time properly and – well, the rest is none of your business.”
“But people change,” he said quietly.
“Precisely. People change. Cultures change. Empires rise and fall. Shit. Geology changes! Every ten years or so, George and I have faced the fact that we have changed and we’ve had to decide if it makes sense to create a new marriage between these two new people.” She flopped back against her chair. “Which is why vows are such a tricky business. Because nothing stays the same forever. Okay. Okay! I’m figuring something out now.” She sat up straight, eyes focused somewhere outside the room, and Jimmy realized that even Anne didn’t have all the answers and that was either the most comforting thing he’d learned in a long time or the most discouraging. “Maybe because so few of us would be able to give up something so fundamental for something so abstract, we protect ourselves from the nobility of a priest’s vows by jeering at him when he can’t live up to them, always and forever.” She shivered and slumped suddenly, “But, Jimmy! What unnatural words. Always and forever! Those aren’t human words, Jim. Not even stones are always and forever.”
― Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow

“When I speak of life and love as expanding with age, sex seems the least important thing. At any age we grow by the enlarging of consciousness, by learning a new language, or a new art or craft (gardening?) that implies a new way of looking at the universe. Love is one of the great enlargers of the person because it requires us to “take in” the stranger and to understand him, and to exercise restraint and tolerance as well as imagination to make the relationship work.”
― May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude

“..begin by talking about the kind of existentialist chaos that exists in our own lives and our inability to overcome the sense of alienation and frustration we experience when we try to create bonds of intimacy and solidarity with one another. Now part of this frustration is to be understood again in relation to structures and institutions. In the way in which our culture of consumption has promoted an addiction to stimulation – one that puts a premium on packaged and commodified stimulation. The market does this to convince us that our consumption keeps oiling the economy for it to reproduce itself. But the effect of this addiction to stimulation is an undermining, a waning of our ability for qualitatively rich relationships.”
― Cornel West, Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life

“Finally he turned his head toward her face and brushed a kiss over her cheek. “I love you and I believe with all my heart that you love me as well. Why can’t you say it, Hero?”
― Elizabeth Hoyt, Notorious Pleasures

“Without such trust and safety, social relationships tend to become strategic rather than cooperative, increasingly full of skepticism and even anxiety and fear about others’ intentions. (p. 27)”
― Donald Rothberg, The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World

“The teaching of the sexual tantras all come down to one point. Although desire, of whatever shape or form, seeks completion, there is another kind of union than the one we imagine. In this union, achieved when the egocentric model of dualistic thinking is no longer dominant, we are not united with it, nor am I united with you, but we all just are. The movement from object to subject, as described in both Eastern meditation and modern psychotherapy, is training for this union, but its perception usually comes as a surprise, even when this shift is well under way. It is a kind of grace. The emphasis on sexual relations in the tantric teachings make it clear that the ecstatic surprise of orgasm is the best approximation of this grace.”
― Mark Epstein, Open to Desire: Embracing a Lust for Life – Insights from Buddhism and Psychotherapy

“Playing roles in any relationship is false and will inevitably lead to the relationship’s collapse. Noone can be any one thing all the time.”
― Portia de Rossi, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

“I could hardly get a boy to look at me. All right, they’d look, they’d even take me out, but no one asked for a second date. I was too nasty, a real wise guy, and all the boys could tell what my rotten disposition was. Deep down, I wanted a commitment with a capital C. To get anywhere with me, a boy would have to sign his undying loyalty with his own blood.”
― Alice Hoffman, Local Girls

“Oh, you want me to lie still while you check me out? Damn, Red, if I’d have known that earlier I would’ve been horizontal already.”
― M.A. Stacie, Unwritten Rules

“You have to shrink yourself to fit into this little life with him.”
― Melissa Bank

“Sand castles just aren’t made to last.”
― Alice Yi-Li Yeh, Someday

“There’s a cover for every pot, but I’ve never seen so many mismatched pots and covers in all my life. – Ellen Wasserfeldman, from Notes from Ellen Wasserfeldman by Alisa Dana Steinberg”
― Alisa Steinberg, Notes from Ellen Wasserfeldman (Preview Plus Bonus Material)

“Darling, whose book is this to be?”

“Ostensibly yours, my sweet”

“I see — rather like my life since I met you?”

“Yes darling”
― John Wyndham, The Kraken Wakes

“To be honest, going out with Ed after Josh is like moving on to Duchy Originals super-tasty seeded loaf after plastic white bread. (I don’t mean to be rude about Josh. And I didn’t realize it at the time. But it is. He is. Plastic white bread.)”
― Sophie Kinsella, Twenties Girl

“To know other people thought he’d made a mistake vindicated me. I wasn’t a bad girlfriend, he was simply going through a period of temporary insanity and he’d come to his senses soon.”
― Dorothy Koomson, Marshmallows for Breakfast

“This was one of those moments when I realized that my emotional baggage, once a few neatly packed pieces, was now like the Joads’ truck, stacked high with old clothes, half a rocking chair, a mule, all barely secured with twine.”
― Amy Cohen, The Late Bloomer’s Revolution: A Memoir

“In this quiet place on a quiet street
where no one ever finds us
gently, lovingly, freedom gives back our pain.
–from poem In a Quiet Place on a Quiet Street”
― Aberjhani, I Made My Boy Out of Poetry

“There was a warmth of fury in his last phrases. He meant she loved him more than he her. Perhaps he could not love her. Perhaps she had not in herself that which he wanted. It was the deepest motive of her soul, this self-mistrust. It was so deep she dared neither realise nor acknowledge. Perhaps she was deficient. Like an infinitely subtle shame, it kept her always back. If it were so, she would do without him. She would never let herself want him. She would merely see.”
― D.H. Lawrence, Sons and lovers. Lady Chatterley’s lover

“A human being basically could not live alone. I had always thought of one’s soul as an imperfect creature; God had created it that way to allow the need to exist –the need to have relationships with other people in order to always run after the one obsession that had humanity seeking it on regular basis –perfection. Whether that relationship was between family members, friends, co-workers or even a romantic relationship, it was always people’s way to achieve flawlessness since they couldn’t accomplish it on their own.”
― Mariam Maarouf, Rosie

“When I was your age, if a boy behaved badly, one simply scored his name out from one’s dance card.
(Sadie Lancaster – to Lara Lington)”
― Sophie Kinsella, Twenties Girl

“I have never understood why a woman must have a man to take her into dinner.”
― Jude Morgan, Indiscretion

“Guilt is a feeble emotion. It surrenders too easily”
― Deborah McKinlay, The View from Here

“And deep down, she felt like maybe she didn’t deserve it-that she belonged with the petty thieves and guys who drank Pabst Blue Ribbon for breakfast”
― Jennifer McMahon

“For better or for worse, but not for lunch,…”
― Abigail Thomas, A Three Dog Life

“The kiss intimately relates to the most primitive kind of human contact, which can satisfy all of our needs, like: feeding, enjoying pleasure, tasting, wanting, rejecting, everything we associate with love.”
― Mabel Iam

“People frequently point to communication as a problem, because its easy to notice, but usually it is a symptom of an underlying problem with a relationship posture.”
― Roberta M. Gilbert, Extraordinary Relationships

“It had all seemed as inevitable as sunset. Instead it was the beauty of the sun glinting upon the scythe.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“We tried to act familiar, which meant we couldn’t ask the kind of questions that might have helped us figure each other out and year after year the distance grew.”
― Heidi Jon Schmidt, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002

“Two birds went for dating. The male bird was killed and the female bird is being murdered.”
― Santosh Kalwar

“Asking for help with shame says:
You have the power over me.
Asking with condescension says:
I have the power over you.
But asking for help with gratitude says:
We have the power to help each other.”
― Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

“Never hesitate to let the one you love know how you feel. Align your minds, synchronise your hearts and above be fearless when dancing with their souls.”
― Truth Devour, Wantin

“True confidence is not about what you take from someone to restore yourself, but what you give back to your critics because they need it more than you do.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“I hope you outlive me so I never have to know what life is like without you.”
― C.J. English, Affairytale

“Those who make conversations impossible, make escalation inevitable.”
― Stefan Molyneux

“Be real and be unashamed, even of your faults. I do truly know what my husband is made of and vice versa. ”
― Amy Bloom

“What was happening to them was that every bad time produced a bad feeling that in turn produced several more bad times and several more bad feelings, so that their life together became crowded with bad times and bad feelings, so crowded that almost nothing else could grow in that dark field. But then she had a feeling of peace one morning that lingered from the evening before spent sewing while he sat reading in the next room. And a day or two later, she had a feeling of contentment that lingered in the morning from the evening before when he kept her company in the kitchen while she washed the dinner dishes. If the good times increased, she thought, each good time might produce a good feeling that would in turn produce several more good times that would produce several more good feelings. What she meant was that the good times might multiply perhaps as rapidly as the square of the square, or perhaps more rapidly, like mice, or like mushrooms springing up overnight from the scattered spore of a parent mushroom which in turn had sprung up overnight with a crowd of others from the scattered spore of a parent, until her life with him with be so crowded with good times that the good times might crowd out the bad as the bad times had by now almost crowded out the good. ”
― Lydia Davis, Varieties of Disturbance

“To feel aroused is to feel alive. Having great sex is like taking in huge lungfuls of fresh air, essential to your body, essential to your health, and essential to your life.”
― Fiona Thrust, Naked and Sexual

“I had a dream about you. I was a ventriloquist trying to share your fashion secrets, but you wouldn’t talk. So we put on a strip show for the department store sale, and I was arrested for theft – I took away your dignity as a mannequin”
― Bauvard, I Had a Dream About You

“The most empowering relationships are those in which each partner lifts the other to a higher possession of their own being.”
― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Then I met Linda and the sun rose.
I can’t find a better way to express it. The sun rose in my life. At first, as dawn breaking on the horizon, almost as if to say, this is where you have to look. Then came the first rays of sunshine, everything became clearer, lighter, more alive, and I became happier and happier, and then it hung in the sky of my life and shone and shone and shone.”
― Karl Ove Knausgård, Min kamp 2

“That happens a lot with Shakespeare. The women go after what they want; the men wind up suckered into things.”
― Gayle Forman, Just One Day

“Your blessings are very important to melt down the stony hearts.”
― Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power

“The more a woman appreciates the hunting prowess of her man, the more he will kill for her.”
― Michael DiMarco, Cupidity: 50 Stupid Things People Do For Love And How To Avoid Them

“Let’s hope that for every time that we get hurt or break our heart, there is something somewhere being written to make up for it, to make the happiness due even bigger and laughters even merrier, for after all good things must happen to good people.”
― Mansi Soni

“I asked if you was pleased.’
‘Course I’m pleased! You think I’d be mad if I wasn’t pleased?’
‘You don’t make a lick of sense,’ he says, but he is smiling now and he takes a step closer to me.”
― Erin Lindsay McCabe, I Shall be Near to You

“…It’s just nice to see you out from his shadow. Because things don’t grow in the shadows, you know? So it was frustrating to see you standing there…and really cool to see you step out of it. I don’t know who this new guy is, but make sure when you’re with him, you’re not standing in his shadow. Stand where everyone can see you.”
― David Levithan, Another Day

“The fact is unalterable, that a fellow-mortal with whose nature you are acquainted solely through the brief entrances and exits of a few imaginative weeks called courtship, may, when seen in the continuity of married companionship, be disclosed as something better or worse than what you have preconceived, but will certainly not appear altogether the same.”
― George Eliot, Middlemarch

“He should in humility have asked her why it was that he was naturally a cuckold, why two women of different temperaments and characters had been inspired to have lovers at his expense. He should be telling her, with the warmth of her body warming his, that his second wife had confessed to greater sexual pleasure when she remembered that she was deceiving him.”
― William Trevor

“And if insight were sufficient, if the inner life were the whole of life, their happiness has been assured.”
― E.M. Forster

“Life is too short to not kick fear in the ass and allow yourself to love again.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“Women Empowerment Reminder of The Day. Always respect yourself as a woman. You attract what you are, so be very mindful of how you’re representing yourself. If you want respect, you must first learn how to respect yourself, first. Attracting negative attention is never a good thing. Be a woman of substance! Be a woman that both women and men respect, admire, and look up to. Don’t disrespect yourself by lowering your standards and accepting just anything that comes your way. It’s okay to be single! If you want a relationship of substance, you can’t keep entertaining people and things that mean you no good. Think about it! It’s all up to you.”
― Stephanie Lahart

“Eli . . .” I rasped. I lost track of where his kisses landed, where his fingers touched, and grew too comfortable in his arms. “I can’t.”

“You can,” he urged, pulling back and grinding my hips against his. Heat quickly rushed to my cheeks. “I have you. I found you, and I’m not letting you go.”

“You don’t—” Eli’s mouth crashed down on mine, stealing a kiss, and I freakin’ lost it. His mouth was absolutely sinful and there was nothing gentle about him, either. Eli was out for something good and was determined to get it. Euphoria sliced through my drunken haze and I grinned as I kissed him back. When his hands slid up my dress and his tongue pushed past my teeth, I moaned loudly and wrapped my legs around his waist.

Just this. I can do this.

Eli’s fingers inched closer to my panties and I threw my head back against the building to catch my breath.

Oh, my God.

Lights flashed behind my eyes and the red and blue spots showered over me like rain. “I-I have a wedding tomorrow. My friend’s,” I muttered, almost pulling away. To my ears, it didn’t even sound like a coherent sentence.

“Cielo, I don’t really care.” Eli glanced up at me from his place between my flushed breasts and leaned in to suck my bottom lip into his mouth.

“I’m drunk.”

“Good.” His hand beneath my dress tugged and I heard the audible rip of my panties. “So am I.”
― Nadège Richards, 5 Miles

“A relationship will either make the majority of your life happy or miserable. It is important to take your time and make sure that it is a wise choice before making a commitment.”
― Pamela Cummins, Psychic Wisdom on Love and Relationships

“That fist he was raising at me would wham into the cupboard door, hurting only himself. I saw it all happening, then it really did happen. But I didn’t understand the whore thing. Why was he confusing the drinking with the other? Then I got it. Obvious. It was all mixed up for him, all the same thing: the drinking, the other, anything that could make a woman free.”
― David Gates

“Maybe it’s impossible to find everything you want in one person. Maybe everyone in your life gives you certain things you need. And your friends give you the rest of what you can’t get from your boyfriend.”
― Susane Colasanti, Take Me There

“(Her husband’s departure …) had picked Mildred up by the hair and dropped her down at the doorstep of insanity.
From “Butterfly on F street”
― Edward P. Jones

“A while back, when Dick and Barry and I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you are like, Barry proposed the idea of a questionnaire for prospective partners.”
― Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

“Every day I’m convinced that I can’t possibly love you more… and every day I’m proven wrong.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Every specific human being, however, thinks, judges, imagines, wills and expresses himself or herself in a unique, dissimilar, and unrepeatable mode–a mode of unpredictable difference, or otherness, which objectively defies description or delimitation.”
― Christos Yannaras, Relational Ontology

“It’s disconcerting to realize how little you have to say to someone who once occupied such a prominent place in your bed.”
― Sue Grafton, J is for Judgment

“Sometimes I feel like relationships consist of telling your same life stories to different people until someone finally appreciates them.”
― Kate Rockland, Falling Is Like This

“It seemed funny that one day I would go to bed in her arms and the next not feel anything, like a switch had gone off. But no, that wasn’t honest either. This had been building for a long time. Our silences were getting longer. Our arguments more frequent. How do you stay with someone when there are no dreams to build? No purpose to accomplish? No meaning? No meaning —that was the monster that drove us away from one another in the end. Always.”
― Steven L. Peck, A Short Stay in Hell

“You can trust everyone to be human, with all the quirks and inconsistencies we humans display, including disloyalty, dishonesty and downright treachery. We are all capable of the entire range of human behavior, given the circumstances, from absolute saintliness to abject depravity. Trusting someone to limit their sphere of action to one narrow band on the spectrum is idealistic and will inevitably lead to disappointment.
On the other hand, you can decide to trust that everyone is doing their best according to their particular stage of development, and to give everyone their appropriate berth. For this to work, you have to trust yourself to make and have made the right choices that will lead you on the path to your healthy growth. You have to trust yourself to come through every experience safely and enriched. But don’t trust what I am saying. Listen and then decide for yourself. Does this information sit easily in your belly? You know when you trust yourself around someone because your belly feels settled and your heart feels warm.”
― Stephen Russell, Barefoot Doctor’s Guide to the Tao: A Spiritual Handbook for the Urban Warrior

“Even after centuries of human interacting, children still continue to rebel against their parents and siblings. Young marrieds look upon their in-laws and parents as obstacles to their independence and growth. Parents view their children as selfish ingrates. Husbands desert their wives and seek greener fields elsewhere. Wives form relationships with heroes of soap operas who vicariously bring excitement and romance into their empty lives. Workers often hate their bosses and co-workers and spend miserable hours with them, day after day. On a larger scale, management cannot relate with labour. Each accuses the other of unreasonable self-interests and narrow-mindedness. Religious groups often become entrapped, each in a provincial dogma resulting in hate and vindictiveness in the name of God. Nations battle blindly, under the shadow of the world annihilation, for the realization of their personal rights. Members of these groups blame rival groups for their continual sense of frustration, impotence, lack of progress and communication. We have obviously not learned much over the years. We have not paused long enough to consider the simple truth that we humans are not born with particular attitudinal sets regarding other persons, we are taught into them. We are the future generation’s teachers. We are, therefore, the perpetrators of the confusion and alienation we abhor and which keeps us impotent in finding new alternatives. It is up to us to diligently discover new solutions and learn new patterns of relating, ways more conducive to growth, peace, hope and loving coexistence. Anything that is learned can be unlearned and relearned. In this process called change lies our real hope.”
― Leo Buscaglia, Loving Each Other

“Evaluating the benefits and drawbacks of any relationship is your responsibility. You do not have to passively accept what is brought to you. You can choose.”
― Deborah Day

“That chain of relationships made me think of how connections are made–you read a book, you meet a person, you have a single experience, and your life is changed in some way. No act, therefore, however small, should be dismissed or ignored.”
― Howard Zinn, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times

“It struck her all at once that dealing with other human beings was an awful lot of work.”
― Anne Tyler, Back When We Were Grownups

“Bloody men are like bloody buses —
You wait for about a year
And as soon as one approaches your stop
Two or three others appear.

You look at them flashing their indicators,
Offering you a ride.
You’re trying to read the destinations,
You haven’t much time to decide.

If you make a mistake, there is no turning back.
Jump off, and you’ll stand there and gaze
While the cars and the taxis and lorries go by
And the minutes, the hours, the days.”
― Wendy Cope, Serious Concerns

“عقدة أوديب”
مرحلة في تطور الطفل بين ثلاث سنوات إالى ست سنوات تتميز برغبة الطفل في الاستئثار بأمه، لكنه يصطدم بواقع أنها ملك لأبيه، مما يجعل الطفل في هذه المرحلة من تطوره التي تمتد من السن الثالثة إلى التاسعة يحمل شعورا متناقضا تجاه أبيه: يكرهه ويحبه في آن واحد جراء المشاعر الإيجابية التي يشمل بها الأب ابنه. تجد عقدة أوديب حلها عادة في تماهي الطفل مع أبيه. لان الطفل لا يستطيع ان يقاوم الاب وقوته فانه يمتص قوانين الاب وهنا ياتى تمثل عادات وافكار وقوانين الاب في قالب فكرى لدى الطفل يرى فرويد أن السمات الأساسية لشخصية الطفل تتحدد في هذه الفترة بالذات التي تشكل جسر مرور للصغير من طور الطبيعة إلى الثقافة، لأنه بتعذر امتلاكه الأم يكتشف أحد مكونات القانون متمثلا في قاعدة منع زنا المحارم.

لهذه العقدة رواية أنثوية إن جاز التعبير، يسميها فرويد بعقدة إلكترا تجتاز فيها الطفلة التجربة نفسها، لكن الميل يكون تجاه أبيها. كما للعقدة نفسها عند فرويد رواية جماعية تتمثل في أسطورة اغتيال الأب التي يعتبرها منشأ للعقائد والأديان والفنون والحضارة عموما.”
― سيغموند فرويد

“In choosing a mate, don’t pick the tallest and most handsome or the most beautiful. Don’t choose one just because that person raises your physical passions. Look for the person who is good from within, the one with substance and worth.”
― Helen Quist Milligan

“Her violence frightened me. She always claimed that I was the jealous one, and I was often jealous, but when I saw things working against me I simply became disgusted and withdrew. Lydia was different. She reacted. She was the Head Cheerleader at the Game of Violence.”
― Charles Bukowski, Women

“It’s like the old question, “Do you lock your house to keep people out, or to protect what’s inside?” Should a person act modestly and dress modestly in order to prevent intrusion from the outside, undesirable things from happening, or to preserve and maintain what is inside: the delicate and sensitive ability to have and maintain an intimate relationship.”
― Manis Friedman, Doesn’t Anyone Blush Anymore: Love, Marriage and the Art of Intimacy

“Loving relationships, though necessary for life, health, and growth, are among the most complicated skills. Before we can be successful at achieving relationships, it is necessary that we broaden our understanding of how they work, what they mean and how what we do and believe can enhance or destroy them. We can accomplish this only if we are willing to put in the energy and take the time to study failed relationships as well as examine successful ones. Loving relationships cannot be taken lightly. Unless we are looking for pain, they must not be forever approached in a trial and error fashion. Too many of us have experienced the cost of these lackadaisical approaches in terms of tears, confusion and guilt.”
― Leo Buscaglia, Loving Each Other

“Friendship is not by force but by choice.
You can never please everybody, he who aims to please everybody will end up pleasing nobody.”
― Stella Oladiran, Winning Formulas

“I went to bed without reading, instead staring out my window with the curtains drawn, wondering about boys. Why did they behave so oddly? One minute their teasing was relentless, and then bam! — they’d stun you with a thoughtful gesture. Either way, their actions made you want to cry. Maybe that was the intent.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Dandelions: The Disappearance of Annabelle Fancher

“Yes,” said Mamma, “this is the worst of life, that love does not give us common sense but is a sure way of losing it. We love people, and we say that we are going to do more for them than friendship, but it makes such fools of us that we do far less, indeed sometimes what we do could be mistaken for the work of hatred.”
― Rebecca West, The Fountain Overflows

“Relationships unlock certain parts of who we are supposed to be.”
― Donald Miller

“A real relationship doesn’t properly begin until the NRE burns away. That’s when you have to start dealing with this person as an all-around human being, replete with irritating little habits. When disillusion sets in, love can begin.”
― Anthony D. Ravenscroft, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful: An Introduction on Polyamory

“When your tears become invisible, disappear”
― Benny Bellamacina

“Strong relationships come from well-bonded friendships.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett

“We must admit that simply knowing the contents of the Bible is not a sure route to spiritual growth. There is an aweful assumption in evangelical churches that if we can just get the Word of God into people’s heads, then the Spirit of God will apply it to their hearts. That assumption is aweful, not because the Spirit never does what the assumption supposes, but because it excused pastors and leaders from the responsibility to tangle with people’s lives. Many remain safely hidden behind pulpits, hopelessly out of touch with the struggles of their congregations, proclaiming the Scriptures with a pompous accuracy that touches no one. Pulpits should provide bridges, not barriers, to life-changing relationships.”
― Larry Crabb, Inside Out

“Sound crazy? It may well be, but it is precisely in relationships of intimacy that your craziness (and mine) will be hardest to conceal. p.215”
― Stephanie Dowrick, Intimacy and Solitude: Balancing Closeness and Independence

“There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be with someone.”
“There is when your only reason is the being, not the someone.”
― Jet Mykles

“If you stay in the company of anger, pain, or hurt, happiness will find someone else to visit.”
― Kristen Crockett, The Gift of Past Relationships

“Never enter relationships. Otherwise, suffer the pains that come with it. Enjoy your individuality while you can.”
― Arnold Arre, After Eden

“(In reference to swingers) In the meantime, if you wish to declare yourself polyamorous, get used to the fact that the confusion is gong to remain as a pejorative. Sure, clear up the misunderstanding as much as you can, but don’t put too much effort into setting yourself up as a “good”, responsible, community-oriented polyamorist by contrasting yourself to the “bad” swingers – they may not be your siblings, but they’re definitely your cousins.”
― Anthony D. Ravenscroft, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful: An Introduction on Polyamory

“You are set free whenever you love—even those who believe you’re crazy.”
― Jef Murray, Seer: A Wizard’s Journal

“She is my friend, and there is nothing you can say or do that can stop me from helping her.”
― Peter G. Nogel

“Hmm. Relationships between fathers and sons can be notoriously difficult, especially for two men who are as different as you and your father are.”
“Yes, and he’s also the king–that makes our relationship impossible.”
― Lynn Austin, Gods and Kings

“Yet even in the loneliness of the canyon I knew there were others like me who had brothers they did not understand but wanted to help. We are probably those referred to as “our brother’s keepers,” possessed of one of the oldest and possible one of the most futile and certainly one of the most haunting instincts. It will not let us go.”
― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

“What the trees can do handsomely-greening and flowering, fading and then the falling of leaves-human beings cannot do with dignity, let alone without pain.”
― Martha Gellhorn

“~Do you like him much?
~I told you I like him a little. Where is the use of caring for him so very much? He is full of faults.
~Is he?
~All boys are.
~More than girls?
~Very likely. Wise people say it is folly to think anyboy perfect, and as to likes and diskiles, we should be friendly to all, and worship none.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Villette

“We can’t talk about it, or I know she won’t so I don’t even try, but it’s what goes unsaid between people tat builds up like masonry. You have to either knock the bricks out with other things, or let them keep stacking until eventually you are alone in a room.”
― Justin Taylor

“When one has let go of that great hidden agenda that drives humanity and its varied histories, then one can begin to encounter the immensity of one’s own soul. If we are courageous enough to say, “Not this person, nor any other, can ultimately give me what I want; only I can,” then we are free to celebrate a relationship for what it can give.”
― James Hollis, Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other

“He told me that from now on, everything I did and everything he did was of the utmost importance: any word spoken, the slightest gesture, would take on a meaning, and everything that happened between us would change us continually. ‘For that reason,’he said,’I wish I were able to suspend time at this moment and keep things exactly at this point, because I feel this instant is a true beginning. We have a definite but unknown quantity of experience at our disposal. As soon as the hourglass is turned, the sand will begin to run out and once it starts, it cannot stop until it’s all gone. That’s why I wish I could hold it back at the start. We should make a minimum of gestures, pronounce a minimum of words, even see each other as seldom as possible, if that would prolong things. We don’t know how much of everything we have ahead of us so we have to take the greatest precautions not to destroy the beauty of what we have. Everything exists in limited quantity-especially happiness. If a love is to come into being, it is all written down somewhere, and also its duration and content. If you could arrive at the complete intensity the first day, it would be ended the first day. And so if it’s something you want so much that you’d like to have it prolonged in time, you must be extremely careful not to make the slightest excessive demand that might prevent it from developing to the greatest extent over the longest period…If the wings of the butterfly are to keep their sheen, you mustn’t touch them. We mustn’t abuse something which is to bring light into both our lives. Everything else in my life only weighs me down and shuts out the light. This thing wih you seems like a window that is opening up. I want it to remain open…”
― Françoise Gilot, Life with Picasso

“How can I expect readers to know who I am if I do not tell them about my family, my friends, the relationships in my life? Who am I if not where I fit in the world, where I fit in the lives of the people dear to me?”
― Rabih Alameddine, I, The Divine: A Novel in First Chapters

“Instructions For Wayfarers

They will declare: Every journey has been taken.
You shall respond: I have not been to see myself.
They will insist: Everything has been spoken.
You shall reply: I have not had my say.

They will tell you: Everything has been done.
You shall reply: My way is not complete.

You are warned: Any way is long, any way is hard.
Fear not. You are the gate – you, the gatekeeper.
And you shall go through and on . . .

—Alexandros Evangelou Xenopouloudakis,
THIRD WISH”
― Robert Fulghum, Robert Fulghum Boxed Set

“I couldn’t take much more of this. Being the object two men competed for wasn’t as glamorous as it sounded in the movies. The two men who both wanted one hundred percent of my time weren’t dashing, international playboys. They were undead and surprisingly immature, considering the youngest was just over a hundred years old.”
― Jenny Trout, Ashes to Ashes

“You do not get what you wish for, unless it be known to the source of your desire.”
― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

“He mentioned the connection between us. He identified with me. These are the things that many people want to hear, that most “normal” people want to be able to truthfully say, but almost no one can.”
― Rasmenia Massoud, Human Detritus

“The early church was strikingly different from the culture around it in this way – the pagan society was stingy with its money and promiscuous with its body. A pagan gave nobody their money and practically gave everybody their body. And the Christians came along and gave practically nobody their body and they gave practically everybody their money.”
― Timothy J. Keller

“But then you hear that he can’t hear you, you see that he can’t see you. You are not here–and you haven’t even died yet. You see yourself through his eyes, as The Generic Woman, the skirted symbol on the ladies’ room door.”
― Melissa Bank, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing

“…workplace dynamics are no less complicated or unexpectedly intense than family relations, with only the added difficulty that whereas families are at least well-recognised and sanctioned loci for hysteria reminiscent of scenes from Medea, office life typically proceeds behind a mask of shallow cheerfulness, leaving workers grievously unprepared to handle the fury and sadness continually aroused by their colleagues.”
― Alain de Botton, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

“Betsy hadn’t had sex, actual; sex-sex, full sex, in two hundred and fifty-three days. She decided on her thirty-seventh birthday that she wouldn’t sleep with anyone unless it was in the context of a committed relationship which had some sort of future, and she was only gradually coming to the realization of what happens when a woman her age makes a decision like that: she never has sex again.”
― Sarah Dunn, Secrets to Happiness

“It takes two to have a fight.”
― Roberta M. Gilbert, Extraordinary Relationships: A New Way of Thinking about Human Interactions

“Katie says, “You can’t choose the time and place the when and where with whom you fall in love.”

She says, “It just happens like that weird feeling you get right before you fall asleep when you gasp in surprise because your muscles just relaxed and you feel like you are falling.”

She says, “Marcie, you shouldn’t worry about it — give it time to actually happen.”

I guess —

I worry that I won’t do it right.
That it’ll be the wrong time, the wrong place, the wrong person.”
― Sarah Tregay

“But I do not know what to tell myself. Stuart needs “space” and “time,” as if this were physics and not a human relationship.”
― Kathryn Stockett

“I didn’t want to pick at Micah and me until we unraveled. I wanted to leave it alone and enjoy it. I just didn’t know how to do that.”
― Laurell K. Hamilton, Micah

“Don’t be too busy climbing the ladder of success and forget your most cherished relationships (friends, family, spouse, etc). EnjoyLife!”
― Bernard Kelvin Clive

“If you worked out enough, maybe the man would too. Maybe you would be able to work it out together, as if the two of you were a puzzle that could be solved; otherwise, one of you, most likely the man, taking his addictive body with him and leaving you with bad withdrawal, which you could counteract by exercise. If you didn’t work it out it was because one of you had the wrong attitude.”
― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

“It is 10 PM now, and Godzilla has been sitting at his desk in front of his laptop for six to seven hours. He has accomplished hardly anything today. Godzilla is drinking a lot of beer. He can not stop smoking cigarettes. His room is blue with cigarette smoke, and Godzilla sits on a chair in there, minimizing and maximizing Mozilla Firefox repeatedly. He is not over his girlfriend’s house because she said on the cell phone that she needed time, alone, to think about their relationship. Godzilla worries that he will not be able to take care of himself if they break up.”
― Brandon Scott Gorrell

“In the mainstream, with its illusion of unlimited relational possibilities, we can counter dissatisfaction in relationships by simply moving on in search of the “right people.” But community…demands we cultivate friendships with people we might not choose ordinarily. Founding friendship on commitment rather than “chemistry” often requires adjustment…At the end of the day, however, we have found that any loss of chemistry in relationships is more than made up for with gains in meaning.”
― Jose Panate-Aceves and John Hayes

“most men know what they hate; few what they love”
― Charles Caleb Colton

“She knew breaking up with Ethan was going to be a full-time job because being in a relationship with him had also been a full-time job.”
― Richard Finney, Kicky-Wicky

“This is what we do. Not so much argue as joust, in jest. We can’t stop pushing and pulling the taffy of words and concepts.”
― Larry Duberstein, The Twoweeks

“For me, it´s sloth,” I say. “Hedonistic sloth and escapism.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“She re-read his email four times, feeling offended and breathless, like he had casually grabbed her head and stuffed it into a pile of wet leaves.”
― Molly Ringle, The Ghost Downstairs

“Mom has the Touch. She knows what flowers go with what occasions, what hors d’oeuvres work with what people. She believes passionately in the power of food to heal, restore, and stimulate relationships, and she has built a following of loyal customers who really hope she’s right. If she’s wrong, says Sonia, no one wants to know.”
― Joan Bauer, Thwonk

“The golden rule of business is supply and demand. I venture to say that this is also the rule of happiness. When a balance is achieved between our desires and another’s willingness to satisfy them, the result is a sympathetic, mutually rewarding relationship. (…) a thriving economy of love.’ – character Mike Lambeth”
― Caroline Adderson, Sitting Practice: A Novel

“Some of the most beautiful things we have in life comes from our mistakes.”
― Surgeo Bell

“This is one of the marks of a truly safe person: they are confrontable.”
― Henry Cloud, Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren’t

“They can talk shit about each other behind the others’ backs, but when it comes down to it, money is the one true race and everyone down here is the color of greenbacks and as tall as mountains.”
― Richard Kadrey, Kill the Dead

“In some ways, we will always be different. In other ways, we will always be the same. There is always room to disagree and blame, just as there is always room to take a new perspective and empathize. Understanding is a choice.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“There are persons whom in my heart I despise, others I abhor. Yet I am not obliged to inform the one of my contempt, nor the other of my detestation. This kind of dissimulation…is a necessary branch of wisdom, and so far from being immoral…that it is a duty and a virtue.”
― John Adams

“Argumentation is a human enterprise that is embedded in a larger social and psychological context. This context includes (1) the total psyches of the two persons engaged in dialogue, (2) the relationship between the two persons, (3) the immediate situation in which they find themselves and (4) the larger social, cultural and historical situation surrounding them.”
― Peter Kreeft, Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics

“As important as your obligations as a doctor, lawyer or business leader will be, you are a human being first. And these human connections with spouse, with children and with friends are the most important investments you will ever make. At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child or a parent. One thing will never change. Fathers and Mothers, if you have children, they must come first. You must read to your children, you must hug your children and you must love your children…. Your success as a family, our success as a society depends not what happens at the White House, but what happens inside YOUR house.”
― Barbara Bush

“He didn’t take any of my shit. I needed that.”
― C.J. English, Affairytale

“Being single is definitely better than being with the wrong person”
― Hassan Choughari

“Loving you was like jumping into the dark side of a pool, and drowning.”
― Lori Jenessa Nelson

“Judging Natalie as my mother had judged me was, I felt like telling her son, just my ass-backward way of showing love. I’d spent my life trying to translate that language, and now I realized I had come to speak it fluently. When was it that you realized the thread woven through your DNA carried the relationship deformities of your blood relatives as much as it did their diabetes and bone density? ”
― Alice Sebold, The Almost Moon

“I am a diamond in the rut. A diamond to an untrained eye looks like a rock stone. So men will kick it around on the ground. It takes a man with an expert eye for fine Jewelry to notice its worth. Do not feel bad when men treat you like the little boys in Africa who gave away stones in exchange for candy. The hungry boys thought they were getting something better but had exchange wealth for a sugar high. Some men will do that. Exchange a valuable woman for the transient high of another. The boys didn’t know better and so do some of these men. They don’t know your worth.”
― Crystal Evans, Ten Things Your Mother Should Have Told You about Dating

“What you reject today, you could accept tomorrow. And what you accept today, you could reject tomorrow. Never say never unless you can predict the future.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Relationships are steppingstones for the evolution of our consciousness. Each interaction we have, be it one of joy or contrast, allows us to learn more about who we are and what we want in this lifetime. They bring us into greater alignment…as long as we continue to move forward and do not get attached to hurt, anger, or being a victim.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“Making someone feel obligated, pressured or forced into doing something of a sexual nature that they don’t want to is sexual coercion. This includes persistent attempts at sexual contact when the person has already refused you. Nobody owes you sex, ever; and no means no, always.”
― Miya Yamanouchi, Embrace Your Sexual Self: A Practical Guide for Women

“Look for the positive qualities in your client’s negative behavior.”
― Marilyn Suttle

“For the first time in my life, I felt the pain of missing people I had not yet left.”
― Justin Cronin, The City of Mirrors

“Friendship happens when the distance between the hearts tends to zero.”
― Amit Ray, World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird

“The engineer’s ready capitulation, however, did not hide from the poet’s mother the sad realization that the adventure into which she had plunged so impulsively–and which had seemed so intoxicatingly beautiful–had no turned out to be the great, mutually fulfilling love she was convinced she had a full right to expect. Her father was the owner of two prosperous Prague pharmacies, and her morality was based on strict give-and-take. For her part, she had invested everything in love (she had even been willing to sacrifice her parents and their peaceful existence); in turn, she had expected her partner to invest an equal amount of capital of feelings in the common account. To redress the imbalance, she gradually withdrew her emotional deposit and after the wedding presented a proud, severe face to her husband.”
― Milan Kundera, Life is Elsewhere

“Accept that what you see is what you’ll get. Once your relationship becomes firmly established, your partner’s personality and the way in which [he or] she treats you will most likely be what your future together will look like. Staying with a partner whom you hope will change usually results in disappointment.”
― Mary C. Lamia, The White Knight Syndrome: Rescuing Yourself from Your Need to Rescue Others

“S’il n y a pas de rapport sexuel c’est que l’Autre est d’une autre race.”
― Jacques Lacan

“If there’s one person in the world you should be with, there must be one person in the world you shouldn’t be with.”
― Amy Zhang, This Is Where the World Ends

“Finally, Carol said in a tone of hopelessness, “Darling, can I ask you to forgive me?”
The tone hurt Therese more than the question. “I love you, Carol.”
“But do you see what it means?”
― Patricia Highsmith, The Price of Salt

“There is the purity of love, harmonious in every way, but not meant for a lifetime, and then there is the steady love of commitment – no less real but completely different. She had both.”
― Donna Lynn Hope

“Even a friendship needs an effort from both sides, how can we expect a relationship to work from the effort of one..!!

It should be a true-hearted commitment from both involve.”
― Akansh Malik, Love Heals Everything

“Baths, she thought, were just like her relationships, all “ooh, ah” in the beginning and then suddenly, without warning, she had to get out, out, out!”
― Liane Moriarty, Three Wishes

“Love is being able to view a situation without adding duality to it.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“I like the disaster of the night sky, stars spilling this way and that as if they were upturned from a glass. I like the way good madness feels. I like the way laughter always spills. That’s the word for it. It never just comes, it spills. I like the word ‘again’. Again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again. I like the quiet sound a coffee cup makes when it’s set down on a wooden table. So hushed. So inviting. Like morning light yawning through the window and stretching out onto the kitchen floor. I like the way girls’ lips look like they’re stained with berries. I like the way morning light breaks like a prism through the empty wine bottles on our dusty apartment floor. Glasses empty except for the midnight hour. I like the way blueberries stain my fingers during the summer. I like the way light hits your eyes and turns it into a color that doesn’t exist anywhere else other than in this moment. I want it all. I want the breeze to call my name as it rushes down my street, looking for me. I want to feel grass underneath my bare feet and I want to feel the sun kiss freckles onto my cheeks. I want to hear you yell hello as you make your way towards me, not goodbye as you have to go.

That’s just a little bit about me.”
― Marlen Komar, Ugly People Beautiful Hearts

“In a sudden and soundless eruption, as if he has fallen into a waking dream, a stream of images pours down, images of women he has known on two continents, some from so far away in time that he barely recognizes them. Like leaves blown on the wind, pell-mell, they pass before him. A fair field full of folk: hundreds of lives all tangled with his. He holds his breath, willing the vision to continue.

What has happened to them, all those women, all those lives? Are there moments when they too, or some of them, are plunged without warning into the ocean of memory? The German girl: is it possible that at this very instant she is remembering the man who picked her up on the roadside in Africa and spent the night with her?

Enriched: that was the word the newspapers picked on to jeer at. A stupid word to let slip, under the circumstances, yet now, at this moment, he would stand by it. By Melanie, by the girl in Touws River; by Rosalind, Bev Shaw, Soraya: by each of them he was enriched, and by the others too, even the least of them, even the failures. Like a flower blooming in his breast, his heart floods with thankfulness.”
― J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace

“I lean against my sister’s shoulder. “I thought lightning wasn’t supposed to strike in the same place twice.”

“Sure it does,” Izzy tells me. “But only if you’re too dumb to move.”
― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

“I love being aroused.
I relish that delicious feeling of freedom, the delirium of being naked, and my flesh being born again.
It’s like I’m being made new.”
― Fiona Thrust, Naked and Sexual

“Even “meant to be” takes work.”
― Donna Lynn Hope

“If you have time to whine then you have time to find solution.”
― Dee Dee Artner

“Some women marry houses.”
― Anne Sexton

“I got an image in my head that never got out. We see a great many things and can remember a great many things, but that is different. We get very few of the true images in our heads of the kind I am talking about, the kind that become more and more vivid for us as if the passage of the years did not obscure their reality but, year by year, drew off another veil to expose a meaning which we had only dimly surmised at first. Very probably the last veil will not be removed, for there are not enough years, but the brightness of the image increases and our conviction increases that the brightness is meaning, or the legend of meaning, and without the image our lives would be nothing except an old piece of film rolled on a spool and thrown into a desk drawer among the unanswered letters.”
― Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men

“Love life comes last in my life. I put real life first.”
― Cyc Jouzy

“12% of people marry because they are completely in love. 88% of people marry just so they are then liable for only half of their rent.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“It was the impatience of the way he tore my panties from my body, that really turned me on: I was all he could think of, as his lust got the better of him.

I glanced back, and saw the underwear torn and discarded, a little strip of thin black material on the floor, and thought, Yes, this is the kind of impatient sex I’m looking for.

The way they looked so small, and cruelly forgotten, was a beautiful symbol of how much we both needed to satisfy our lusts.”
― Fiona Thrust, Naked and Sexual

“If a boy doesn’t respect his mother…run!”
― Tracy Yates, Suzy Freaking Q: The Defintive Renegade High School Handbook on What to Say and What to Do about Guys, Friends, Parents and More.

“Sometimes we can focus so much on nothing that we make it a big something of nothing”
― Ricky Maye, An Emerging Spirituality

“Adversity is a mirage. People, situations, and relationships sometimes change for the worst but inevitably clear a path for far better replacements. The continued journey will always find bliss.”
― Carl Henegan

“If you have nothing in common with the person you are dating and his parents hate you and your friends hate him, this is not romantic; it’s a bad idea.”
― Amy E. Spiegel, Letting Go of Perfect: Women, Expectations, and Authenticity

“There’s this total manwhore phenomenon happening, where even the geeks are player now. It’s like Manhattan is this giant playground and guys want to keep playing forever.”
― Susane Colasanti, Take Me There

“It’s one thing to say you think someone “hung the moon” but that generally means you are blind and deluded, and then the relationship fails because they say you changed, when really, they never saw you at all…The real test is if someone sees all your flaws or blemishes or individual differences, and they still think you hung the moon.”
― Kelli Jae Baeli

“Nakajima’s past would always be there, so the foundation could crumble at any moment. That’s what happens, I realized, when people destroy other people.”
― Banana Yoshimoto, The Lake

“Strangers will show you the way

But a true friend will escort you,

to your destination.

1st November, 2006”
― Tushar Mangl

“I don’t know what to say to fill the silence. I don’t know how to fix this. It seems wrong to leave him, but I have to. There’s no compromise, no alternative. Things just weren’t meant to be, which seems like a pansy-ass thing to say, until it happens to you.”
― H.M. Ward, The Arrangement 8: The Ferro Family

“It is not always a problem finding the truth, it is however sometimes a problem accepting it.”
― sunny-drunk

“Different people have different ways of defining, living and maintaining relationships. Your way is not the only right way, it is merely your way. As far as right way is concerned, there isn’t any. It is all about different opinions and perceptions.”
― Arti Honrao

“All I know is that the closer I get to God, the deeper I get into the Bible, and the heavier the burden seems on my shoulders.”
― Tim LaHaye, Tribulation Force

“But even so, I wondered–how well do we really ever know someone?”
― Beth Hoffman, Looking for Me

“What I want to impart through our correspondence is that no matter what anyone may be going through, here’s the thing: If you love each other, and if your relationship is worth the pain or the hardship, stay with it. The extraordinary treasure of sharing another person’s life is one of the most gratifying experiences of being a human being.”
― Lorri Davis, Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row

“Could it possibly be that he yearned for some of the same things she yearned for? Love. Someone to call your own. Someone to share the joys and the sorrows of life.”
― Dorothy Garlock, Sins of Summer

“I had a dream about you. We were ice fishing in my freezer. I caught a few cold beers, and you wondered if we should drink them, or throw them back because they were babies.
”
― Dora J. Arod, I Had a Dream About You

“males conspicuously leaving their mark to let others know where they weren’t welcome.”
― Jodi Picoult, Picture Perfect

“My brother, Langston, said, “Lily, you don’t understand because you’ve never been in love. If you had a boyfriend, you’d understand.” Langston has a new boyfriend and all I understand from that is a sorry state of co-dependence.”
― Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

“I had a dream about you. You were wearing Sylvester Stallone’s sneer as pants, but his lips were saggy on your legs, so you had to wear a mustache as a belt.
”
― Dora J. Arod, I Had a Dream About You

“You know what she’s made of.”
“Yeah, good stock, good breeding, a hard head and a hunger to win.” She flashed him a smile as they approached the kitchen door. “I’ve been told that describes me. I’m half Irish, Brian, I was born stubborn.”
“No arguing with that. A person might make the world a calmer place for others by being passive, but you don’t get very far in it yourself, do you?”
“Look at that. We have a foundation of agreement. Now tell me you like spaghetti and meatballs.”
“It happens to be a favorite of mine.”
“That’s handy. Mine, too. And I heard a rumor that’s what’s for dinner.” She reached for the doorknob, then caught him off guard by brushing a light kiss over his lips. “And since we’ll be joining my parents, it would probably be best if you didn’t imagine me naked for the next couple of hours.”
She sailed in ahead of him, leaving Brian helplessly and utterly aroused.”
― Nora Roberts, Irish Rebel

“Relationships should be like glass …. No matter who sees from what angel …. It should be transparent”
― Adil Adam Memon

“I had a dream about you. You looked like you, but you also looked like a mannequin. And I looked like me, but I also looked like a mannequin. Between the two of us, we were too fake even for Hollywood. And as such, we were forced to reside in Washington DC.
”
― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, I Had a Dream About You

“You have to be quite heavily invested in someone to do them the honour of telling them you’re annoyed with them.”
― Alain de Botton

“… the best way of killing a rose is to force it open when it is still only the promise of a bud.”
― José Saramago, The Cave

“Something snapped inside her. “Of course I’m afraid! Relationships do bad things to me.” He started to respond, but the pain had gone on long enough, and she didn’t want to hear it. “You know what I want? I want peace. I want a good job and a decent place to live. I want to read books and listen to music and have time to make some female friendships that are going to last. When I wake up in the morning, I want to know that I have a decent shot at being happy. And here’s what’s really sad. Until I met you, I was almost there.”
― Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Ain’t She Sweet

“Give her the continent and she wanted the hemisphere.”
― Anthony Kiedis, Scar Tissue

“The best foundation for relationships to grow, flourish, and succeed is a deep-rooted friendship.”
― Jonathan Anthony Burkett, Friends 2 Lovers: The Unthinkable

“A certain amount of volatility and drama can me healthy and keep things fun and interesting if you’re willing at any moment during a fight to say, ‘This means nothing. I love you, let’s forget about it.”
― Anthony Kiedis, Scar Tissue

“Conflict can and should be handled constructively; when it is, relationships benefit. Conflict avoidance is *not* the hallmark of a good relationship. On the contrary, it is a symptom of serious problems and of poor communication.”
― Harriet B. Braiker, Who’s Pulling Your Strings? How to Break the Cycle of Manipulation and Regain Control of Your Life

“Tenderness emerges from the fact that the two persons, longing, as all individuals do, to overcome the separateness and isolation to which we are all heir because we are individuals, can participate in a relationship that, for the moment, is not of two isolated selves but a union”
― Rollo May

“Being honest in a relationship is at times exceedingly difficult and painful. Yet the moment a person evades the truth, central fibers of the self pull away and the person initiates a process of deception – a way of manipulating the other person by preventing the person from discovering “real thoughts and real feelings”
― Clark Mustakas

“This is the list you carry in your pocket, of the things you plan to say to Kay, when you find him, if you find him:

1. I’m sorry that I forgot to water your ferns while you were away that time.
2. When you said that I reminded you of your mother, was that a good thing?
3. I never really liked your friends all that much.
4. None of my friends ever really liked you.
5. Do you remember when the cat ran away, and I cried and cried and made you put up posters, and she never came back? I wasn’t crying because she didn’t come back. I was crying because I’d taken her to the woods, and I was scared she’d come back and tell you what I’d done, but I guess a wolf got her, or something. She never liked me anyway.
6. I never liked your mother.
7. After you left, I didn’t water your plants on purpose. They’re all dead.
8. Goodbye.
9. Were you ever really in love with me?
10. Was I good in bed, or just average?
11. What exactly did you mean, when you said that it was fine that I had put on a little weight, that you thought I was even more beautiful, that I should go ahead and eat as much as I wanted, but when I weighed myself on the bathroom scale, I was exactly the same weight as before, I hadn’t gained a single pound?
12. So all those times, I’m being honest here, every single time, and anyway I don’t care if you don’t believe me, I faked every orgasm you ever thought I had. Women can do that, you know. You never made me come, not even once.
13. So maybe I’m an idiot, but I used to be in love with you.
14. I slept with some guy, I didn’t mean to, it just kind of happened. Is that how it was with you? Not that I’m making any apologies, or that I’d accept yours, I just want to know.
15. My feet hurt, and it’s all your fault.
16. I mean it this time, goodbye.”
― Kelly Link, Stranger Things Happen

“Because, Jack, you volunteered to be taken down into eternal torment in place of her. This is the absolute minimum (unless I’m mistaken) that any female requires from her man.”
― Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver

“Definition of a relationship – an enduring, mutually-agreed upon connection or union, which fulfills certain needs of the individuals involved and the society in which they live.”
― Leo Buscaglia, Loving Each Other

“did you ever think the reason you haven’t found the right man is because it’s not your time? Sometimes God kets bad things happen to us as a sign that something is not right. He also does it to make us stronger. God got a plan for you, and you gotta stop fighting it. Focus on YOU, and let God lead that man to you.”
― Braya Spice, Dear Drama

“I shall now explain my plan. You may then speak, but only to amend the detail. The broad outline is not subject to negotiation. Are you ready? Good … I propose to have sex with you. I believe it will be excellent sex. Your obedience on one particular issue of timing it will be required to make it unforgettable sex. I will explain that issue as we go. At the moment, I wish to hear your inevitable objection to the general sex part of this plan.”
― Nick Harkaway, Angelmaker

“How we perceive, feel about and respond to people and situations is far more guided by the lessons of early childhood than we would like to believe. We may be adults, chronologically and physically, but too often the youngest parts of our personality are invisibly, yet actively, living our lives.”
― Charlette Mikulka, Peace in the Heart and Home: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Creating a Better Life for You and Your Loved Ones

“Love will never let you down, if you don’t give it up”
― Benny Bellamacina

“Once,” Fran says, settling against the worktable, folding her arms, “I knew this kid who very bravely and bossily came out of the closet when she was only fourteen years old. She told me then that we can’t choose who we love. We just love the people we love, no mattter what anyone else might want for us. Wasn’t that you?”
― Madeleine George, The Difference Between You and Me

“Remember, that choosing to stay on the ground is a choice to facilitate a relationship, to honor it. You don’t play a game or color a picture with a child to show your superiority. Rather, you choose to limit yourself so as to facilitate and honor that relationship… It is not about winning and losing, but about love and respect.”
― William Paul Young, The Shack

“Honor your relationships by developing listening skills.”
― Allan Lokos, Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living

“A relationship could be a place to hide too.”
― Deb Caletti, The Story of Us

“One of the most astounding dynamics in human relationships is how the unconscious intuition of our brain’s right hemisphere is able to act as radar to find us just the right person to provoke and recreate our childhood attachment relationship …I’ve given much thought to the question of why we are designed to be drawn -like a moth to a flame- to the very person who is most likely to resurrect all our childhood anguish. It seems like a cruel hoax to play on two wounded souls.”
― Charlette Mikulka, Peace in the Heart and Home: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Creating a Better Life for You and Your Loved Ones

“I read once that sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks ahead.”
― Sandra Steffen, Come Summer

“Polyamorous people are wary of having others’ values inflicted upon themselves, and so tend to stay very far away from making such pronouncements, to the point that they will actively ignore predatory behavior that is affecting their own “community.”
― Anthony D. Ravenscroft, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful: An Introduction on Polyamory

“In a culture of diversity, one group is likely not “just like everyone else.” To deny that we have different needs, concerns, thought processes, worldview, is to refuse to look at the reason we are supposedly an identifiable community.”
― Anthony D. Ravenscroft, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful: An Introduction on Polyamory

“When you think of it, people may rub elbows and still have an ocean or two between them.”
― B.M. Bower, The Range Dwellers

“Whether our caretaker was our mom, dad, uncle, aunt, grandparent, foster parent, or sibling, our blueprint of what a relationship is supposed to look like is drafted by what we observed from our caretaker’s relationship. If our caretaker took their significant other back multiple times, made excuses for their actions, helped them battle demons, turned a blind eye to their infidelity, or moved from one relationship to the next, that is what we know. Their behavior becomes our very own model of what a relationship is supposed to look like and determines what we will expect from our own partners.”
― Kristen Crockett, The Gift of Past Relationships

“It is possible to compromise in certain areas when choosing a partner for life, but never on a cravat.”
― Amanda Grange, Henry Tilney’s Diary

“We’ve come a long way from the time when the crowning achievement in a woman’s life was her youthful marriage. And many would agree that this represents progress for women. But when did the search for someone to marry become self-absorbed and pathetic? This absence of social sympathy for women’s ambitions to marry is all the more striking because the social world has cared so deeply about virtually every other aspect of these privileged young women’s inner and outer lives. (…) The achievement of a good marriage is the one area of life where the most privileged, accomplished, and high achieving young women in society face a loss of support and sympathy for their ambitions and where the social expectations are for disappointment and failure, not success.”
― Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Why There Are No Good Men Left: The Romantic Plight of the New Single Woman

“I know how bad you boys feel, but the sun will still come up tomorrow. And when it does, you ‘ll feel better. When the sun comes up the day after tomorrow, a little better still. This is just a part of your life, and it’s over. It would have been better to win, but either way, it’s over. Life will go on.”
― Stephen King

“When it comes to relationships, I find it best to have two feet out the door”
― Josh Stern

“We men are fascinated by the things we don’t really understand. It gives us something to think and talk about: like females, they drive us nuts.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“I think it’s the same with all the relationships between a man and a woman. They can survive anything so long as some kind of basic humanity exists between the two people. When all kindness has gone, when one person obviously and sincerely doesn’t care if the other is alive or dead, then it’s just no good.

— from Quantum of Solace”
― Ian Fleming, For Your Eyes Only

“LADY BRACKNELL

To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other’s character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

“schools for love do not exist. everyone assumes that we will know how to love instinctively.
despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, we still accept that the family is the primary school for love.
those of us who do not learn how to love among family are expected to experience love in romantic relationships. however this love often eludes us.”
― bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

“Because of that she had never had enough energy to be herself, a person who, like everyone else in the world, needed other people in order to be happy. But other people were so difficult. They reacted in unpredictable ways, they surrounded themselves with defensive walls, they behaved just as she did, pretending they didn’t care about anything. When someone more open to life appeared, they either rejected them outright or made them suffer, consigning them to being inferior, ingenuous.”
― Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

“Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which it was already but too easy to arrive at; as railroads lead to Boston or New York. We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“Some cynical Frenchman has said that there are two parties to a love-transaction: the one who loves and the other who condescends to be so treated.”
― William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair

“A rewarding relationship occurs when there is a common spiritual goal, shared spiritual values and a mutual desire to build a relationship upon a spiritual foundation and for the purpose of connecting to the light of the creator.”
― Yehuda Berg, The Kabbalah Book of Sex: And Other Mysteries of the Universe

“And you? Now that I have discovered you? Beautiful, dangerous, unleashed. Still I try to hold you, knowing that your body is faced with knives.”
― Jeanette Winterson, Gut Symmetries

“If I loved someone, I could never let him go away from me. I would be too miserable and lonely.”
― Valerie Tripp

“Life, weddings, relationships, road trips, gardening, making out, haircuts: few of the fun things in life always go as expected.”
― Ariel Meadow Stallings, Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides

“Why are poets so apt to choose their mates, not for any similarity of poetic endowment, but for qualities which might make the happiness of the rudest handicraftsman as well as that of the ideal craftsman of the spirit? Because, probably, at his highest elevation, the poet needs no human intercourse; but he finds it dreary to descend, and be a stranger.”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables

“I wouldn’t have cared if my girlfriend was a Jaguar-driving Cyclops with a beard – I’d have been grateful just to have someone to make out with.”
― John Green, Looking for Alaska

“In the world I lived in, the world of human people, there were ties and debts and consequences and good deeds. That was what bound people to society; maybe that was what constituted society. And I tried to live in my little niche in it the best way I could.”
― Charlaine Harris, Dead as a Doornail

“Was Deirdre right about me purposely wanting relationships that were impossible?”
― Richelle Mead, Shadow Kiss

“In our relationship, we have very well-defined roles: I am the Vice President of Logistics; he’s the CEO of Emotional Support.”
― Ariel Meadow Stallings, Offbeat Bride: Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides

“Okay, then, what was he like? Just give me something to go on so that I have a shot at him!’
‘A shot at him? Are you on an elk hunt?”
― Sara Zarr, Sweethearts

“I had an absurd desire to go down to her and make sure she was all right, and stay with her until dawn. I also had a fierce wish to bludgeon the two frat boys to death with a shovel.”
― Molly Ringle, Relatively Honest

“I slid down in the seat and began to weep. I wept for her, for me, but mostly because the siren call of my first big story with a yellow border around it was more powerful than the call of fatherhood.”
― Joe McNally, The Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World’s Top Shooters

“Relationships are physics. Time transforms things- it has to, because the change from me to we means clearing away the fortifications you’r put up around your old personality. Living with Susannah made me feel as if I started riding Einstein’s famous theoretical bus. Here’s my understanding of that difficult idea, nutshelled: if you’re riding a magic Greyhound, equipped for light-speed travel, you’ll actually live though less time than will any pedestrians whom the bus passes by. So, for a neighbor on the street with a stopwatch, the superfast bus will take two hours to travel from Point A to Point B. But where you’re on that Greyhound, and looking at the wipe of the world out those rhomboidial coach windows, the same trip will take just under twenty-four minutes. Your neighbor, stopwatch under thumb, will have aged eighty-six percent more than you have. It’s hard to fathom. But I think it’s exactly what adult relationships do to us: on the outside, years pass, lives change. But inside, it’s just a day that repeats. You and your partner age at the same clip; it seems not time has gone by. Only when you look up from your relationship- when you step off the bus, feel the ground under your shoes- do you sense the sly, soft absurdity of romance physics.”
― Darin Strauss, Half a Life

“Naturally, I do blame Françoise. I blame her for having N in the first place. She was young, she was beautiful, she was married to a doctor, and she was intelligent. She could have abstained from producing her first son. It was wrong on a variety of levels.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“In advising the heads of state to learn from tragedy rather than perpetuate its existence Robert Kennedy excalimed, “Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.” We have a tendency to dwell on tragedy and use it as a justification for tragic occurrences that follow,rather than parse the tragedy, taking from it important lessons and using those lessons to avoid similar tragedies.”
― Megan Karasch

“The heart of a person only beats when it’s surrounded by blood, by family.”
― Erica Goros, The Daisy Chain

“Although I notice there is never a truly good time to have a nice long chat with one´s mother-in-law, unless you are having an extraordinary life and marriage and your mother-in-law is, say, Maureen Dowd, or Indira Gandhi. Someone of that ilk.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“Hope is putting Faith “on the line” and expecting results!
(from Mission Possible – Spiritual Covering)”
― Deborah L. McCarragher, Mission Possible Spiritual Covering

“Cáel sighed. “Look, right now? Either you want Rose, or you don’t. If you do—and, quite frankly, it’s obvious to me that you do—then give the woman a break and give yourself some credit for not being a whack job. Women are strange creatures, Gray, and she isn’t a mind reader. Who the hell knows what kind of conclusions she’s drawn over your behavior? Shit or get off the pot.”

It was a good thing Gray wasn’t drinking anything, or he’d have choked on that one. “That’s your advice on love? ‘Shit or get off the pot’?”
― Riley Shane, Blood Rose

“I write with the entire alphabet, not just the popular letters.

Readers don’t want to lose themselves in the text. They want to find themselves in it.”
― Mark R. Trost, Post Marked

“When I meet a woman whose energy falters at the first barrier,she seems to fade beside my mother.”
― Andrew Sean Greer

“They’re horrible little creatures. All snot and smelly feet and pestering questions.”
“Then why did you go into teaching?”
“It was either that or sit at home with Mother all day. I picked the lesser of two evils.”
― Brian Francis, Natural Order

“Très, très, triste…”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“You can know a thing to death and be for all purposes completely ignorant of it. A man can know his father, or his son, and there might still be nothing between them but loyalty and love and mutual incomprehension.”
― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

“They say you are not you except in terms of relation to other people. If there weren’t any other people there wouldn’t be any you because what you do, which is what you are, only has meaning in relation to other people.”
― Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men

“Après trois ans, un couple doit se quitter, se suicider, ou faire des enfants, ce qui sont trois façons d’entériner sa fin.”
― Frédéric Beigbeder, L’amour dure trois ans

“The trouble is, I can’t find a part of myself where you’re not important. I write in order to be worth your while and to finance the way I want to live with you. Not the way you want to live. The way I want to live with you. Without you I wouldn’t care. I’d eat tinned spaghetti and put on yesterday’s clothes. But as it is I change my socks, and make money, and tart up Brodie’s unspeakable drivel into speakable drivel so he can be an author too, like me.”
― Tom Stoppard, The Real Thing

“Many aspects of our screen-bound lives are bad for our social skills simply because we get accustomed to controlling the information that comes in, managing our relationships electronically, deleting stuff that doesn’t interest us. We edit the world; we select from menus; we pick and choose; our social ‘group’ focuses on us and disintegrates without us. This makes it rather confusing for us when we step outdoors and discover that other people’s behaviour can’t be deleted with a simple one-stroke command or dragged to the trash icon.”
― Lynne Truss, Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door

“…I try to incorporate life’s lessons from everyone around me and pay it forward anytime I can. I look at every person I meet as a new and thrilling experience with which I’m gifted. Every new city or country or continent that I visit is a beautiful exploration from which I can learn. Every new client or project represents the possibility of meeting new people and having new adventures.”
― Andrea Michaels

“Suddenly the thought that the end of her life was imminent shocked him; it was one thing to pity someone he didn’t know, quite another to face the same dilemma with someone he knew intimately. That was the trouble with beds. They turned strangers into intimates more quickly than ten years of polite teas in parlours.”
― Colleen McCullough, The Ladies of Missalonghi

“While the primary function of formal Buddhist meditation is to create the possibility of the experience of “being,” my work as a therapist has shown me that the demands of intimate life can be just as useful as meditation in moving people toward this capacity. Just as in formal meditation, intimate relationships teach us that the more we relate to each other as objects, the greater our disappointment. The trick, as in meditation, is to use this disappointment to change the way we relate.”
― Mark Epstein, Open to Desire: Embracing a Lust for Life – Insights from Buddhism and Psychotherapy

“Everybody is taken in at some period or another. […] In marriage especially. […] There is not one in a hundred of either sex, who is not taken in when they marry. Look where I will, I see that it is so; and I feel that it must be so, when I consider that it is, of all transactions, the one in which people expect most from others, and are least honest with themselves.”
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

“I am sorry the only outlet for her troubled mind was in clumsy foreplay with an inadequate partner.”
He threw the rest of her sandwich at the swinging door as she passed through it.”
― Jenny Trout, Ashes to Ashes

“You have made him live.”
― Jude Morgan, Indiscretion

“More than anything I wish he were here with me. “A relationship is an accumulation of shared history,” he’d said to me once. And here I was making history without him. It’s lonely. And I can’t wait to go home. Parts of me are showing through my Aqua, and I’m having a hard time keeping them separate.”
― Josh Kilmer-Purcell, I Am Not Myself These Days

“How do I feel today? I feel as unfit as an unfiddle,
And it is the result of a certain turbulence in the mind and an uncertain burbulence in the middle.
What was it, anyway, that angry thing that flew at me?
I am unused to banshees crying Boo at me.
Your wife can’t be a banshee—
Or can she?”
― Ogden Nash, Private Dining-room and Other New Verses

“We have to live like people in a web of knives, we mustn’t reach out our hands or we get them gashed.”
― Robinson Jeffers, The Selected Poetry

“Błogosławiony ten, co nie mając nic do powiedzenia, nie obleka tego faktu w słowa.”
― Julian Tuwim

“Maybe he was old-fashioned, but to him a couple meant a strong bond, with positive and negative charges constantly arcing between them.”
― Stewart O’Nan, Songs for the Missing

“There was no singles problem until singles got so single-minded that they stopped wasting time with anyone ineligible. Before that, it was understood that one of society’s main tasks was matchmaking. People with lifelong friendships and ties to local nonprofessional organizations did not have to fear that isolation would accompany retirement, old age, or losing a spouse. Overburdened householders could count on the assistance not only of their own extended families, but of the American tradition of neighborliness.”
― Judith Martin, Common Courtesy: In Which Miss Manners Solves the Problem That Baffled Mr. Jefferson

“Even now, he is every blue blazer getting into cab, every runner along the river,every motorcycle coming and going.”
― Melissa Bank, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing

“She wrote a long letter on a short piece of paper”
― travel schedule

“Can I have a glass of water?” Her voice was hoarse, probably from screaming. She’d always sounded like that after they’d-
He didn’t just force the thought aside. He clubbed it unconscious, threw it into a crawl space and walled it up alive.”
― Jenny Trout, Ashes to Ashes

“My Miracle, living through a Traumatic brain Injury”
― Rodney Barnes

“I have produced no children of my own and my husband is dead,” she replied, an acid tone in her voice. “Thus I am more to be pitied than revered. I am expected to give up the shop to my nephew, who will then be able to afford to bring a very good wife from Pakistan. In exchange, I will be given houseroom and no doubt, the honor of taking care of several small children of other family members.”

The Major was silent. He was at once appalled and also reluctant to hear any more. This was why people usually talked about the weather.”
― Helen Simonson, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

“In the long history of male and female relations all the way back to the Garden, I can’t think of one in which a woman’s anger ever won over a man.”
― Marie Arana, Lima Nights

“Being in a relationship with some people is like pushing a boat through sand. I used to have the time and energy for that kind of nonsense, but not anymore. Relationships should be a wonderful journey of exploration and love; not grinding resistance.”
― Steve Maraboli

“On se réconcilie avec un ennemi qui nous est inférieur pour les qualités du coeur ou de l’esprit ; on ne pardonne jamais à celui qui nous surpasse par l’âme et le génie.”
― François-René de Chateaubriand

“Each store will fulfil some of your needs, but no individual store can meet all of your needs. Learning how to set realistic expectations now and in future relationships requires you to examine each of the existing stores to see what they can offer.”
― Janet Crain

“It’s hard to experience desire when you’re weighted down by concern.”
― Esther Perel, Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic + the Domestic

“The idea that we can be exactly what the other desires is a powerful fantasy.”
― Sherry Turkle, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

“It’s probably not easy for a woman to understand what it’s like to be a man. Imagine you’re starving, and someone puts a huge buffet in front of you. There’s delicious, mouth-watering food all around you, and it’s really really hard not to eat it all. That’s what it’s like to be a man around attractive women. The urge to want to hump everything that moves is part of a man’s natural programming. It’s a deep-seated hunger. To suppress that hunger takes civilization and a lot of willpower.”
― Oliver Markus, Why Men And Women Can’t Be Friends

“It’s the in-between, the sustenance, not just the gears and bolts that make a human. When you forget to find out how the person was built—the oil, chemistry, and the craft—you miss all the beauty.”
― Piper Payne, White Lies

“I’m tired of being inside my head. I want to live out here, with you.”
― Colleen McCarty, Mounting the Whale

“It’s ok to be a fool once or twice but never let it be a third time. Be smart and pretend to be a fool and at the end of the hunt make sure you’re the one that has the gun.”
― Surgeo Bell

“What’s the use of complaining about something you have no intentions of changing it?”
― Mario L Castellanos

“Your comfort zone is a place where you keep yourself in a self-illusion and nothing can grow there but your potentiality can grow only when you can think and grow out of that zone.”
― Rashedur Ryan Rahman

“I hope you read this, whoever you are, and imagine that there is a hypothetical person out there who needs your love, has been waiting silently, patiently for it all his life, is flawed and downright ugly at times and yet would have just eaten up any tiny bit of affection you had been willing to give, had you ever stopped your own happy life to notice. And then imagine that this hypothetical person is real, because he probably is…. Wish I’d met you. Wish I wasn’t your hypothetical. But you’re reading this, which means a few minutes ago, I went into that bathroom and pulled the trigger. You probably heard it. Sorry. You’re welcome. Thank you. And please. Please, please, please, please, please, please, please.”
― Charles Yu, Sorry Please Thank You: Stories

“It’s the people we hardly know, and not our closest friends, who will improve our lives most dramatically”
― Meg Jay, The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now

“I am not looking for a “perfect” man. Only one who matches me on an emotional, spiritual, sexual, and intellectual level.”
― Amanda Mosher, Better to be able to love than to be loveable

“All men are born firstly with the instinct to protect themselves. But few grow to really love themselves, and even fewer learn to love their neighbor as themselves.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“For the life of me I cannot remember, what made us think that we were wise and we’d never compromise. For the life of me I cannot believe we’d ever die for these sins, we were merely freshmen.”
― The Verve Pipe

“Claiming to love self, but willingly default to cheating at the first sign of trouble is nothing short of playing yourself. Your ego may feel avenged – temporarily – but your heart and soul, the true self, will suffer the long term affects of karma’s justifiable sting.”
― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

“One thing I have come to realize is that love is not always happiness.”
― Jerhia

“If you stand right at the edge of the night sky, some place where one o’clock leaves to meet two, the breeze will carry your words up to the stars. And they’ll swallow your secrets until its time to hand them over to the truths in the sky- the ones that draw maps in the black.

They carve their answers into the backs of my hands, the grooves of the words running deep in my palms.”
― Marlen Komar, Ugly People Beautiful Hearts

“Sometimes we place faith in the wrong people for the right reasons. We’re too blind to their faults, and they’re too blind to appreciate us.
—Brighton Hayes”
― Kelli McCracken, Heartstrings

“Doing something later is not automatically the same as doing something better”
― Meg Jay, The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now

“There are moments in relationship when you didn’t speak, you didn’t have to; but you talked a lot.”
― Aman Jassal, Rainbow – the shades of love

If you behave in a manner that poisons your relationship, don’t be surprised when it
“If you behave in a manner that poisons your relationship, don’t be surprised when it dies.”
― Steve Maraboli

“I had a dream about you. At first you were a mannequin, and I was a fashion designer. Then, inexplicably, we switched roles and I became the mannequin. But instead of putting clothes on me, you laughed at my nakedness, and you sold me to the owner of a sex shop. 
”
― Dark Jar Tin Zoo, I Had a Dream About You

“I had a dream about you. You were you, but you were many—a multitude of mannequins, each named Manny. And I was me, but I was Dark Jar Tin Zoo, and as such I made love to you—all of you. Then I woke up alone, naked, cuddling a mannequin I named after you who smells like you, because I spray it with the same fragrance you used to wear. Is that crazy? No, I didn’t think so either. 
”
― Dora J. Arod, I Had a Dream About You

“I spent half my childhood trying to be like my dad. True for most boys, I think. It turns with adolescence. The last thing I wanted was to be like my dad. It took becoming a man to realize how lucky I’d been. It took a few hard knocks in life to make me realize the only thing my dad had ever wanted or worked for was to give me a chance at being better than him.”
― Tucker Elliot, The Rainy Season

“Fine! He is being passive aggressive with me, and it’s gonna backfire; I’m gonna be active friendly.”
― Natalya Vorobyova, Better to be able to love than to be loveable

“And me, standing under the splintered night,
catching fractured glimpses into the black behind the black,
hearing the prayers of stars, the angry whispers of the dark summer night.

Its voice cracks,
on your name.

My eyes close,
on your name.”
― Marlen Komar, Ugly People Beautiful Hearts

“You know what I love? The spaces between I love you. The tap of your fork against the plate and how my cup of wine clicks against our table. The scratchy voice coming from the radio in the other room. The quiet sound of your hand reaching across the table and whispering over mine. How your voice sounds like your mouth on the back of my neck. The soft murmur of our easy conversation.

Between these quiet Tuesday night routines, following every comma and right after every pause for breath, is I, love, and you. In the middle of every I love you is a sink full of dishes, whisper of socked feet tangled in white sheets, and gentle kisses against curved cheeks. We lyric ourselves into the laundry that needs to be finished, into the ends of every smile that follows me repeating your name. We write ourselves into the grocery bags we need to carry, the cracks running up our rented walls, the sides of the bed we choose to drag up the sails of heavy eyed dreams.

Like the spaces between our fingers, in the spaces between I, love, and you, we wait.

The in-betweens have always been my favorite.”
― Marlen Komar, Ugly People Beautiful Hearts

“I don’t have cookie-cutter relationships, Rumi. Women aren’t iPhone apps that I download and discard!”
― Natasha Ahmed

“i want to say to her: i just want to be myself. and i want to be with someone who’s just himself. that’s all. i want to see through all the performance and all the pretending and get right to the truth.”
― David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson

“I had begun to feel that life was a repetition of the same thing; that there was nothing new either in me or in him; and that, on the contrary, we kept going back as it were on what was old.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

“Tell them there are no holes for your fingers in the masks of
men. Tell them how could you ever even hope to love what you can’t
grab onto.”
― David Foster Wallace, Girl with Curious Hair

“I had a dream about you. We were in a canoe, and we were paddling across the desert. You said you were thirsty, and I pointed to the sand that surrounded us and said, “No, I will not urinate in your mouth.” At that point I woke up, because I realized I really had to pee—and get a drink of water.
”
― Dora J. Arod, I Had a Dream About You

“If one does not make an ego out of gender, one would still know whether one is a man or a woman, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender—whatever else we may think of. But those identities need to fit very loosely and be worn very lightly. All sense of privilege or deprivation that has developed around one’s gender identity, all rigidity regarding proper roles and behaviors for the various genders, must be cut through.”
― Rita M. Gross

“I had a dream about you. You had no skin or muscle on your face, and to try to conceal your bare skull you liberally applied lipstick and makeup. Your birthday was coming up, and I knew you were probably sensitive about parties that emphasize the aging process, so I decided to box up your gift in a coffin and wrap it with black wrapping paper. I got you the best gift ever too—a hooker, who happened to be dead, because that enabled me to procure a sizeable discount.
”
― Dora J. Arod, I Had a Dream About You

“The greater part of a men who speak ill of women are speaking of a certain woman.”
― Rémy de Gourmont, Philosophic Nights in Paris,: Being Selections from Promenades Philosophiques

“I took it for granted that there must be a few men left in the world who had that kind of strength. I assumed that those men would also be looking for women with principle. I did not want to be among the marked-down goods on the bargain table, cheap because they’d been pawed over. Crowds collect there. It is only the few who will pay full price. “You get what you pay for.”
― Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control

“You will say good-bye for all the right reasons. You’re tired of living in wait for his apocalypse. You have your own fight on your hands, and though it’s no bigger or more noble than his, it will require all of your energy.

It’s you who has to hold on to earth. You have to tighten your grip — which means letting go of him.”
― Melissa Bank, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing

“When we do the hard, intimate work of friendship, we bring a little more of the divine into daily life.”
― Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

“It is harder, usually, to find a person who wants to walk the streets of me, to taste the teas of my country, to… immigrate, you could say.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, Palimpsest

“… relationships required such vigilance, such attention. You had to hold them together by force of will, and other people took up so much space, demanded so much time. It was exhausting.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, Palimpsest

“One as deformed and horrible as myself, could not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species, and have the same defects… with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being…”
― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

“People change us. It is a rare, if not an impossible occurrence, that we come out of relationships unscathed. In our dealings with people we take something with us and we leave something behind. Some people are haunted more than others, either by the sweet perfume of another or the stink of regret.”
― Donna Lynn Hope

“I’m always looking for what will make me whole. What will make me happy? Somewhere along the way I started to think it wasn’t Helen anymore. She hasn’t changed. Her laugh is still the one I remember. Her finger is still the one I put the ring on all those years ago. I can’t understand why I don’t want to curve next to her, keep her back warm anymore. Surely you don’t lose love like keys?”
― Cath Crowley, The Life and Times of Gracie Faltrain

“Build me up and I with you. For we are more one than two.”
― Deborah Day

“Time grants a unique perspective which allows us to see events through a filter of accumulated wisdom.”
― Christopher Earle

“Men, being accustomed to act on reflection themselves, are a great deal too apt to believe that women act on reflection, too. Women do nothing of the sort. They act on impulse; and, in nine cases out of ten, they are heartily sorry for it afterward.”
― Wilkie Collins, No Name

“I will be on the look out for you, my dear girl,” he wrote. “You must expect to give yourself up when you come.” For this buttoned-up age, for Burnham, it was a letter that could have steamed itself open.”
― Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

“I would see him, Edward.’
It was no request; he knew it to be an ultimatum. He shook his head violently, not trusting his voice. Time passed. She was staring at him, saying nothing, and on her face was a look of stunned disbelief, of anguished accusation he knew would haunt him for the rest of his life. But when she spoke, her voice held no hint of tears. It was not a voice to offer either understanding or absolution, spoke of no quarter given, of a lifetime of love denied.
‘God may forgive you for this,’ she said, very slowly and distinctly, ‘but I never shall.”
― Sharon Kay Penman, The Sunne in Splendour

“That’s the thing about love
It can take you up to the mountaintop and can drop you
And the impact will either kill you or make you a new person”
― Kehinde Sonola, Klosophy

“…it is never safe to classify the souls of one’s neighbors; one is apt, in the long run, to be proved a fool. You should regard each meeting with a friend as a sitting he is unwillingly giving you for a portrait — a portrait that, probably, when you or he die, will still be unfinished. And, though this is an absorbing pursuit, nevertheless, the painters are apt to end pessimists. For however handsome and merry may be the face, however rich the background, in the first rough sketch of each portrait, yet with every added stroke of the brush, with every tiny readjustment of the ‘values,’ with every modification of the chiaroscuro, the eyes looking out at you grow more disquieting. And, finally, it is your own face that you are staring at in terror, as in a mirror by candle-light, when all the house is still.”
― Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist

“I knew her so well that I loved her, or maybe I loved her so well that I knew her. I didn’t want to fight her anymore. I wanted to quit. I wanted to go home. So I blew up her planet.”
― Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead

“At first, you fall in love. You wake in the morning woozy and your twilight is lit with astral violet light. You spelunk down into each other until you come to possess some inner vision of each other that becomes one thing. Us. Together. And time passes. Like the forming of Earth itself, volcanoes rise and spew lava. Oceans appear. Rock plates shift. Sea turtles swim half the ocean to lay eggs on the mother island; songbirds migrate over continents for berries from a tree. You evolve–cosmically and geologically. You lose each other and find each other again. Every day. Until love gathers the turtles and the birds of your world and encompasses them, too.”
― Michael Paterniti, Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein’s Brain

“They shared a laugh, and then the silence that so often intruded on their discussion asserted itself once again, a gap born of equal parts weariness, familiarity and–conversely–the many differences that fate had created between those who had once gone about lives that were but variations on a single melody.”
― Christopher Paolini, Brisingr

“Your words like wings gravity they defy.
My heart like a leaf on the wind catchin’ rides.
We make too much sense to foolishly pass it by.
So I’m taking a rainbow up to the 5th floor.
Steppin’ out to see that you’re really worth more.”
― Group 1 Crew

“I knew I was waiting for someone I didn’t understand.”
― Megan Mayhew Bergman, Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories

“I never told her the other story, in which she stars, in which she is always the heroine – a romanticized story full of cliché images in which I am telling her all the things there has not been enough time for, in which we are doing all the things there has not been time for…”
― Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger

“I long ago developed a very practical smile, which I call my “Noh smile” because it resembles a Noh mask whose features are frozen. Its advantage is that men can interpret it however they want; you can imagine how often I’ve relied on it.”
― Arthur Golden

“because in the past words have only driven them apart.”
― Jodi Picoult, Picture Perfect

“The Auden/Kallman relationship had this to be said for it: It affirmed that it’s better to be blatant than latent.”
― Christopher Hitchens

“Learning the difference between God’s intervention, the devil’s mischief, and PMS can lead to increased happiness.”
― J.P. Galuska

“There was once a spirited feral mustang broken in by her stern rider. It was a harmonious relationship for the most part but, like any relationship, she tested the boundaries he placed on her and threw him…Would the rider, having suffered his own wound, retaliate, discipline or forgive?”
― Donna Lynn Hope

“I think this is why Ellis took so many moving pictures of us. Because he knew that people come in and out of your life, and a picture fixes them in the moment they reach out to you.”
― Zu Vincent, The Lucky Place

“But I want to see Clara, Charlie’s friend, who’s right up my street. I want to see her because I don’t know where my street is; I don’t even know which part of town it’s in, which city, which country, so maybe she’ll enable me to get my bearings.”
― Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

“There was a considerable difference between the ages of my parents, but this circumstance seemed to unite them only closer in bonds of devoted affection.”
― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Sabrina Thomas clutched the leather-bound notebook to her chest and tried not to be impatient
“Sabrina Thomas clutched the leather-bound notebook to her chest and tried not to be impatient as the elevator in the south tower of Texas Hospital near downtown Dallas stopped once again on its climb to the eighteenth and top floor. But it was difficult.
Dr. Cade Mathis, the bane of her existence, would reach Mrs. Ward’s room first and then there’d be hell to pay. Sabrina jabbed the button to close the doors as soon as the last person stepped onto the already crowded elevator.”
― Francis Ray

“You can have a pet zebra and put that zebra into a small cage every day and tell the zebra that you love it, but no matter how you and the zebra love each other, the fact remains, that the zebra should be let out of that cage and should belong to someone who can treat it better, the way it should be treated, someone who can make it happy.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“When jealousy rears up, it indicates that something inside of you is afraid. It’s an alarm, nothing less and nothing more. Treat it as such.”
― Anthony D. Ravenscroft, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful: An Introduction on Polyamory

“To the immature, other people are not real.”
― Harry Overstreet

“So, a little advice. Relax. You’re not filling a job position. You’re looking for a pleasant acquaintance.. who might become a good friend… who turns out to be attractive to your senses… and a rewarding lover… then a committed partner whose heart will not stray. If you don’t see those signposts and in that order, then you’re probably on the wrong road and getting more lost with every step.”
― Anthony D. Ravenscroft, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful: An Introduction on Polyamory

“It suddenly struck me that Dawsey is a lonesome person. I think it may be that he has always been lonely, but he didn’t mind before, and now he minds.”
― Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“When you begin with the premise “I treat everyone equally,” you have already blinkered yourself from seeing where you don’t, or can’t, or shouldn’t. There is no way to treat two people equally, because they are each unique, with respective strengths and weaknesses.”
― Anthony D. Ravenscroft, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful: An Introduction on Polyamory

“The only humility that is really ours is not that which we try to show before God in prayer, but that which we carry with us, and carry out, in our ordinary conduct; the insignficances of daily life are the importances and the tests of eternity, because they prove what really is the spirit that possesses us.”
― Andrew Murray, Humility

“It’s a false premise to say that most monogamous people have chosen monogamy. Most people belong to the religion they were raised in…because that’s what’s familiar. That’s the milieu they grew up in, and, for better or worse, they’re just continuing the pattern. Until this traditionalist mindset is shaken loose, you would likely try from reflex to impose notions onto nonmonogamy that are not only untenable in the new context but spel sudden and messy doom even in situations that otherwise could be worked out.”
― Anthony D. Ravenscroft, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful: An Introduction on Polyamory

“Polyamory is differentiable from some other forms of nonmonogamy (including adultery) in that it is future-oriented. Poly relationships are not located solely in the moment, but have intentions (though perhaps tacit and vaguely defined) of at least adding to a base of experience possibly so far as signifying a life-long and emotionally attached commitment.”
― Anthony D. Ravenscroft, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful: An Introduction on Polyamory

“Let them see that you trust them & let them solve their own problems, make their own decisions.Do that & they will commit their lives to you. Bully the, control them out of fear or malice or just for your own convenience, & after a while you’ll have to spend all your time thinking for them, controlling them, & stifling their resentment.”
― Octavia E. Butler, Fledgling

“The red firelight glowed on their two bonny heads and revealed their faces, animated with the eager interest of children; for, though he was twenty-three and she eighteen, each had so much of novelty to feel, and learn, that neither experienced nor evinced the sentiments of sober disenchanted maturity.”
― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

“Relationships tend to be flawed because they are made up of inherently flawed components, mere human beings.”
― Anthony D. Ravenscroft, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful: An Introduction on Polyamory

“I do not know, at this point, whether Joshua Joseph Spork is the man of my life. He could be. I have given it considerable thought. The jury is still out. The issue between you and me is that you wish to deprive me of the opportunity to find out. Joe Spork is not yours to give or to withhold from me, Mr. Cummerbund. He is mine, until I decide otherwise. You have caused him grief, sullied his name, and you have hurt him. If anyone is going to make him weep, or lie about him, or even do bad things to him, it is me.”
― Nick Harkaway, Angelmaker

“Attitude determines Altitude.
Winners never quit.
No venture, No gain.”
― Stella Oladiran

“In a sane world, a term like “chronic crisis” would be instantly seen by anone as an oxymoron. Nevertheless, that’s the state that many of us Western Worlders live in, provoking crisis after crisis so that we can justify our dis-ease rather than addressing that directly.”
― Anthony D. Ravenscroft, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful: An Introduction on Polyamory

“…whenever a woman describes a man as sweet, the dalliance is doomed.”
― Lionel Shriver, We Need to Talk About Kevin

“Joe Spork opens the door. The man departs. Joe turns to Polly to say something about how they’re obviously not going to Portsmouth, and finds an oyster knife balanced on his cheek, just under his eye.

“Can we be very clear,” Polly Cradle murmurs, “that I am not your booby sidekick or your Bond girl? That I am an independent supervillain in my own right?”

Joe swallows. “Yes, we can,” he says carefully.

“There will therefore be no more ‘Say hello, Polly’?”

“There will not.”
― Nick Harkaway, Angelmaker

“Marriage is just an elaborate game that allows two selfish people to periodically feel that they’re not.”
― Paul Reiser, Couplehood

“….though modern Marriage is a tremendous laboratory, its members are often utterly without preparation for the partnership function. How much agony and remorse and failure could have been avoided if there had been at least some rudimentary learning before they entered the partnership….And that statement is equally valid for all relationships.”
― Leo Buscaglia, Loving Each Other

“Pa never told stories like Grandpa. Or treated the barn like family. Eli knew how Grandpa’s own pa had built the barn by hand, hauling bluestone for the foundation behind a stubborn ox with horns as wide as a tractor. How the smell of the plank walls was like family and how you never washed your chore coat so the animals would smell that you were family, too.”
― Sandra Neil Wallace

“Marriage is more about snore strips and flannel nightgowns than candlelight dinners.”
― Barbara Bartlein, Why Did I Marry You Anyway?: Overcoming the Myths That Hinder a Happy Marriage

“Use every opportunity of humbling yourself before your fellow-men as a help to abide humble before God.”
― Andrew Murray, Humility

“He ran his fingers over the moist ends of her hair and across her face. Her eyes were wet. Jesus Christ. How many nights had he heard Lily crying. As some parents sleep through fire, thunderstorms, and voices at the back door only to wake at a child’s whisper, so Everett heard Lily crying at night. Her muffled sobs seemed to have broken his dreams for years. He had heard her even at Fort Lewis, even in Georgia, finally at Bliss. That was Lily crying in the wings whenever the priest came to tear up his mother’s grave. Lily cried in the twilight field where he picked wild poppies with Martha; Lily’s was the cry he heard those nights the kiln burned, the levee broke, the ranch went to nothing.”
― Joan Didion, Run River

“I could tell you of occasionally, every eon, meeting a person, with whom I might stay for a billion years. But what of it? After a billion years there is nothing left to say, and you wander apart, uncaring in the end.”
― Steven L. Peck, A Short Stay in Hell

“That’s where your definition of attachment comes in. I’m in a monogamous relationship with two people.”
― Robert Downs, Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

“But we’d only had so many nights together, and the notebook had so many pages, and the world was never going to get bigger.”
― Jennifer R. Hubbard, The Secret Year

“But men and women are different in the way that they feel loved. Men like to be admired for what they do, for their integrity and their accomplishments, whether it’s at work or at the gym or mowing the lawn, because it makes them feel manly. When a woman tells a man that she is proud of him, or she tells him that he did a good job, he’ll about bend over backwards to take care of her and love her.”

“But women like attention from men, because it makes them feel feminine and adored. That’s why they’re always fixin’ themselves up, doing their hair, wearing pretty clothes and makeup and jewelry and perfume. It’s all to attract your attention, you know.” (Thelma Jenkins)”
― Carol McCormick

“…we are taught to put fun and serious pursuits on a continuum as opposed extremes, when this dichotomy is entirely false, made even worse when we act as though we can instantly exchange one for the other…Exerting yourself at a task that is serious and rewarding can still be quite fun, but doing something fun because you have a neurotic need to pack your life full of un is pretty much a guarantee that any long-term benefits you derive will be entirely happenstance.”
― Anthony D. Ravenscroft, Polyamory: Roadmaps for the Clueless and Hopeful: An Introduction on Polyamory

“Christ, they’d be getting a cat next. He mentally recoiled from the idea: the day they did that, he’d cut off his dick and call himself a lesbian.”
― Kate Aaron, Four Chances: A Short Story Quartet

“And then I met the most wonderful boy in the world. We would take long walks by the river. We spent hours gazing into each others eyes. We were so very much in love. And then one day, he went away. And I thought I’d die, but I didn’t. And when I didn’t, I said to myself… is that all there is to love?”
― The Nines

“But nearly every woman I know has a roughly similar story – in fact, dozens of them: stories about being obsessed with a celebrity, work colleague or someone they vaguely knew for years; living in a parallel world in their head; conjuring up endless plots and scenarios for this thing that never actually happened.”
― Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

“Watching him with one eye, she wondered if men ever figured out that they were more appealing when they were pursuing their own work than when they were pursuing a woman.”
― Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow

“She serves me a piece of it a few minutes
out of the oven. A little steam rises
from the slits on top. Sugar and spice –
cinnamon – burned into the crust.
But she’s wearing these dark glasses
in the kitchen at ten o’clock
in the morning – everything nice –
as she watches me break off
a piece, bring it to my mouth,
and blow on it. My daughter’s kitchen,
in winter. I fork the pie in
and tell myself to stay out of it.
She says she loves him. No way
could it be worse.”
― Raymond Carver

“Bad luck with women is a determined man’s road to success. For every affliction, he makes, out of indignation, yet another advancement in order to exceed the man that the woman chose over him. This goes to show that great men are made great because they once learned how to fight the feeling of rejection.”
― Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

“We are raised to believe (on the surface, at least) that us humans only have so much love to give, and that it comes in a standard round unit: one. After all, we associate love with the heart, and, well, you’ve either got a whole heart, or you’re dead, period. You can’t, common wisdom goes, just run around dividing that one heart up freely; to claim to do so means that you’re either a fool, or you’re dividing up something that is dead.”
― Anthony Ravenscroft

“Dear 2600: I think my girlfriend has been cheating on me and I wanted to know if I could get her password to Hotmail and AOL. I am so desperate to find out. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

And this is yet another popular category of letter we get. You say any help would be appreciated? Let’s find out if thats true. Do you think someone who is cheating on you might also be capable of having a mailbox you don’t know about? Do you think that even if you could get into the mailbox she uses that she would be discussing her deception there, especially if we live in a world where Hotmail and AOL passwords are so easily obtained? Finally, would you feel better if you invaded her privacy and found out that she was being totally honest with you? Whatever problems are going on in this relationship are not going to be solved with subterfuge. If you can’t communicate openly, there’s not much there to salvage.”
― Emmanuel Goldstein, Dear Hacker: Letters to the Editor of 2600

“There is that, and there is also the Irreconcilable Differences line. It seems so catchall, so vague. You could say that about anyone, any man and woman at all. Jesus and Mary Magdalene: “Irreconcilable Differences.” JFK and Jackie, anyone at all. It´s built into the man-woman thing. What kind of paltry reason is that? “Insanity” is another box to be checked on the divorce petition, the only alternative to “Irreconcilable Differences.” I would like to check it.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“Beside her, she can feel each breath he draws. How is it possible to be so close to a person and still not know what you are to each other? With baseball, it’s simple. There’s no mystery to what happens on the field because everything has a label — full count, earned run, perfect game — and there’s a certain amount of comfort in this terminology. There’s no room for confusion and Ryan wishes now that everything could be so straightforward. But then Nick pulls her closer, and she rests her head on his chest, and nothing seems more important that this right here.”
― Jennifer E. Smith, The Comeback Season

“It’s your world, but I make my way in it. At fifteen, no, I couldn’t stand up to you. The age of illusions, when we know nothing, we hope for everything; we’re wandering in a mist … And the half of the world that’s never had any use for us, suddenly is besieging us. You need us, you adore us, you’re suffering for us. You want everything–except to know what we think. You look deep in our eyes–and put your hand up our dress. You call us, “Pretty thing.” That confuses us. The most beautiful woman, the highest ranked, lives half dazzled by constant attention, half stifled by obvious contempt. We think all we’re good for is pleasing you–till one day, long acquaintance with you dispels the last mist. In a clear light, we suddenly see you as you are–and generally we start preferring ourselves. At thirty, I could finally say no–or really say yes. That’s when you begin backing away from us. Now I’m full-grown. I pursue my happiness the same as any man.”
― Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze Di Figaro): Vocal Score

“She had searched for just the right guy; sensitive and gentle and willing to wait. Quite a long search, of course. She was looking for some imaginary man who cared more about having someone to talk to and see movies with than he needed to have sex, because she was just Not Ready for That.
Did I say imaginary? Well yes. Human men are not like that.”
― Jeff Lindsay, Darkly Dreaming Dexter

“Mom actually said that?” Cassie’s face shown with happiness. “She always hated my math!”
“Nah,” Martin said. “She was just being that way for you. She thought it was what you needed to hear. If parents told us what they really think about stuff, we could figure them out like regular people.”
― Clare B. Dunkle, The Sky Inside

“All I can think is that I want her more than anything. I want her more than I’ve ever wanted anything, ever.”
― Angela Johnson, The First Part Last

“When I opened my case in the hotel, he gestured excitedly at my snakeskin sandals, turquoise suede wedges and silver-speckled jellies. “But you’ve loads of shoes,” he bellowed joyfully. I shook my head sadly. Men just don’t get it, do they? They’re definitely missing the shoe chromosome.”
― Marian Keyes, Under the Duvet: Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities

“Time for us began to be measured by moments when we spoke, and moments when we longed to speak again.”
― Richie Singh, Chasing Butterflies

“In an era of mass media, it is easy to believe that the more eyeballs, the more impact. But radio, television, and tracts accounted for a combined total of less than one-half of 1% of the Busters who are born again.”
― David Kinnaman, unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity… and Why It Matters

“I wondered straightaway how he could sit at peace there, of an evening, with the row of heads staring down at him. There were no pictures, no flowers: only the heads of chamois. The concession to melody was the radiogram and the stack of records of classical music.

Foolishly, I had asked, “Why only chamois?”

He answered at once, “They fear Man.”

This might have led to an argument about animals in general, domestic, wild, and those which adapt themselves to the whims and vagaries of the human race; but instead he changed the subject abruptly, put on a Sibelius record, and presently made love to me, intently but without emotion. I was surprised but pleased. I thought, “We are suited to one another. There will be no demands. Each of us will be self-contained and not beholden to the other.”

All this came true, but something was amiss. There was a flaw – not only the nonappearance of children, but a division of the spirit. The communion of flesh which brought us together was in reality a chasm, and I despised the bridge we made. Perhaps he did as well. I had been endeavouring for ten years to build for my self a ledge of safety. (“The Chamois”)”
― Daphne du Maurier, Echoes from the Macabre: Selected Stories

“A society which sees her modesty or her “hang-ups” as a problem is necessarily a society which will not be able to get him to commit. Conversely, a society which respected modesty, or what now goes by “hang-ups”, was one in which men were obligated.”
― Wendy Shalit, A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue

“Pablo’s many stories and reminiscences about Olga and Marie-Thérese and Dora Maar, as well as their continuing presence just offstage in our own life together, gradually made me realize that he had a kind of Bluebeard complex that made him want to cut off the heads of all women he had collected in his private museum. But he didn’t cut the heads entirely off. He preferred to have life go on and to have all those women who had shared his life at one moment or another still letting out little peeps and cries of joy or pain and making a few gestures like disjointed dolls, just to prove there was some life left in them, that it hung by a thread, and that he held the other end of the thread. From time to time they would provide a humorous or dramatic or sometimes tragic side to things, and that was all grist to his mill.”
― Françoise Gilot, Life with Picasso

“Do you mind?” she asked.
“Mind what?”
“While you were looking in the mirror I couldn’t help myself and I began fantasizing about you. And I figured if I was going to continue to fantasize about you, the only polite thing to do was to ask your permission. So now I’m doing the polite thing again and asking, ‘do you mind?’”
“No, Nina. I don’t mind at all.”
Then she leaned down and kissed him.”
― Richard Finney, Kicky-Wicky

“…Next thing I know you’ve run off to Paris and thrown yourself under the nearest Frenchman-”
― Nicholls David, One Day

“He’s a sweet man whose crime was that he didn’t love me quite enough, and because this wasn’t much of a crime I had to make up some bigger ones.”
― Nick Hornby

“If your blade were as sharp as your tongue, you’d have sliced my through years ago.”
― Erica Goros, The Daisy Chain

“Back at home, days later, feel cranky and tired. Sit on the couch and tell him he’s stupid. That you bet he doesn’t know who Coriolanus is. That since you moved in you’ve noticed he rarely reads. He will give you a hurt, hungry-to-learn look, with his James Cagney eyes. He will try to kiss you. Turn your head. Feel suffocated. (from “How”)”
― Lorrie Moore, Self-Help

“flagrant, adj. I would be standing right there, and you would walk out of the bathroom without putting the cap back on the toothpaste.”
― David Levithan, The Lover’s Dictionary

“Really to believe in human nature while striving to know the thousand forces that warp it from its ideal development-to call for and expect much from men and women, and not to be disappointed
and embittered if they fall short- to try to do good with people rather than to them- this is my religion on its human side. And if God exists, I think that he must be in the warm sun, in the kindly actions of the people we know and read of, in the beautiful things of art and nature, and in the closeness of friendships.”
― Randolph Bourne

“I admit I get the occasional headache,” I said. “I admit some of my hangovers are epic. But usually all it takes for me to bounce back is a sauna, cold-plunge pool, steam bath, massage, and wasabi to clear the sinuses”.”
― George Gurley, George & Hilly: The Anatomy of a Relationship

“I’m not an ageist, and I’m not looking for a man in a certain restrictive age range, however I’ve found over the years that people younger than me tend to be immature. The problem with this is that, as I get older, all the good men have already been snapped up.”
― Brett Kiellerop-Morris, My Big Fat Gay Life

“The self is constituted within a variety of arenas and in relation to multiple traditions. Self-hood, on this understanding, is both provisional and open-ended, and critically depends on the configuration of relationships between one’s own groups and those cultures and values that are deemed ‘other’. The regulation of alterity becomes a defining attribute of self-hood, as my sense of who I am is crucially mediated by an understanding of that which I am not (paraphrasing William Connolly).”
― Michael Kenny, Politics of Identity: Liberal Political Theory and the Dilemas of Difference

“Beautiful building,” Phoebe said. Sam nodded. “Classical Revival,” he said. It was yet another display of his seemingly unending knowledge that both made her proud and made her feel very small. Maybe if she had gone to college she would have learned about building styles and understand what Classical Revival meant. They could have intelligent discussions about things like rooflines and columns.”
― Jennifer McMahon, Don’t Breathe a Word

“Discover the fulfillment of intimate relationships with flesh-and-blood neighbors and teammates in concrete place and time, and we escape the pressure of mainstream media to channel intimacy only as virtual embrace.”
― Jose Panate-Aceves and John Hayes

“This does not escape my notice, it is a context. I resent the fact of a context; my social status has shifted and no one is going to acknowldege it, that´s certain. I´m expected to be Brave and Rise Above. I dress for the role; I must look far better now that I did when I was married. I must look pulled together into a nice tight Hermès knot of self-containment. I don´t make the rules; I just do my best to follow them.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“To keep myself from harming or calling N and to stave off the rage and despair, I focus on my extraordinary son, drink midrange Chardonnay every night after he is asleep, and make a barrage of late-night mail-order retail purchases placed from the couch. The couch has officially become my second battle station. I am angry and I have credit And I´m all blackened inside; I should wear a pointy witch hat around Larkspur as I go to the bank and drop A off at day care. It would be more honest.”
― Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

“Clara shrugged and immediately knew her betrayal of Peter. In one easy movement she’d distanced herself from his bad behavior, even thought she herself was responsible for it. Just before everyone had arrived, she’d told Peter about her adventure with Gamache. Animated and excited she’d gabbled on about her box and the woods and the exhilarating climb up the ladder to the blind. But her wall of words hid from her a growing quietude. She failed to notice his silence, his distance, until it was too late and he’d retreated all the way to his icy island. She hated that place. From it he stood and stared, judged, and lobbed shards of sarcasm.

‘You and your hero solve Jane’s death?’

‘I thought you’d be pleased,’ she half lied. She actually hadn’t thought at all, and if she had, she probably could have predicted his reaction. But since he was comfortably on his Inuk island, she’d retreat to hers, equipped with righteous indignation and warmed by moral certitude. She threw great logs of ‘I’m right, you’re an unfeeling bastard’ onto the fire and felt secure and comforted.”
― Louise Penny, Still Life

“He tries to force the anger down, but it’s like an anvil on his chest. He closes his eyes, like Sammy taught him, and forces the anvil up; he softens.”
― Chris Crutcher, The Crazy Horse Electric Game

“I know I am planning to visit a “land” that is not entirely foreign, only foreign to me. As an adventurer, I am on a journey that I believe will last me my whole life. A new relationship, discovery, or awareness excites me.”
― Marilyn Barnicke Belleghem, Questing Marilyn

“[M]an is not an island, he is more like a spaghetti junction.”
― Elizabeth Cooke, Land Law

“The lamb baa-ed vigorously as Mary dragged it into the manicure room, and Zel winced. She really should insist Julie come work, She could use the help, plus it would mean extra mother-daughter time–and, Zel thought wryly, I won’t have to find a spare tower in the suburbs.
Closing the appointment book, Zel went to finish trimming Linda’s hair. “Did I hear a sheep out there?” Linda asked.
“Sick dog,” Zel said. “Now, bend your head down.” Linda obeyed and Zel ran her fingers through the back of her hair to check for evenness. All she needed to do was think of a way to make Julie come without Julie immediately assuming her mother was trying to ruin her life. Not an easy task.”
― Sarah Beth Durst, Into the Wild

“You know what really fries my Puerto rican pancakes?”
― Mark Gungor, Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage: Unlocking the Secrets to Life, Love and Marriage

“This is what we had become, after the first symbiotic year of our living together: a couple who needed another couple to be around.”
― Emily Perkins, Novel About My Wife

“Moreover, in conversations with women, men do most of the talking (Haas,
1979), and despite hackneyed stereotypes about women being more talkative
than men, we’re apparently used to this pattern. When people listen to record-
ings of conversations, they think it’s more disrespectful and assertive for a
woman to interrupt a m~ than vice versa (Lafrance, 1992).”
― Rowland Miller, Intimate Relationships

“Cyphel knew exactly how he felt about her as well — it was there in her expression whenever they spoke that beguiling combination of amusement and haughtiness that she carried off so well. It was a look that expressed disdain at Campion’s guarded advances but also a kind of measured probationary respect as well. It was a look that said You dare to think that I will find you as interesting as you obviously find me Well perhaps in that very act of daring you become interesting to me if only fleetingly.”
― Alastair Reynolds

“Couples will no longer spend their nights in their houses dedicated to habitation and reception, the customary social reason for banalization. The chamber of love will be more remote from the center of the city: it will completely naturally re-create for the partners the notion of ex-centricity, in a place less open to the light, more hidden, in order to return to the atmosphere of the secret. The contrary move, the search for a center of thought, will proceed by the same technique.”
― Tom McDonough, The Situationists and the City: A Reader

“- Она… они то разъезжаются, то опять… Всё время как на вокзале…
(Витька Мохов – отцу Михаилу Мохову о своей матери)”
― Vladislav Krapivin, Застава на Якорном поле. Крик петуха.

“Он всегда был счастлив при встрече с Цезарем, оба они радовались. Но радовались, кажется, неодинаково. Чек – откровенно и ясно, весь он был как на ладони. А Втька не мог отвязаться от скрытого смущения и тайной виноватости. Дело в том, что Чек был уверен: они дружат на равных. И Витьке приходилось притворяться, что это так. А в душе-то он относился к Цезарёнку как к младшему, которого надо защищать и оберегать. Впрочем, это одна сторона. А другая… Бывает, что друг меньше по годам, слабее по силам, а ты понимаешь, насколько он крепче духом и яснее душой. И ты благодарен ему за то, что он выбрал в самые лучшие друзья именно тебя.”
― Vladislav Krapivin, Застава на Якорном поле. Крик петуха.

“Я хочу встретить такого мужчину, который, когда узнаешь его получше, будет таким же, каким кажется, когда вы только познакомились.
Я хочу встретить такого мужчину, который звонит, если пообещал позвонить и приходит домой, если пообещал, что придет.
Я хочу встретить такого мужчину, которого устраивает то, какой он есть.
Я хочу встретить такого мужчину, который хочет встретить такую женщину, как я.
Ведь это не слишком много? Хотя, как утверждает моя подруга Марсель, это все равно, что хотеть луну с неба и звезды впридачу.”
― Julian Barnes, Love, etc.

“Gott weiß, wie schwer es mir fällt Beziehungen zu genießen. Ich verhalte mich immer wie ein Geheimdienstler, der seinen Partner als Doppelagent enttarnen will.”
― Hallgrímur Helgason, Zehn Tipps, das Morden zu beenden und mit dem Abwasch zu beginnen

“Miss Austen’s novels … seem to me vulgar in tone, sterile in artistic invention, imprisoned in the wretched conventions of English society, without genius, wit, or knowledge of the world. Never was life so pinched and narrow. The one problem in the mind of the writer … is marriageableness.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I feel the ground slipping under my feet, and just as I am about to fall off the precipice, you draw out a rope and pull me into the safety net of your embrace. That’s the thing – I can never trust you to rescue me, and yet you do. Unfailingly.”
― Rosalyn D’Mello, A Handbook for My Lover

“You, too, were supposed to be a one-night stand. A quick fix. A conquest. A ten-line poem in my grand anthology of lovers.
But you altered the narrative, you marked your territory on my timeline o that as I look back, I find I can neatly divide my more recent past into two unequal halves: before you and after.”
― Rosalyn D’Mello, A Handbook for My Lover

“Honour the way a stranger can make sense in your world. Most people have been around for years without shaking our core & then one small instant in time, we cross paths with that one person who before them we didn’t know what we were exactly looking for. Over 6 billion people I share this planet with and I’ve only felt that soul shaking, jaw dropping connection 4 times. Believe me when I say it’s rare and you definitely owe it to yourself to honour it.”
― Nikki Rowe

“The right, real and good connection between things produces the right, real and good things.”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“We make the journey back to extraordinary love much more difficult for ourselves when we jump back in too quickly. It creates emotional chaos instead of the escape from pain we were hoping for.”
― Staci A. Welch-Bartley

“Real relationships happen in person not through a device.”
― Staci A. Welch-Bartley

“Some relationships require you have a big appetite. Chances are, at some point, you may have to swallow your pride, eat your words, lick your wounds, and stomach a lot of nonsense. While a little humble pie never hurt anyone you do have control over how much of this menu you get served and can always decide when you’ve had your fill.”
― Carlos Wallace, Life Is Not Complicated-You Are: Turning Your Biggest Disappointments Into Your Greatest Blessings

“Stop giving the best part of you to those unworthy of that gift.”
― Carlos Wallace, Life Is Not Complicated-You Are: Turning Your Biggest Disappointments Into Your Greatest Blessings

“There’s a reason prophets perform miracles: language lacks the power to describe faith. And you have to land on faith before you can even begin to hike around to its flip side, betrayal.”
― Mohsin Hamid, Moth Smoke

“…people cannot and do not want to live unrelated to others.”
― Herman L Glaess, Potentiality Enhancement Programs

“Keep a man on a rope that’s short enough to trip him without choking him.”
― Jenna Alatari

“Toxic’ was actually an accurate description of the feelings Clementine had so often felt in Erika’s presence: the intense aggravation she had to work so hard to resist and conceal, the disappointment with herself, because Erika wasn’t evil or cruel or stupid, she was simply annoying, and Clementine’s response to her annoyingness was so completely disporportionate, it embarassed and confounded her. Erika loved Clementine. She’d do anything for her. So why did she inflame Clementine so? It was like she was allergic to her.”
― Liane Moriarty, Truly Madly Guilty

“It was strange, because she always felt that she hid herself from Erika, that she was more ‘herself’ with her ‘true’ friends, where the friendship flowed in an ordinary, uncomplicated, grown-up fashion (emails, phone calls, drinks, dinners, banter and jokes that everyone got), but right now it felt like none of those friends knew her the raw, ugly, childish, basic way that Erika did.”
― Liane Moriarty, Truly Madly Guilty

“There is strength in forgiveness.”
― Ellen Hopkins, The You I’ve Never Known

“Could thou not make those that have been made, and be now, and that are for to come, at once; that thou might shew thy judgement the sooner?”
― Compton Gage

“To shew thee such tokens I have leave; and if thou wilt pray again, and weep as now, and fast even days, thou shall hear yet greater things.”
― Compton Gage

“An extreme fearfulness moves through all your body, and your mind is troubled more.”
― Compton Gage

“After seven days of fasten so it was, that the thoughts of my heart were very grievous unto me- and my soul recovered the spirit of understanding.”
― Compton Gage

“Hear me, and I will instruct thee; hearken to the thing that I say, and I shall tell thee more.”
― Compton Gage

“Thou art sore troubled in mind for the people in the world’s sake: loves thou that people better than he that made them?”
― Compton Gage

“Of very grief have I spoken: for my reins pain me every hour, while I labor to comprehend the way of the most High, and to seek out part of his judgment.”
― Compton Gage

“Wherefore, Lord? where unto was I born then? or why was not my mother’s womb then my grave, that I might not have seen the travail of Jacob, and the wearisome toil of the stock of the world?”
― Compton Gage

“Number me the things that are not yet come- gather me together the dross that are scattered abroad- make me the flowers green again that are withered- Open me the places that are closed, and bring me forth the winds that in them are shut up- shew me the image of a voice: and then I will declare to thee the thing that thou labor to know.”
― Compton Gage

“O Lord that bear rule, who may know these things, but he that had not his dwelling with men?”
― Compton Gage

“As for you, you’re unwise: how may you then speak of these things whereof thou ask you?”
― Compton Gage

“Like as thou canst do none of these things that I have spoken of, even so canst thou not find out my judgment, or in the end the love that I have promised unto my people.”
― Compton Gage

“Behold, O Lord, yet art thou nigh unto them that be reserved till the end: and what shall they do that have been before me, or we that be now, or they that shall come after us?”
― Compton Gage

“I will liken my judgment unto a ring: like as there is no slackness of the last, even so there is no swiftness of the first.”
― Compton Gage

“At the same time shall men hope, but nothing obtain: they shall labor, but their ways shall not prosper.”
― Compton Gage

“The creature may not haste above the maker; neither may the world hold them at once that shall be created therein.”
― Compton Gage

“As thou hast said unto thy servant, that thou, which gives life to all, hast given life at once to the creature that thou hast created, and the creature bare it: even so it might now also bear them that now be present at once.”
― Compton Gage

“Ask the womb of a woman, and say unto her, If thou bring forth children, why dost thou it not together, but one after another? pray her therefore to bring forth ten children at once.”
― Compton Gage

“She cannot: but must do it by distance of time.”
― Compton Gage

“How my adventures become your sins?”
― Compton Gage

“What betrayed me? Was it my heart? Or my Soul?”
― Compton Gage

“You do not love me; you love my success!”
― Compton Gage

“Even so have I given the womb of the earth to those that be sown in it in their times.”
― Compton Gage

“Like as a young child may not bring forth the things that belong to the aged, even so have I disposed the world which I created.”
― Compton Gage

“Seeing thou hast now given me the way, I will proceed to speak before thee: for our mother, of whom thou hast told me that she is young, draw now nigh unto age.”
― Compton Gage

“They that be born in the strength of youth are of one fashion, and they that are born in the time of age, when the womb fail, are otherwise.”
― Compton Gage

“I wish for you the wisdom to realize that you can let go of a past relationship without letting go of the lessons it taught you.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Never let your desire for love override your sense of self and value.”
― Izey Victoria Odiase

“One land also shall ask another, and say, ‘Is righteousness that makes a man righteous gone through thee?’ And it shall say, ‘No.”
― Compton Gage

“The more thou search, the more thou shall marvel; for the world hast fast to pass away-”
― Compton Gage

“The world hast fast to pass away- And cannot comprehend the things that are promised to the righteous in time to come: for this world is full of unrighteousness and infirmities.”
― Compton Gage

“As concerning the things whereof thou asked me, I will tell thee; for the evil is sown, but the destruction thereof is not yet come.”
― Compton Gage

“If therefore that which is sown be not turned upside down, and if the place where the evil is sown passes not away, then cannot it come that is sown with good?”
― Compton Gage

“The grain of evil seed had been sown in the heart of Adam from the beginning, and how much ungodliness had it brought up unto this time? and how much shall it yet bring forth until the time of threshing come?”
― Compton Gage

“Ponder now by thyself, how great fruit of wickedness the grain of evil seed had brought forth. And when the ears shall be cut down, which are without number, how great a floor shall they fill?”
― Compton Gage

“How, and when shall these things come to pass? wherefore are our years few and evil?”
― Compton Gage

“Do not thou hasten above the most Highest: for thy haste is in vain to be above him, for thou hast much exceeded.”
― Compton Gage

“Did not the souls also of the righteous ask question of these things in their chambers, saying, “How long shall I hope on this fashion?” when cometh the fruit of the floor of our reward?”
― Compton Gage

“Even when the number of seeds is filled in you: for he had weighed the world in the balance.”
― Compton Gage

“By measure had he measured the times; and by number had he numbered the times; and he doth not move nor stir them, until the said measure be fulfilled.”
― Compton Gage

“O Lord that bear rule, even we all are full of impiety. And for our sakes peradventure it is that the floors of the righteous are not filled, because of the sins of them that dwell upon the earth.”
― Compton Gage

“Go thy way to a woman with child, and ask of her when she had fulfilled her nine months, if her womb may keep the birth any longer within her.”
― Compton Gage

“In the grave the chambers of souls are like the womb of a woman: For like as a woman that travails make haste to escape the necessity of the travail: even so do these places haste to deliver those things that are committed unto them.”
― Compton Gage

“From the beginning, look, what thou desires to see, it shall be shew thee.”
― Compton Gage

“If I have found favor in thy sight, and if it be possible, and if I be meet therefore, shew me then whether there be more to come than is past, or more past than is to come.”
― Compton Gage

“Stand up upon the right side, and I shall expound the similitude unto thee.”
― Compton Gage

“Consider with thyself; as the rain is more than the drops, and as the fire is greater than the smoke; but the drops and the smoke remain behind: so the quantity which is past did more exceed.”
― Compton Gage

“Do you think I will live until that time? If not, who will be alive when it happens?”
― Compton Gage

“As for the tokens whereof thou ask me, I may tell thee of them in part: but as touching thy life, I am not sent to shew thee.”
― Compton Gage

“Nevertheless as coming the tokens, behold, the days shall come, that they which dwell upon earth shall be taken in a great number, and the way of truth shall be hidden, and the land shall be barren of faith.”
― Compton Gage

“Iniquity shall be increased above that which now thou see, or that thou hast heard long ago.”
― Compton Gage

“The land, that thou see now to have root, shall thou see wasted suddenly.”
― Compton Gage

“If the most High grant thee to live, thou shall see after the third trumpet that the sun shall suddenly shine again in the night, and the moon thrice in the day:”
― Compton Gage

“Blood shall drop out of wood, and the stone shall give his voice, and the people shall be troubled:”
― Compton Gage

“He shall rule, whom they look not for that dwell upon the earth, and the fowls shall take their flight away together:”
― Compton Gage

“The Sodomy sea shall cast out fish, and make a noise in the night, which many have not known: but they shall all hear the voice thereof.”
― Compton Gage

“There shall be confusion also in many places, and the fire shall be oft sent out again, and the wild beasts shall change their places, and menstruate women shall bring forth monsters:”
― Compton Gage

“Salt waters shall be found in the sweet, and all friends shall destroy one another; then shall wit hide itself, and understanding withdraw itself into his secret chamber-”
― Compton Gage

“Shall be sought of many, and yet not be found: then shall unrighteousness and incontinence be multiplied upon earth.”
― Compton Gage

“Blessed are they who heal in these days of great pain and suffering…

Blessed are the ones who lay their hands upon the fevered brow of their brothers and sisters, knowing that their request will be answered. Knowing that great power will flow through them, like water through a river course.

Whatever occupation or business you pursue, you’re on a journey. Some people are very conscious of their direction and purpose while others are just following what’s in front of them. Right now, there are lots of people on Linked In who are working hard, but clearly not getting the results they wish to.

As a Spiritual Healer, I offer genuine solutions and answer questions regarding Life Decisions, Emotional Difficulties, Relationship Issues, Marriage, Property, Career, Job, Money, Business Concerns, Goal Creation, Personal and Spiritual Growth.

I provide Honest, Professional, Ethical and Non-judgmental Insights, Give Clarity, Assistance, Purpose, Direction and Empower people so they live a Happier and More Fulfilling Life.

We all need help to resolve questions and I like to think I’m a good listener and a straight talker. My purpose is to help people move to a higher state of self-awareness. This isn’t just about finding a direction or an answer; being self-aware can help you heal and move on, something that so many people find difficult to do. Think of me a life coach with a spiritual as well as a pragmatic approach.

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― Joao Marrucho

“People use masks in public and then wonder why their personal life, their relationships, don’t work. If you’re not being honest with others, there’s nothing real about yourself to learn and, the wider the gap, the deeper the suffering. The heart wasn’t meant to be closed in a box made of fake feelings and thoughts.”
― Robin Sacredfire

“there are indestructible things that accompany the body to death as if they had been born with it. And one of them is what is created between a man and a woman who have experienced certain moments together.”
― Clarice Lispector, Near to the Wild Heart

“It was darker, all she could see of him was a shadow. He was fading more and more, slipping through her hands, dead at the bottom of sleep.”
― Clarice Lispector, Near to the Wild Heart

“The greatest futility! says the congregator, “The greatest futility! Everything is futile!” What does a person gain from all his hard work- At which he toils under the sun? A generation goes and another cometh forth, but the earth remains the same.”
― Compton Gage

“As thou know not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou know not the works of what makes all.”
― Compton Gage

“In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou know not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.”
― Compton Gage

“Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. And all that cometh is vanity.”
― Compton Gage

“These be they that have put off the mortal clothing, and put on the immortal, and have confessed the name of God: now are they crowned, and receive palms.”
― Compton Gage

“Go thy way, and tell my people, the people of thy Lord God what manner of things, and how great wonders of the Lord thy God, thou hast seen.”
― Compton Gage

“And yet their reward appear not, and their labor had no fruit: for I have gone here and there through the heathen, and I see that they flow in wealth, and think not upon thy commandments.”
― Compton Gage

“Weigh thou therefore their wickedness now in the balance, and theirs also that dwell the world; and so shall thy name no where be found anymore.”
― Compton Gage

“When was it that they who dwell upon the earth have not sinned in thy sight? or what people have so kept thy commandments? Thou shall find that you all by name had kept thy precepts; but not the heathen.”
― Compton Gage

“Thy heart had gone too far in this world, and think thou to comprehend the way of the most High?”
― Compton Gage

“Go thy way, weigh me the weight of the fire, or measure me the blast of the wind, or call me again the day that is past.”
― Compton Gage

“What man is able to do that, that thou should ask such things of me?”
― Compton Gage

“If I should ask thee how great dwellings are in the midst of the sea, or how many springs are in the beginning of the deep, or how many springs are above the firmament, or which are the outgoings of paradise: Peradventure thou would say unto me, ‘I never went down into the deep, nor as yet into hell, neither did I ever climb up into heaven.”
― Compton Gage

“Nevertheless now have I asked thee but only of the fire and wind, and of the day where-through thou hast passed, and of things from which thou canst not be separated, and yet canst thou give me no answer of them.”
― Compton Gage

“Thine own things, and such as are grown up with thee, canst thou not know; How should thy vessel then be able to comprehend the way of the Highest, and, the world being now outwardly corrupted to understand the corruption that is evident in my sight?”
― Compton Gage

“It were better that we were not at all, than that we should live still in wickedness, and to suffer, and not to know wherefore.”
― Compton Gage

“I went into a forest into a plain, and the trees took counsel- And said, Come, let us go and make war against the sea that it may depart away before us, and that we may make us more woods.
The floods of the sea also in like manner took counsel, and said, Come, let us go up and subdue the woods of the plain, that there also we may make us another country.
The thought of the wood was in vain, for the fire came and consumed it.
The thought of the floods of the sea came likewise to nought, for the sand stood up and stopped them.
If thou wart judge now betwixt these two, whom would thou begin to justify? or whom would thou condemn?”
― Compton Gage

“Verily it is a foolish thought that they both have devised, for the ground is given unto the wood, and the sea also had its place to bear its floods.”
― Compton Gage

“Thou hast given a right judgment, but why judge thou not thyself also?”
― Compton Gage

“For like as the ground is given unto the wood, and the sea to his floods: even so they that dwell upon the earth may understand nothing but that which is upon the earth: and he that dwell above the heavens may only understand the things that are above the height of the heavens.”
― Compton Gage

“I beseech thee, O Lord, let me have understanding: For it was not my mind to be curious of the high things, but of such as pass by us daily.”
― Compton Gage

“Wherefore the present age is given up as a reproach to the heathen, and for what cause the people whom thou hast loved is given over unto ungodly nations?!”
― Compton Gage

“Why the law of our forefathers are brought to nought, and the written covenants come to none effect-”
― Compton Gage

“We pass away out of the world as grasshoppers, and our life is astonishment and fear, and we are not worthy to obtain mercy.”
― Compton Gage

“What will he then do unto his name whereby we are called? …of these things have I asked.”
― Compton Gage

“The more thou search, the more thou shall marvel.”
― Compton Gage

“When I no longer have your heart
I will not request your body
your presence
or even your polite conversation.
I will go away to a far country
separated from you by the sea
— on which I cannot walk —
and refrain even from sending
letters
describing my pain.”
― Alice Walker, Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems 1965-1990 Complete

“Every broken heart has screamed at one time or another, “I want to know why!”
― Shannon L. Alder

“The art of loving is not how many you touch, it is the heart of one that shows a masterpiece of your deepest design.~Bluenscottish”
― Bluenscottish

“It seemed as though, being the only two people in this small, closed-in space, we couldn’t help but have a relationship, and if we couldn’t help but have a relationship, I felt that it was important to be upset now so that he would not shift the blame to me in the future.”
― Alexandra Kleeman, Intimations: Stories

“There was nothing else I could do but say sorry myself. His apology had left a residue in me, a residue on my thinking, and continuing on in this house without saying it would be entirely awkward. It would turn the small space toxic. So I said it, though I tried to lessen the potency of the apology by mumbling.”
― Alexandra Kleeman, Intimations: Stories

“I left the room before I could figure out exactly what bothered me about his response. Was it the way it seemed to assume a future for the two of us? A future in which I would continue to be unable to leave this house? Was it the presumption that I was making a cake for him when, really, I had no idea why I was making a cake at all?”
― Alexandra Kleeman, Intimations: Stories

“There had been times when I thought I might be with you indefinitely, something approaching an entire life. But then when there was only a finite amount of time, a thing we could both see the limit of, I wasn’t so sure.”
― Alexandra Kleeman, Intimations: Stories

“…There’s a difference between desire and desperation. You should never want a guy more than he wants you.”
― Dream Jordan, Hot Girl

“There’s a reason for the word heartbeat not be called beat of heart. The perfect woman only needs a good beat. The heart will follow. Emotions, when put in equilibrium with reason, create more miracles than any emotion, no matter how strong, deprived from reason. This is why it’s much easier to love a woman that can play the drums or any other instrument with rhythm, than one that believes in unreasonable magic, simply because there’s more magic in reason than in the lack of it. You see, loving someone that you truly want to love, someone you admire, someone you want to spend your time with, helping, sharing and growing together, makes much more sense than expecting someone to love you for no reason than your will, needs and desires. And when humans understand this, they will understand love, find it easily and never lose it again.”
― Robin Sacredfire

“You stop talking about things when you’ve worked them out. You’re no longer an observer but a participant. You’re too busy for this bullshit.”
― Caitlin Moran, How to Be a Woman

“The most basic boundary-setting word is “no.” It lets others know that we exist apart from them and that we are in control of ourselves.”
― Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend

“Relationships are like gardening. If you don’t water the plants, they die.”
― Jenna Alatari

“This feeling of lessening disturbance, coming from within myself, unexpected, was profoundly disturbing. As I sat still, growing less and less alarmed by the situation, I knew that I had to move fast, as fast and as far as I could within this small, cramped house.”
― Alexandra Kleeman, Intimations: Stories
“You couldn’t find a Jewish sheik?”
― Libby Fischer Hellmann, A Picture of Guilt

“The grass remains green only as long as you water it. Similarly, a relationship remains fresh only as long as you nurture it with love.”
― Uma Shanker

“And as he leaned in to kiss me, my eye saw his open mouth grow larger and larger until it seemed it could swallow me whole.”
― Alexandra Kleeman, Intimations: Stories

“3 Types of People You Will Encounter. Those who:
1) Promise and Deliver,
2) Under-promise and Over-deliver,
3) Over-promise and Under-deliver.”
― Izey Victoria Odiase

“You’ve got a lot to say for the one who walked away.”
― Stacy Morris, Notes to Self

“Never again will I justify the scars just because I loved the person holding the knife.”
― Steve Maraboli

“I was so tired. I just wanted to curl up with someone, anyone, even him, and sleep until work on Monday. I wanted to feel someone’s, anyone’s, hands on me, even if it was in that way I hate, the fingers all over my face and jaw.”
― Alexandra Kleeman, Intimations: Stories

“Your life – and all lives – will be richer if lived with a open, loving heart rather than a closed, fearful mind”
― Rasheed Ogunlaru

“He who is jealous is better off not dating someone who is bisexual.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Being a bad parent is a sign of not having learned from experience.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“It’s better to bite your tongue than to eat your words.”
― Frank Sonnenberg, BookSmart: Hundreds of real-world lessons for success and happiness

“That is the worst of women. They always want one to be good. And if we are good, when they meet us, they don’t love us at all. They like to find us quite irretrievably bad, and to leave us quite unattractively good.”
― Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

“You’re not bitter because you’re alone… You’re alone because you’re bitter.”
― Steve Maraboli

“He would talk, and I would talk, and he would talk, and each of our words sounded out the deepest secret depths inside us. There are some forms of love that words can do no justice to. There are some scars that can’t be seen. Perfection is in itself an imperfection. He had flaws. He was sick. He needed help. Is not everyone sick, at one time or another? That was part of his beauty, his sickness. If he had not been sick, he would not have been beautiful, in the way that consumptives are, burning themselves up in brilliant flashes of light . . . I don’t expect you to be able to understand. Love is strong enough to resurrect the dead. I don’t like the word scar, because it implies intent and blame. A soul as powerful as his had to burn. I have never known a love like this. You don’t know. I would have done anything at all for him. You don’t know. It feels so goddamn good to be needed, to have someone tell you that he has a gaping hole in him whose shape is made to fit you . . . I saw that he was burning a piece of art on me, a signature on my psyche because it filled the hole in his own, and he wanted to make me his.”
― Dexter Palmer, The Dream of Perpetual Motion

“Ah, but can one person ever really know another? Are we not all mysteries to each other?”
― Dexter Palmer, The Dream of Perpetual Motion

“Love always doesn’t come across as bad, but it always has two sides.”
― Auliq Ice

“Yes, in a woman, looks are the most important thing… But it’s not how she looks ‘to’ us, so much as ‘how she looks at’ us.”
― Roman Payne

“On Valentine’s Day, we are reminded what our relationships could be like the other 364.”
― Steve Maraboli

“We came together in a dance of death and so quickly was I sucked down into the vortex that when I came to the surface again I couldn’t recognize the world. When I found myself loose the music had ceased; the carnival was over and I had been picked clean.”
― Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

“I’m twenty-four, a first grade teacher, have a Yorkie named Pedro, a goldfish named Fish, have never had sex, or a serious boyfriend, and I’m the town lesbian who pukes when she sees a pussy. Nothing really to be jealous of at all.”
― H.J. Bellus, The Big O

“The wise man’s eyes are in his head; but the fool walks in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happens to them all.”
― Compton Gage

“I said in my heart, As it happens to the fool, so it happens even to the wise; and why was I then more wise?”
― Compton Gage

“For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten in the heart of the sons of men.”
― Compton Gage

“And how dies the wise man? …as the fool. Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.”
― Compton Gage

“I cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shall find it after many days. And gives a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou know not what evil shall be upon the earth.”
― Compton Gage

“If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree falls toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it shall be.”
― Compton Gage

“He that observes the wind shall not sow; and he that regards the clouds shall not reap.”
― Compton Gage

“For what had man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he had labored under the sun? For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart takes not rest in the night.”
― Compton Gage

“I turned myself to behold wisdom, for what can the man do that cometh after the king? …even that which had been already done.”
― Compton Gage

“When your partner overreacts 1st try to understand their “hot spot” before overreacting; otherwise you lose your ability to think clearly, communicate effectively and the cycle continues.”
― Dr. Deborah Hecker

“Love is a journey, not just a destination.”
― Staci Bartley, A Dose Of Love: Simple words of wisdom for creating more love and less fear in your relationships.

“All those wasted and squandered years when I did nothing but go around looking inside myself until I ended up alone even though I was surrounded by people. But I paid attention only to what was happenstance about them – not their true selves.”
― Sigrid Undset, Marta Oulie: A Novel of Betrayal

“I saw that wisdom excel folly, as far as light excel darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happens to them all.”
― Compton Gage

“his mother, who had never been able to manage him, sent him to school to get rid of him, lamented his absence till he returned, then writhed and fretted under his presence until again he went.”
― George MacDonald, Mary Marston

“One great concern that plagues very ambitious people is this: in the end, they’ll get all the precious things they ever dreamed of and every precious accomplishment most expected and conceived they’d achieve . . . but on that path of ambition, they’d lose precious moments with the most precious people they’ve come across. However, they forge ahead on that path hoping, somehow, they might make up for it, sometime, in future.”
― Ufuoma Apoki

“A firm ground helps kickstart a long leap of flight. So keep your foundation strong to rise high.”
― Uma Shanker

“Prosperity begins with a great partner experience”
― Paul Bradley Smith

“The strength of our digital ‪community‬ is derived by the ‪relationships‬ we build over time by connecting, sharing and engaging our successes as well as our failures. This creates extraordinary opportunities because we are‪ ‎human‬ and carry a unique trait called ‪empathy‬ that naturally wants to add value and help others”
― Paul Bradley Smith

“Dear lover, pull my ears and not my legs for it is better to be cautioned than to be lied to.”
― Temitayo Olami

“Did I ever tell you about the day I finally let go of him? That day that led me to you?”
― Sarah Addison Allen, Waking Kate

“Responsibility comes with every relationship.”
― Kenneth Eade, Traffick Stop, an American Assassin’s Story

“You can’t compare men or women with mental disorders to the normal expectations of men and women in without mental orders. Your dealing with symptoms and until you understand that you will always try to find sane explanations among insane behaviors. You will always have unreachable standards and disappointments. If you want to survive in a marriage to someone that has a disorder you have to judge their actions from a place of realistic expectations in regards to that person’s upbringing and diagnosis.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Despite the experiences that put me in the spotlight as the co-creator of my wisdom, the human part of me keeps burning, like an alchemical process that I both accept and want to refuse. You see, it’s hard when I notice women falling in love with me, and then destroying everything at the same time. And so, I’m changing the world as much as this world is changing me. The two things are inseparable.”
― Robin Sacredfire

“Very often it seems that people assume that by cutting the wings of others, it becomes easier to love them. They know so little about love that end up creating a perception of love that is devilish and demoniacal. And I end with no other choice but to remain single and let them go.”
― Robin Sacredfire

“The biggest milestone in a relationship is when you can fart in front of each other freely and loudly. Without judgements ”
― Himmilicious

“But I had no idea who this person might be, or who any of the people might be who sat at that table and watched me at the door and claimed to have feelings not exactly for me, but at me.”
― Alexandra Kleeman, Intimations: Stories

“I didn’t know what to say. I knew I had a big choice to make. I could let it all go and try to love him, try to trust him, try to make something lasting and good. He obviously had strong feelings for me or about me. And he wasn’t being so bad right now. We could build something sturdy, beautiful. Or I could try to make a dash for the door by crawling under the dining room table.

There was a good chance that he would kill me later either way.”
― Alexandra Kleeman, Intimations: Stories

“If we were all looking for something ‘easy come and easy go’, then all of our lives would be easy. The problem is that we look for something real, don’t we? And it is this longing for what is real, that makes finding the right person to be the most difficult task in the world. You can marry someone and promise the rest of your life to the person, only to find out later that this person makes you feel lonely. If we had no innate longing for true love and for true partnership, then none of us would have any problems! Therefore, the most frightening question to ponder upon, is, ‘what if true love does not exist; what if the real stuff isn’t real at all?’ In such a case, life would be meaningless. I suppose I would rather believe in love relentlessly, than live in this world meaninglessly.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“Black Girls… Until you get enough of what you’re going through, no matter what advice a person gives you, you’ll continue to go through the same thing. Constant arguing. Constant fighting. Constant lies. Constant disappointments. Constant emotional rollercoaster. Constant heartbreak. Constant headaches. Constant threats. Constantly fighting for his attention and love. Constantly looking through his phone. Constantly sneaking through his personal belongings. Constantly arguing and/or fighting with other women over who’s supposed to be YOUR mate. Secretly checking up on him due to a lack of trust. Listen, NOBODY is worth your inner peace! What I’ve listed above is NOT a relationship. It’s a toxic mess. So, what are you going to do?”
― Stephanie Lahart

“The two of them became an instant couple. Very Romeo and Juliet without the wonky families and tragic double-suicide thing.”
― J. Saman, Start Over: A Novel

“I think the reward of you is worth the risk.”
― Jen Frederick, Jockblocked

“Saul is as different from Simon Wakefield as it’s possible to get, I find myself thinking. And Edward Monkford is utterly different from both of them. It seems incredible that Emma could have had relationships with all three men. Where Simon’s eager to please, but also touchy and insecure, and Edward’s calm and super-confident, Saul is pushy and brash and loud. He also has a habit of saying ‘Yeah?’ aggressively at the end of his sentences, as if trying to force me to agree with him.”
― J.P. Delaney, The Girl Before

“And when I realized you had secrets too, I was glad. I thought we could be honest with each other. That we could finally rid ourselves of all the clutter from our past. Not our possessions, but the stuff we carry around inside our heads. Because that’s what I’ve realized, living in One Folgate Street. You can make your surroundings as polished and empty as you like. But it doesn’t really matter if you’re still messed up inside. And that’s all anyone’s looking for really, isn’t it? Someone to take care of the mess inside our heads?”
― J.P. Delaney, The Girl Before

“What if choices were not viewed as right and wrong, but instead as just a variety of life experiences?”
― Staci A. Welch-Bartley

“I don’t know’ is often really ‘I don’t want to say.”
― Staci A. Welch-Bartley

“If love was absent, you would not feel disappointed; you would feel indifferent.”
― Staci A. Welch-Bartley

“When things are falling apart, know they are actually falling into place.”
― Staci A. Welch-Bartley

“Relationships take skill, not perfection or luck!”
― Staci Bartley, A Dose Of Love: Simple words of wisdom for creating more love and less fear in your relationships.

“If love was absent, you would not feel disappointed; you would feel indifferent.”
― Staci Bartley, A Dose Of Love: Simple words of wisdom for creating more love and less fear in your relationships.

“But he knew she was a star, and he, only human. He was never meant to reach the stars – he could only admire them from afar.”
― Timothy Joshua

“Katherine feels that she must have learned something about marriage from being married before that is now working to her benefit. However, she doesn’t know quite what it is, or how, actually, it works.”
― Joy Williams, Taking Care

“I’m water…
If you’re oil, we’ll clash.
If you’re a flower, I’ll nourish you.
If you’re a light, I’ll reflect you.
If you can’t swim, you’ll drown in me.
If you’re up for adventure, I’m endless entertainment.
I’m just being me.
If we don’t fit, it’s not my fault, nor yours.
You be you. I’ll be me.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Relationships are like broken glass. Sometimes it’s better to leave them broken than hurt yourself trying to put the pieces back together”
― Alex Haditaghi

“Same-sex marriage has not created problems for religious institutions; religious institutions have created problems for same-sex marriage.”
― DaShanne Stokes

“Most of the very few people who would choose a good heart over riches would eventually use that to either make a lot of money, or attract men or women who are rich.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Our need for instant gratification is the reason we’re drawn to liars and hot air blowers.”
― Izey Victoria Odiase

“Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are still alive. Better is he than both they, which had not yet been, who had not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.”
― Compton Gage

“Behold, this have I found also, counting one by one, to find out the account: Which yet my soul seek, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.”

“And this have I found, that man was made upright; but they have sought out many inventions.”
― Compton Gage

“I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the sun all the days of their lives.”
― Compton Gage

“I made myself great works; I build houses for myself; I planted vineyards: I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: I made pools of water, to water therewith the wood that brings forth trees:”
― Compton Gage

“I got myself servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in my town before me:”
― Compton Gage

“I gathered for myself also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces:”
― Compton Gage

“I had men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.”
― Compton Gage

“I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in my town: also my wisdom remained with me.”
― Compton Gage

“Whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labor: and this was my portion of all my labor; Death!”
― Compton Gage

“I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.”
― Compton Gage

“It really is quite simple. All women really want is to be needed, valued and loved above anyone else and they will make you a keeper. It’s your actions she is paying attention to, not your words.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Screaming and repeating lies makes them neither true nor more believable.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“There is tremendous trauma in the betrayal caused by a perpetual liar as they repeatedly commit psychological abuse.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“Direct lies, small lies, huge lies, and lies of omission… these are all self-serving and sources of self-destruction.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“We would not want the joy of physical and sexual intimacy to fade after years together. We need to also remember to keep our intellectual and emotional intimacy every bit as sacred.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“Should we “expect” our physical, sexual, intellectual, and emotional intimacies to automatically continue throughout a marriage? Nope. At least, not in my opinion. But I do think we should be able to expect both partners to protect and preserve the sanctity of these intimacies. That, to me, is part of honest loyalty.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“We never want to be taken for granted, but our partners should be able to expect our honest loyalty. That is a powerfully strong foundation block for a relationship. I want to meet the greatest expectations, without being the greatest fraud.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“Past misdeeds must only serve as a reference point in calm conversation about lessons learned or actions that taught us to behave better. They should never be bantered about with sarcasm, anger, or nastiness.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“Appreciation and respect are mutual needs. We may be wired differently as men and women, but some needs are parallel human needs.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“It takes a strong woman to tolerate a weak man. That said, it takes a strong man to tolerate a weak woman, too.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“I think we need to develop a powerful dose of tolerance to understand each other’s humanness. None of us is perfect.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“Without trust, our relationships lack an essential ingredient for emotional intimacy. We need to be able to totally trust our partner with our deepest thoughts, dreams, fears, and secrets.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“It matters little which party has gotten lazy about delivering what their partner craves. It doesn’t take too many days or weeks for an unsatisfied partner to start to feel love-starved and sadly unfulfilled. If you want great sex in the bedroom, show love to each other outside the bedroom.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“Sexy is a decision. We decide that our spouse looks sexy to us. Period. It doesn’t matter our age or how long we’ve been together.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“Most single people are sick of married people presenting themselves as both available and interested, when indeed they are merely “playing.” Oh, yeah… and cheating. Gee, that is attractive. Not! Others could not care less what someone’s marital status might be.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“If we are sharing challenges and concerns, laughter and life stories, dreams and dramas with someone other than our mate, we are making precious, intimate connections with someone other than our mate. We need to keep not only physical, but emotional and intellectual connections strong and active with our beloved.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“Some people believe that if they yell and scream, others will get the point of just how serious they are. For me, all I get is the point of just how out of control that someone is.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“If someone yells at me, they are not expressing love. They may be threatening me. They may be expressing great frustration with me. They may simply be trying to control my behavior. However, they are not communicating love.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“When we resort to screaming at someone, we are revealing weakness and a sense of helplessness. If we can’t seem to get our message or feelings across any other way, then we get angry, and we get loud!”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“In truth, if it isn’t to save your life when it’s in imminent danger, someone yelling at you is just plain wrong. The same is true for ranting or bitching. The same goes double for anything even close to manhandling.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“When we make the decisions to be and stay in love, we should also make a decision and commitment to be supportive.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“Cheating is pure hypocrisy. Our partner deserves better than that. If we don’t love someone, we should not be with them. That would also be hypocrisy.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“Extra-marital affairs become things of legend… and often the undoing of legends… and mere mortals.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“Actively repeating a lie or denial does not make it true.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“Harmony is our natural state of being, and so, when our energies become too stagnant, chaos is thrown into the mix to stimulate what will eventually result in balance and invite flow. The trick is to not let chaos trap or define you… simply allow it to create movement in the vehicle of your life so that you can snap your eyes open and take back control of the wheel. Do not lose yourself in the storm, instead, be the calm in the storm.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“If a man or a woman starts “expecting” sex, then it is no longer special, and a lover will likely start to feel used.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“The important thing is for me to feel love towards my fellow human beings—and sometimes, that has to be at a distance.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“Young girls often feel strong, courageous, highly creative, and powerful until they begin to receive undermining sexist messages that encourage them to conform to conventional notions of femininity. To conform they have to give up power.”
― bell hooks, Communion: The Female Search for Love

“Significantly, romantic friendships can coexist with the fact of partners’ marrying because their reason for being is not to replace marriage but to open the possibility of sustained, committed true love existing among friends, and not just same-sex friends. No matter that our chosen relationship commitments change. Those of us who have long-term romantic friendships, some that have lasted longer than any of our marriages or partnerships, do not fear that these commitments will falter if we create primary bonds.”
― bell hooks, Communion: The Female Search for Love

“You can’t stop me from liking you. It’s just a thing. Like the sun rising and the tides coming in.”
― Jen Frederick, Jockblocked

“Self-love is essential. Until you can learn how to feel loved in an empty room, you will not feel loved for very long in any other room.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“In relationships, everyone makes mistakes. If you are forgiven for yours, don’t take it for granted.”
― Carlos Wallace, The Other 99 T.Y.M.E.S: Train Your Mind to Enjoy Serenity

“If you lack open communication and honesty in your life – It’s time to look within. Are you someone who handles heavy, emotional, or tough information well or do you often get excessively agitated, upset, or depressed? My rule of thumb is that no topic ‘should’ ever be off limits with a loved one. That is the goal to work towards. The point being, if you’re easy to talk to, people will talk to you! If you’re not, then they won’t!”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“Be honest. This applies to every area of your life. Sketchiness is not an attractive trait. No more trying to cover up your baggage, sweeping things under the rug, withholding truth, blatant lying, or even telling seemingly ‘harmless’ white lies or half-truths – release the need to lie completely! Start NOW.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“Assumptions close doors. Intrigue opens them.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Find and foster your Passions in life! People who are passionate about what they do are in alignment with Spirit and become magnetic to those around them. This also applies to those already in long-term relationships. How do you keep the love and intimacy alive? Keep your personal Passions alive and the rest will fall into place. We can’t share passions with others unless we first have it within ourselves.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“In a world where the larger majority of society is careless, it’s the small percentage of people who make the choice to be different and prioritize relationships that stand out.”
― Farshad Asl, The “No Excuses” Mindset: A Life of Purpose, Passion, and Clarity

“Whatever you focus your mind on, you will consciously and subconsciously work towards.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“She said it was no use waiting for trust to come to you fully formed, and then go and create a life and home together; you just had to start living with the person you loved best, and trust would build over time.”
― Oddný Eir, Land of Love and Ruins

“Your eyes will contradict your words if your words contradict your thoughts and feelings.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Dropping in and out of your own life (for psychotic breaks, or treatment in a hospital) isn’t like getting off a train at one stop and later getting back on at another. Even if you can get back on (and the odds are not in your favor), you’re lonely there. The people you boarded with originally are far, far ahead of you, and now you’re stuck playing catch-up.”
― Elyn R. Saks, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

“So the first time she and Leo combusted, she’d practically been poised for the breakup. In some inexplicable way, she’d been looking forward to it and all its attendant drama, because wasn’t there something nearly lovely–when you were young enough–about guts churning and tear ducts being put to glorious overuse? She recognized the undeniable satisfaction of the first emotional fissure because an unraveling was still something grown-up and, therefore, life affirming. See? The broken heart signalled. I loved enough to lose; I felt enough to weep. Because when you were young enough, the stakes of love were so very small, nearly insignificant. How tragic could a breakup be when it was part of the fabric of expectation from the beginning? The hackneyed fights, the late-night phone calls, the indignant recounting for friends over multiple drinks and in earshot of an appropriately flirtatious bartender–it was theatre for a certain type of person . . . Until it wasn’t.”
― Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, The Nest

“She had never been able to tolerate dishonesty, which she thought threatened the very heart of relationships between people. If you could not count on other people to mean what they said, or to do what they said they would do, then life could become utterly unpredictable. The fact that we could trust one another made it possible to undertake the simple tasks of life.”
― Alexander McCall Smith, The Full Cupboard of Life

“Next I want to try living apart together, live in the same country, the same city, even the same building as whomever I’m in a relationship with, yet in a different apartment than him. Then it would be possible to pay him visits and still invite good friends over to my place. Do you think you have that it takes to maintain such a French arrangement? he asked. Well, no, probably not…but then again…? Maybe it would be better in the long run to stay in a more lasting relationship and not need to move so often.”
― Oddný Eir, Land of Love and Ruins

“Be vulnerable! It is not someone else’s responsibility to break down your walls to get to you. It is your responsibility to let them in. This is crucial. Be more vulnerable with people in your life today. Know that being vulnerable is not a weakness – vulnerability means you are strong and secure enough within yourself to walk outside without your armor on.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“Still, we’ve attempted to argue when necessary; you’ve got to be able to let loose and even lose your temper a bit if you’re finding it hard to breathe. Closeness has to be like running water; it mustn’t stagnate and sour.”
― Oddný Eir

“Be YOU. There is nothing sexier than someone who is confident enough to be themselves, quirks and all. It is often your unique nature that separates you from the crowd in the best way possible for your romantic match to notice you.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“It is one of the best traits of good people that they love where they pity. And this is truer of women than of men. So they get themselves drawn into situations that are harmful to them. I have seen this happen many, many times. I have always had trouble finding a way to caution against it. Since it is, in a word, Christlike”
― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

“When you walk around feeling quietly upset, frustrated, angry or some other negative emotion, people around you will detect it to some degree or another, even if only subconsciously.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“I took a deep intake of breath and gathered all my strength to unleash the arrogant, cold-hearted royal bitch who must hide somewhere in deeper layers of my being. We all must have one somewhere, and she should see the light of day sometimes.”
― Ana Simons, Silent Signs

“And what of this young woman beside him, whom he had loved devotedly for four years and still did love? She had given him more than Elizabeth ever could: months of unflawed relationship, unquestioning trust (which he was now betraying in thought) . Oh nonsense! What man did not at some time or another glance elsewhere? And who could complain if it remained at a glance? (Chance was a fine thing).”
― Winston Graham, Jeremy Poldark

“Good relationships depend upon recognizing that we are the source of our problems.”
― Dan Negroni

“Boundaries are easier to manage when your values are well-defined.”
― Joe Jordan, Sharpen Your Life: 52 Strategic Moments to Create a Lifetime of Success

“One of the greatest ways you can affirm value in another person is by giving them the gift of your undivided attention, the kind of attention that says, “I hear what you are saying because I value who you are.” You don’t have to agree with someone to show them their value as a person. Listening demonstrates that any person you meet is worthy of your respect and attention.”
― Joe Jordan, Sharpen Your Life: 52 Strategic Moments to Create a Lifetime of Success

“The people with thriving careers and healthy personal relationships get the same amount of time each week as the burned-out professional who can’t remember their last meaningful conversation with a family member.”
― Joe Jordan, Sharpen Your Life: 52 Strategic Moments to Create a Lifetime of Success

“Respect everyone who crosses your path, even if you feel they don’t deserve it.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“There is no quick fix-all procedure to heal your insecurities. Like any relationship, the relationship with yourself must be built and re-built one kind, loving conversation at a time.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“Love sucks sometimes.
It can stretch you beyond what you feel you can endure. But you can, and you must get back to love and living!”
― Staci A. Welch-Bartley

“Once again, the world seems to be less about objects than about interactive relationships.”
― Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

“Some people think that it’s okay to be downright nasty to people they love. It is not okay. Nasty is never called for, and it’s certainly not sweet, useful, nor positive.”
― Cathy Burnham Martin, The Bimbo Has Brains: And Other Freaky Facts

“Things we had, like respect and trust, but also freely expressed desires and accountability to whatever degree it took to make both people happy. It took work, a willingness to fight passionately and fairly–out of bed, not just in it–commitment and honesty. It took waking up and saying each day, “I hold this man sacred and always will. He’s my sun, moon, and stars.”
It took letting the other person in; a thing I’d stopped doing. It took being unafraid to ask for what you wanted, to put yourself on the line, to risk it all for love.”
― Karen Marie Moning, Feversong

“Maybe, the question isn’t who will look good by your side, who will make these days less dull, who will bring you the greatest financial benefit, who will be the one to bring you pleasure, who do you have the most in common with?…. Maybe, the question one should ask is who do you want at your side when you are dying?”
― Shannon L. Alder

“How we make people feel shapes how they feel about us.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“It is easy to respond with anger; it is more empowering and spiritually elevating to respond with compassion.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“You can’t expect to draw people into your life who are kind, confident, and generous if you’re thinking and acting in cruel, weak, and selfish ways. You must be what it is that you’re seeking— that is, you need to put forth what you want to attract.”
― Wayne W. Dyer

“Empowering Women 101: If a normal man wants you he will let you know. You won’t have to guess. He will move mountains to bring you into his life. If he is abnormal he will string you along, drop a trail of crumbs and clues for you to follow, in order to keep you guessing. This type of man desires you, but doesn’t value you.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Feeling your way to knowledge rather than thinking your way, often results in better learning.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“When people seem angry, sometimes they are simply upset and hurting. Asking the right questions helps them to work through it.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Sometimes the anger directed at another is actually anger toward the self.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Emotions are the road signs to your happiness.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Introspection and observation of others are vital for the ongoing good health of our own psyche; watch, learn and tweak as required.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Be you, be true to your word, don’t sell yourself short and don’t waste your life worrying.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Empathy is easier than anger, in the long-run.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“It’s important for intuitive people to differentiate other people’s energy from their own pre-existing emotional state.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“He was so far away now, or maybe he just looked distant because we were imaging different things for our future.”
― Alexandra Kleeman, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

“Words, Kaden. Only lost unsaid words that added up to good-bye.”
― Mary E. Pearson, The Beauty of Darkness

“OK then, picture daddy; whenever you’re afraid just close your eyes and picture me. I’ll be all that exists in your world and I promise to protect you.”
― S.R. Crawford, Bloodstained Betrayal

“I still need you. Killer, boyfriend, friend, whatever…I need you in my life…if for nothing else, to show me that it’s OK to be broken. It’s OK for things not to be OK.”
― S.R. Crawford, Bloodstained Betrayal

“In any relationship I believe love should flow naturally . We cannot control it, make other person guilty or punish it to happen.
Love need patience , acceptance and trust. For love to come we make a hard and fast rule on from where, who and we chase it.
Love flow naturally.
When you feel scarcity of love , you need to be patience , big hearted, whole. Remain in your own love zone do not push, control because love is natural. You cannot ask or demand for it.
We might not get the people who we want us to love but there are people who will step in and they can see the light or flow of our love as it is.
We do not need to transform anyone, we need to know our love towards ourselves and how it flows in others.
When resistance is not there, when openness comes in a relationship . We bend, we are flexible and we trust our loving nature . We become less depended on what other is giving us. We do get fair love and acceptance too.”
― Archna Mohan

“To be forgiven is to be loved”
― Brené Brown, Rising Strong

“Boundaries keep people out; mine served only to keep me in.”
― Anita Brookner, Undue Influence

“It isn’t every day an ex decides to haunt us.”
― Marybeth Niederkorn, Small Town Tales: Volume 1

“All in all, he thought it was a bad idea to get involved with the woman investigating his ex’s possible suicide with intent to haunt.”
― Marybeth Niederkorn, Small Town Tales: Volume 1

“Some ghost of myself still lived back in the days when we’d shared a bed and talked of the future. But that love we’d had and those selves we’d been were gone, placed in a box like old photographs and letters you’d never read again.”
― Dennis Lehane, Prayers for Rain

“Last night you left me and slept
your own deep sleep. Tonight you turn
and turn. I say,
‘You and I will be together
till the universe dissolves.’
You mumble back things you thought of
when you were drunk.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi

“David talked often about how discouraged or fearful he would become at times. Then he would interject these words, “But then I entered the sanctuary…” Being in God’s presence affects all other relationships for the better. To have first seen her husband in prayer surely remained a cherish moment for Rebekah.”
― Ravi Zacharias, I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love

“My love,
you are all the flowers in the world
and I promise that my heart will always be your garden.”
― Timothy Joshua

“Our emotions are encoded in the heart signals we emit. Use the energy you feel to know how they are feeling.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Jealousy is when their reflection in the mirror that is your progress, is attacked rather than appreciated, begrudged rather than understood.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Sometimes being overwhelmed by emotions can leave you speechless but even then it is important to identify the correct emotion.”
― Sam Owen

“Jealousy of another means you need to work on making you proud of yourself.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Self-esteem comes from not letting unrelated external occurrences be tied to your own self-worth.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“When you become aggressive in arguments, you force the other person to become defensive which means they’ll either get ready to fight you or ready to flee from you.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“We have to allow ourselves to feel it in order to heal it.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“We are often let down by the most trusted people and loved by the most unexpected ones. Some make us cry for things that we haven’t done, while others ignore our faults and just see our smile. Some leave us when we need them the most, while some stay with us even when ask them to leave. The world is a mixture of people. We just need to know which hand to shake and which hand to hold! After all that’s life, learning to hold on and learning to let go.”
― Chanda Kaushik

“Clarity and simplicity help us to build confidence; keep things clear and keep them simple.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“We build confidence by daring to step outside our comfort zone in small increments.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“When you lack self-esteem, people you encounter can feel it like an invisible barrier separating them from you; conversely, confidence helps people to feel connected to you.”
― Sam Owen

“In each moment you are nurturing or damaging your relationship with yourself.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“An external locus of identity is unhealthy and yet the very thing that social media encourages in those with low self-esteem.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“If you emulate the behaviours of confident people, you will help yourself to become confident.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“When you lack self-esteem it’s easy to keep attracting the wrong people into your life.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Unhealthy relationships keep our self-esteem low.”
― Sam Owen

“Hesitation creates gaps. Boldness obliterates them.”
― Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power

“Remembering our personal growth that resulted from negative life experiences makes new obstacles easier to embrace.”
― Sam Owen

“Arrogance created to project a self-image of superiority is the very trait that demonstrates to others deeply hidden inferiority.”
― Sam Owen

“Building confidence comes from overcoming the voice in your head that says you are not capable; silence the noise and then prove it wrong.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Arrogance based on relentless denial of faults eventually makes a person weary.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Tell me, is there someone in your life who’s been sharing your life too closely? A friend or a loved one? Is there someone who’s been taking up your time and not giving any of it back?”
― Alexandra Kleeman, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

“In a world of increasing fakery, genuine people are the sexiest.”
― Sam Owen

“Within our emotions lie answers, truths and instructions.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“We can achieve more in a moment of compassion than in an hour of anger.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Fear of confronting emotions is like fear of reading road signs.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Our emotions affect the atmosphere around us, and other people, because emotions influence the electromagnetic field our heart emits.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Anger usually only serves us, and even then, only very fleetingly.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Goals for the future distract from worry and anger about the past and redirect your focus to the direction you’re travelling in.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Implementing good relationship habits consistently over time elicits good relationships which in turn feed our thoughts about our own self-worth and capabilities.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Being your authentic self reassures the people you meet.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Social media allows us to subjugate feelings and problems we don’t want to confront, like emotional eating or substance abuse, thus perpetuating our problems and delaying our happiness.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Correctly identifying a negative emotion takes the brain out of fight-or-flight mode and into problem-solving mode, out of tension, anger and confusion and into ease, calm and clarity.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Suzanne sat in Roger’s chair, staring at the reflection of her dread morning face. Roger browsed his cassette rack. “Do you want calming or stimulating?” he asked her.
Suzanne mulled it over for a few moments. It was a question she had asked herself about men.”
― Carrie Fisher

“Know your worth so you know when to say, “Yes”, and when to say, “Thank you but no thank you.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“There are occult Esoteric Metaphysics (the secret and most confidential aspect of occult teachings) and Mystical Sciences practiced by mystical adepts, Living Grand Masters. This is the cosmological verdict of the Order of Astral and Terrestrial Hierarchy universal occult recognition. Exoteric is public occult teachings. An Adept uses the Technique of the Master. Hell is called After-Life-Hallucination. There are entities, spirits, demons, demi-gods, Archangels and other names for evil beings. A Guru is a spiritual Master.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception


“There are seven occult kingdoms in the universe, which are the kingdoms of Satan and the fallen angels. There are various planes, zones, realms and centers as well as deities, gods and lords. The Five Cosmic Seals (occult levels) are the universal summary of the 400,000 categories of occult initiations, powers and demons (Astrometaphysical Operations). There are male and female, neuter and mermaid spirits (demons or Cosmic Forces).”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“How we care for ourselves gives our brain messages that shape our self-worth so we must care for ourselves in every way, every day.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Confident people generally handle people with respect, compassion and integrity.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“When you’re confident in what you have to say, you don’t need to add effect.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“Being your authentic self exudes a quiet confidence.”
― Sam Owen, 500 Relationships And Life Quotes: Bite-Sized Advice For Busy People

“All right, all right,” he said, with that gesture I’d come to hate: two open palms facing me and patting the air, as if pushing me away, pushing me down, pushing any tears I might be preparing to cry back into their ducts.”
― Kathleen Rooney, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

“Seals:
The Five Cosmic Seals are five occult Level 333, 666, 999, 1330 and 003 operating 400,000 minuet mystical degrees.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“First Cosmic Seal:
(Devic Seal 333) One who has received this Cosmic Seal is empowered to control not less than 40,000 spirits.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“Second Cosmic Seal:
(Seal of Karl 666) One who has received this Cosmic Seal is empowered to control not less than 160,000 spirits. Many great politicians, military commanders, etc. on earth are at this occult level of operations. This will be the occult level of Antichrist.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“Third Cosmic Seal:
(Shiva Seal 999 – Seal Destruction) One who has received this Cosmic Seal is empowered to control not less than 2,500,000 spirits which depends on the mastership of one’s occult and psychic projections. Women are generally kept at this level with a few women exceeding this level.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“Fourth Cosmic Seal:
(Terrestrial Seal 1330 – Seal of Ba-Vara) One who has received this Cosmic Seal (Living Grand Master of the Order of Astral and Terrestrial Hierachy) is empowered to control not less than 100,000,000 spirits and 33,000,000 demi-gods.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“Fifth Cosmic Seal:
(Liber 003 – Seal of Tuzassotama) One who has received this Cosmic Seal is mystically empowered to proclaim himself as “God, Lord, Universal Master or God-Incarnate” on earth and he controls all spirits of the occult kingdoms.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“A hundred years ago, people had perfectly understood that you could die of a broken heart, now they thought you were making a fuss about nothing…Certain kinds of suffering are like radiation: they cause furious growth and mutation of the inner self.”
― Amanda Craig, A Vicious Circle

“The best place to conceal esoteric information is right in front of us.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“Slightly higher density polarized negative entities”, regardless of their actual metaphoric names. What’s in a name… a rose still has thorns!”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“This is the vital difference between Conscious Beings, which we are morphing into organically, and those who are asleep or unconscious.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“The concept that man is not awake, and that only a fully conscious being can “do”, have will and not be subject to the law of accident.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“If the 4th “dimension” is blocked, which is a kind of cosmic umbrella, through which 5D through 9D and higher are designed to operate in physical realms, being non-physical, then the Devil who controls “the spice” controls everything. It would be easy to continue with the reasons behind death, terrible plague on earth.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“Secret glances are shared by those on the “inside” or esoteric “inner circle”, who have literally gone into many lower frequencies simultaneously. This is the “secret glance” of love, which allows the higher to operate in the lower; to “save” those worlds in order to correct the impending takeover of the “Devil and his demons”, a metaphor for light and dark “battles” raging today.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“The “inner circle of humanity” recognizes others through frequency, regardless of walk of life or “positioning in the astral”. This is an operation run invisibly from Outside the astral. Going Home represents the final shift to one’s true spiritual families of light, in all dimensions of harmonics; higher vibrations/love in unity consciousness, above, below and literally “everywhere and everynow”.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“Set as higher dimensional beings walking the earth today, who must INcarnate (there is no REincarnation if there is no time. Exception: descending spirals which crystallize in lower frequencies) to live in the various dream worlds (this one included) with the final “kick”/baptism by water, pulling up ALL the densities/dimensions through LOVE.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“This is just a brief “off the top of the head” first blush analysis, and if one wanted to dig deeper, it wouldn’t be difficult to discover more “gems” hidden in plain sight.
Devil’s Inception!”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“The interesting thing about text is that, as a medium, it separates you from the person you are speaking with, so you can act differently from how you would in person or even on the phone.”
― Aziz Ansari, Modern Romance

“In today’s romantic climate, many people are plagued by what we will call “the upgrade problem”. Singles constantly wonder whether there is a better match, an upgrade.”
― Aziz Ansari, Modern Romance

“A relationship is the vessel in which you come to know yourself”
― Pollyanna Darling, The Relationship Revelation

“If you spend time judging and criticizing people, you will not have time to heal from your pain or brokenness. You cannot love yourself when you judge or criticize others who are created in God’s image and after His Likeness…in which you are also created. Love cannot operate from a space of pain. Love and hurt cannot reside in the same space.”
― Kemi Sogunle, Beyond the Pain by Kemi Sogunle

“A terrible plague has either killed mankind or transformed them into demons … and all they want is Compton’s soul.
The best place to conceal esoteric information is right in front of us.”
― Compton Gage, Devil’s Inception

“To make him important in one’s life requires an overactive imagination. Unfortunately, mine never knows when to quit.”
― Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist

“Have the courage to walk away, those that value you will want you back, & those that do not won’t hold you back.”
― Trevor Driggers

“His love for me seemed to overflow my limits by its flood of wealth and service. But my necessity was more for giving than foe receiving; for love is a vagabond, who can make his flowers bloom in the wayside dust, better than in the crystal jars kept in the drawing-room.”
― Rabindranath Tagore, The Home and the World

“He takes my hand and says, ‘Let’s make a world.”
― Claudia Gray, A Million Worlds with You

“Love is as much a question of the will as it is of the emotion. And if you will to love somebody, you can. – Ravi Zacharias’ brother”
― Ravi Zacharias, I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love

“Give people time. Give people space. Don’t beg anyone to stay. Let them roam. What’s meant for you will always be yours.”
― Reyna Biddy

“Love doesn’t go away overnight. It sometimes stays for coffee.”
― Ljupka Cvetanova, The New Land

“If I was to sum up over three decades of togetherness with my better-half in one word, the only one that comes to my mind is ‘fulfilment’!”
― Sandeep Sahajpal

“A ‘complete man’ has a regret that he cannot bear a baby; whereas it is rather ironic that a self-styled ‘complete woman’ takes pride in denouncing that divine blessing. In fact, there is nothing like a ‘complete man’, only woman can be ‘complete’!”
― Sandeep Sahajpal

“Not everyone has to be in a relationship to feel good about themselves. Some people are better off on their own.”
― Kristan Higgins, In Your Dreams

“Love is the active concern for the life and the growth of that which we love. Where this active concern is lacking, there is no love.”
― Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

“Sibling relationships outlast marriages, survive the death of parents, resurface after quarrels that would sink any friendship. They flourish in a thousand incarnations of closeness and distance, warmth, loyalty and distrust.”
― Erica E. Goode

“Your plan of action is to make sure that you add that personal touch that our world is currently devoid of. The outcome will be true and will foster long lasting relationships that are free from excuses but abundant in blessings.”
― Farshad Asl, The “No Excuses” Mindset: A Life of Purpose, Passion, and Clarity

“Love is the greatest debt to be in…but is not meant to bankrupt you!”
― Evinda Lepins, Back to Single

“Math has proven the existence of God, because it is absolute and without contradiction; but the devil must exist as well, because we cannot prove it”
― Yōko Ogawa, The Housekeeper and the Professor

“Marriage is a blast. Like a bomb.”
― Julieanne O’Connor, Spelling It Out for Your Man

“Familiarity breeds sentiment before contempt.”
― Amanda Craig

“Family is all politics. Everyone hates each other’s guts, if they’re honest… Most brothers and sisters try to top each other, given the chance; you always get the worst wars in countries with big families….People have kids because they go soft in the head, tarts especially. They forget what it’s like to be a kid themselves and want to remember through their own. They don’t want us, not real brand-new people who puke and criticise and tell them to bog off: they want their own frigging innocence back. They want to have their own lives back again, with the bad bits taken out. Quite frankly, they’d be better off with a dog.”
― Amanda Craig

“Living is the act of continuous create moment by moment, day by day.”
― Gary M. Douglas, Salon Des Femmes: Conversations about women, men, sex, love, relationships, and becoming a pragmatist of femininity

“Люди тянутся друг к другу, чтобы не так страшиться потерянности. Чтобы укрыться, прижаться, вжаться.”
― Марк Харитонов, Lines of Fate: A Novel

“Get matured or call yourself a grandparent. Age never revised. Childish is not an excuse.”
― Radin Erus

“But it wasn’t all bad. Sometimes things wasn’t all bad. He used to come home easing into bed sometimes, not too drunk. I make out like I’m asleep, ‘casue it’s late, and he taken three dollars out of my pocketbook that morning or something. I hear him breathing, but I don’t look around. I can see in my mind’s eye his black arms thrown back behind his head, the muscles like a great big peach stones sanded down, with veins running like little swollen rivers down his arms. Without touching him I be feeling those ridges on the tips of my fingers. I sees the palms of his hands calloused to granite, and the long fingers curled up and still. I think about the thick, knotty hair on his chest, and the two big swells his breast muscles make. I want to rub my face hard in his chest and feel the hair cut my skin. I know just where the hair growth slacks out-just above his navel- and how it picks up again and spreads out. Maybe he’ll shift a little, and his leg will touch me, or I feel his flank just graze my behind. I don’t move even yet. Then he lift his head, turn over, and put his hand on my waist. If I don’t move, he’ll move his hand over to pull and knead my stomach. Soft and slow-like. I still don’t move, because I don’t want him to stop. I want to pretend sleep and have him keep rubbing my stomach. Then he will lean his head down and bite my tit. Then I don’t want him to rub my stomach anymore. I want him to put his hand between my legs. I pretend to wake up, and turn to him, but not opening my legs. I want him to open them for me. He does, and I be soft and wet where his fingers are strong and hard. I be softer than I ever been before. All my strength in his hand. My brain curls up like wilted leaves. A funny, empty feeling is in my hands. I want to grab holt of something, so I hold his head. His mouth is under my chin. Then I don’t want his hands between my legs no more, because I think I am softening away. I stretch my legs open, and he is on top of me. Too heavy to hold, too light not to. He puts his thing in me. In me. In me. I wrap my feet around his back so he can’t get away. His face is next to mine. The bed springs sounds like them crickets used to back home. He puts his fingers in mine, and we stretches our arms outwise like Jesus on the cross. I hold tight. My fingers and my feet hold on tight, because everything else is going, going. I know he wants me to come first. But I can’t. Not until he does. Not until I feel him loving me. Just me. Sinking into me. Not until I know that my flesh is all that be on his mind. That he couldnt stop if he had to. That he would die rather than take his thing our of me. Of me. Not until he has let go of all he has, and give it to me. To me. To me. When he does, I feel a power. I be strong, I be pretty, I be young. And then I wait. He shivers and tosses his head. Now I be strong enough, pretty enough, and young enough to let him make me come. I take my fingers out of his and put my hands on his behind. My legs drop back onto the bed. I don’t make a noise, because the chil’ren might hear. I begin to feel those little bits of color floating up into me-deep in me. That streak of green from the june-bug light, the purple from the berries trickling along my thighs, Mama’s lemonade yellow runs sweet in me. Then I feel like I’m laughing between my legs, and the laughing gets all mixed up with the colors, and I’m afraid I’ll come, and afraid I won’t. But I know I will. And I do. And it be rainbow all inside. And it lasts ad lasts and lasts. I want to thank him, but dont know how, so I pat him like you do a baby. He asks me if I’m all right. I say yes. He gets off me and lies down to sleep. I want to say something, but I don’t. I don’t want to take my mind offen the rainbow. I should get up and go to the toilet, but I don’t. Besides Cholly is asleep with his leg thrown over me. I can’t move and I don’t want to.”
― Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

“It was just my reality, to never have a boy be interested in me romantically for more than one random moment. Like a TV show you don’t like but you end up watching anyway, because there’s nothing else on.”
― Siobhan Vivian, The Last Boy and Girl in the World

“In the early days of marriage, joy precedes the act. Tragically, as the years go by joy can be severed from the act until finally, the act itself is no more. This ought not to be. Over time it is the companionship that brings joy, and service is the natural outworking of the joy of commitment. Failure to act kills it.”
― Ravi Zacharias, I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love

“It’s that knowledge that sustains you through tough times, the certainty that you will always be less without each other than you are together.”
― Colette McBeth

“مفيش حاجة بتتكسر وتتصلح..
إحنا مش كراسي، حتى الكراسي لما بتتكسر وتتمسمر نسبة كسرها بتبقى أعلى بكتير من قبل كده، بين الخصام والرجوع فيه جرح بيتفتح مهما رجعت العلاقة بعد كده مابيلمش، الجرح ده ملوش علاقة بالزعل وسببه ومين غلطان ومينليه الحق، هو ليه علاقة بـ “إزاي أنا هنت عليك تعمل فيا كده؟” وده أصعب من الزعل نفسه.”
― مصطفى شهيب, كل الطرق تؤدي ل60 داهية

“love
is giving everything too easily
then staying to try and claw it back”
― Andrew McMillan, Physical

“When unconscious storytelling becomes out default, we often keep tripping over the same issue, staying down when we fall, and having different versions of the same problem in our relationships–we’ve got the story on repeat. Burton explains that our brains like predictable storytelling. He writes, “In effect, well-oiled patterns of observation encourage our brains to compose a story that we expect to hear.”
― Brené Brown, Rising Strong

“Confusing being mortal with being threatened can occur in any realm. The fact that something could go wrong does not mean that we are in danger. It means we are alive. Mortality is the sign of life. In the most intimate and personal of arenas, many of us have love and trusted someone who violated that trust. So when someone else comes along who intrigues us, whose interests we share, who we enjoy being with, with whom there could b some mutual enrichment and understanding, that does not mean that we are being violated again. Experiencing anxiety does not mean that anyone is doing anything to us that is unjust.”
― Sarah Schulman, Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair

“You think every functioning couple knows themselves and expresses what they want and hears what the other is saying perfectly? That we’re not pumping everyone else full of prejudices and fantasies with no connection to reality? The only thing holding relationships together is intention. It’s not a matter of fact or reason. We get to say what happened because we’re the only ones who care.”
― Tony Tulathimutte, Private Citizens

“Relationships may become wrecked by a quirky syndrome: the “Ain’t broke, don’t fix”-syndrome. When there is no interaction in the neural network and no breakthrough into the mind but only a shallow skin experience, living together might be very torturous. If a heartfelt bond has not been molded, nothing can be broken and thus nothing needs to be fixed. (“I wonder what went wrong.”)”
― Erik Pevernagie

“I honor you for every time
this year you:

got back up
vibrated higher
shined your light
and loved and elevated
beyond

—the call of duty.”
― Lalah Delia

“Being friendzoned is like standing near fire. You stand there to seek some warmth, but get burnt instead.”
― Toffee, Finding Juliet

“Don’t ever stop believing in your own personal transformation. It is still happening even on the days you may not realize it or feel like it.”
― Lalah Delia

“Mindset fuels behavior… Great lives, great relationships, great businesses, and great love stories are cultivated from within.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Healing—takes time,

and—so does—not healing.

Chose—how you spend your time

—wisely.”
― Lalah Delia

“No one human being knows the full truth about another human being. Not even one’s nearest and dearest.”
― Agatha Christie, Murder Is Easy

“Love is multidimensional…
Don’t just say; DO.
Don’t just speak; ACT.
Don’t just promise; DELIVER.”
― Steve Maraboli

“But you smiled at me and said consolingly, “People come back again.”
“Yes” I said, “they come back, but then they have forgotten”.
There must have been something odd, something passionate in the way I said that to you. For you rose to your feet as well and looked at me, affectionately and very surprised. You took me by the shoulders. “What’s good is not forgotten; I will not forget you,” you said, and as you did so you gazed intently at me as if to memorise my image.”
― Stefan Zweig, Letter from an Unknown Woman and Other Stories

“I feel like my maybe someday just became my right now.”
― Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday

“What is chemistry in a relationship, Really? Chemistry can be spontaneous combustion that excites, incites, often harms. But not understood. Chemistry can also be that which is studied, intentional, and knows how to be repeated and improved upon. Do you have the right chemistry?”
― Lucille Anderson

“Don’t use “below-the-belt” tactics. These include: blam- ing, interpreting, diagnosing, labeling, analyzing, preaching, moralizing, ordering, warning, interrogating, ridiculing, and lecturing. Don’t put the other person down.”
― Harriet Lerner, The Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships

“One pretty amazing thing we learned early on was that the more time we spent together, the better our relationship was.”
― Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story

“Q. Efrat, do you believe in revenge?

A. You mean, clinging to the past? (…) In my personal opinion, I don’t see the point of taking “compensations” in any damage received. Because if I do, I would disengage with my own inner freedom. So no, I don’t believe in revenge but I do believe in having the ability to let the past be the past, and knowing how much I hold in my heart.”
― Efrat Cybulkiewicz

“…for love loves power. That is why we can suicidally fall in love with others but can rarely reciprocate the love of those suicidally in love with us.”
― Elif Shafak, The Bastard of Istanbul

“Sometimes moving on is the only way to move on.”
― Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love

“You occasionally hear it said that spiritual aspirants should drop everything and set off for the woods, or go to India and wander about on the slopes of the Himalayas. But only through daily contact with people–not trees or brooks or deer–can we train ourselves to be selfless in personal relationships.”
― Eknath Easwaran

“¿Nunca les pasó estar con alguien muy hermoso? Ver a esa persona, escucharla hablar, seguir cada uno de sus fascinantes gestos, admirar su belleza… y más tarde mirarse en el espejo y darse cuenta de que uno es horrible y que estuvo creyéndose bello simplemente porque estaba mirando a alguien lindo que resultó no ser uno.”
― Cielo Latini, Abzurdah

“People don’t get to choose who they fall in love with. The only get to choose who they stay in love with.”
― Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday

“If you keep thinking “you” can change someone, you could end up marrying a job you’re not qualified for.”
― VaeEshia Ratcliff-Davis

“His memory is the last place i want to be. I would give anything to always be in his present.”
― Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday

“He didn’t like her strong, nor did he like her weak.”
― Lily King, Euphoria

“I don’t understand my sudden obsession with staring at her, but i can’t seem to stop.”
― Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday

“Most of us don’t have the past in our favor but we have to realize that we still have the present.”
― VaeEshia Ratcliff-Davis

“Your soul finds ego in fear. Your mind finds ache in pain but your heart finds love when free.”
― Kemi Sogunle, Beyond the Pain by Kemi Sogunle

“If you are in a relationship and you care more about what people think or say rather than what you have, you don’t deserve that relationship, in fact you don’t deserve to be in any relationship at all.”
― Kambiz Shabankare

“Everyday, I end up with your chat on top. Everyday, I end with knowing you a bit more. Don’t know whether you’re mine or not, but everyday is making me the right person to you.”
― sbhankar

“We can honestly say that everyone we’ve known who has used effective communication has been grateful for it in the long run. Often, effective communication brings about huge relief by showing you just how strongly your partner feels about you — and by strengthening the bond between you two. And even though in some instances the response may not be what you hoped for and you’ll be convinced that you’ve ruined everything — if only you had said or done something else, he would surely have come around — we’ve never heard anyone say in retrospect that they regretted raising an important issue in a dating or relationship setting. In fact, they overwhelmingly express gratitude that effective communication got them that one step closer to their long-term goal of either finding the right person or strengthening their existing bond.”
― Amir Levine & Rachel S.F. Heller, Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find — and Keep — Love

“There can’t be a maybe someday between us. There will never be a maybe someday.”
― Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday

“Joe mengusulkan agar setiap salesman memperlakukan pelanggan layaknya teman baik, bukan sebagai objek transaksi. Tersenyum lepas serta mengenal teman, keluarga dan hobi dapat membangun pertemanan. Dale Carnegie dalam bukunya, How to Win Friends and Influence People, menekankan pentingnya relationship. Kita ingin diperlakukan sebagai orang penting dan spesial seperti halnya ketika berada di antara teman dan sahabat.”
― Dedy Budiman, Sales Insight

“I am looking for the one I can’t fool.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“If you walked away from a

toxic, negative, abusive,

one-sided, dead-end

low vibrational

relationship or friendship

— you won.”
― Lalah Delia

“A boy made of stardust and selfishness; a girl filled with fire and fury at the world. We are a tangle of emotional wreckage, two broken messes thrown together, trying to navigate something we can barely comprehend.”
― Julie Johnson, The Monday Girl

“I wonder
if you ever read my poems
and wish
they were written
for you.”
― Kamand Kojouri

“May you reach that level within, where you no longer allow your past or people with toxic intentions to negatively affect or condition you.”
― Lalah Delia

“If I were to share Jaques’ existence I would find it hard to hold my own against him, for already I found his nihilism contagious.”
― Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

“…unforgivingly, and forcefully magnificent…”
― Maquita Donyel Irvin

“It is a very difficult secret to understand that when we do not want to possess another selfishly, he or she will always love us. It is when we do not want to possess, when we do not make demand after demand, that the relationship will last.”
― Eknath Easwaran, The End of Sorrow: The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Volume I [India’s timeless and practical scripture presented as a manual for everyday use]

“The depths of her thoughts will have you never wanting to surface for air…”
― Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

“Jaques was only what he was; but from a distance he became something more, became everything to me, everything I did not possess. It was to him I owed pains and pleasures whose violence alone saved me from the deserts of boredom in which I found myself bogged down.”
― Simone de Beauvoir, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter

“Whatever the hell our souls are made of, they are the same.”
― Anna Todd, After Ever Happy

“When you feel that a relationship is not same as it was and it is lacking the old charm, love, and magic – give it some space.

We often complicate things by wondering how to fix it. At times, just some space and unsaid love can heal even those wounds that are deeply engraved.”
― Nikita Dudani

“Because you thought love was just gonna be there. You weren’t taught that it had to be made, it had to be mixed, kneaded, recycled. Over and over, you have to keep creating it. Over and over with everyone you love. Over and over.”
― Darnell Lamont Walker

“The apartment is a laboratory in which we conduct experiments, perform research on each other. We discover Henry hates it when I absentmindedly click my spoon against my teeth while reading the paper at breakfast. We agree that it is okay for me to listen to Joni Mitchell and it is okay for Henry to listen to the Shaggs as long as the other person isn’t around. We figure out that Henry should do all the cooking and I should be in charge of laundry and neither of us is willing to vacuum so we hire a cleaning service.”
― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

“Nunca hay que quedarse junto a alguien que nos hace daño. Irse es la decisión más sabia.”
― Laurent Gounelle, Hoy haré del mundo un lugar mejor

“To be perfectly honest with you, I think it’s reckless to love and trust another person. It’s clearly foolhardy.
I’d like it very much if the many daredevils who go ahead anyway, enjoyed this book.”
― Kaori Ekuni, Twinkle Twinkle

“I think there are two kinds of marriage,” Ethel said thoughtfully. “One is a comfortable partnership, where two people share the same hopes and fears, raise children as a team, and give each other comfort and help.” She was talking about herself and Bernie, Daisy realized. “The other is a wild passion, madness and joy and sex, possibly with someone completely unsuitable, maybe someone you don’t admire or don’t even really like.” She was thinking about her affair with Fitz, Daisy felt sure. She held her breath: she knew Ethel was now telling her the raw truth. “I’ve been lucky. I’ve had both,” Ethel said. “And here’s my advice to you. If you get the chance of the mad kind of love, grab it with both hands, and to hell with the consequences.”
― Ken Follett, Winter of the World

“Playing is a game. Love is an act. Don’t pretend to love someone when all you plan to do is play. Love is not a game. It is a lifetime commitment.”
― Kemi Sogunle, Being Single: A State For The Fragile Heart: A Guide to Self-Love, Finding You and Purposeful Living

“I’m actually really worried that nobody will ever fall in love with me.”
― Chrisper Malamsha

“[S]he’d realized that he had loved her only because she belonged to him.”
― Lauren Oliver, Rooms

“In times of conflict, we’re all peers.”
― Michael Holbrook, Sublimity’s Treasure: A Tale of Peculiar Findings, Discovery, & Hope

“Dear Charles, she wrote.
After writing to express my appreciation for all the generosity of our friends, I would be remiss indeed if I did not include a missive to you. Out of all the new blessings in my new life, the one I thank God for the most is you. I thank you for writing to me through Genteel Correspondence, and for choosing me out of all the other women eager for adventure in the wild west.
I thank you for your kindness, and your gentleness toward me. Only very strong men can be gentle. I thank you for sharing your home and your life with me. I thank you for inventing delicious breakfasts. And chicory flavored coffee. And prayers that ease my mind and inspire my spirit and lift my heart. For your smile and the way you hold your hat in your hands. For the things you say and how you say them.
Did you know that I pray for you each day? I do. I pray for your safety and happiness.
Yours in Christ,
Rose”
― Jan Holly, Marriage by Mail

“Today, I would pick the person who made me feel warm, rather than the one who left me cold.”
― Lauren Graham, Someday, Someday, Maybe

“This was the part she hated, the part of a relationship that always nudged her to bail, the part where someone else’s misery or expectations or neediness crept into her carefully prescribed world. It was such a burden, other people’s lives. She did love Leo. She’d loved him in a host of different ways at different times in their lives, and she did want whatever their current thing was to continue. Probably. But she always came back to this: She was so much better at being alone; being alone came more naturally to her. She led a life of deliberate solitude, and if occasional loneliness crept in, she knew how to work her way out of that particular divot.”
― Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, The Nest

“It took me a long time to learn the difference between working on a healthy relationship and wasting my time on a long goodbye. Never again!”
― Steve Maraboli

“Empowering Women 101– A strong women knows that cheating isn’t a mistake; it’s a choice. The choice was made long before you found out.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“If you notice yourself viewing a potential partner as a “work in progress”, that’s a sign to find someone else.”
― Miya Yamanouchi

“True happiness is realized beyond circumstance. It is universal relationship, not centered or devoted or residing on other individual relationships we have. True happiness sees the actions of others as directly connected to who we ourselves are. It sees beyond individually separated relationships and is birthed from one great relationship with everything there is.”
― Saunsea, Contemplative Essays: Volume 1: Essays to inspire deep reflection about how we view our world.

“Everything around us is made up of matter so small, its mass cannot be written down. You’re either an atom, or a cell. These things are super small, but they join and function together to create something powerful. It reminds me of love; its always the small things that are done that makes a person feel like they’re made of something.”
― Polkadot

“In this world there are two types of people: the ones who hurt, and the ones who are hurt. But if we all claim to be the victims, then aren’t we all the criminals too?”
― Polkadot

“People being tough with you doesn’t mean they’re villains.”
― Anna Kendrick, Scrappy Little Nobody

“A fulfilling long-term relationship is not accomplished by just finding the one. It is rather a co-operation between two passionate and highly motivated partners working together, figuring out every single situation holding hands. If there is trust at the root of the relationship, if the partners make an effort to keep it interesting, if difficulties are handled tactfully and if you can appreciate every single deed of your partner no matter how insignificant it is, the flames of love would never burn out and your love can truly live happily ever after.”
― Abhijit Naskar, The Art of Neuroscience in Everything

“Don’t be fooled… If they gossip to you, they’ll gossip about you.”
― Steve Maraboli

“If you love someone…feel it, speak it, show it, be it.If you don’t feel inspired to show your love in this multidimensional manner…be kind enough to let them go…so they can find someone who will.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Give it time… The weak in character always get tired of pretending. Their true colors will show.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Hold on, and dont put us on hold”
― Timothy Joshua

“They said, “You’ll never find someone like me again!” I thanked them for wishing me well.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Some people feed your ego, but starve your soul.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Cleave to the common good. We are all responsible for bringing about the time of great suffering, for its continuing.”
― Compton Gage

“There is nothing hidden in the hidden time. Know that this, the hidden time, is your everlasting, and live.”
― Compton Gage

“God has spoken to me, without words, to my heart. He has told me that I am to rewrite the future and remind His people’s faith and to help keep that faith alive attached with the Holy Bible to Him. God gave me the name Compton Gage. My earthly name is not important. My person is not part of the reminder. This is not an ordinary book, this is not a Bible. The materials of the Third Testament, was organized and re-written by me. I was given a good authority by God. BY GOD ONLY!”
― Compton Gage

“All through their relationship, Harry was the one in charge, Harry was the one who gave them direction. This wasn’t because Harry was smarter or even better at it than Craig was; it just meant more to him, to be in control. And Craig didn’t really care, so he ceded it away. He liked not being responsible all the time.
Complacency. Craig realizes now that this was complacency. One of the reasons he liked the sound of Harry’s voice was because it meant he didn’t have to use his own. But eventually this strategy backfired. Eventually Harry realized what was happening, and didn’t feel right about it. He wanted Craig to fight a little more, but by the time Craig started fighting for them to stay together, he had already lost.”
― David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing

“Act correctly. Incorrect action cannot be justified by incorrect action. An incorrect action taken to cover an incorrect action is doubly incorrect.”
― Compton Gage

“At some point you have to stop crossing oceans for those who wouldn’t jump puddles for you.”
― Nick Dee

“This time, something different happens, though. It’s the daydreaming that does it. I’m doing the usual
thing—imagining in tiny detail the entire course of the relationship, from first kiss, to bed, to moving in
together, to getting married (in the past I have even organized the track listing of the party tapes), to how
pretty she’ll look when she’s pregnant, to names of children—until suddenly I realize that there’s
nothing left to actually, like, happen. I’ve done it all, lived through the whole relationship in my head.
I’ve watched the film on fast-forward; I know the whole plot, the ending, all the good bit. Now I’ve got
to rewind and watch it all over again in real time, and where’s the fun in that?
And fucking … when’s it all going to fucking stop? I’m going to jump from rock to rock for the rest of
my life until there aren’t any rocks left? I’m going to run each time I get itchy feet? Because I get them
about once a quarter, along with the utilities bills. More than that, even, during British Summer Time.
I’ve been thinking with my guts since I was fourteen years old, and frankly speaking, between you and
me, I have come to the conclusion that my guts have shit for brains.”
― Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

“The starvation of a child has no justification, even if the crops have failed, or the population is too large.”
― Compton Gage

“The murder of a child has no justification, even if the bombs have missed their mark.”
― Compton Gage

“Onda je otvorila ormar i preturala po mojim košuljama. Tražila je svoje. Izvadila je dve i pitala me da li da obuče oker ili tirkiznu. Rekao sam joj da obuče žutu. Rekla je da nemam pojma o bojama i obukla plavu.”
― Aleksandar Ilić, PR

“no one can recover if they won’t admit the wrongdoings.
i won’t recover if i pretend it was all sunshine.
i have to remember his vindictive temper and realize that sheltering the house from the storm wasn’t actually going to make a difference if i still got damaged in the process. because then it’s just another broken house with no one to tell its story.”

“No crime is a means to an end. No crime can be rationalized.”
― Compton Gage

“Justice is paramount. The new judgement is the justice of the hidden time.”
― Compton Gage

“Compatibility doesn’t determine the fate of a marriage, how you deal with the incompatibilities, does.”
― Abhijit Naskar, In Search of Divinity: Journey to The Kingdom of Conscience

“The Dictionary defines Soul Mate as: A person who is perfectly suited to another in temperament. Before I met mine, I didn’t know I was bonkers!”
― James Hauenstein

“If you can’t do it today, You can not do it in your whole life! Do it NOW!”
― Kamal Khanzada

“Think about the people you love, appreciate, and admire… If today was the last day you could speak with them… What would you say… and what are you waiting for?”
― Steve Maraboli

“Sometimes we need someone to just listen. Not to try and fix anything or offer alternatives, but to just be there… to listen. An ear that listens can be medicine for a heart that hurts.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Dads, no matter your relationship with your kid’s mom, honor her this weekend. Mother’s Day isn’t about you or drama. It’s about her and her impact on your ids. Be grateful. Celebrate her… and if you can’t get out of your own way, do it for your kids.”
― Steve Maraboli

“You are judged more by what you do passively than by what you do actively. If one billion of you watch and do not intercede as one million of you assent to the one thousand who participate in the murder of a child, then one billion of you are a billion times guilty.”
― Compton Gage

“You are judged many times more by what you give assent to others doing than what you do yourself. If one million of you give assent to the one thousand who participate in the murder of a child, then one million of you are a million times guilty.”
― Compton Gage

“You are judged many times more by what you do in groups than for what you do as individuals. If one thousand of you participate in the murder of one child, then one thousand of you are a thousand times guilty.”
― Compton Gage

“The Kingdom of God does not come by Observation. It is hidden in the inner dimension.”
― Compton Gage

“The hidden time is an eternity that runs through every moment. It is all-time. The hidden time is a thread, and moments are the beads on the thread.”
― Compton Gage

“Those of little understanding say the world will soon end. It is the current age that is coming to an end. The end of this age is the beginning of the next.”
― Compton Gage

“Focus on the end, not the beginning- on the beginning not the end- The process proceeds in the inner dimension.”
― Compton Gage

“All the truth of God are discoverable through every day life.”
― Compton Gage

“The inner dimension and the hidden time have already been discovered.”
― Compton Gage

“There is no truth without faith. Nothing is proven except to the heart of one who believes.”
― Compton Gage

“God has permitted the great lie for a short time only. That time is now coming to an end. Believers in the lie! You have been raised on the milk of your concrete beliefs. Now it is time for you to be weaned to partake of the solid food of the new age, the “New World Order.”
― Compton Gage

“The great lie that science has given us is that reality is material.”
― Compton Gage

“Science has given us a great lie. It is this lie that ends the current age of faith in God.”
― Compton Gage

“The great lie is like a sword that has been thrust into the heart of humankind.”
― Compton Gage

“God is the one subject of reality. Take away the one subject and there is nothing real.”
― Compton Gage

“The truths of the one subject have already been discovered, but have not been accepted because they spell the death of the faith in the lie.”
― Compton Gage

“Humankind must no longer permit the lie to be taught to its children.”
― Compton Gage

“The great lie can only be defeated by the New World Order. The sooner the New World Order is established by the institutions of the world, the sooner the suffering caused by the lie will end.”
― Compton Gage

“The New World Order is established by degrees. The first degree is truth of the one subject, which follows from the existence and the oneness of the universe, and from the ancient belief that God is all-knowing.”
― Compton Gage

“It is far easier to move mountain than to move science by this one degree. We have the power to move mountain, if we have faith that the mountain can be moved. It is now that our faith is tested. The future of humankind hangs in the balance.”
― Compton Gage

“We have the power to move mountain, if we have faith that the mountain can be moved.”
― Compton Gage

“There is no greater crime than a crime against humanity. There is no greater crime against humanity than usury. The greatest violence, and the greatest threat to humanity, is the growth of MONEY.”
― Compton Gage

“There is no greater crime against humanity than usury.”
― Compton Gage

“The greatest violence, and the greatest threat to humanity, is the growth of MONEY.”
― Compton Gage

“In the new faith, there is only one commandment. It is this commandment, and this commandment alone, that must be followed to end the times of suffering, which are soon to come. FORSAKE USURY.”
― Compton Gage

“Those who have assets must withdraw them from the markets of loans. Do not accept notes of loan on speculation. The time will soon come when you will gain no profits from the market of loans, and your wealth will be taken by the very few.”
― Compton Gage

“Now hear of the new judgement. You are judged many times more by what you do in groups than for what you do as individuals.”
― Compton Gage

“You are judged many times more by what you do in groups than for what you do as individuals.”
― Compton Gage

“If one thousand of you participate in the murder of one child, then one thousand of you are a thousand times guilty.”
― Compton Gage

“You are judged many times more by what you give assent to others doing than what you do yourself.”
― Compton Gage

“If one million of you give assent to the one thousand who participate in the murder of a child, then one million of you are a million times guilty.”
― Compton Gage

“You are judged more by what you do passively than by what you do actively.”
― Compton Gage

“If one billion of you watch and do not intercede as one million of you assent to the one thousand who participate in the murder of a child, then one billion of you are a billion times guilty.”
― Compton Gage

“The harder you search the more troubled you become.”
― Compton Gage

“To conquer fear, you must become fear – you must bask in the fear of the BOOK… and men fear most what they cannot see- The Power of the Book is spiritual.”
― Compton Gage

“You have not escaped his notice either- you are here by ‘a call’ not by choice.”
― Compton Gage

“You are alone. But you seems not afraid- though you weary with your groaning; wandering far off in the wilderness and your eyes, consumed because of your grief; waxed old while you’re still young.”
― Compton Gage

“To be a great warrior is not enough. Flesh and blood, however skilled, can be destroyed… you must be more than just a man in minds of your opponents.”
― Compton Gage

“Anger does not change the fact. The will to take control is everything.”
― Compton Gage

“It is right that one must come so far to see the world as it is meant to be.”
― Compton Gage

“Purity. Serenity… Solitude: What you ought to uphold. But the important thing is whether you believe it.”
― Compton Gage

“You have strength born of years of grief and anger… The strength of a man denied revenge.”
― Compton Gage

“Justice is about harmony… revenge is about you making yourself feel better.”
― Compton Gage

“Patience! It is not how quickly you run, but how slowly.”
― Compton Gage

“You are created invisible spiritually, and invisibility is largely a matter of patience.”
― Compton Gage

“We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
― Compton Gage

“You haven’t rewarded evil unto them who were at peace with you; nor you have delivered them that without cause is your enemy. But they want to tread down your soul upon the earth, and lay your honour in the dust.”
― Compton Gage

“To conquer fear, you must become fear.”
― Compton Gage

“Many are they that rise up against you. Many there be which say of your soul, ‘’There is no help for you.’’ But the instruments of death is prepared for your cause.”
― Compton Gage

“Death does not wait for you to be ready.”
― Compton Gage

“Death is not considerate, or fair.”
― Compton Gage

“Today, death is your opponent.”
― Compton Gage

“It is not enough to be a man.”
― Compton Gage

“It is not enough to be a man… you have to become an idea… a terrible thought… a wraith- indeed- Become one with the darkness.”
― Compton Gage

“By studying, understanding and do the wills of the book, you renounce your mortal life.”
― Compton Gage

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen.”
― Compton Gage

“Dedicate your life to solitude and mortify your members which are upon the earth.”
― Compton Gage

“You have purged your way. You are ready to lead sons of men.”
― Compton Gage

“You should assume the mantle of your birthright.”
― Compton Gage

“When The Pyramid falls, the other cities will follow in short order. Nature’s balance will be restored and Man will finally return to solitude.”
― Compton Gage

“Your Maker has rescued you from the darkest corner of your own heart… What he asks in return is obedience. And the courage to do what is necessary.”
― Compton Gage

“Throughout the ages, the wisdom has been taught. Now the language has changed, and truth is given in the language of science.”
― Compton Gage

“Hear about the hidden time. Some think the hidden time is yet to come. The Kingdom of God does not come by Observation. It is hidden in the inner dimension.”
― Compton Gage

“However close you get to others, you can never get inside them, even when you’re inside them.”
― Ian McEwan, Nutshell

“You are all the season for my heart.”
― pooja

“Truth be told, many couples spend more time planning the wedding and the honeymoon than they do preparing for the marriage.”
― Carlos Wallace, The Other 99 T.Y.M.E.S: Train Your Mind to Enjoy Serenity

“With you life is wonderful,
with out you its unbearable”
― pooja bagul

“My grief were thoroughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together! For now it would be heavier than the sand of the desert.”
― Compton Gage

“The quality of knowledge you
bring into the relationship
determines the quality of the
relationship.”
― Dele Ayo Bankole

“we need to be pure in love.”
― pooja

“To find love, give love first.”
― Kevin J. Donaldson

“To be happy, make others happy.”
― Kevin J. Donaldson

“Turbulence during a relationship does not mean its core, foundation and essence changes. Couples will run into obstacles. The challenge may knock the wind out of them, but it does not have to cripple their resolve. Both people must trust that on the other side of crisis still exist the qualities you appreciate.”
― Carlos Wallace, The Other 99 T.Y.M.E.S: Train Your Mind to Enjoy Serenity

“It is very funny, but you do not always have to see people to love them. Just think about it, and tell me if it isn’t so.”
― Kate Douglas Wiggin, The Bird’s Christmas Carol

“He doesn’t know this now, but in the years to come he will, again and again, test Harold’s claims of devotion, will throw himself against his promises to see how steadfast they are. He won’t even be conscious that he’s doing this. But he will do it anyway, because part of him will never believe Harold and Julia; as much as he wants to, as much as he thinks he does, he won’t, and he will always be convinced that they will eventually tire of him, that they will one day regret their involvement with him. And so he will challenge them, because when their relationship inevitably ends, he will be able to look back and know for certain that he caused it, and not only that, but the specific incident that caused it, and he will never have to wonder, or worry, about what he did wrong, or what he could have done better. But that is in the future. For now, his happiness is flawless.”
― Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

“They brought their whole intellectual energy to bear on their relationships; they wanted to know not only that they loved people but how and why they loved them, to understand the mechanism of their likings, the springs that prompted thought and emotion; to come to terms with themselves and with one another; to know where they were going and why.”
― Wade Davis, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest

“It was more than love at first sight. For Mallory it was as if a dam had burst and the impounded emotions of a young lifetime had found immediate release.”
― Wade Davis, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest

“Make the best of the time you have left, live like there is no tomorrow.”
― Martin M Stupak

“i ll always love yo till the core ,”
― pooja bagul

“What is my strength, that I should hope? Is my strength the strength of stone? Or is my flesh of brass? Is not my help in me.”
― Compton Gage

“Though dead is promised to me, when will I slumber, deep? Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? Are not his days also like the days of an hireling? As a servant earnestly desires the shadow, and as an hireling looks for the reward of his work: So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me.”
― Compton Gage

“Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, And life unto the bitter in soul; Which long for death, but it cometh not; And dig for it more than for hid treasures; Which rejoice exceedingly, and are glad, when they can find the grave?”
― Compton Gage

“One generation passes away, and another generation cometh forth: but the earth abides for ever.”
― Compton Gage

“All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.”
― Compton Gage

“The thing that had been, it is that which shall be; And that which is done is that which shall be done.”
― Compton Gage

“There is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, ‘See, this is new?’ it had been already of old time, which was before us.”
― Compton Gage

“I saw under the sun the place of judgement, …that wickedness was there; And the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. …I said in mine heart, ‘Who shall judge the righteous and the wicked:’ for there is a time for every purpose and for every work.”
― Compton Gage

“All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.”
― Compton Gage

“All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me. That which is far off, exceeding deep, who can find it out?”
― Compton Gage

“I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, And the reason of things, And to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness: And I find more bitter than death, the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands-”
― Compton Gage

“Your whole being is deeply troubled- personified the vision of a child’s purity, lost in the wilderness of an ever-unchanging and imperfect world.”
― Compton Gage

“Loneliness is your only companion.”
― Compton Gage

“Only dead surpasses the sufferings”
― Compton Gage

“A disastrous flaw in our design is that the heart always defies the brain.”
― Piper Payne, White Lies

“She had accepted him as he was and had spared him a great deal of loneliness. He had been unfair: while his imagination and vanity had given her too much importance, his pride had given her too little. He discovered the cruel paradox by which we always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love – first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.”
― Albert Camus, A Happy Death

“Love alone means nothing unless you have a tortured heart for it to soothe.”
― Piper Payne, White Lies

“No matter how they abuse you; toleration is how you abuse yourself.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Sometimes, you can be more than enough for someone, but they choose not to be in your life. Always remember that Satan works hard to keep people miserable by feeding their fears, so they stay in their comfort zone. The truth is some people value what is predictable, more than chemistry.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Pay attention… How a person handles poor cell service, traffic, and spotty wifi is a good indicator of how they’ll behave during relationship challenges.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Some people seem like a bright light during your darkest moment.. A beautiful refuge… but it’s a trap… there is only more pain there. Now that I think about it… I imagine that’s what bugs feel like when they fly into the zapper.”
― Steve Maraboli

“All I want to do is be at Hogwarts with you, eating turkey legs in the great hall while listening to the carols of the ghosts gliding past us. Then maybe we can go to Hogsmeade to get a butterbeer.”
― Maria Elena, Eternal Youth

“I watched him with wonder like the stars watch the moon, falling in love with every crescent, dark side, and dream.”
― Piper Payne, White Lies

“Truth is the basis of all healing.”
― Barbara Schmidt

“We were not placed on an empty island for a reason, we were placed into communities to BUILD RELATIONSHIPS and Help ONE ANOTHER!”
― Manuel Corazzari

“Your job won’t take care of you when you’ll be sailing through loneliness or going though a tragedy in life. Your friends will. Make good friends and stay in touch.”
― Chanda Kaushik

“More often than not a young couple stays in the same relationship, but they walk in different directions.”
― Debasish Mridha

“I hope every night is stunning where you are. In my words, you are a legend.”
― Maria Elena, Eternal Youth

“Everyday, God shows us what love and compassion is about, through everything He created. We must learn to see beyond our differences and look deeper into our hearts. Everything in life will shape you, if you allow yourself embrace the truth…no matter how much it hurts. The truth is associated with love and love is all we need.”
― Kemi Sogunle

“You are the illness I will never cure. You are the poem I will never write. You are the thought I will never finish. You are the text I will never read.”
― Maria Elena, Eternal Youth

“The person you are sleeping with signifies the value upon which you have for yourself. You are attracted to who reflects your deepest vision of yourself”
― Bridget English

“The person you are sleeping with signifies the value upon which you have for yourself. You are attracted to who echoes your deepest thoughts of yourself”
― Bridget English

“Dear God, I don’t want my fear to be a barrier to the blessings you are trying to bestow. Cast out my fear, and help me to trust your perfect love. But also grant me a full measure of wisdom. Do not let me be led astray by my own desires. If it is not your will that I pursue a relationship with Levi, I pray that you will stop me. Make your message so clear that I cannot argue it away. Protect me, Lord, and show me the way I should go.”
― Karen Witemeyer, To Win Her Heart

“There are people who think that Malina and I are married. We never considered that we might be married, that such a possibility could exist, nor even the idea that other people might think that we were married. For the longest time it never crossed our minds that, like other people, we appear as man and wife wherever we go. This was a complete surprise for us, but we had no idea what to make of it. We laughed a lot.”
― Ingeborg Bachmann, Malina

“I had tried, as best I could, to forget the people who had said they loved me, and I had been able to do so only by replacing their memory with hatred for them and their crimes. Time is no healer. It scabs the wound until the injury is forgotten, but the infection festers, eating away, spreading.”
― Wesley Stace, Misfortune
tags: misfortune, relationships, wesley-stace

“If you are the land, then I am the sea. I don’t need you and you don’t need me.”
― Maria Elena, Eternal Youth

“Be true to yourself so you never regret anything you did.”
― Hisham Fawzi

“Those who can truly love, they’re like candles; they don’t mind sacrificing themselves for the sake of love. But the rest of us are candle holders. We love and appreciate the light of love, but are too afraid to burn ourselves down to light up someone else’s life.”
― Uday Mukerji, Love, Life, and Logic

“Why, when two people start living together, do they end up hurting each other so much? Maybe that’s an indication that too much of anything isn’t good.”
― Uday Mukerji, Love, Life, and Logic

“They’d fallen into their old ways, accusatory and evasive, which was reassuring in a perverted way. Leo understood the nasty pull of the regrettable familiar, how the old grooves could be so much more satisfying than the looming unknown. It’s addicts stayed addicts.”
― Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, The Nest

“The problem with stealing the magician’s assistant from a carnival was that you were always waiting for her to disappear. He expected her to vanish. She had in fact, multiple times, before Simon was born, and just after, too.

…Daniel wanted to be worried for, wanted to be missed without doing any of the leaving that missing demanded. When Paulina left, he counted breaths, and thought constantly of the disappearing box. The reappearing was the most important part of the trick. Eventually he stopped living in fear that she wouldn’t come back. The more pressing concern was that she was cutting herself in two.”
― Erika Swyler, The Mermaid Girl: A Story

“She’d started swimming early in the morning, when the kids were asleep, when she thought he was asleep. She didn’t know her absence woke him, that the shift in the bed was an earthquake. When she climbed back in, she smelled like salt and seaweed. Sometimes her hair would still be knotted on top of her head. She tried to keep it dry. She didn’t want him to know. The problem with marrying the mermaid girl from the carnival was knowing that one day she’d swim away.”
― Erika Swyler

“Black Mary: Leroy. And John. And Cujoe. And Sam. And Robert. One after the other they come and they go. You can’t hold on to none of them. They slip right through your hands. They use you up and you can’t hold them. They all the time taking till it’s gone. They ain’t tried to put nothing to it. They ain’t got nothing in their hand. They ain’t got nothing to add to it. They too busy taking. They taking ’cause they need. You can’t blame them for that. They so full of their needs they can’t see you. Now here you come. You don’t even know what you need. All you see is a woman. You can’t see nothing else. You can’t think nothing else. That blinds you.

(Black Mary turns to him. A new thought occurs to her.)

Okay, Mr. Citizen. I’ll come to your room tonight. But the morning got to come, Mr. Citizen. What you got then? You tell me tomorrow. You wake up and look at your hands and see what you got.

Citizen: I got me. That’s all there is.

Black Mary: That ain’t never gonna be enough.”
― August Wilson, Gem of the Ocean

“You were born with the power to change others. You change people by the way you treat them. That is what changes the human heart.”
― Patricia Polacco

“Every incident chips away at your limit. Every time you choose to stay, it makes the next time that much harder to leave. Eventually, you lose sight of your limit altogether, because you start to think, ‘I’ve lasted five years now. What’s five more?”
― Colleen Hoover, It Ends with Us

“The right man in your life will fly across the world to say hello, instead of saying goodbye.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Don’t ruin your life over somebody else’s foolishness. If they want to leave, let them leave! Manipulating, begging, or coercing someone to stay with you is an insult to SELF. Have confidence in yourself! Know your worth! Take a stand for YOU. You deserve to be loved, respected, and appreciated by someone who’s genuinely in love with you. It may hurt to let go, but trying to force someone to stay with you is more damaging than you realize. It’s VERY unhealthy. Set Yourself Free! Be a Priority to Yourself!”
― Stephanie Lahart

“بين التحكم والحماية تتوه المرأة في فهم مشاعرنا تجاهها ، وتتبع شيطانها في سوء الظن !”
― ياسمين ثابت, وثالثهما الموت

“So, you want to be in a relationship and you’re tired of being single, right? But let me ask you an important question: Do you have a healthy relationship with yourself? I get it! Everybody wants to be in love and feel loved, but trust me, SELF-LOVE is far more important. How is YOUR mind, YOUR body, YOUR spirit? Listen, it’s okay to be single! You may not want to be single, but sometimes it’s best. Learn to commit to yourself, first. Be good to yourself, take care of yourself, and love yourself! You’ve got to like and love who YOU are before you can give your very best to that special someone. Don’t be in a rush and don’t be desperate. Work on yourself first and be at peace.”
― Stephanie Lahart

“Trying to change someone to suit your desires is a setup for disappointment.”
― Carlos Wallace, The Other 99 T.Y.M.E.S: Train Your Mind to Enjoy Serenity

“Sorry’ is, indeed, one of the most difficult and most powerful words in the English language, provided one can feel and say it at the same time. It’s difficult because you sincerely need to feel the pain of the other person and rise above your ego to say it; it’s powerful because you overwhelm the other with the opposite reaction of what they were expecting.”
― Love, Life, and Logic

“Like we all sync our watches every year, at the start and at the end of daylight saving time, we also need to sync our relationships once in a while.”
― Uday Mukerji, Love, Life, and Logic

“He likes girls on bikes, I like boys with guitars.”
― Beth Garrod, Super Awkward

“Luke is the sort of boy Taylor Swift could get at least three songs out of.”
― Beth Garrod, Super Awkward

“You can’t have relationships if you’re not willing to open yourself up and lean on people as much as you want them to lean on you.”
― Martina Boone, Illusion

“Tell me something that only I will ever know, was perhaps what she wanted to ask him, or, What will you remember me by? – or even, Nothing of the least importance has ever belonged to me; can you help?”
― Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House

“Elle se répète: “change de tactique, ma fille, cesse de souffrir, t’es pas obligée de ramasser autant.” Mais rien n’y fait. Il y a des gens qui se torturent mieux que d’autres. Dans cette catégorie, au moins, elle se sent championne absolue.”
― Virginie Despentes, Bye Bye Blondie

“Who you are and what you experience is based upon the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the book you read, what someone said, the weather, an argument, nor your age, that are to blame (or credit!). You, and only you, are responsible for every decision and choice you make. Period.”
― Mango Wodzak, Destination Eden

“Fool! Never wait on a man! Let him wait on himself!”
― V.C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic

“Baggage? Who are you talking to? I am the Maharajah of baggage. I could fly to the moon and back and never have to do laundry.”
― P.J. Patterson

“Tu connais l’effet que je fais au mecs: les premiers mois, ils adorent ça, que j’aille si mal et ils veulent toujours m’aider. Seulement point trop n’en faut: trop de douleur pourrait tacher le canapé…”
― Virginie Despentes, Bye Bye Blondie

“C’est un gars qui tombe amoureux, souvent, son piédestal est facile d’accès, mais doté d’une option “eject”
― Virginie Despentes, Bye Bye Blondie

“Aflame in black ecstasy, orders extinguished:
after death
how will I know my love was true,
this sacrifice not an exercise in vanity?”
― Phan Ming Yen

“Inside a home you left me, a blue orphanage.
Inside a bluish mosaic, space to live.”
― Heng Siok Tian

“Break up of some relation sometime don’t just break connection between two person,for some one it can be disconnection with his soul.and the disconnect between body and soul its mean death of a person”
― Mohammed Zaki Ansari, Zaki’s Save Me

“Addiction of Narcotics and Addiction of flirt are same,person cant give up Narcotics Addiction neither Flirting Addiction,Doesn’t matter,its destroyed self character or all relations.For this Both Addiction person can left all anything,but impossible to leave it. But mind it.Flirting Addiction is more dangerous then narcotics because Narcotics Kills Self and Flirting Addiction Kills Another someone.”
― Mohamemd Zaki Ansari

“I appreciate your thinking on me, marshal, but ain’t no trouble of his what ain’t trouble of mine, too.”
― J.D. Jordan, Calamity: Being an Account of Calamity Jane and Her Gunslinging Green Man

“Sometimes you get this look in your eyes, like you’ve just realized I’m edible.”
“Well, I like looking at you.” He angles his head. “Do you know what else I like? I like your thoughts, your imperfections, your lips, your sarcasm, your explosions of anger, your intelligence, your strength of character. I like it all.”
― Elisa Marie Hopkins, Brilliant Cut

“If I could do it all over again, I’d probably still leave. Except, this time, I would hold you closer, tighter, longer. I would kiss you a thousand more times, tell you I love you ten thousand more times, have sex with you one million more times. I didn’t get it right the first time when you were mine. If I could it all over again, I would value your trust, stand by your actions, and never take score…even though I’m totally winning. So if you can just find it in your heart to shut the hell up and love me, I swear with every fiber of my being that I will spend every possible minute loving you.” A smile that flirts with cruelty lifts on his mouth. “Your move. I’m wearing to many clothes.”
― Elisa Marie Hopkins, Brilliant Cut

“By holding hands a couple can always say a lot of things they couldn’t have otherwise said in a public place. Among a million people, they can touch and tickle each other at their most intimate places: their hearts.”
― Love, Life, and Logic

“Being equal does not mean being the same.”
― Rebekah Elizabeth Gamble

“In relationships, always strive to give more than you take — that’s how you make a bigger impact.”
― Adam Kirk Smith

“There are many places you need to be, but there is nowhere to reach. There are many people you need to see but no one to meet. And there are many contacts in your phone but no one to talk. There are many masks in your closet but no face to please.”
― Jasz Gill

“The biggest fight in my relationship with Danny regards his absurd claim that he invited the popular middle school phenomenon of saying “cha-cha-cha” after each phrase of the Happy Birthday song- an idea his ingenious sixth-grade brain allegedly spawned in a New Jersey Chuck E. Cheese and watched spread across 1993 America with an unprecedented rapidity.”
― Marina Keegan, The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

“An abuser isn’t abusive 24/7. They usually demonstrate positive character traits most of the time. That’s what makes the abuse so confusing when it happens, and what makes leaving so much more difficult.”
― Miya Yamanouchi

“Between any two beings there is a unique, uncrossable distance, an unenterable sanctuary. Sometimes it takes the shape of aloneness. Sometimes it takes the shape of love.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer, Here I Am

“Newness wears off.
This is something I’ve learned about relationships. I’ve had more than a few run their course, the idiosyncrasies that were once endearing becoming annoying, the jump of my heart into my throat at the sight of her lessening to a skip, then a pause, then the bare recognition that at some point slips into dread, and you know it’s time to end it.
It’s different with Alex. The newness might have faded, which is inevitable, but it’s grown into something better. The panic of not being able to come up with something to say to her has settled into the comfort of companionable silence, my hand resting on her knee, or her head on my chest. The frantic need to be near her and know how she feels has morphed into an almost pleasant ache of missing her when she’s not with me, because I know we’ll be together again.”
― Mindy McGinnis, The Female of the Species

“The depth of your network is more important than its length”
― Bernard Kelvin Clive

“When he had promised himself that he wouldn’t try to repair Jude, he had forgotten that to solve someone is to want to repair them: to diagnose a problem and then not try to fix that problem seemed not only neglectful but immoral.”
― Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

“A man of God doesn’t lead a woman through dictatorship, he leads her through a partnership guided by God.”
― Stephan Labossiere, He Who Finds A Wife: A Man’s Guide To Finding The Woman & Love He Desires

“The Scotchman seemed hardly the same Farfrae who had danced with her, and walked with her, in a delicate poise between love and friendship – that period in the history of a love when alone it can be said to be unalloyed with pain.”
― Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge

“The police are required to enforce the law in areas where they do not live, do not eat, do not go to the barbershop. They have no interaction with the people in that community except when they are called to resolve an issue. To bridge the gap we must establish relationships with the people and communities we serve. If we don’t we will continue to have biases that grow and fester and create deadly situations.”
― Bobby F. Kimbrough Jr.

“Love isn’t just what you feel for someone when you look at them. It’s how they make you feel about yourself when they look back at you.”
― Priya Sharma, Fabulous Beasts

“Don’t ruin a relationship,
by giving it a name.
A potential lover.
A lover of the present and
An ace of the past.
These months, years and ages,
might just forget the memory
And remember the terms you
used to file them in a draft.”
― Shillpi S Banerrji
“An artwork could always be restored and sold with no depreciated value―the cracks and tears provide more character, But when it comes to human emotions, how far could you stretch your heart to let go of the pain?”
― Geraldine Solon, The Portrait

“Chose the person who respects you rather than the one who loves you. Cuz Love depends on the other person. Respect depend on how you act.”
― Hiroshana Jayamal

“Sometimes bonds are very simple.
We don’t want to care about the people who don’t care about us.”
― Hiroshana Jayamal

“It is easy to hurt people when we do not filter our thoughts, when we do not choose our words, when we do not control the tone of voice and the body language.”
― Saif Samir

“Meredith was good, so incredibly good, and Charles had fallen, without fireworks, for that goodness. But goodness did not transfer. Being with someone good does not make you good. This it would take years for Charles to comprehend.”
― Mai Al-Nakib, The Hidden Light of Objects

“It’s easy to be with someone who is completely different from you, but difficult when that person holds starkly different opinions from you.”
― Tarang Sinha

“But relying on one person for your every need is so dangerous. One set of hands isn’t enough to keep you from falling”
― Sarah Addison Allen, Lost Lake

“The secret to loving relationships is to never give more love than you have for yourself.”
― Tice Davids aka David T. Parker

“My Aunt Helen was my favorite person in the whole world. She was my mom’s sister. She got straight A’s when she was a teenager and she used to give me books to read. My father said that the books were a little too old for me, but I liked them so he just shrugged and let me read.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being A Wallflower

“Do not let your boss, your spouse, your kids, your neighbors, or anyone push you around or walk all over you. This does not mean you need to be a butt-hole – but you may need to draw some clear lines for the people in your life. Want to do it right? Communicate expectations clearly, and consistently. People cannot treat you the way you want them to treat you unless you tell them HOW to treat you.”
― Josh Hatcher, Manlihood: The 12 Pillars of Masculinity

“People don’t vanish from one’s life; they come back in disguise.”
― Yiyun Li, Kinder Than Solitude

“No love is lost; unless we try, to make it last forever.”
― Seekerohan, Caged: The Price of Pride

“Humankind has turned to world into a cruel and inhospitable place. The thing that makes it all bearable is the potential for loving companionship.”
― Christopher Earle

“What rubs off on me is hard to rub off. So, I’d better figure out what I rubbing up against.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“In a woman’s lifetime, She will kiss a couple of clowns before she gets to the King.”
― Andrea L’Artiste

“I looked directly in front of me, and there he was, Sitting. Dark, Handsome, Distinguished, and waiting on me.
Without ever knowing it.”
― Andrea L’Artiste

“Doing what you love, with those you love, is an adventurous type of success. The kind that can not be taken away, often discovered by those who have had much taken away, and saw it as an opportunity to re-access their path, and reset from the crucible of shared and beneficial dreams.”
― Tom Althouse, The Frowny Face Cow

“The wounded, the incomplete, the unbalanced, the malfunctioning, the ill seek each other out: like attracted to like.”
― William Boyd, Waiting For Sunrise

“Love is dangerous. Love leaves scars.”
― Alleece Balts, The Crowd

“Nobody should be alone,” Sissix said. “Being alone and untouched…there’s no punishment worse than that. And she’s done nothing wrong. She’s just different.”
― Becky Chambers

“Sometimes, to love people, I must completely avoid them. Sometimes, to be strong, I must completely fall apart. Sometimes, to create, I must completely destroy.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“Sometimes love doesn’t look like what we think it should look like. Sometimes it’s paradoxical. Sometimes we have to step outside our comfort zone. Sometimes we have to be more honest than we thought we’d ever have to be or more supportive than we are taught is appropriate. When we traverse those boundaries, that’s when we really understand what this whole love thing is all about. We become more than just human. We become part of the giant, beautiful ever-changing reality of life. By loving without limits, we become wise, strong, and beautiful. We become more of what we already are.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“A slip of the foot may injure your body, but a slip of the tongue will injure your bond.”
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“Loving yourself isn’t just about celebrating your accomplishments and nurturing your talents. Those things are nice, sure. But that’s not how we know others love us. We know others love us when they see us with our face on the ground, crying and weak, feeling like we’ve got nothing to offer the world—and they smile, and they reach out, and they love us anyway. Loving yourself is what you do when you fail, when you don’t know, when you screw up, when you forget, when you lose everything. Loving yourself is what you do when you can’t approve of what you’ve done. Loving yourself is what you do when you’re not sure if it’s going to get better. Loving yourself is what you must do in those moments when you can’t like yourself. Real love is when you reach out for no good reason at all, except to love.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“No, when you love someone you spend hours and hours with them, and even the mightiest forces in the netherworld could not say whether the hours you spend increase your love or if you simply spend more hours with someone as your love increases.”
― Daniel Handler, Adverbs

“Because our love is more than something I can wear. Our time is far greater than what can be counted by two hands and some numbers. Because, even without it, I still have you.”
― Elise Kova, Crystal Crowned

“Real relationships are the product of time spent, which is why so many of us have so few of them.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Vulnerability creates unimaginable space to build each other up, as much as it creates ample room to tear each other down.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Betrayal is advancing myself at the expense of the one who I committed myself to advance.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Loving and working relationships bring so much joy into our lives! We need to work on our relationships like a garden; toiling the soil for a solid foundation, planting the seeds to slowly grow into a flower, daily water and weeding to maintain growth, and making adjustments when the relationship is in full bloom. Sadly, there are times when the plot of land dries up, nothing will grow, and it’s time to move on. Our dreams of the nighttime can be used as maintenance in all our relationships.”
― Pamela Cummins, Learn the Secret Language of Dreams

“We are not defined by our individual loneliness, but by the web of relationships in which we’re enmeshed.”
― Ken Liu, Mono no Aware

“Convince people that you need them, and watch what they do.”
― Wayne Gerard Trotman

“If we learn to be responsible for our own emotions, thoughts, and needs, then we can see other people for who they are as opposed to what they can do for us.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“people need me. I fill
them. if they can’t see me
for awhile the get desperate, they get
sick.

but if I see them too often
I get sick. it’s hard to feed
without getting fed.”
― Charles Bukowski, Love Is a Dog from Hell

“You can’t forge a relationship with learned helplessness, you can only force one and it will always be tenuous. There is always the possibility the peregrine will rediscover the strength of his heart.”
― Rebecca K. O’Connor, Lift

“Have the courage to love yourself like you always wished someone would.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“It’s not that he was flirting, unless flirting was just about wanting to really see someone. People thought that someone like him — good-looking, young, cool clothes — was going to be dismissive, and when he wasn’t, when he was just easy and open with them, they glowed. It was a feeling he tried to re-create a hundred times a day, in every interaction. It also calmed him. If he looked at someone and they looked at him and there was a true connection, no matter how brief, then it meant that he didn’t need to replay the encounter anxiously afterwards, trying to find where it had all gone wrong.”
― Jade Chang, The Wangs vs. the World

“Strong personal relationships are characterised by an ability and willingness to do each other favors. Strive to put family first, then your social circle, and back off on efforts to be a social media superstar.”
― Mark Sisson, The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation: A Complete, Step-By-Step, Gene Reprogramming Action Plan

“For you born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word”
– Catherine Drinker Bowen”
― Yvonne Finn, Getting From Hello To Forever Together

“The cruelest thing is love that leads us to deal with the parts of ourselves that we do not want to see, and this is what, in fact, we do not forgive each other.”
― Luigina Sgarro

“There are things that two people say in the middle of the night That don’t make sense to a third at breakfast.”
― Melissa Bank, The Wonder Spot

“If being in a relationship never causes you any grief, consider that maybe while you might physically be ‘in’ the relationship; mentally and emotionally you may have ‘checked out’ of the relationship. Relationships take an active presence in order to actually ‘be’ relationships. You can’t ‘care’ without caring and caring isn’t just for sunny days.”
― Akiroq Brost

“Up until that moment, I’d been at the earliest stage of love, when you feel it will turn you into the person you want to be. Now, his gentle voice and sage advice took me to a later stage: I felt I needed to pretend to be a better person than I was so he’d keep loving me. This was hard because it made me hate him.”
― Melissa Bank, The Wonder Spot

“I cannot live without you. For to attempt to do so would be to rob both of us of each other, and that is thievery of the greatest sort.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“They were a couple in a way that didn’t exclude anyone but seemed superior to every other relationship in the room.”
― Melissa Bank, The Wonder Spot

“At times even the best are not good enough.”
― Gina Wings, Secrets of a Perfect Hair Color: Adventures of an Urban Woman

“From Louisiana, he followed the hyphens in the road that blurred together toward a faraway place, bridging unrelated things as hyphens do.”
― Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

“He thought she knew what he meant, but the biggest mistake you can make is thinking they know what you mean.”
― Daniel Handler, Adverbs

“When there is deep love the heart breathes sentimental sighs.”
― Bluenscottish

“Love is a country, with closed borders and a language no foreigner can speak. The only people who can understand its customs, traditions, and history are its citizens. A relationship doesn’t have to make sense to all people. It only has to make sense to two people.”
― Jillian Keenan, Sex with Shakespeare: Here’s Much to Do with Pain, but More with Love

“There is a miracle in your mess, don’t let the mess make you miss the miracle.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I am a bit old fashion but I believe in prayer, I believe prayer can move mountain. Prayer might not be our responsibility but it is a good starting place. It can give us heaven’s prospectives on human problems. I know we need to do a bit more than pray but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to pray.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“There is power in the word of God if used properly.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“How about we be the light of Jesus Christ? There are things we tend to forget when fear becomes the driving force. The world is filled with a lot of questions now; what do we do? Who do we elect? How do we fix this? Some people feel powetless in those ways. Helpless, hopeless, confused, overwhelmed.
What do we do?
My answer: Stop looking for practical advice “don’t be afraid ” “those who are with us are more than those who are with them”
2 kings 6:16”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The agenda of the Media is not to inform you, they don’t care about you, they are trying to show you the truth. There are some intelligent Christians but they can’t find them and put on the air …for instance me”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The presence of crisis does not prove the absence of God. I think in time of crisis Christians should rise up and point to the world on something bigger. The crisis is an opportunity for us to proclaim to the children of darkness what we proclaim in the light.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Man’s panic does not produce God’s power…..sometimes you need to pray before you post on social media.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Five minutes after something happened might not be the best time for you to get into your Facebook and tell everybody. Men’s panic does not produce God’s power.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Conflict is much the same, injustice and inequality is nothing new to our generation only the contest has changed because not only that everyone has opinion but they also have an opportunity to voice it and that is a bit dangerous.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The conflict hasn’t gotten worst but the contest has really changed………….”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I have the word of God and my bible is very interesting, this book was conceived in battle, Jesus Christ our Saviour was conceived in brokenness, out of barenness to redeem a people who were in bondage to their sin. I know exactly where to go when the people start getting confused, trading lies for truth, buying injustice for justice and even when the media starts to show me the prospectives of the world that I am living in, I have my prospective from the word of God.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I am so happy that I grew up knowing the word of God, the spirit of discernment in me is 24hrs activated, I can differentiate between light and darkness. I put on the amour of God even when the whole world is going to hell, I refuse to join them. The light in me shall overshadow every power of darkness.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“All of my life God has allowed me to share prospectives with people who are different. You cannot lead people whose prospective you are not willing to understand.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Surrounded by enemies, surrounded by evil, surrounded by darkness, injustice…….”don’t be afraid , those who are with us are more than those who are with them”
2 Kings 6:16”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Whenever someone is a threat to the enemy there will be an attack dispatched against that person to try to minimise their effectiveness.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Sometimes what not to do is more important than what to do. Sometimes when you are in crisis, when frustration are high or when you are under pressure, what you don’t do is more important than what you do. Don’t be afraid. ….”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“There is a remedy and there is a hope but the remedy is not in the political party or in places that will take you away from hope. You better run to God, that is the only place you can find both.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“My advice for those of you who felt being marginalised, undervalued and taken for granted; guess what? That is the Arena where God creates Leaders.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I didn’t come from a success lineage but I am so glad that my earthly lineage is not my final story because when I gave my life to Jesus twelve years back, God interrupted my story.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Parents never you make church and studying the word of God optional for your children. If they are in your house, get them up, teach them the word of God, the greatest awards, PhD or achievements any child could have is to grow up in the word of God. I and my family are living witness and it is extending to our third generation.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I do not have any trust fund, I have always trusted God for all my funds.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“There must always be an opposition because the enemy always opposes what the Lord has declared.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I am amazed upon the many battle that we engage in, be it money, control or matters of the heart, only very few of us knows how to fight in the right way or understand who we are really fighting against. To win any battle you’ ve got to have the right strategy and resources because victories don’t come by accident.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Of what use is my going to church every day and still come home and remain the same? Of what use is my attending the mosques and the next day I enter the mall with knives and start slaughtering people in the name of religion.
God is a God of variety. He was not stupid creating all of us different with our uniqueness.
His creating us different shows the level of His creativity. He didn’t make you white to hate black or vice versa. He made it so that we can cherish and love each other irrespective of our differences just as He loved us with all our flaws and our short comings.
Can we forgive those who have offended us? Yes and some will say no but never forget that you are not worthy but God still forgives you even till the last hour of your life.
If God can love us against all our atrocities why can’t we learn to love one another.
Take a look around you, you can only see sad faces. Was that really God’s intention for us on earth? Absolutely not. But we have remoulded God’s creativity to suit our taste and lifestyles and now we are reaping the fruit of our labour. You should not expect to reap love when you sowed the seed of hatred. What a man sows that he reaps. We sowed on weapons of war and we are yielding war in return. We have sowed on weapons of destruction so why are we asking for peace.
If you ask me….I will say let’s go back to our source. He has never lost any battle. I am a living witness.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I would rather have a man chasing JESUS than a house full of stuffs and garrage filled with big cars.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“There must be something that God knows about fear that we don’t know. I am sure He knows that when you are in a state of fear, you can’t fix anything. When we are in a state of fear we can’t talk about anything reasonable and we can’t solve anything. That is the problem because the media throws all lies on us to create fear and we fall for it….Number one Satan’s strategy of getting some people trapped.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God always sees me with no make-ups on because He knew how we started.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God is not interested in helping you finding out why you are in a mess, He is interested in fixing it.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“It’s when your plans look dead that God’s resurrection power begins to operate in your life in greater measure”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“My spouse is my shield, my spouse is my strength.”
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“Seed becomes tree, son becomes stranger.”
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“إذا كانت لك علاقة بفتاة وهذة العلاقة تعرفها الزوجة وترضى عنها فهي علاقة بين امرأتين .. أى أنك لم تعد لك علاقة بها”
― أنيس منصور, وداعًا أيها الملل

“Gratitude without practicing maybe like practicing a faith without good work. A grateful heart is not enough without a grateful habit; because your joy is not produced by what you put in your heart but by habit you put in your life.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“All my pains has always increased my sense of purpose.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Be careful because God’s gifts alone are not able to give you joy; God’s gift can only bring you joy when they are joined with your gratitude.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Maybe what you need in your life is not the next level of accomplishment or the next level of accumulation but the next level of appreciation for what you have; that will set the stage to make a space for what you will accumulate in the future. ( a bit deep) Simply put thank God for now before setting the goal for tomorrow because if you grow in gifts and didn’t grow in gratitude, you have gained nothing.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If God gives you a gift and you don’t know what to do with it, it won’t make you happy. Some of you God gave a wonderful husband but you can’t make a home and some of you God gave a wonderful wife but you can’t make a good husband. Some of you can’t even unwrap the gift so that you can appreciate it.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“When you praise God in pain, it is preparing you for provision.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The things I call crisis and all the things that were coming after me are all coming to serve the purpose of God in my life.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God made my enemies to serve me in my absence. God made the things that conspired to destroy me feed me into the place that He was preparing for me. I am a big girl and I can handle trouble and my enemies.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“When you learn to have the heart of praise in the presence of your enemies, you set the table; if you can work with God in darkness enough depending on the light that He showed you in the last season, you will learn to read your enemies as a sign that it is time to eat. ( a bit deep). Whenever you sense a crisis in your life, note that your harvest is near.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God prepared a table before me in the presence of my insecurity, in the presence of my deficits, in the presence of my addictions, in the presence of my confusions, in the presence of what I have lost, in the presence of the threat that I won’t make it, in the presence of my enemies, I am looking straight ahead.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Learn to eat with your enemies all around you but most of all thank God for his presence. Keep your eyes fixed to the presence of God in the presence of your enemies.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I have learned to thank God for what I cannot see, I have learned to trust God with what I cannot.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Thank God #EVEN# #THOUGH# in bad times not only in your good; this is a graduated form of gratitude.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“When you do away with God you become your own god, because you recognise no greater power in the universe than yourself.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If you can feed in the presence of your enemies, if you can be blessed under the weight of burdens, when you praise God in pain, it is preparation for provision.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I have my priorities and I know my purpose. I do not Praise God because of my pain but I praise Him because of what the pain is producing.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Do you know that you can be surrounded by all these blessings, all these relationships, goodness, provisions, opportunities? But if you don’t know how to turn the blessing into praise, it will turn into pride and your life will never be filled with joy because your heart has holes in it.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I have graduated to the extent of not asking what is happening in my life because I trust the maker(God).”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Whenever you are in transition it is always important to choose the words that you use. You call it crises in your life and I call it transition.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“All the failures in my life freed me from all my fears so that I can succeed.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I don’t want to settle down because God has satisfied me and heard my prayers. I want to stay hungry and thirsty for the things of God.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Be careful the mistake of yesterday always lives with tomorrow.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“This is not the first time that the world has been in a mess but you are still God, you left us on the earth, not only to preach in a building but to be the church beyond the buildings.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“At a time like this maybe the world is looking at us not just at a miracle crusade or sunday church service but the way we are living. Maybe they want to see whether what our Master left for us worked for us; there is a counter spirit to the spirit of fear, it is the love of God.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God always wants us to see things from heaven’s prospective. You may not be doing much to your community but what you are is so important. You are significant.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Christians we cannot be allowed to be fractured at a time like this. There are more of us, there are more of light in us than in the agents of darkness.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If you never listen, you can’t see. The devil has got so many people so disconnected that they cannot even listen or even sense when the Lord is speaking.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Before we can fix the situation, we have to first see the situation, the world can’t see straight right now, some are blinded by hatred, rage, fear, scepticism, some are blinded by their pains.
We need to pray…pray that God open our eyes to see the problem from the source and not from the surface.
You cannot solve a situation that you cannot see correctly.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“You know, I went out on a normal amount of dates in my early 20s, and I got absolutely slaughtered for it. And it took a lot of hard work and altering my decision-making. I didn’t date for two and a half years. Should I have had to do that? No.”
― Taylor Swift

“25. Whenever two human beings spend time together, sooner or later they will probably irritate one another. This is true of best friends, married couples, parents and children, or teachers and students. The question is: How do they respond when friction occurs? There are four basic ways they can react:

• They can internalize the anger and send it downward into a memory bank that never forgets. This creates great pressure within and can even result in disease and other problems.
• They can pout and be rude without discussing the issues. This further irritates the other person and leaves him or her to draw his or her own conclusions about what the problem may be.
• They can blow up and try to hurt the other person. This causes the death of friendships, marriages, homes, and businesses.
• Or they can talk to one another about their feelings, being very careful not to attack the dignity and worth of the other person. This approach often leads to permanent and healthy relationships.”
― James C. Dobson, Life on the Edge: The Next Generation’s Guide to a Meaningful Future

“Spend your time with those who love you unconditionally, not with those who only love you under certain conditions.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“I am, to be sure, afraid that if you knew me that you wouldn’t love me. But this must be faced…I fear it in any relationship. Thus I am perhaps afraid to reveal facts about things…or to say too much for fear if I make too much noise you’ll drift away, pull down the shade of your ivory tower…and after that. Afraid, I guess, that I’ll loose you…I keep losing people.”
― Anne Sexton

“she was completely whole
and yet never fully complete”
― Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

“You are not supposed to go out and find love. Love will find you when you are ready.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“I didn’t come looking for you the day you uninvitedly appeared on my doorstep

How did we go from nonchalant conversation
me waiting for you to turn me off
with corny jokes and mind dumbing conversation
to
love

To love and mind blowing chemistry that I’ve yet to make sense of
What are you here to teach me?”
― Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

“Love is supposed to lift you up, not hold you down. It is supposed to push you forward, not hold you back.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“You can not control the thought, but you can control the tongue.”
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

“The world is a chaotic place find a love that doesn’t allow a home to have the same feeling.”
― Nikki Rowe

“There is nothing worse than being broke and having your woman leave you. Nothing to drink, no job,just the walls, sitting there staring at the walls and thinking. That’s how women got back at you, but it hurt and weakened them too. Or so I like to believe.”
― Charles Bukowski

“When culture is based on a dominator model, not only will it be violent, but it will frame all relationships as power struggles.”
― bell hooks, The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

“Fantasy like thought that no man could rain
Just let her reign
Run wild with her unafraid
Of any rain storms
They only wash the mud away and make way
For double rainbows and sunny days”
― Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

“Healthy relationships, even those that eventually end with breakups, aren’t a mistake. They’re a chance to grow and learn, about who you are, who you want to be, what kind of relationships are worth your time and energy. I hate this assumption that when people end a romantic relationship they leave a piece of their heart behind, they shatter and will be unable to offer their next partner their whole, pure self. People aren’t puzzles or vases. People have an endless capacity both to learn and to love. People also aren’t property. They do not become less valuable or tarnished by use.”
― Mandy Nachampassack-Maloney

“You’re the only person who means anything to me in the whole world, you’re all I’ve got…”

“Well then you’ve got nothin.”
― Garth Ennis, The Boys, Volume 7: The Innocents

“Relationships based on dishonesty, lies,
Secrets and cheats R not only predicted
to fail but also a waste of precious time
and energie! U can’t fool yourself 4ever!”
― Lily Amis, Angel of Love & Lily: Zak, My Sweet Inspiration

“The captain was experienced en8gh t8 kn8w how bad relationships worked. Your gut told you from the beginning to stay out of it. You got drawn in anyway, telling yourself your eyes were open to the good and the bad. There was just enough good to keep you interested butvnot enough to allow you to commit. One day you woke up with nothing but regrets and wasted time.”
― Kirsten Beyer, Acts of Contrition

“Well, I’m just going to say it.
I’m listening, Louis said.
I wonder if you would consider coming to my house sometimes to sleep with me.”
― Kent Haruf, Our Souls at Night

“Psychological patriarchy is a “dance of contempt,” a perverse form of connection that replaces true intimacy with complex, covert layers of dominance and submission, collusion and manipulation. It is the unacknowledged paradigm of relationships that has suffused Western civilization generation after generation, deforming both sexes, and destroying the passionate bond between them.”
― bell hooks, The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

“2. Christian education places its emphasis on “unity” in relationships between people.”
― James C. Dobson, Life on the Edge: The Next Generation’s Guide to a Meaningful Future

“Society doesn’t officially recognize friendship as an institution in the way it recognizes sexual relationships, so there’s no real protocol for ending one. If you’ve been going out, dating, or just sleeping with someone for even a month or two an you want to stop seeing him, you’re expected to have a conversation with him letting him know it and giving him some bogus explanation. This conversation is seldom pleasant, and it ranges in tone from brittle adult adult discussions in coffee shops to armed standoffs in day care centers, but once it’s over, you at least know your status.

Because there’s no formal etiquette for ending a friendship, most people do it in the laziest, most passive and painless way possible, by unilaterally dropping any effort to sustain it and letting the other person figure it out for themselves.”
― Tim Kreider, We Learn Nothing

“A great relationship is being with the one who compliments your madness instead of conflicting with it.”
― Marnie Grundman

“You don’t want a cheap Strat. Everybody has it. What you want is a rare model. The one that’s very hard to get. And only a guitar you’ve put a lot of effort into buying would end up being the most important in your collection. Do you get it?”
― Polina Traore, Never a Dream

“Thus, one of the awful things I can admit about myself is that the two years I spent with Jennifer live in my mind mostly as a series of frantic, breathy memories. Clawing hands tugging off clothes, heartbeat thumping in my ears, fingernails digging down my back. salty tastes lingering in my mouth. It’s biology. It’s hormones. As time passes I can recall fewer and fewer of our conversations and I couldn’t give you the details of our five most-fun dates (though I have a fairly graphic vision of how each of them ended).

If upon hearing this you pump your fist and wink knowingly, you can kiss my ass. She was a good friend to me. She put up with my bullshit and at times not even I can put up with my bullshit. But all that is gone and what is left is a big, black hole where the sex used to be.”
― David Wong, John Dies at the End

“…I fell asleep and had a dream that a king was liquidated by a group of kind faces….”
― Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

“…I fell asleep and had a dream that a king was liquidated by a group of kind faces…”
― Maquita Donyel Irvin

“You do not find love. It finds you.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“God can take the ordinary and create the extraordinary. Our incredible God has the power to transform your simple life and give you the life of your dreams. Remarkable things happen in your life when you believe.”
― Amaka Imani Nkosazana, Heart Crush

“She was rare, few and far between
She suspected he would be as well
And the thought of two rare, few and far between individuals
Doing all that was necessary for that rare, few and far between
Meeting to occur
Drove her to write”
― Maquita Donyel Irvin, Stories of a Polished Pistil: Lace and Ruffles

“People will buy from you consistently for two reasons – because you have cultivated a relationship and because you have gotten them results.”
― Audrey Moralez

“In all my close friendships, words are the bricks I use to build bridges. To know someone I need to hear her, and to feel known, I need to be heard by her. The process of knowing and loving another person happens for me through conversation. I reveal something to help my friend understand me, she responds in a way that assures me she values my revelation, and then she adds something to help me understand her. This back-and-forth is repeated again and again as we go deeper into each other’s hearts, minds, pasts, and dreams. Eventually, a friendship is built – a solid, sheltering structure that exists in the space between us – a space outside of ourselves that we can climb deep into. There is her, there is me, and then there is our friendship – this bridge we’ve built together.”
― Glennon Doyle Melton, Love Warrior

“When I am with you, I am invincible.
When I am with you, your kind and loving presence strengthen me down to my very core.
When I am with you, I finally know what heaven on earth feels like.
For when I am with you, I am the best I could be.
I’d rather walk through the burning coals of hell than enjoy comfort and luxury with someone else.
For life without you, is not life at all. I love you.”
― Laarni Venus Marie Giango

“We believe we are seeking happiness in love, but what we are really after is familiarity. We are looking to re-create, within our adult relationships, the very feelings we knew so well in childhood and which were rarely limited to just tenderness and care. The love most of us will have tasted early on came entwined with other, more destructive dynamics: feelings of wanting to help an adult who was out of control, of being deprived of a parent’s warmth or scared of his or her anger, or of not feeling secure enough to communicate our trickier wishes.

How logical, then, that we should as adults find ourselves rejecting certain candidates not because they are wrong but because they are a little too right—in the sense of seeming somehow excessively balanced, mature, understanding, and reliable—given that, in our hearts, such rightness feels foreign and unearnt. We chase after more exciting others, not in the belief that life with them will be more harmonious, but out of an unconscious sense that it will be reassuringly familiar in its patterns of frustration.”
― Alain de Botton, The Course of Love

“There is no need searching for love, it cannot be found-it happens!”
― Itohan Eghide, Master of Maxims

“It is not really wise to make too many assumptions when you don’t yet have all the facts to do so. You may believe your conclusions are logical, while they may turn out to be totally wrong.”
― Sahara Sanders, The Honest Book of International Dating / Smart Dating Strategies for Men

“A woman can only stay in love with a man for as long as she continues loving herself when she’s with him. As soon as she starts to hate who she has become while in the relationship, she will move heaven and earth to end it. Does she get hurt? Definitely. It doesn’t mean that she wants to leave her love for him has faded or diminished. However, just like the most basic rule of human existence, you cannot continue giving what you do not have.”
― Laarni Venus Marie Giango

“Women are like locked diaries that men expect to read like open books.”
― Munia Khan

“وبلغة الصحافة :إن الرجل يريد أن يتعامل مع زوجته بالقطعة .. أما هي فلا تقبل إلا أن يكون موظفا وعضوا في نقابة الصحفيين”
― أنيس منصور, قالوا

“I’ll always be here, Cole. You have me. All of me. My body. My heart. It’s all yours for the taking.” Tangling my fingers in his hair, I pull his face to mine and let our heated breath mingle. “So take it.”
― Kimberly Lewis, What’s Left of Me

“And she wanted to be free. It wasn’t Mr. Brumley she wanted; he was but a means — if indeed he was a means — to an end. The person she wanted, the person she had always wanted — was herself. Could Mr. Brumley give her that? Would Mr. Brumley give her that? Was it conceivable he would carry sacrifice to such a pitch as that?…”
― H.G. Wells, The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

“He perceived too in these still hours how little he had understood her hitherto. He had been blinded, — obsessed. He had been seeing her and himself and the whole world far too much as a display of the eternal dualism of sex, the incessant pursuit. Now with his sexual imaginings newly humbled and hopeless, with a realization of her own tremendous minimization of that fundamental of romance, he began to see all that there was in her personality and their possible relations outside that. He saw how gravely and deeply serious was her fine philanthropy, how honest and simple and impersonal her desire for knowledge and understandings. There is the brain of her at least, he thought, far out of Sir Isaac’s reach. She wasn’t abased by her surrenders, their simplicity exalted her, showed her innocent and himself a flushed and congested soul. He perceived now with the astonishment of a man newly awakened just how the great obsession of sex had dominated him — for how many years? Since his early undergraduate days. Had he anything to put beside her own fine detachment? Had he ever since his manhood touched philosophy, touched a social question, thought of anything human, thought of art, or literature or belief, without a glancing reference of the whole question to the uses of this eternal hunt? During that time had he ever talked to a girl or woman with an unembarrassed sincerity? He stripped his pretences bare; the answer was no. His very refinements had been no more than indicative fig-leaves. His conservatism and morality had been a mere dalliance with interests that too brutal a simplicity might have exhausted prematurely. And indeed hadn’t the whole period of literature that had produced him been, in its straining purity and refinement, as it were one glowing, one illuminated fig-leaf, a vast conspiracy to keep certain matters always in mind by conspicuously covering them away? But this wonderful woman — it seemed — she hadn’t them in mind! She shamed him if only by her trustful unsuspiciousness of the ancient selfish game of Him and Her that he had been so ardently playing…. He idealized and worshipped this clean blindness. He abased himself before it.”
― H.G. Wells, The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

“I’ve come to learn that being alone is better than being next to someone and feeling alone.”
― Steve Maraboli
“If I had to get there without friends, I could do it. Had been doing it. I’d never met anyone who brought me somewhere I wanted to stay, looked at me and saw someone I wanted to be for good; anyone who was worth giving up the more I wanted down the line.”
― Tana French, The Secret Place

“She had learnt many things since the days of her first rebellion, and she knew now that this matter of the man friend and nothing else in the world is the central issue in the emancipation of women. The difficulty of him is latent in every other restriction of which women complain. The complete emancipation of women will come with complete emancipation of humanity from jealousy — and no sooner. All other emancipations are shams until a woman may go about as freely with this man as with that, and nothing remains for emancipation when she can.”
― H.G. Wells, The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

“Where they come in the perpetual spirit of giving – the house that love built.”
― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

“Holiness is found in how we treat others, not in how we contemplate the cosmos. As our experiences in marriages, families, and friendship teach us, it takes relationships to provide the friction that wears down our rough edges and sanctifies us.”
― Terryl Givens

“Always make your familial environment a safe and inviting place.”
― Asa Don Brown

“He wanted to argue like this forever. This was better than nothing. There was no exhausting his anger at his father, and every word, however well intentioned or intentionally barbed, was a pull at a scab on his bloody heart. It was too late for any of this. There could ultimately be no healing. Marty had terminal cancer, and so did the two men have a cancer between them. They were terminal together, as father and son. They remained, momentarily exhausted, but it was really only that quiet between lightning and thunder as sound lags behind speed. The lightning had cracked the ground already, you just hadn’t heard it yet.”
― David Duchovny, Bucky F*cking Dent

“Dating’ stressful. I’d have to dress up.”
― Danika Stone, All the Feels

“Her smile steals my breath, and there is no doubt in my mind that this will forever be one of those images burned in my brain. I’m staring, but I can’t help it, and—honestly?—I don’t care. I’ve missed seeing her pretty face and smile that warms me to the core … and her laugh, her personality, even that dorky dance move she does when she gets excited after winning at something. Hell, I’ve missed all of her. But she doesn’t know that, and she also doesn’t know how just the thought of her right before I fall to sleep usually keeps the nightmares at bay.”
― Kimberly Lewis, What’s Left of Me

“Cette sorte d’anonymat dans lequel nous évoluions opérait probablement comme un catalyseur alchimique de fusion des corps, comme un accélérateur de particules conduites à s’entrechoquer plus rapidement et plus violemment que lorsqu’elles sont seulement animées par des mouvements aléatoires[…]”
― Laurent Bettoni

“surprise it’s better than promises”
― kayser U

“After all, true love is the magic between two people and the illusion of being happy even in the middle of tears”
― kayser U

“I will help build your museum
When you run out of space to hang your work
You can hang your work in mine”
― Darnell Lamont Walker

“Ljubav se moze pojaviti u najcudnijim oblicima.
Zato je i cesto pomesamo sa necim sto ljubav nikada nece biti.”
― Tamara Stamenkovic

“Everyone knows a wife and kids tie you down. What people miss sometimes is that mates, the proper kind, they do the same just as hard. Mates mean you’ve settled, made your bargain: this, wherever you are together, this is as far as you’re going, ever. This is your stop; this is where you get off.”
― Tana French, The Secret Place

“On dit père grec, mère suisse-française… On me demande, mais alors, quelle est votre patrie? Je dis que je ne suis ni tout à fait d’ici, ni tout à fait de là-bas. Ma patrie, c’est la relation. La relation est une réalité vitale. Parce qu’elle porte en elle le sens de l’autre. Pour la vie personnelle, et pour la vie collective – surtout aujourd’hui où les mentalités à cause des rapidités de communications coexistent -, si on n’a pas le sens de l’autre on a de la peine à vivre. (Le Temps, 17 Août 2007)”
― Georges Haldas

“Do they wish us well?
Or hope to see us fail?”
― Jillian Dodd, That Boy

“I look at you and I can’t believe someone didn’t think you were enough… you’re my everything.”
― Steve Maraboli

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― Janice Chris

“Let’s pretend you are capable of being who I think I need you to be: a love story.”
― Melissa Broder, So Sad Today

“You will always end up in frustration whenever you try to produce outside your purpose.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Sometimes the fact that you can’t sense God isn’t an indication that He is not there. It is just an indication that you are hanging out in the wrong place.The cave is not a physical location, it is a state of mind.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God’s perspectives requires persistence. To have God’s perspective in the world we live in requires persistence.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If you work by faith and not by sight, you will always see a sign. You have to develop a space of comfort to know that there is a difference between signs and sounds, it means God will tell you that He will make a change in your life but He won’t show you anything to demonstrate the change for a little while because He doesn’t want your faith to be in the change; He wants your faith to be in the promise, so that when the change is a bit slow in coming, you will know how to trust in Him while you wait for it to come to pass.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Have you ever asked yourself this question “what can God do through me?” The preacher has no platform if the people has no sense of mission.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“In dealing with us, God always starts with our motives. What do you want for the people? What does God wants for his people? What do you want Him to do for you; that’s is a starting place.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Blind barthimus used his mouth and his feet to affect what wasn’t working in his life? What do you use to affect what’s not working in your life? God is not interested in your perfection, He is interested in your participation. It is your participation that attracts the presence of God.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“What is your motive when you go to church? To feed or to be fed? To serve or to be served? To worship or to be worshipped? To praise or to be praised? To teach or to learn? To give or to receive?
Remember the woman with the issue of blood did not met Jesus in the church. Blind barthimus was blind though he could hear did not see Jesus but heard about Jesus passing; I am just wondering how many people have heard about Jesus through you?
Who was this man interested in? Your answer might be Jesus of course but definitely not. The man loves himself and so was seeking healing even when the crowd could not allow him see Jesus.
Let the crowd in the church not deceive you because God usually speak to one. (A bit deep).”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Why do people go to church on Sundays? A question that is very complicated because I know what the answer is supposed to be but I do not really know the answer.
. I think people go because it is a kind of tradition
. I think some goes because someone told them if tgey do not they might go to hell
. Maybe some go to look for a wife or husband ☺
. Maybe some go to church to display their latest designer shoes or handbags
. Some goes just to please their Pastor
. Some people go to church because they love the music or the preaching
. Some goes because of some social reasons and friendship
. Some have it in their mind that they will experience the presence of God in the church
. Some goes to church because of miracle
. Some goes to church when they are expecting something maybe child, comfort, marriage, work etc.
. Some felt it is an obligation to give God a day out of the seven days he created
Let me tell you that church is not there to entertain you, Ephesians 3:20… there are things going on in the church that some people barely know about.
Ask yourself today why do I go to church. I am sure a sincere answer will help you.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I don’t just have only the peace of God, I do also have a God who gives peace, not just resources but the revelation of His presence.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Be anxious for no thing, be concerned about the state of your soul and that of your children, be concerned about God’s work in the world; these are genuine concern but when it comes to the things in your life…..be not anxious. If God is for us who can be against us?”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Don’t think because you can’t affect something at a great level that God can’t use you in a great way. David didn’t even train one day with the armies but He won the war. He didn’t even have a weapon but he killed a giant.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God wants to use you right where you are with what you have not what you do not have.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Sometimes God wraps destiny in what we perceive as just another day. The same day that David’s father asked him to go and deliver bread to his brothers in the field was the same day that God used him to bring goliath down. Take every minute in your life serious.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Real faith looks beneath the surface. Real faith knows that faith works sometimes in dark places. Real faith knows that sometimes in order to see a change, you will have to steer through your situation to really see it.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Sometimes we want God to use us to do big things when we would not even want to do the basics.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“You don’t have to position yourself in front of people to be used by God. You don’t have to convince anyone that you are good enough for the voice of God, just be grateful that God chooses who He wills and once He is ready to use you, no devil in hell can stop Him.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“You can’t disappoint what God has appointed.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If you can’t see the assets in you, it will be hard for you to export it to the world. Recognise who you are and the world will recognise you.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“People run around looking for millions of likes in their life and on the social media but do you know what? If you get just one true like from just one who loves you the most, it surpasses all other millions. God loves you the most even without make over.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“In God’s presence I find peace that is much deeper than any disappointment. I will grow and I understand I can’t grow myself, that is why I need God and His grace.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“We are all planted in God’s vineyard and our lives are filled with potentials and purpose and we have all been given the hopes to anchor our lives even in the most disappointed times. So God is waiting to see what you and I will make out of the raw materials that He has given to us. He is waiting to see what we will make out of the discouragement and disappointment. I believe that in those deepest places of disappointment that the greatest grace will manifest.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I am so glad that God’s disappointment in me is not greater than his love and I still have a Destiny. I am growing in grace and mercy because that is the only soil that can produce the kind of life that God desires.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“We always think that God’s presence is always provided to fix our problems but what if God’s presence is more about fixing your perspectives? So that you will have a new way to see your problems. If you didn’t make your bed before leaving home this morning, no angel is going to make your bed for you, it is still going to be as you left it till you come back.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Some people are disappointed in their life because they are trying to use the tools that God did not authorised them to use in their life, trying to build on a purpose that is not even attached in their personality.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“In God’s Kingdom there are no overnight sensations or flash-in-the-pan successes.
Anyone who wants to be used of God will experience hidden years in the backside of the desert. During that time the Lord is polishing, sharpening and preparing us to fit into His bow, so at the right time, like “a polished shaft” He can launch us into fruitful service. The invisible years are years of serving, studying, being faithful in another person’s ministry and doing the behind-the-scenes work. The Bible says, ‘God is not unjust; he will not forget your work’ (Hebrews 6:10 NIV 2011 Edition). Be patient; when the time is right He will bring forth the fruit He placed inside you.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Women. You have to love them the way they are or they’ll drive you insane.”
― James Hauenstein

“Medicine is as close to love as it is to science, and its relationships matter even at the edge of life itself.”
― Rachel Naomi Remen, Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal

“Some people want to kill goliath but they do not want to attend to sheep. How can God use you to kill giants if you cannot follow simple instructions?”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Do you know where your breakthrough begins? Your breakthrough begins where your excuses ends.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The forgiveness of God flows through me and because I am forgiven, I can forgive.”
― Patience Johnson

“Have you ever make out time to ask God if there is anything or anybody you need to drop in your life? Are you still holding on to offences? When is the right time to drop it?
I am sure once you make this attempt He will show you.
I declare that God is going to set some captives free.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Evil is real but God is greater.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God always have a perfect way for every imperfect situations.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Could it be that while you are waiting for God to come down and help you, God is also waiting for you to get up? Maybe your breakthrough never happen when your situation changes but when you make a determination within yourself without excuses or blaming anybody and not waiting for anyone and stop praying that your situation change but let God change you. Let your prayer be God change me, God work in me, spring out the rivers of living water within me and I bet you, this is where the breakthrough begins.
☺just a thought and something to ponder on….”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The reason some people do not experience God in their life is the same reason that we do not notice that something is going wrong with our marriage untill we arrive in a divorce court or that something is wrong with our child until we got a phone call from the police station . Simply put….Because we do not pay attention”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Is it not funny, in the presence of an unlimited God, we will still be stucked? Sometimes faith overwrites the fact, that some people have not come to realise. Stop giving excuses and telling God what is happening around you. You have the tools.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“For those of you who are begging God for a breakthrough, this is not the way of getting something from your heavenly father, you don’t have to beg him for what He already bought for you, you don’t have to beg Him for what He died to give you. You don’t have to convince people, you don’t have to convince anybody if God likes to do a work in your life, it is done.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The more desperate the situation, the more opportunity for miracle. If you need something from God, you need to be at the right place, the right position and at the right time”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Do you want to feel better or do you want to get well are two different things. Some people go to church to feel better but never get well. Some come to church for comfort and leave unchanged. And that is what sin represents. ..it is a place to be comfortable thereby feeling normal in your own disfunction.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Stop praying to God to change your marriage or your finances because you might end up seeing that you are the one that need the change not your marriage or finances.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If you ask me I think the greatest breakthrough each and everyone of us need is not on finance, marriage, work, relationship, own house, car but self. The first breakthrough should start from being selfish.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Love, inspirational, life, humor, philosophy, truth, wisdom, happiness, god, hope, romance, death, inspirational-quotes, quotes, faith, poetry,writing, inspiration, knowledge
Religion, education, success, relationships, funny, science, life-lessons, books, motivational, spirituality, dreams, fear, freedom, intelligence, friendship, humour, war, motivation, time, women, beauty, reading, art, politics, Christianity, soul, leadership, pain, change, history, people, marriage, nature, peace, music, heart, self-help, spiritual”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“It is weird to me on how people will come to church frequently and have absolutely no desire or intention to change anything about their life based on what they experienced in the church.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Sometimes we are asking God to reveal his presence, provisions and purpose in our lives and we pray like we are trying to get God’s attention but I think prayer has less with getting God’s attention but He getting mine.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Offence is an event, offended is a decision. Offence and offended we have to live through it but to stay offended? To live in that place denies the very nature of the salvation that you claimed to have received.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“When I call on God, I am not trying to get his attention and I am not trying to get Him to notice me. In all this my journey with Him two questions usually comes to my mind, they are; am I paying attention to him or am I trying to get his attention?”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Being married or being in a close relationship is not based on how quickly you can get offended but on how you are ready to drop the offences, get over it and move ahead.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Before Marriage opposite attracts, after marriage opposite attacks☺. Just telling you the truth.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God takes two and make them one but satan takes one and make it two.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The closer the relationship, the greater the opportunities for intimacy. However the greater the opportunity the closer to offence. (A bit deep). Nobody can really make you mad more than someone that you really love. Nobody can hurt you like the somebody you have given your heart to.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The enemies agenda is destruction, his strategy is division and his tactics is on little differences. Mind you he is not going to be happy until he sees you divided.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“What starts in the heart doesn’t stay in the heart, it either turn into action or words.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Long before something happens in our life, it happened in our heart.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Freedom comes from focus, focus brings freedom. Focus on fear you will always be in prison, focus on faith and is nothing the world can keep you knocked down.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If God can help us locate demands, He can also help us locate the leaks.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Dear Lord please show me what really matters so that I may be able to determine what is distraction and God’s direction in my life.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“If I should be available to everyone, I will eventually end up with nothing to give to anyone. So the greatest gift you can receive from me is my time. Count yourself lucky if I give you a minute of my hour.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“God’s voice will be heard in the cave but only His visions will be revealed to you on the mountain. (A bit deep). God will always love you and will always speak to you but when you lose your perspective, you won’t see his plan.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“It seems to me that one of the great hazards is quick love, which is actually charm. We get used to smiling, hugging, bantering, practicing good eye contact. And it’s easier then true, slow, awkward and painful connection with someone who sees all the worst parts of you. Your act is easy. Being with you, deeply with, is difficult.”
― Shauna Niequist, Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

“Very often I realize that the time people spend apart is as important in maintaining relationships as the time they spend together.”
― Joyce Rachelle

“If you walk in any direction walk in the direction toward your greatest dream.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“if he wants to be a whore then let him. if he chooses to degrade and demean himself, just walk away. you can’t make a man respect you, the relationship or himself.”
― R.H. Sin

“Whatever your mood is, there’s a music for it.”
― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

“Love is exactly the word I’d use…It’s the only thing that comes close to describing this hell with you.”
― Meg Collett, The Killing Season

“Perhaps I didn’t voice my unhappiness soon enough; rather, I spent more time feeling like a disappointment and scrambling to patch our cracks than I did considering whether he required an unreasonable level of tending.”
― Padma Lakshmi, Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

“If negative emotions have gain access into your heart, it is because you have given it attention. If memories of pain and hurt dominates your heart, it is because you gave them attention. How can a memory hurt you when it has only happened? It can only hurt you when you give it attention.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The open door is never behind you; the open door is always before you. Quit looking at your past life and mistakes. Look unto Jesus who is the Author and Perfector of our faith. Your open door is not in the opportunity you missed ten years ago, it is not in some stuffs behind you that you can’t get back. You can’t gain your access by giving attention to your past life.
Your past days are behind you and what God has for you is in front of you. Just pay attention.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“What you see and what you listen to will determine how high you will go.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“You found me under the thousand stars, shining above us at the night. You found me and you wanted me to shine for you.”
― Tamara Stamenkovic

“At first, I was grateful to be the object of such intense desire. Yet what’s flattering in the first year can be suffocating in the eighth.”
― Padma Lakshmi, Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

“Vehicles are one of the best modes of transportation. Relationships are one of the best vehicles of transformation.”
― Kate McGahan

“He certainly is very charming, but he makes me feel slightly ill at ease—almost as if I were a woman manquée, if there could be such a thing—you know, something lacking in me.”
“Oh, well, that’s hardly his fault.”
“No,” Dulcie agreed. “Mine, of course.”
― Barbara Pym, No Fond Return of Love

“Sve je to maska.
Toliko povrsno, toliko nezrelo od nas.
Ali sta cemo, ne mozemo se izboriti sami sa sobom, pa se borimo jedan protiv drugog.
Uzivamo u tome, uzivamo u obostranom gubitku.”
― Tamara Stamenkovic

“Some type of men I call a waste of make up.”
― Ilana Mack

“The secret to your success lies in surrounding yourself with sustainable love, and that starts with loving yourself. This is your hardest challenge. Through hundreds of hours spent coaching I have observed a common pattern – we can easily express our love for other people, possessions or experiences but find it difficult to say we love ourselves.”
― Nigel Cumberland, 100 Things Successful People Do: Little Exercises for Successful Living

“„dacă viața ar fi fost o petrecere, atunci copiii erau petrecerea de după, iar singurul obstacol între tine și asta ar fi fost firea umană, paznicul veșnic de la intrarea într-un club.”
― James Meek

“Though sincerity is a word which rings its meaning in the mind when it is mentioned, its real meaning in real sense is neither the meaning we imagine nor the spoken word but in action. Yes, it is action that determines what sincere means in reality. Real action that stands the test of time does not only give a true meaning to the word sincere in our mind and mind’s eye but it also creates a real picture of who a real sincere person is in our minds and mind’s eye.”
― Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“You can’t love me if you don’t love you, you can’t think of nothing to do with me if you can’t think of nothing to do with yourself, stop feeling sorry for yourself and tidy up, clean up the apartment until you get a house, do that job until you build your own company. Look at what you have and think on how to make it better.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“There is a throne up there and someone is sitting on it. It is not you, the economy or your government. My God is still on the throne and I shall not worry.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“My faith gives me the ability to say, whatever is next, I’m ready. If it is Hillary or Trump I am ready because they might sit on the desk but they do not sit on the throne.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“You don’t have to feel grateful in order to be grateful.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“The size of a plane does not change the weather but it will get you above it. The size of your faith may not change your situation but it will get you over it.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“I didn’t get to God by effort or title, I got there by invitation. God can lift you quickly if you let Him. He really cares.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Life has few things you could be grateful for, such as Reunions.”
― Emna Mizouni

“Just because you are a nice guy, doesn’t mean you are a good man.”
― Zyanya Torres

“There is no where that life problem can take you that God’s presence cannot reach you. There is nothing that people can do to you that can keep God from getting to you.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Years of togetherness teach the partners true emotional intimacy: trust and share feelings and thoughts; but often still drive them away from each other, if one partner only is willing to learn.”
― Marina Moloda, Believer

“You have a standing invitation to experience God’s presence but you have to pay attention because attention creates access.”
― Patience Johnson, Why Does an Orderly God Allow Disorder

“Every time you mistreat someone, you reveal the part of you that lacks love and needs to heal.”
― Kemi Sogunle

“The heart of a woman is the best mirror you can find.”
― Erin Loechner, Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path

“Unrequited love is a billion times less intolerable than unrequited hate.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Some women have kissed—and some are kissing—a lot of frogs, even though the very first man that they have each kissed was and is still a prince.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“There would definitely be way fewer instances of cheating, if the average couple did not have sex only when the woman feels like it.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“The secret of being tiresome is in telling everything.”
― Voltaire

“Borrow trouble for yourself, if that`s your nature, but don`t lend it to your neighbors.”
― Rudyard Kipling

“A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way.”
― Honoré de Balzac

“He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.”
― Thomas Fuller

“That kiss was everything. She didn’t fight it and I gave her what I needed to give her — my heart.”
― Martha Sweeney, Killmore

“You won’t find someone who treats you as you should be treated until you start to believe you are worth the ones you want, the ones who aren’t asking you to do any work. Find the man who appreciates you at your best, not one who confirms your worst suspicions about yourself.”
― Mhairi McFarlane, Who’s That Girl?

“The soul of conversation is sympathy.”
― William Hazlitt

“The truth is, that one doesn’t really know anything about anybody. Not even the people who are nearest to you…’
‘Isn’t that going a little too far–exaggerating too much?’
‘I don’t think it is. When you think of people, it is in the image you have made of them for yourself.”
― Agatha Christie, A Caribbean Mystery

“Archie asked me if I knew Dante’s definition of hell…”Proximity without intimacy,” he said.”
― Melissa Bank, The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing

“Patience is an unfailing remedy for friction in personal relations. Even if a person has never won a beauty contest, has no money in the bank, can’t even change a flat tire, if he or she has inexhaustible patience, then we will find that life with such a person will never grow stale.”
― Eknath Easwaran

“Because he has finally realized that it is it and not him that is loved by the woman he loves, many a man is jealous of his own car, house, wardrobe, or salary.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Form delicious bonds. Be the fruit that others seek when their hearts and souls are hungry.”
― Erica Alex

“Some men are dogs; some dogs are women.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Most women sell sex; most of them just don’t take cash (nor do they each sell to more than one ‘client’ at a time).”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“We sometimes think that we hate flattery, but we only hate the manner in which it is done.”
― François de La Rochefoucauld

“It`s only the boring who are bored.”
― W. Somerset Maugham

“Of every ten persons who talk about you, nine will say something bad, and the tenth will say something good in a bad way.”
― Antoine de Rivarol

“To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.”
― François de La Rochefoucauld

“The hatred of relatives is the most violent.”
― Publius Cornelius Tacitus

“Inferiority is what you enjoy in your best friends.”
― Philip Chesterfield

“Our enemies are nearer the truth in their opinion of us than we are ourselves.”
― François de La Rochefoucauld

“Love should make you better not bitter.”
― Temitayo Olami

“Let me guess,” Seven said last night. “The first was a rebound. The second was married.”

How’d you know?”

He laughed. “Because you’re a cliché.”
― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

“Early violence and early abandonment damages people and family systems, and can persist for decades if not healed.”
― Christine Mason

“Sara,” I ask finally, “what do you want from me?”

“I want to look at you and remember what it used to be like,” she says thickly. “I want to go back, Brian. I want you to take me back.”

But she is not the woman I used to know, the woman who traveled a countryside counting prairie dog holes, who read aloud the classifieds of lonely cowboys seeking women and told me, in the darkest crease of the night, that she would love me until the moon lost its footing in the sky.

To be fair, I am not the same man. The one who listened. The one who believed her.”
― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

“Love yourself! You don’t need a man or a boy or a self-proclaimed love expert to tell you what you’re worth. Your power comes from who you are and what you do! You don’t need all that noise, that constant hum in the background telling you whether or not you’re good enough. All you need is you, your friends, and your family. And you will find the right person for you, if that’s what you want – the one who respects your strength and beauty.”
― Amy Schumer, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

“Before you ever get the person you really want in your life, you will be tested with every person that was wrong for you. You will be tempted with what was easy, what was familiar, what was only physical, what was safe and what was simply a friend to pull you out of a difficult situation because you didn’t want to be alone. When you finally meet the person you were meant to be with you won’t have to guess, decide or choose. You will be drawn to them. They will seem to fit who you are, but at the same time have the missing pieces that makes you want to become a better person. There is no need to be guarded because this soul is like your own and talking to them about the deepest things in life are effortless. They won’t be like any other you have met and you will find yourself looking for parts of them in everyone you meet.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“What happens to the space that two people occupied together? How can it just disappear? Why can’t it just become something else?”
― Melissa Broder, So Sad Today

“To savor the simple privilege that every day I have a sunrise to bathe in, a storehouse of opportunities to romp through, the thick wrap of relationships to keep me warm, a God who meticulously tends to every detail round about me, and it all costs me not a dime. What madness would keep me from being eternally thankful for all that?”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“–and yet, in my heart, I always knew we loved each other, a part of me understanding that the passion with which we hurt each other came from something strong enough to withstand the blows we inflicted. Looking back, I guess I always felt that we would have time to work things out eventually, not imagining what was to come; that we would one day have to cut all ties and never speak again.”
― Camilla Way, Watching Edie

“Just because you took longer than others, doesn’t mean you failed.”
― Daniel Friday Danzor

“You could fill a catalog with all you long for – for him to come back, for a do-over, for a different ending in which not only were you strong and said good-bye but he lived and made a success of his life and decades later you could look back together on your twenties and laugh at all your follies, for his voice on the other end of the phone call, for one more of those Albuquerque nights when it was easy to fall asleep knowing he was just in the next room.”
― Leigh Stein, Land of Enchantment

“When you look back at that relationship you didn’t think you could live without and realize had you stayed in it, you’d be some comfortable loser, sitting on the couch with another comfortable loser, instead of being the dope motherfucker you are today.”
― Darnell Lamont Walker

“You were only meant to be a stepping stone on my journey across the sea.”
― Sara Secora

“I’m so ugly,” she whispers through sobs.

It throws me because that couldn’t be further from the truth. “You’re beautiful,” I tell her.

“Not on the inside where it counts. My insides are dirty and ugly.”

I brush her tears away and look into her eyes. “Then you don’t see the parts that I do.”
― Ashley Jade, Blame It on the Shame

“Childless couples, on the other hand, take pleasure in the advantages of being alone: living for each other, doing more things together than parents are able to do, paying more attention to the other person’s feelings and desires. They see children as a possible threat to the harmony they are able to take for granted.”
― Élisabeth Badinter, The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women

“I Just Wanted To Have Fun.
Being In Love Wasn’t My Idea.”
― Ahmed Ali Anjum, Talking Pillow

“Girls like me don’t get the fairytales.
Because the white knights never want the dirty, damaged girls.
They know there’s nothing left of us that’s salvageable…nothing left of us that hasn’t already been taken and destroyed.
And saving us? Will only ruin them.”
― Ashley Jade, Blame It on the Shame

“We are disposable tonight.
We are regrettable tonight.
We can’t touch one another without the world imploding, tonight.”
― Adrianna Stepiano, Impossible to Compose: Love in Poems

“There were things hiding inside of her I wasn’t equipped to see and this collapse ripped her open to me. I searched her cavities for symbols that would betray her true nature, but found nothing I could read, just a vast absence containing her poverty of morals. I should’ve known, the need for my presence in her life was never love, only a sluice of goodness she would let flood the gulley of her body when she needed to appear human.”
― K.I. Hope, We Are Making the World a Better Place

“Undeniable chemistry and horrific timing. They love each other.”
― Darnell Lamont Walker

“Relationships never provide you with everything. They provide you with some things. You take all the things you want from a person—sexual chemistry, let’s say, or good conversation, or financial support, or intellectual compatibility, or niceness, or loyalty—and you get to pick three of those things. Three—that’s it. Maybe four, if you’re very lucky. The rest you have to look for elsewhere. It’s only in the movies that you find someone who gives you all of those things. But this isn’t the movies. In the real world, you have to identify which three qualities you want to spend the rest of your life with, and then you look for those qualities in another person. That’s real life. Don’t you see it’s a trap? If you keep trying to find everything, you’ll wind up with nothing.”
― Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

“All the real blokes I know are obsessed with cars and have started doing cycling at the weekend and being really, really boring about it and banging on about their Fitbits and growing stupid beards and talking about being on Tinder. That’s what all the ‘real men’ are like these days!”
― Jenny Colgan, The Little Shop of Happy Ever After

“Don’t let your focus be so much on how many times you go on a date but how you can build into one another, share and carry each other’s vision, complement each other, develop a deeper level of friendship; grow spiritually together and make the little things meaningful. It’s beyond the 100% but more about how committed and dedicated you are daily. Love can only truly exist, when you become selfless and focus less on what is in it for you.”
― Kemi Sogunle, Being Single: A State For The Fragile Heart: A Guide to Self-Love, Finding You and Purposeful Living

“The fact of your heart’s enfoldment in mine is evidence enough that there is, underneath it all, some hidden order to this world.”
― Eric Micha’el Leventhal

“In the beginning of life, when we are infants, we need others to survive, right? And at the end of life, when you get like me, you need others to survive, right?”
His voice dropped to a whisper. “But there’s the secret: in between, we need others as well.”
― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

“Beloved his harp cries out in the night an hour my body does shift, the jerk loves to open me up while laughter from Christ like he’s drunk. Shall I stare at her the jumping let live? My wants are my needs so within. The take gives.”
― Adrianna Stepiano, This Christian Covered Life, Words and Poems to Read

“You really think love messes everything up?
“Sure do. That’s what’s so compelling about it.”
― Wilton Barnhardt, Emma Who Saved My Life

“Their love was like a prison, and I the willing inmate.”
― Steve Maraboli

“I love you for a great many reasons and despite a great many others.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons: Quotes, Poems, & a Few Short Stories for Every Day of the Year

“A healthy relationship is one in which love enriches you; not imprisons you.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Connaitre une personne c’est anticiper ses faits et gestes, de façon inconsciente, parce que, finalement, l’autre c’est nous même. Perdu puis retrouvé.”
― Jihène Charrad, Diva Motherfucker

“The way the rain falls then rises back into the clouds only to fall again reminds me of love.”
― Sara Secora

“There comes a time when attachments no longer clasp you; the drift begins slowly and you can comprehend that all relationships are hollow, phoney and transient.”
― Balroop Singh

“Cease seeking a strangers heart to love when your own remains neglected.”
― Sara Secora

“That’s what it comes down to for everyone. How much use we can be.”
― Amanda Bouchet, A Promise of Fire

“I dread this power he has over me. It makes me want to tell him all my secrets and see if he still wants me.”
― Amanda Bouchet, A Promise of Fire

“The ice inside me melts. Suddenly, I’m burning up and terrified, scared I’ll be too weak to resist.

Scratch that – I’m petrified I’ve already given in.”
― Amanda Bouchet, A Promise of Fire

“When the heart is beautiful, its light shines through the eyes, vocal tones and actions of its master. True beauty is not in the body, but in the heart of the beholder.”
― Suzy Kassem

“Taking care is one way to show your love. Another way is letting people take good care of you when you need it.”
― Fred Rogers, You Are Special: Words of Wisdom for All Ages from a Beloved Neighbor

“Because of you, I can see and realize the beauty of life.”
― Debasish Mridha

“Lately, he had been wondering if codependence was such a bad thing. He took pleasure in his friendships, and it didn’t hurt anyone, so who cared if it was codependent or not? And anyway, how was a friendship any more codependent than a relationship? Why was it admirable when you were twenty-seven but creepy when you were thirty-seven? Why wasn’t friendship as good as a relationship? Why wasn’t it even better? It was two people who remained together, day after day, bound not by sex or physical attraction or money or children or property, but only by the shared agreement to keep going, the mutual dedication to a union that could never be codified. Friendship was witnessing another’s slow drip of miseries, and long bouts of boredom, and occasional triumphs. It was feeling honoured by the privilege of getting to be present for another person’s most dismal moments, and knowing that you could be dismal around him in return.”
― Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

“To patch up a relationship, understanding is the needle, and love is the thread.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

“When my muffin top makes an appearance after a dedicated weekend of pizza indulging, when I feel too tired to write and all my words sound boring, when my students aren’t laughing at my jokes, I am still enough.”
― Michelle Elaine Kennedy, Don’t Pee in the Wetsuit: A Worldwide Romp Through Grief, Laughter and Forgiveness

“With each kiss in the cold house 
we swallow clouds of breath – exhaled spirit, speech bubbles
 we’d rather lick away 
than fill with words.
We run naked from room to room, 
keeping the walls warm.

Our bodies blur through the halls 
of your house, its winter circulation.”
― Jalina Mhyana, The Wishing Bones

“Our marriage began
with knots and fangs;
vows inked on skin.
Black venom stained
our fingers, twinned
snakes strangling
the marriage vein
in Celtic macramé –
cocksure monogamy.

We became one,
me and the gun,
the serpent reeling
itself from the needle.
I had few firsts left;
marriage a wild west
for the hedonist.

Snakes unspooled
like figure-eights,
symbols of eternity.
Acrimony, alimony;
Leave the moaning
to adults. We children
will be wiser
wed, inoculated –
these hickeys,
homeopathy.”
― Jalina Mhyana, Dreaming in Night Vision: A Story in Vignettes

“1. Feed off you.
2. Replenish you.
3. Repeat.”
― Darnell Lamont Walker

“So maybe we never would have realized we were so compatible if we hadn’t been trading song lyrics and movie dialogue. That’s textbook trivia right there.”
Mindy looks unconvinced. “But that’s how *everybody* gets together. They find some dumb thing they both know a little about that they can talk about until the waiter brings dinner. According to you, there probably isn’t a marriage or a relationship or a friendship anywhere today that wasn’t jump-started by trivia.”
“I think that’s exactly right,” I agree. “To trivia.”
― Ken Jennings, Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs
“She wished she were not so aware of the vast gulf between what the men in her life thought she was worth and her actual value. She had, it seemed to her, always asked and expected too much and given too little. She seemed almost to have a perverse impulse to make anyone who cared about her regret it, to find the thing that would most appall those people and then do that until they had to run away as a matter of self-preservation.”
― Joe Hill, NOS4A2

“So also in a marriage or in helping a teenager through a difficult identity crisis—there is no quick fix, where you can just move in and make everything right with a positive mental attitude and a bunch of success formulas.”
― Stephen Covey

“Opposite Willem that afternoon is a Thom Gunn poem: “Their relationship consisted / In discussing if it existed.” Underneath, someone has written in black market, “Dont worry man I cant get no pussy either.”
― Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

“Love and marriage represent the cumulative product of several judgments. Love is an instinctive human emotion that entails deliberation and reflection. The first decision is whether to love, then whom to love, and finally whether to pledge spending a lifetime together. Love is a feeling and similar to other strong feelings it might vanish. A person does not marry every time that they fall in love. Marriage requires a person to foresee that their love will endure the mutual wants and needs of both people.”
― Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“To own a man’s heart is to own him for life.”
― Nancy Glynn

“The harder they fall, the harder they become.”
― Nancy Glynn

“The gift of your time and attention is love in action.”
― Michael Thomas Sunnarborg, Balancing Work, Relationships & Life in Three Simple Steps

“Some people would not have remained with their partners, if the unfortunate things that have happened to them had happened to their partners, or if the fortunate things that have happened to their partners had happened to them.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Care has its own effect. It completes the feeling of love.”
― Tarang Sinha, We Will Meet Again…

“Sometimes, we are simply trapped in the cage of our own emotions, unable to break those bars. It hurts!”
― Tarang Sinha, We Will Meet Again…

“Flowers wither knowing that you exist.”
― Timothy Joshua

“Give it time, I thought. I grow on people; I’m like an industrial solvent, I’ll wear you down…”
― Wilton Barnhardt, Emma Who Saved My Life

“Creating and maintaining healthy boundaries demonstrates respect for ourselves and others and builds trust in both our work and personal relationships.”
― Michael Thomas Sunnarborg, Balancing Work, Relationships & Life in Three Simple Steps

“Имах предвид само, че за да може един човек изцяло да се свърже с друг, първо трябва да се е свързал със себе си. Ако не можем да приемем собственото си усамотение, то тогава щеизползваме другия като щит срещу самотата си. Единствено когато човек съумява да живее като орел, без свидетели, той може да се обърне към другия с любов; само тогава човек е в състояние да се грижи за израстването на другия.”
― Irvin D. Yalom, When Nietzsche Wept

“ROR: Return on Relationship™, #RonR… simply put the value that is accrued by a person or brand due to nurturing a relationship. ROI is simple $’s and cents. ROR is the value (both perceived and real) that will accrue over time through connection, trust, loyalty, recommendations and sharing.”
― Ted Rubin

“When you learn to trust and believe in yourself—your thoughts, feelings, and intuition—you give others the opportunity to trust you.”
― Michael Thomas Sunnarborg, Balancing Work, Relationships & Life in Three Simple Steps

“She was at the same table near the back where three nights ago I’d sat entranced by her songs. And where the two of us had talked like old friends.”
― Mike Bond, Killing Maine

“a daughter should
not have to
beg her father
for a relationship”
― Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

“We think we like or love some people until we see them regularly.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“And then they walk away together, out of the allotted grooves of their afternoons and into the thickening shadows of evening, into the dim, liminal place where on path is taken, and another missed.”
― Laura Barnett, The Versions of Us

“Protect your garden. Some come as weeds disguised as flowers.”
― Erica Alex

“Finding out that you are not your lover’s only lover hurts, but not as much as discovering that you are the side chick … or the side dick.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Because the greater the love, the more devastating the sense of betrayal.”
― Jill Mansell, Take a Chance on Me

“She broke my heart, so now I have to write about her forever. It made everything different. It’s something that can only happen once.”
― Michelle Tea, Valencia

“Conflicting egos destroy many relationships. Lasting, stable marriages are a true treasure because they demand that both parties adjust to the constant cellular flux of their partner as they metaphase through changing seasons of life.”
― Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“Relationships only work in a spiritual sense when you and I really see that we are one.”
― Ram Dass, Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart

“And he had been very badly treated by a girl too. He had thought her a really civilised and adult personality, and then she had unexpectedly revealed that she was a mass of bourgeois prejudices and monogamic instincts.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

“Most people who are would each not be in love with their partner, if they did not have the kind of genitals they have.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Time is running faster than watch.
Life is running faster than Time.
We are running faster than Life.
In this race, relationships are being left behind”
― Pankaj Gupta

“Some people love but will never marry each other. Some are married to but have never loved and will never love each other.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“In my mind, learning to fly was a very logical alternative. I honestly saw no other way to free myself from this torture other than to fly just like the birds did; the birds were completely free”

― Veronika Gasparyan, Mother at Seven

“The man at the end of the bar was looking at me. … Should I get drunk and sleep with him now? But I could see that I would regret that so much I would want to die after. I didn’t want to get involved with anyone, and I didn’t want to bear being alone with the warmth left by someone long gone.”
― Fuminori Nakamura, The Kingdom

“Kutokana na utafiti wa kisayansi wa kionairolojia ambayo ni sayansi ya ndoto; wakati tumelala, sehemu yetu ya akili isiyotambua huamka na kuanza kazi; kwa kupangilia mawazo, kuanzia mawazo ya siku iliyopita, na kuimarisha mahusiano baina ya mawazo hayo na matukio ya wakati ujao, huku ikiondoa mawazo yasiyokuwa na maana, kunusuru ubongo usielemewe na msongo. Kazi hiyo hutambuliwa haraka na akili inayotambua, kwa njia ya alamu, lakini akili inayotambua inapagawa kwa sababu haijui akili isiyotambua inamaanisha nini kutuma alamu kama hizo. Kwa hiyo inajaribu kwa kadiri inavyoweza kutunga hadithi kuhusiana na vitu mbalimbali, ambayo baadaye hutafsiriwa kama ndoto. Hii ndiyo sababu tunaota ndoto za ajabu ambazo aghalabu hazina maana yoyote, na hazina maana yoyote kwa sababu hazitakiwi kuwa na maana yoyote, na hazina ujumbe wowote halisi kutoka akilini mwetu. Hayo ni matokeo ya akili kujaribu kusanisi sauti, kutoka katika akili isiyotambua.”
― Enock Maregesi

“Whether idyllic or defective, relationships are the fabric of life.”
― John Tracy Wilson, Of Life, Love and Family

“Join the Revolution! Be your own Brand of Sexy!”
― Susan L. Edelman, Be Your Own Brand of Sexy: A New Sexual Revolution for Women

“Physiologically, the union of two opposites is a pleasurable affair. Why should the psyche be any different?”
― Anthony Marais

“Proximity to reality induces feelings of emptiness, horror and depression. Do not approach it alone.”
― Anthony Marais, Delusionism

“If you want to attract the right man or woman in your life, you must heal first any issues from the past.”
― Linda Alfiori, The Art of Loving Intelligently: Discover the Five Love Myths Hurting Women Worldwide and the Reality about Them

“The only real reason that some relationships and marriages have not yet been ended is because in each case one of the partners has not yet found their ideal partner or someone they love or at least like.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“I looked at you for two and a half years
I didn’t see you.”
― Darnell Lamont Walker

“I don’t believe in sin. My relationships that failed have failed because I somehow attract devout christians. I don’t believe in virtue either. I think people just do shit and it’s life.”
― Darnell Lamont Walker

“Time is running faster than watch.
Life is running faster than Time.
We are running faster than Life.
In this race, relations are being left behind”
― Pankaj Gupta

“Such delicacies are relationships.”
― Pawan Mishra, Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy

“So tortured about what? Why were we tortured? We were in love and life was a fast current swarming around our ankles, threatening to topple us into the wet part of the planet. It was intense, that’s why we were tortured. It was enormous and exploding like that palm tree. Iris was my Yuri-G, my Delilah, my Stella Marie. Strong dark women you had to love with a strong dark heart the throbbed in gorgeous pain because love is terrible. I mean, ultimately. It would go away like a needle lifting from the vinyl at the end of the song, we knew this. The music would cease, one of us would die or else we’d just break up, and this drove us to drink from each other like two twelve-year-olds sneaking vodka from the liquor cabinet, trying to get it all down, trying to get as fucked up as possible before we got caught.”
― Michelle Tea, Valencia

“You deserve someone so much better.”
“You will find someone better so soon that you wont even know.”
“I told you, he/she wasn’t good enough for you.”
“Oh c’mon! He/she wasn’t the ONE for you.”
“Things will soon be fine. It’s just a phase.”
“He/she will never find anyone better than you. Let him/her rot in hell.”
Gradually, you realize that all these are STANDARD statements that everybody makes to everyone. Because they don’t have anything else to say.
But, only your heart knows what you actually want to hear is something else. Entirely different.
How you actually want and need to be handled is different. But, you don’t say. Because you are scared to lose what’s now left with you, and that’s completely fine. To be protective of what’s left. Because you can’t bring back the dead!
However, you also realize, that out of all these people there was only one who had the courage to show you a mirror and not be shattered by your wrath.
You realize that there was only one set of arms, that were your sanctuary even though you twisted them in an outburst of anger.
Not suddenly, but really slowly it settles within you, that it was only one person who knew you inside out and had the bravery to handle you at your worst.
Even more slowly it settles you let that person drift away when you wanted them to run back to you and hold onto you.
And so you are left with people telling you, “life moves on” and no one telling you,
“Let’s just pause it here!”
― Mansi Laus Deo

“…one person’s dreams can become another’s baggage.”
― Nilesh Rathod

“There’s this quote –
“if there’s anything I have learnt about life is that IT MOVES ON”
let me tell you, these three words are only first half of the story. The other half is these five words –
“YOU HAVE TO LET GO”
If you continue to cling to your past, how will your life Ever move on. Some effort is required from your end too.”
― Mansi Laus Deo

“Look, the easiest thing in the world is to cut and run. From anything, not just relationships. It neatly avoids taking responsibility for things, learning lessons that have to be learned at some point, reinforces blame, and, in my case at least, ensured I would simply repeat the same shit with someone else.”
― James Rhodes, Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music

“Of everything
I have ever endured,

Y
O
U

are
My Favourite Tragedy.”
― Meraaqi, Divine Trouble

“Your relationship or marriage is dead or dying, if you almost always have to remind your partner to miss you (and/or they almost always have to remind you to miss them).”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Gratitude enables you to be fearless, and to never shy away from reveling in every moment of your life.”
― Janice Anderson

“When you’re confident in what you bring to the table, you don’t have to chase and beg anyone to sit down and eat.”
― Stephan Labossiere

“Nature is one of the most underutilized treasures in life. It has the power to unburden hearts and reconnect to that inner place of peace.”
― Janice Anderson

“Sometimes the most difficult relationships to get over are the ones that never were.”
― Brenda Priddy

“…the most reliable predictor of long-term marital success was a pattern in which the wives, in nonoffensive, clear ways, communicated their needs, and husbands willingly altered their behaviors to meet them.”
― Terrence Real, How Can I Get Through to You? Closing the Intimacy Gap Between Men and Women

“Your life is a reflection of your thoughts and actions–what will you reflect?”
― Janice Anderson

“You write poems with your fingertips
And I keep listening to the songs written on my skin
By some distant dream, similar words
But the verses never meet…”
― Sanhita Baruah, The Farewell and other poems

“Taking good care of your husband or wife is the best way to thank their parent or parents for having taken good care of them.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“He’s a good old sort. If only he weren’t plumb crazy!”
― Michael Ende, The Neverending Story

“واقعي : لا يحب المبادئ ويفضل العلاقات الشخصية”
― أنيس منصور, قالوا

“What’s this business about the ‘little man in the canoe?’ If it’s big enough for a canoe, it’s too big for me.”
― Quentin R. Bufogle, Horse Latitudes

“Many a woman would not be in a relationship with or married to her man, if he earned half of what he earns; and many a man would not be in a relationship with or married to his woman, if he earned twice as much as he earns.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Immobilisé, je me mis à vivre avec moi, ce qui n’était pas dans mes habitudes ; et cette intimité nouvelle me fit découvrir le miracle de se côtoyer réellement, préambule à tout amour réel.”
― Alexandre Jardin, L’Ile des gauchers

“If you’re going to be a dickhead, at least have the courtesy of doing it while I have a drink in my hand so I can throw it in your face!”
― Nicki Elson, When It Hooks You

“So, does that make me your girlfriend?”
“Do you want to be?”
“I’ve never liked that word, actually. It sounds so juvenile. ”
He shot her a worried look. “Is there another term you’d prefer?”
“I’ve always liked ‘companion of my heart’. Or ‘my better half’. Or maybe even ‘the sun in my universe’.”
― Mary Jane Hathaway, Only Through Love

“What had he been Thinking? If a fella was looking for love, I was the wrong road to go down. I was the road, in fact, that was crawling with barbed wire and bears and dynamite, marked with huge signs that said THERE IS NOTHING FOR YOU HERE.”
― Joshilyn Jackson, The Opposite of Everyone

“Love is the path of least resistance.”
― Walter E. Jacobson, M.D.

“Sustaining relationships with others requires a good relationship to ourselves. Healthy self-esteem is an internal sense of worth that pulls one neither into ‘better than’ grandiosity nor ‘less than’ shame.”
― Terrence Real, How Can I Get Through to You? Closing the Intimacy Gap Between Men and Women

“Peace is everyone’s birthright.”
― Janice Anderson

“A life dedicated to serving others is the life we should all aspire to live.”
― Auliq-Ice

“Oh that’s right
Keep away from me Please give me a push
Don’t let me understand you Don’t realise me
Or we might tumble together
Depersonalized
Identical
Into the terrific Nirvana
Me you — you — me”
― Mina Loy, The Lost Lunar Baedeker: Poems of Mina Loy

“The smaller we feel in the world, the more we need to shine in the eyes of our partner.”
― Esther Perel, Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic + the Domestic

“There are some people whose turbulent waves of behaviors will drown you no matter how well you think you can swim.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Maybe we feel empty because we spend so much of our own time watching other people live their lives, chase their dreams, express their love, and navigate their relationships. And when we turn off our TV or put down our phone… We’ve nourished nothing of our own.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Many a woman is in a relationship with or married to her man not because she loves him but only because she likes men like him.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“So are you happy? he asks.

I hate it when anyone asks me that. It’s such a loaded fucking question. Are they talking aggregate years? Doesn’t it depend on the day, the moment? Or are they referring to last year or last month?”
― Terry McMillan, I Almost Forgot About You

“The romantic vision promises ‘shadowless’ relationships, but it is precisely by wrestling with the relationship’s shadow, with disillusionment, that deep intimacy is sustained.”
― Terrence Real, How Can I Get Through to You? Closing the Intimacy Gap Between Men and Women

“She awaits the rain like a writer embraces metaphors,
A drizzle isn’t for the child who dances in the storm.
Of rain that washes away the petrichor it brings,
A downpour of a hail of bullets, and she calls it spring.”
― Sanhita Baruah, The Farewell and other poems

“why provide relationship benefits to someone who claims they don’t want a relationship…”
― R.H. Sin

“من الممكن أن يتحول المحبون إلى أعداء ولكن ليس إلى أصدقاء”
― أنيس منصور, قالوا

“While I don’t believe in love at first sight, because I think it takes more work than that, I do believe that one soul can speak to another and find an inexplicably deep connection over a short period of time, unimaginably short, and know that it will never forget that soul, that moment, or the light it emits forever.”
― Katherine Reay, The Brontë Plot

“Some people each left their spouse or lover because he or she was no longer the primary source of their happiness; some, because their spouse or lover was, at that time, the primary source of their unhappiness.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Listening to their argument made me aware of how empty my life was, and I hated the life I was living all the more. It was quite obvious to me this lady was deeply in love, for she was fighting for what she thought to be hers. Even though I was dating two females at the time, and stringing a third one along, yet I’ve yet to discover that kind of love. I guess this was why my favorite song was ‘I wane be love’, by the Jamaican reggae super star Buru Banton.”
― Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

“Networking is not a part-time or occasional exercise. Everywhere we go, we haven an opportunity to network with others.”
― Timothy M. Houston, No-Nonsense Networking: The Straightforward Guide to Making Productive, Profitable and Prosperous Contacts and Connections

“The most prevalent form of slavery is being a slave of your own insecurities Or exploiting another’s vulnerabilities.

Lust, greed and anger are the pitfalls of the short sighted. Long term business is not possible through lust, greed, anger or guile; it is done based on ‘sustainable’ relationships; And that is possible when happiness is your goal and each individual you transact with, is a ‘strong adult Individual’. We need to invest in ourselves to make us one and in others to help them become the same.

It IS in my Selfish interest to have strong, adult individuals around!”
― Amit Chatterjee

“For five years I didn’t think it was possible to be this happy.
But then he forgot all those promises he made. He forgot why he loved me. He simply stopped loving me.

And this is how he did it:
He stopped talking to me unless I spoke to him.
He stopped holding my hand.
He stopped kissing me good night.
He stopped kissing me good morning.
He stopped kissing me.
He stopped smiling at me.
He stopped laughing.
He stopped bathing and showering with me.
He stopped wanting me.
He started swearing at me.
He started lying to me.
He started cheating on me.
He hurt me.
And then he told me he was in love with another woman and wanted a divorce.
Oh, I forgot. He said he was sorry.

I wanted to blow his fucking brains out.”
― Terry McMillan, I Almost Forgot About You

“Remember, for there to be any change in your life circumstances, you must change. You must improve yourself. You must develop your mind. You must change your company. If you want to fly like the eagles, then you have to make friends with the Eagles and not with chickens. You can’t be in the company of chickens and hope to fly like the Eagles someday. Life does not work that way.”
― Bien Sufficient

“When you are networking you are doing more than just marketing your business; you are marketing yourself.”
― Timothy M. Houston, No-Nonsense Networking: The Straightforward Guide to Making Productive, Profitable and Prosperous Contacts and Connections

“Many marriages would have been laid to rest a long time ago, if they were not on a life-support machine called other people’s opinions and/or expectations.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Small talk is incredibly important when building new relationships and is necessary to do when networking, provided it is not small minded…

Small talk helps to provide a bridge from saying “hello” to the substantive part of the conversation.”
― Timothy M. Houston, No-Nonsense Networking: The Straightforward Guide to Making Productive, Profitable and Prosperous Contacts and Connections

“You know this has really affected my ability to trust myself. No matter what happened in my life, I was always able to trust myself. My instincts. Two men in a row carrying on indiscretions makes me feel like I made up some story. Almost like a fiction, I
wrote in my mind that had a beginning, middle and end. It feels like I manufactured some ideal life that was a made-up invention that I needed to believe was the truth.”
― Jacqueline Simon Gunn, Circle of Trust

“Somehow, later, exhausted and dismayed by these sapping, abrasive, attriting episodes, they came to a sort of truce; but it was at the expense of any closeness.”
― Iain M. Banks, Excession

“The Beatles were bubblegum cards and Help at the Saturday morning cinema and toy plastic guitars and singing ‘Yellow Submarine’ at the top of my voice in the back row of the coach on school trips. They belong to me, not to me and Laura, or me and Charlie, or me and Alison Ashworth, and though they’ll make me feel something, they won’t make me feel anything bad.”
― Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

“Write her a letter, send her a flower, love only gets old if you let it.”
― William Chapman

“This hand shall never more come near thee with such friendship”
― William Shakespeare, The Two Noble Kinsmen

“If you could do anything right now, at this moment, what would you do?”
The question was obviously loaded, but the answer was surprisingly simple,
“I’d be with you.”
― A.B. Turner, Changes

“When you maintain long-term relationships with the people and things you value most, this dedication reveals worth, reliability, trustworthiness, beauty, and integrity. Be someone who adds value and cares for cherished loved ones and belongings in this moment or for life.”
― Laura Staley

“Friendship is the call out of isolation and selfishness in order to teach me how to love and how to serve. But without stability, friendship – real soul-searing friendship, the kind that makes us choose between domination and infatuation and possessiveness and dependence for growth and freedom and depth and responsibility and self-knowledge – is impossible.

Stability is what enables us, in other words, to live totally in God and totally for others.”
― Joan D. Chittister, Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today

“Loving each other began with longing, weaving her loneliness into his.”
― Leah Kaminsky, The Waiting Room

“School in itself is a microcosm of society. These kids bring a lot of baggage with them, and as teachers with 30 plus kids in your classroom you have to take the time to get to know them, and not just see them as people you have to teach. And if they want to learn they will learn, and if they don’t want too then too bad. But you have to see them as your surrogate children. Charles Chuck Mackey, former vice principal and coach of R. M. Bailey Pacers…”
― Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

“Some people seem safe and comfortable to be with in the early interactions, but overtime you notice this isn’t the experience. Know you can trust yourself and use discernment to determine whether a relationship works for your life now. If it doesn’t, simply walk away with grace and clarity about who you are and the people you want to spend time with.”
― Laura Staley

“Treat each event you attend and each person that you meet as if it were an appointment with your one of your best clients — even if you are meeting that person for the very first time.”
― Timothy M. Houston, No-Nonsense Networking: The Straightforward Guide to Making Productive, Profitable and Prosperous Contacts and Connections

“I suppose we were better observers than communicators; we were all subjects to be worried over, complained about, even adored, but never quite people to be held or loved. There was an intellectual, almost absurd distance.”
― Carrie Brownstein, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

“Many business people end up being relationship rich, and referral poor.”
― Timothy M. Houston, Leads To Referrals

“You need to position yourself to your referral sources and your current clients as providing exceptional value and experiences in everything you do”
― Timothy M. Houston, Leads To Referrals

“Let ‘the cause’ become the ‘because’ – the reason – for people to do business with and to refer business to you”
― Timothy M. Houston, Leads To Referrals

“Being called ‘love’ or ‘my love’ by someone doesn’t necessarily mean that you are loved or even liked by them.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Having sentiments make you susceptible to lies and misjudgement.”
― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel, Psychology of Friendship for Leadership

“Your judgments about another person say more about your own character than the character of the person you are pointing a finger at.

This is the key and one of the most fundamental insights about the ‘red flags’ that we often dismiss regarding the people in our lives. If someone complains a lot to you about other people, guess what? That is part of their current character. And, as quickly as the tide changes, you can just as easily become the person they target and criticize, point fingers at, and negatively judge. Forever and always, until vibrations are raised, this will be the cycle of the relationship. So, it’s your choice to continue to engage in the cycle with them, or to move on.

There are plenty of people who do not criticize, point fingers, or judge. THIS is the kind of character we want to foster within ourselves. THIS is the character of the kind of people we DO want to develop close relationships with.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“Apathy is, too often, a result of overexposure to stressful, highly emotional situations. To rekindle empathy, sometimes we need some space. It’s okay to walk away so that you can feel love for someone again. Sometimes for a moment. Sometimes forever.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“Some women would not cheat, and some would not have cheated, had they each married a man whom they love … or at least like.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“The alchemy that is friendship mixed with attraction is important. The alchemy that is two hearts, two minds, two lives, two particular laughs in silly melody is important.

And, it is yet unknown, as you are, to me.”
― Waylon H. Lewis, Things I Would Like To Do With You

“When you love someone, you end up caring about each and every person they love. When you hate someone, you end up caring about every single person who hates them.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“If you want to be with someone, be with them! Don’t make excuses, cause drama, or make them fight for a spot in your life. Express your love and commitment with words and actions. And if you don’t feel inspired to show your love this way, be kind enough to let them go… so they can find someone who will.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Does that new man in your life call his ex “a slut”, “a whore”, “a bitch”, “psycho” , “crazy”, “a nutter” etc etc. Chances are, whatever he’s calling his ex right now, he’ll be calling you when things don’t go his way. Be warned.”
― Miya Yamanouchi, Embrace Your Sexual Self: A Practical Guide for Women

“Relationships fail when people take their own insecurities and project them as their partner’s flaws.”
― Steve Maraboli

“If there’s one thing I know about women, it’s that they have vaginas.”
― J. Richard Singleton

“I wait until her breathing is soft and even against me before I let myself drift off to sleep, like I’ve been doing every night for the past few weeks. Slowly, everything in my life is turning into putting her first, and I’m not going to fight it.”
― Carian Cole, Talon

“One of the reasons God did not make a lover for Himself when He made one for Adam is because He knew that fewer people would take Him seriously once He had an ex.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Social Media isn’t creating the problems in our relationships; it’s only exposing the ones that already existed.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Unconditional love goes beyond holding on and letting go. Real love is about truth. It’s about looking at what’s really going on instead of the stories we tell ourselves about it. It’s about being able to love someone from afar, when we need to, because we see that closeness turns us into the worst versions of ourselves.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“I’ve heard you say so many a time
That I know just the right words to say, just the right lines to rhyme…

Today it’s been 7 years since we last met
I have learnt to say just the wrong words, just the lines you hate….”
― Sanhita Baruah, The Farewell and other poems

“I wanted, for so long, for someone to understand me better than I understood myself, to take control of me, to save me, to make it all better. I thought that the hardest part of a loving, mutually healing relationship would be showing my vulnerable, raw spots to a person, even though I’d been hurt so many times before. This has not been the hardest part. The actual hardest part has been realizing that no one, no matter how compassionate and kind they are, will say the perfect things always. Myself included. The hardest part has been learning to communicate what I need, to hear what others need, to tell others how to tell me what they need. Intimacy takes a lot of communication. We all have triggers. I don’t know your triggers and you don’t know mine. No matter how much I love or trust you, you cannot possibly know exactly the words I need to hear, the words I don’t want to hear, and the way I like to be touched. And how strange that we expect these things of each other. How strange, and self-sabotaging, that we refuse to get into relationships and friendships with people unless they treat us in just that perfect way. We’ve been raised to want fairy tales. We’ve been raised to wait for flawless saviors to rescue us. But the savior isn’t flawless and the savior is not coming. The savior is you. The savior is still learning. The savior is never done learning. The savior is a human being. Forget perfect. Forget flawless. And start speaking your truth. Start speaking what you want and how you want it. And start asking and listening, really listening, to what the people around you say. Maybe, then, we will stop abandoning and hurting each other. Maybe, then, there’s hope for us.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“[T]hat mutual jealousy, that intolerantly keen edge of criticism, that irrational hunger for a beautiful perfection, that life and wisdom do presently and most mercifully dull.”
― H.G. Wells

“Behavior speaks… I need not listen to someone’s apology; I’ll watch for it. I’ve learned not to let someone’s words blind me from their behavior.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Family does not mean people with the same last name or the same DNA. It means people who care about you, who you trust, who you care about–people you can count on.”
― Kris Radish, Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral

“Often in relationships we have to move
the next mile, leaving behind the experiences
of the mile just past, and starting afresh.
It takes a big heart, and deep love to take
the risk of exposing yourself to being hurt
again, forgiving the people who tore you
down and giving the relationship another
chance.

Pray for strength and take along the learnings
from the past. This time, shift focus from
appeasing to creating healthier bonds with

clearer boundaries and lots of space.”
― Wordions

“I believe in romance… in playfulness… in passion… in expressing feelings… in friendship… in all the ways love heals, nourishes, and transforms “you” and “me” into an “us”.”
― Steve Maraboli

“There is every board minded man behind the success of woman. But when that man is in legal relation then a woman can triumph among men”
― Agha Kousar

“Let’s be friends before lovers, don’t ask to be my friend after you’ve broken my heart.”
― Jasmine Sandozz

“Words change depending on who speaks them; there is no cure. The answer isn’t just to introduce new words (boi, cis-gendered, andro-fag) and then set out to reify their meanings (though obviously there is power and pragmatism here). One must also become alert to the multitude of possible uses, possible contexts, the wings with which each word can fly. Like when you whisper, You’re just a hold, letting me fill you up. Like when I say husband.”
― Maggie Nelson

“Don’t settle… wait for the one who treats you like an investment; not a test drive. Someone who inspires you to be at your best… One who looks beyond your outer beauty and falls in love with your soul.”
― Steve Maraboli

“give a woman the chance to reject something else besides me”
― Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer

“In many a case, the phrase ‘I’d like to get to know you better’ is a euphemism for ‘I want us to fuck.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“The first thing I crave when I’m dieting is the worst thing for me. I have come to realize that the same is true when I set new relationship standards.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Anger Works
Anger can be extremely rewarding in the short term. It can distract you from pain and threatening feelings. You may use anger to provoke fear and anxiety in others. Such anger makes others feel threatened, allowing you to gain control. But regularly directing anger at someone is likely to make him or her even less supportive. Ultimately, that person will withdraw completely- leaving you feeling even more isolated.”
― Bernard Golden, Overcoming Destructive Anger: Strategies That Work

“Keep your opinion to yourself unless it’s asked for.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“I think what I want is for someone to know me. Really know me. Know me better than anyone else and maybe even me. Isn’t that why we commit to another? It’s not for sex. If it were for sex, we wouldn’t marry one person. We’d just keep finding new partners. We commit for many reasons, I know, but the more I think about it, the more I think long-term relationships are for getting to know someone. I want someone to know me, really know me, almost like that person could get into my head. What would that feel like? To have access, to know what it’s like in someone else’s head. To rely on someone else, have him rely on you. That’s not a biological connection like the one between parents and children. This kind of relationship would be chosen. It would be something cooler, harder to achieve than one built on biology and shared genetics. I think that’s it. Maybe that’s how we know when a relationship is real. When someone else previously unconnected to us knows us in a way we never thought or believed possible.”
― Iain Reid, I’m Thinking of Ending Things

“You know that feeling of invincibility you sometimes get, especially when young and testing yourself – well that could be because actually know deep down that we are indeed eternal. We come into this world to live a life, to experience it, from somewhere else, some other plane, but we are programmed by all around us to deny or forget this – until one day we may remember again. That feeling of blissful reconnection with our source can be invoked through nature, beautiful writing or art or music, any detailed craft or work of discovery or personal dedication, meditation or other mentally balancing practice, or even through religious experience if there is a pure communion (not a pretence of it). But we should not yearn to return too soon, we should accept that we have come here for the duration of each life, and revel in the chance to learn and grow on this splendid planet. We can draw a deep sense of being-ness. peace, and love from this connection, which will sustain us through any trial. Once nurtured, this becomes stronger than any other connection, so of course our relationships here are most joyful when they allow us the personal freedom to spend time developing and celebrating that connection. Our deepest friendships form with those we can share such time and experiences with – discussing, meditating, immersing ourselves in nature, or creating our music, art, written or other works. Our journeys here are voyages of discovery, opening out the wonders within and all around. What better companions could we have than those who are able to fully share in such delights with us?”
― Jay Woodman

“Let everyone evolve fast and understand humanity. Let the heart of stones be converted into heart of love.”
― Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power

“It’s sad that we get attached to the way certain people abuse us. It took me a long time and a lot of heartache to realize that it’s okay to miss someone, but not want them back.”
― Steve Maraboli

“But isn’t being alone closer to the truest version of ourselves, when we’re not linked to another, not diluted by their presence and judgments? We form relationships with others, friends, family. That’s fine. Those relationships don’t bind the way love does. We can still have lovers, short-term. But only when alone can we focus on ourselves, know ourselves. How can we know ourselves without this solitude?”
― Iain Reid, I’m Thinking of Ending Things

“Immediately after a divorce or a breakup, your mind whispers that there are plenty more fish in the sea, while your heart shouts that there is only one whoever-you-just-divorced-or-broke-up-with.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“I want to say yes, but I don’t want to be with a boy whose heart belongs to somebody else. Just once, I want to be somebody’s first choice.”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

“I had complete faith that this was a man who would keep his promises, who would always be there when I needed him, who would always have my best interests at heart. Together we would be able to face anything in life.”
― Rosemary K. West, For Better – Or What?

“I’ve learned that if someone threatens my peace of mind, self-respect, or self-worth… I must walk away. I owe it to myself… I owe it to my future.”
― Steve Maraboli

“But that’s just inscapable, right? When you lose someone and it still hurts, that’s when you know the love was real.”
― Jenny Han, P.S. I Still Love You

“Are small, critical actions enough? Small gestures make us feel good—about ourselves, about others. Small things connect us. They feel like everything. A lot depends on them. It’s not unlike religion and God. We believe in certain constructs that help us understand life. Not only to understand it, but as a means of providing comfort. The idea that we are better off with one person for the rest of our lives is not an innate truth of existence. It’s a belief we want to be true.”
― Iain Reid, I’m Thinking of Ending Things

“If bye is meant to be separation, why do people say good bye.”
― Rushabh Patel

“Love is always fake gradually it disappears”
― Rushabh Patel

“Love is the shit way to say you care when you are seeking something else.”
― Rushabh Patel

“Sky is the limit for a person’s character, even when it’s falling.”
― Rushabh Patel

“Every story has an ending, the only thing that matters is good or bad.”
― Rushabh Patel

“There is no point reminding you the memories you don’t remember.”
― Rushabh Patel

“I write so I don’t call you.”
― Jennifer Elisabeth

“He had become, after all, her home.”
― Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies

“Love is scary; it changes; it can go away. That’s part of the risk.”
― Jenny Han

“True Love… it’s the most wonderful human emotion and one of the most elusive. We search for it, trying to find that one person in the whole world worthy enough to spend our lives with. When you look at the trail of broken hearts, the rivers of tears and the broken dreams, it’s quite obvious that it’s not an easy dream to achieve. Don’t we rightly call it the Quest for Love? That’s why when we think we’ve found the right person, we are giddy with happiness and relief. Finally! The answer to our prayers has come after such a long wait. We are safe. We are loved.

A lot of women view marriage this way and I blame that on all the Walt Disney cartoons we watched as little girls. There’s this beautiful helpless princess locked away in a castle and here comes this handsome prince to save her from her miserable life. Classic. Then, after the grand wedding ball, the movie ends with:
“And They Lived Happily Ever After.”

That’s it? What happened afterwards? Nothing’s mentioned about that. We are made to think that it all ends there, that the couple’s happiness is secured and a given. They love each other, right? They went through all that trouble just to be together. So they’ll be happy. End of story.”
― Eeva Lancaster, You’re Getting Married Soon… Now What?

“Love is fickle, building relationship is rare”
― Rushabh Patel

“I want to eat your life”
― Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies

“Closing my eyes, I breathe in the air around me.
When I slowly re-enter the world, I look into the most intense brown eyes I’ve ever seen. My breathing catches. I can’t look away. Fuck, he’s hot. I can literally feel my brain cells frying. Who’s dumb as a rock now, Alexis?
I feel completely frozen and can’t move. I don’t even think I want to. Blink, Richards, blink.”

-Alexis

What happens to someone who has everything figured out and doesn’t let anyone rattle her?
To some love is exciting. To her, it’s a nuisance.”
― Kristina Steiner, Equinox

“Never join two things that would be happier apart.”
― Marty Rubin

“You should always say goodbye to the people you love before you walk away. Hug them and hold them tight like it is the last moment you have, because it just might be.”
― Jenna Alatari

“It is in the best interest of the rich to preserve poverty.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Poverty does not always prevent a rich person from dating someone who is poor, unless the man is the one who is poor.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“While the lecture itself was not bold, because my relationships were bold and intimate and risky, the lecture had impact. This experience taught me a powerful lesson about evangelism: the integrity of our relationships matters more than the boldness of our words.”
― Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

“In the way that you need to clear the way to make a road, those who betray and abandon you expose things you need to remove from your life. They reveal the mistakes you made in trusting them and how you can avoid them in the future, and move on.”
― Innocent Mwatsikesimbe, The Vision

“Every relationship is an education.

Each new person we welcome into our hearts is a chance to evolve into something radically different than we used to be.”
― Brian K. Vaughan, Saga, Vol. 5

“FORKED BRANCHES

We grew up on the same street,
You and me.
We went to the same schools,
Rode the same bus,
Had the same friends,
And even shared spaghetti
With each other’s families.

And though our roots belong to
The same tree,
Our branches have grown
In different directions.
Our tree,
Now resembles a thousand
Other trees
In a sea of a trillion
Other trees
With parallel destinies
And similar dreams.
You cannot envy the branch
That grows bigger
From the same seed,
And you cannot
Blame it on the sun’s direction.
But you still compare us,
As if we’re still those two
Kids at the park
Slurping down slushies and
Eating ice cream.
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun (2010)”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Non-violence is more powerful than violence. Nature eliminates violent animals bit by bit.”
― Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power

“If we love someone deeply, be they friends, family or lovers, don’t treat the relationship like a playground game of back and forth or tit for tat. See it as a loving connection and let that be the basis of it all.”
― lauren klarfeld

“A fight is like the perfect storm. It is risky and dangerous. But, as the African proverb goes, Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. Fights are often learning opportunities—if we’re willing to dig deep enough past our own egos.”
― lauren klarfeld

“You must know this. People disappear. They just go puff. Thin air. Every time you see someone, you never know if you’re seeing them for the last time. Drink them in, Alec. Kiss them. It’s very important. Never let anyone say goodbye, even for a little while, without kissing them. Press your lips against the people you love. Hands, they can touch anything. Open doors, hold cameras, hang clothes on the line. It’s lips that matter.”
― Toni Jordan, Nine Days

“Sexual power encompasses the power of seduction and the power of pursuit.”
― Elona Washington, From Ivy League To Stripper Life: 10 Lessons Learned

“Self-discovery changes everything, including your relationships with people. When you find your authentic self, those who loved your mask are disappointed. you may end up alone, but you don’t need to stay alone. While it’s painful to sever old connections, it’s not a tragedy. it’s an opportunity. Now, you can find people who understand the importance of looking for truth and being authentic. Now you can find people who want to connect deeply, like you’ve always wanted to, instead of constant small talk and head games. Now you can have real intimacy. Now, you can find your tribe.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“A girl who travels has learned how to dance barefoot. She’s learned to place her toes in the sand and dance through rhythm, not through rehearsed footwork. She’s learned to follow what she likes, not what she needs to like.”
― lauren klarfeld

“We grew up on the same street,
You and me.
We went to the same schools,
Rode the same bus,
Had the same friends,
And even shared spaghetti
With each other’s families.
And though our roots belong to
The same tree,
Our branches have grown
In different directions.
Our tree,
Now resembles a thousand
Other trees
In a sea of a trillion
Other trees
With parallel destinies
And similar dreams.
You cannot envy the branch
That grows bigger
From the same seed,
And you cannot
Blame it on the sun’s direction.
But you still compare us,
As if we’re still those two
Kids at the park
Slurping down slushies and
Eating ice cream.
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun (2010)”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“He turned and saw her. Ah! She was lovely, lovelier now than ever he thought. But he could not speak to her. He could not interrupt her. He wanted urgently to speak to her now that ames was gone and she was alone at last. But he resolved, no; he would not interrupt her. She was aloof from him now in her beauty, in her sadness. He would let her be, and he passed her without a word, though it hurt him that she should look so distant, and he could not reach her, he could do nothing to help her. And again he would have passed her without a word had she not, at that very moment given him of her own free will what she knew he would never ask, and called to him and taken the green shawl off the picture frame, and gone to him. For he wished, she knew, to protect her.”
― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

“I stood in bars, clothed but naked, looking from their eyes to my feet and back again. Still there was the longing to contend with: the heavy, bloody, chemical urge to consume another body and spit out its bones in a new child. How do you make a stranger so intimate when they could so easily destroy you?”
― Nadifa Mohamed, Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre

“If we are with someone out of choice, we should act accordingly, and choose to communicate rather than deteriorate.”
― lauren klarfeld

“Don’t be fooled…
If they gossip to you, they’ll gossip about you.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Indeed, wounded loved can make for fierce vengeance. And, from what I know of Anissa, it does seem a bit out of character for her to behave so spitefully, so I’d like to think that she really is just deeply hurt, angry and looking for some way to injure me back…I hope she knows how well she’s succeeded.”
― Zack Love, The Syrian Virgin

“True love doesn’t exist, for, love is always true. If it is not true, then it is not love at all.”
― Ashmita Acharya, The Beginning: The Tears of My Heart

“She got a sense that their time together was valuable, as though she needed to hold on to every minute as if it were their last. He was too good to be true, every moment spent with him magical, so much so that she presumed this couldn’t last forever. None of her good feelings had lasted forever, none of the people who lightened her life managed to stay. Going by her previous luck, from pure fear of not wanting to lose something so special, she was just waiting for the day he would leave. Whoever he was, he was healing her, he was teaching her to smile, teaching her to laugh, and she wondered what she could teach him.”
― Cecelia Ahern

“The relentlessness with which these women tried to repair their relationships was foreign to me; I didn’t understand why they didn’t simply give up.”
― Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers

“You can’t prepare for a positive relationship while your in a negative one.”
― Lenon Honor

“Love wants Love.”
― Auliq-Ice

“From a multidimensional perspective our relationships with other people are simulations of our relationship with ourselves, yet also our relationship with ourselves is a simulation of our relationship with other people, and our relationship with ourselves and other people are also simulations of our relationship with our doubles existing in parallel universes, and all these relationships are simulations of our relationship with God, and…
yes, it is all rather complicated, yet what matters in the end is that Love prevails.”
― Franco Santoro

“Even rocket science ain’t rocket science nowadays. Not compared to negotiating a relationship anyway. Now why don’t they teach you the equations for THAT at college eh? “Oh, just close your eyes, and aim in the general direction. If you get into trouble just press this button which will lower a bottle of The Macallan into your hand and eject your brain clean out of your skull. You’ll parachute safely back to earth and definitely will not end up in a screaming mass of smoking hot twisted metal on a hillside somewhere.”
― Andre the BFG

“If you want to be in my life offer me the best of your time , not the one when you have nothing to do ; offer the best of your self and i’ll do the same for you.”
― Robin Dabhi

“But we Americans scrap relationships that are not working as we would like — whether they be with relatives, with spouses, or with friends. We dispose of them like Kleenex. When it is inconvenient, painful, difficult, I get rid of you. I hit the road.”
― Stuart Miller, Men and Friendship

“It is only man’s egoism that wants to keep woman like some buried treasure.”
― Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

“The closer and more confidential our relationship with someone, the less we are entitled to ask about what we are not voluntarily told.”
― Louis Kronenberger

“I did this for you, you know, she always tells him.

Did you? he wants to say.

Because he doesn’t remember ever asking for kumquats or hybrid cardio machines, but who knows? Maybe all this time, all the little ways he looked at her and didn’t look at her, all the things he said or didn’t say or didn’t say enough added up to this awful request without his knowledge or consent, like those ransom notes made from letters cut from different magazines.”
― Mona Awad

“A girl who travels won’t need a saviour; she’ll need an accompanier. And she’ll need someone who lives that way too.”
― lauren klarfeld

“Salimos, cenamos, nos reímos un rato y al dejarla en su casa me dijo «Creo que me gustás mucho. Es algo de ese misterio que tenés, o algo de lo extraño y raro que sos, lo que me tiene constantemente pensando en vos». No sabía qué decir, nunca supe cómo reaccionar a las emociones de otras personas. Me reí y le di una palmadita en la cabeza. Hasta ahora me pregunto qué fue lo que pensé para hacer eso; no era mi mascota, no era un perro ni nada por el estilo pero no se me ocurría otra forma de demostrarle una especie de afecto.”
― Gabriel Grommeck, Esa piel que no es mía

“Is there a price too great to pay for your own happiness? What is the price that you are willing to pay for your own happiness?”
― Lenon Honor

“That’s the thing they never tell you about love stories: just because one ends, that doesn’t mean it failed. A cherry pie isn’t a failure just because you eat it all. It’s perfect for what it is, and then it’s gone. And exchanging the truest parts of yourself–all the things you are–with someone? What a slice of life. One I’ll carry with me into every single someday.”
― Emery Lord, When We Collided

“Amazing relationships aren’t about making one perfect choice in your choice of partner. They’re about the infinite amount of choices you make in each conflict, each conversation, and each moment to open yourself and to stay open, even when it’s hard.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“Basketball Rule #6
A great team
has a good scorer
with a teammate
who’s on point
and ready
to assist.”
― Kwame Alexander, The Crossover

“Deep in our nature we are foragers, and life is a process of gathering the resources we need from a large connected planet. It’s all out there — every color, shade, flavor and mutation of life and experience. Whatever we are looking for, we will find… if it doesn’t find us first. However, the result will not be what we’re consciously looking for but what we’re unconsciously seeking. And so, what we want, will never be anything like what we expect. It is the forager’s law — you can find the berry bush, but you can’t control its yield.”
― Neil Strauss, The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

“Perhaps your notion of relationships is different than mine.
You want something that would be a long term safe bet. I don’t believe in that. I don’t believe in eternity or safe bets. I believe in the unavoidable now and that the unavoidable now in the condition that it is pure with the best intention is eternity in itself.
I want to love you and to feel your love as much as this is possible, as far as this takes us, and I hope it will take us far.”
― Malak El Halabi

“Ladies, being able to submit to your future husband requires a deeper trust in God who created him.”
― Nicole J. Fortune, From Selfie To Wifey

“You can’t force someone to care… You can only come to the realization that if you stay, they’ll keep hurting you. I wish you the wisdom and courage to walk away and begin the healing process.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Empathy requires us to step outside of our own agendas long enough to develop an understanding of the other person’s perspective. It can be rightly stated that no relationship will be whole without ongoing displays of empathy.”
― Les Carter, Enough about You, Let’s Talk about Me: How to Recognize and Manage the Narcissists in Your Life

“She screwed me for life,” he lamented to the pretty young woman he desperately wanted to love but couldn’t quite fall in love with. “I’ve had relationships before but she was the most peculiar, infuriating and damnable thing I ever dared care for!” “You want to forget her,” his girlfriend said painfully. She rubbed his back wishing she didn’t have to compete with a menacing memory. “That relationship, the strangest I’ve ever known, changed me,” he confided regretfully. “Like an unwanted and destructive addiction.” “She wronged you,” the red-head beside him blurted out truthfully. “And she continues to wrong you because you let her. Ever since her you can’t help but compare.” He looked at her tenderly, his heart trying to break through ice. “You want to let go but you can’t let go,” she continued coolly. He looked into the distance feeling the one he drew close but seeing the one out of reach. How could he let go of something, or someone, that made him feel so alive? A sweet, supportive voice knowingly broke through his thoughts, “The challenge,” she whispered, “lies within you…”
― Donna Lynn Hope

“I love a man who tickles me awake with reality, and kisses me goodnight with fiction
Braids my hair with simplicity to compliment my contradiction
And calms the waging wars inside with a simple boyish look
For he is as much a mystery as he is an open book
When I am at my worst, I am beautiful by his side
He draws me in yet keeps me free, the moon to my tide
He relishes my quirks and antics just as much I love to keep him frantic
And if I ever fall, he doesn’t catch me right away
Because he knows I’ll glide
And even more so, knows how much I enjoy the ride…
With the strength I lack, he holds my insecurity safe in-between his fingers
And if there is ever a doubt while I am out running about
His steady grip lingers
He drives me crazy just as much as he keeps me sane
And has the wisdom to keep me wild knowing I’ll die if ever tame
So when I am far, he frets not, because he knows he’s my favorite destination
If ever I am down, he joins me on the ground and points out my favorite constellations

He catches my sighs and lackluster replies
With ageless humor and tenacity
I draw blanks at his capacity
And challenge his audacity
But
He wins because despite my stubbornness he is persistent
Yet forever fails because he belongs to nonexistent”
― Yesenia Barkley

“Record what you can, pursue your passions, connect with the world, fight the good fight, defy evil, shine incandescently as best you can. And it doesn’t matter what field it’s in but, it does matter that we leave something that accumulates over time.”
― Stefan Molyneux

“the trivial incidents that make up all lives and can suddenly shine bright in the dusk of meaninglessness: the door goes, she comes home, bends over and takes off her shoes, looks at me and smiles, her face is magical and childlike. She pours paint from a five-liter can into a small receptacle, climbs up on a chair and starts painting the molding over the window, wearing a workman’s overalls stained with paint. She snuggles up to me on the sofa, we watch a film, tears run down her cheeks, I laugh at her and she laughs through her tears. There are thousands of such moments, lost the second they occur, yet still present because they are what form a relationship, the particular way we stayed together, which was the same as everyone’s, though different, it was her and me, no one else, it was us, we dealt with everything that came at us as well as we could, but the darkness in me thickened, the joy in me evaporated, I no longer knew what I wanted or what to do, only that I was standing still, I was stuck, this was how it felt, as though I wasn’t formed on the inside, it was only a mold shaped by everything on the outside.”
― Knausgaard, Karl Ove

“When a relationship is severed, it’s best if it’s severed cleanly and permanently.”
― Paolo Giordano, Like Family

“Sometimes it’s not about your opinion; it’s about what’s right…and knowing the difference.”
― Nina Guilbeau

“To my dear daughters, granddaughters, and all future brides,
I thought it would be a wonderful tradition for each bride to write a little note and leave a legacy for those who come after her. How I wish my own mother had lived to see my wedding day and been present to share her wisdom!
I make no pretense at being wise, but God is. The bible says we can ask for wisdom, and God will honor our request. As you consider marriage, first seek God’s will and ask Him to direct your heart. Do not hasten to take your vows. Pause and reflect before you take such a momentous step, and be sure your mate honors God. A marriage is not just between a man and a woman–it is a holy union which must include the Lord to flourish.
Ethan was God’s gift to me. His patience, strength, and companionship were like a balm to my grief. We learned to work together and rely on one another until respect and affection sparked. Love came softly and grew in our hearts. How I thank God for bringing us together and blessing our union!
Though hardships test us and extraordinary things thrill us, life is made up of mundane days. Love each other in the little, commonplace matters of life to strengthen your marriage, or it will wither from neglect. Appreciate what you have, and forgive as freely as you laugh.
My darlings, my prayer is for you to make wise decisions of the heart–first in devoting your spirit to the Lord, then in giving your hand to a man. May each of you be blessed with a godly mate and know the joy of growing close together and growing old with him.”
― Cathy Marie Hake, The Bartered Bride Collection

“Over the years, they’d become accomplished at avoiding unpleasant topics. Their burdened demeanors spoke volumes through the silence.”
― Glenn B Miller, The Barrier: Parental concern never ends

“I’m looking for some kind of permanence, so my mark will linger on the world once I’m gone, in the places where I found joy..”
― Emery Lord, When We Collided

“They say “the taste of the pudding is in the eating,” but that doesn’t apply to “a square peg in a round hole”.
If the peg is driven by hunger to give and desire to fill, and the hole on the other hand is moved by thirst to receive and purpose to fulfil, then a deep knowledge of the reason for existence, a mutual understanding of roles, and the wisdom to effectively carry out those roles are very key, if we must have a round peg in a round hole, or a square peg in a square hole.
But then again, who cares about “shape” in desperation?!”
― Olaotan Fawehinmi, The Soldier Within

“There’s no point in fighting for a woman that is rude and boring, just because she’s hot. Such woman shortens your lifespan.”
― Daniel Marques

“If others fell by the wayside, dear women and strong, loved by men, how had she, single and unloved, kept her sanity?”
― Glendon Swarthout, The Homesman

“if you are falling for a new person, you haven’t attempted the first one with full heart….”
― Ankit Jadhav

“Only people of a certain disposition are frightened of being alone for the rest of their lives at twenty-six; we were of that disposition”
― Nick Hornby

“God gave you the capacity to invent, work, create and to be brilliant.”
― Nicole J. Fortune, From Selfie To Wifey

“It took me a minute more of standing there before I realized that I’d been dismissed. Before I
realized that a relationship can end just like that.”
― Leila Sales, This Song Will Save Your Life

“Being loved is the only thing that is admirable by any stretch of the imagination.”
― Auliq-Ice

“Preserve those who matter the most.”
― Subham Dwivedi

“Each difference in a relationship represents an opportunity for the participants to grow and stretch.”
― Les Carter

“Love can never let you down because love is perfect.”
― Nicole J. Fortune, From Selfie To Wifey

“Humble people are dignified, not because they believe their behavior can be an effective tool to control others, but because they have made dignity a part of their character.”
― Les Carter, Enough about You, Let’s Talk about Me: How to Recognize and Manage the Narcissists in Your Life

“Humility grounds a person in the realization that life is not always fair, yet it can be manageable. Genuinely humble people are psychologically secure because they do not require others to dote on them, nor do they try to position themselves for favored treatment. Even as they lay down the wish to play God, they also choose not toe allow another human to assume the position of a god over them.”
― Les Carter, Enough about You, Let’s Talk about Me: How to Recognize and Manage the Narcissists in Your Life

“I can get on with someone really, really, really well… and if they’re no good at having sex with me, it really upsets me, because I think, “oh God, this is someone I’d really like to spend the rest of my life with, but I cannot face having bad sex for the rest of my life.”
― Lily Allen

“Love is like breathing. You can’t live without it.”
― Imania Margria

“It is very possible to acknowledge another person’s concerns without entering into their vibration.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“What if you are just destined to get hurt, to be helplessly stuck in a point of time you no longer want to be?

Maybe life is all about trying to get up while you fall a little bit deeper in the pits of hell, each time you try not to…”
― Sanhita Baruah

“A balanced inner calmness radiates from a peaceful centre. It neither craves others’ approval nor rejects others’ presence. It neither pulls towards nor pushes away. It has a reverent attitude towards life and all its inhabitants.”
― Donna Goddard, The Love of Devotion

“The only thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give is enough love.”
― Henry Miller

“You have to evaluate your relationships and eliminate the relationships that are not bringing you positivity and growth. We need to be around people who encourage us, uplift us, and promote positivity.”
― Tisha Marie Payton, MHR, Live Self-Sufficiently: The 12 Step Living Guide

“Trust is the only thing that can help relationships last a lifetime!”
― Mohith Agadi

“You cannot drink the nectar of love without bleeding for its thorns.”
― Amit Howard

“Oftentimes what we do to minimize a problem maximizes it! Embrace truth helps us to let go!”
― Evinda Lepins, Back to Single

“Just because you are available for a relationship, doesn’t mean you are ready for one. Sometimes you need a break from external relationships to nourish the internal one.”
― Steve Maraboli

“I’ve learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.”
― Alice Walker

“The Fear of being lonely and alone after a breakup”

If you deal with that fear by finding love in another relationship before finding the love of God, you will find yourself holding to a lesser love that does not cast out fear.
You will still live in fear, because that relationship becomes your security, and you will fear losing that relationship.
Perfect love casts out all fear – 1 John 4:18
There is only one source of perfect love.”
― Elias Tan JS

“Many marriages end up failing because the people that start into them over time become different people. What love had found as common ground, time separates into distinct territories. It’s inevitable. As intelligent beings we grow by changing. No one stays the same. The person you fall in love with will always be someone different ten years down the pike. The same was true for friendships. Even curious friendships like ours.”
― Dan Skinner, The Price of Dick

“It’s bad when they don’t treat you right… but it’s tragic that you continue to allow it. Let today be the day you love yourself enough to say, NEVER AGAIN!”
― Steve Maraboli

“Eventually,we would mean nothing to each other and become strangers again. What I want you to do, either become someone to me or stay nothing at all because when we go strangers to each other, I don’t wanna see another me by your side waiting to be nothing..”
― Himmilicious

“Maybe we don’t get a long past. Maybe we just get a future.”
― Jacquelyn Mitchard, Two If by Sea

“Be careful… not all are what they seem. Some people pretend to be the beach, but they’re actually quicksand.”
― Steve Maraboli

“But they’re your parents,” Malcolm said to him once a year or so. “You can’t just stop talking to them.” But you could, and you did: he was proof of that. It was like any relationship, he felt—it took constant pruning, and dedication, and vigilance, and if neither party wanted to make the effort, why wouldn’t it wither?”
― Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

“It’s okay to experience the flow of all emotions; however, if we get caught up in feeling pity for others and take on the responsibility of being their ‘savior’, we often take away their power to ‘save’ themselves. If I see someone as ‘messed up’ then I am projecting my ‘messed up’ vibration onto them, so I am unable to hold space. Yet, if I already view them as whole, well, and beautiful – then I am able to be a vibrational key (vessel of Spirit) that uplifts their energy so that it may come into alignment with being whole, well, and beautiful. It’s not that I do any of the healing; I’m simply a mirror reflecting acceptance and loving them for exactly who they are, right where they are. That is all that is ever truly asked of us, to accept and to love.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“I’m not the woman who loves the one she’s with. I’m also not one who gives up because things aren’t perfect. You fight for what you love. You commit to making the relationship better. I don’t believe in the perfect match. There’s the one you love enough to stay with; there’s the one who puts up with your shit. It’s not romantic in the standard sense, but to me, it feels better. It feels real.”
― Ann Aguirre, Endgame

“Jim was the one who told me that my emotional life made him dangle his stethoscope like a snake charmer: my moods weren’t hard to see but they were hard to read, and even harder to diagnose. It was ostensibly a complaint, but I think he liked his metaphor, and liked that our moments of distance were subtle enough to require this kind of formulation. Meaning that I was a complex creature and so was he; that he became even more complex in his attempt to bridge the gap between our complexities; that he could create a complicated image to house this complex of complications. This is how writers fall in love: they feel complicated together and then they talk about it.”
― Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams: Essays

“Time is a place where most of the relationships get lost. And, the ugliest part is that there are no lost and found boxes. There is no hope that you might get it back.”
― Himanshu Chhabra

“Love is like chickenpox. It’s much worse when it comes late.”
― Neel Burton

“We pissed each other off, royally and frequently in those early days. But we were getting better, bit by bit. I stopped thinking he was going to cage me and he stopped thinking I was trying flee. The poetry was not lost on us. He had abandonment issues and I had commitment issues. Go figure. Also, the sex which had been fumbling and awkward at the beginning of the relationship got really hot, we figured that was a promising sign general relationship progress.
Mostly though we realized it was about leaving the doors and windows of the relationship wide open. That way he could see in, and I could see out.”
― Amanda Palmer

“Nonetheless, like all women, I naturally always had men on my mind, for reasons mentioned earlier, and I’m sure that in turn the men gave very little thought to me, only after finishing work, or maybe on a day off … However, most men usually make women unhappy, and there’s no reciprocity, as our misfortune is natural, inevitable, stemming as it does from the disease of men, for whose sake women have to bear so much in mind, continually modifying what they have just learned– for, as a rule, if you have to constantly brood about somebody, and create feelings for him, then you will be unhappy.”
― Ingeborg Bachmann

“A meaningful life is the life full of meaningful relationships. Create yours.”
― Utpal Vaishnav

“There is nothing inherently painful about being cheated on.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Love loves to love love”
― James Joyce

“You cannot really get married by mistake. You can only marry the wrong person.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“i’m not scared
of the monsters

hidden underneath
my bed.

i’m much more scared
of the boys

with messy brown hair,
sleepy eyes,

& mouths
that only know

how to form
half-truths.”
― Amanda Lovelace, The Princess Saves Herself in this One

“Getting married is easy, having sex is easier, but findings someone who can stimulate your mind and make love to your soul, that is rare.”
― Habeeb Akande

“No. I meant stay with me today. And tomorrow. And every day after.”
― Jennifer Donnelly, These Shallow Graves

“Love me enough to let me go. -Gwen

Love me enough to stay. -Eli”
― J.J. McAvoy, That Thing Between Eli & Gwen

“Everything was new, everything was exciting. We were playing house, it seemed, playing at being grownups. When you’re in love, I suppose everything feels like a game.”
― S.E. Lynes, Valentina

“Just because you have baggage doesn’t mean you have to lug it around.”
― Richie Norton

“Love is worth so much more than money. There are so many people who are filthy rich, but have nobody to genuinely love them. Unconditional love is priceless. If you have someone who really loves you for your heart, without any conditions, then you are truly one of the wealthiest people in the world.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Sex does not thrive on monotony. Without feeling, inventions, moods,no surprises in bed. Sex must be mixed with tears, laughter, words, promises, scenes, jealousy, envy, all the spices of fear, foreign travel, new faces, novels, stories, dreams, fantasies, music, dancing, opium, wine.”
― Anaïs Nin

“I don’t care what you meant to do. I really don’t.
I only care about what you actually do. That’s important. The rest of it is just a bunch of bull shit.
— Grace.”
― Christian Kiefer, The Animals

“Expectations are nothing more than the rules we set, in order to maintain our ego and self esteem. What we seek from others is often that fulfillment of what we believe we require for happiness. However, many of us will raise the requirements so high that we can’t even reach them or better yet, realize that we could find that expectation met by our own introspection and action.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“There is an unspoken agreement in every successful relationship: “I’m not perfect and you’re not perfect. I can ignore your imperfections if you can ignore mine. I choose to spend my life in your company.”
― Rick Cormier, MiXED NUTS or What I’ve Learned Practicing Psychotherapy

“The sad part is you love her….. and she didn’t love you back.”
― Joshua Pallarca

“What is the nature of life?
Life is lines of dominoes falling.
One thing leads to another, and then another, just like you’d planned. But suddenly a Domino gets skewed, events change direction, people dig in their heels, and you’re faced with a situation that you didn’t see coming, you who thought you were so clever.”
― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Before We Visit the Goddess

“You could spend a lifetime waiting for someone to love the real you but if you don’t know who you really are, you are wasting your time.”
― Keysha Jade, Intoxicated stained tears

You have your favorite candy, you have tasted it hundred times, you have got used to that, you know the taste, it is a perfect match for you. But there are plenty of the other ones, not tested yet, some of the them look so delicious that you wish to try them out, that feeling is so strong and instantaneous, but stop and think about it for a second, as soon as you will try it out, your favorite candy will never taste the same.”
― Unnamed

“You are my beautiful forever… a connection so deep that even an eternity doesn’t seem long enough to spend with you.”
― Steve Maraboli

“We take the most difficult relationship of our childhood… and we MARRY it.”
― Rick Cormier

“By nature man without woman can feel no joy. She is his mother, his sister, his loving friend. She is seldom his enemy.”
― Christine de Pizan

“Love is how you treat someone.”
― Rick Cormier, MiXED NUTS or What I’ve Learned Practicing Psychotherapy

“Us is my favorite people.”
― Rick Riordan, The House of Hades

“I always find heroes who are just like me,
I forget they’re only human, and like me, broken”
― Terrence Alonzo Craft, The Seed Bridge: Collected Poems

“we have faith to sit in a chair, and continue to believe in its foundation that holds us up. If we have faith in God, the foundation will hold us both up, so its our decision to take the seat and trust him.”
― Trae R. Miller

“Many of our flaws are old emotional defenses which may fade away when we’re loved in spite of them.”
― Rick Cormier, MiXED NUTS or What I’ve Learned Practicing Psychotherapy

“You absolutely will never get everything you hope for. You imperatively HAVE to make the best of what you have. But something that you MUST have and cannot ever ignore is your relationship with people. Always work on that. Understand it as you live. Although people should never complete you as a person, you must have them in your life. That doesn’t mean forever, it just means you need people and people need you NO MATTER WHAT.”
― Diana Jaber

“Compassion is the shortcut to connection.”
― Marilyn Suttle, Taming Gladys!: The Busy Leader’s Guide to Creating Fierce Customer Loyalty

“Love never die; if we keep it alive”
― Wrushank Sorte

“You will know it is love when the need can’t be met by yourself or God.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“The dumbest thing you could ever do is lose a good person”
― Stoney G

“The sad part is that you love her…. and she didn’t love you back.”
― -Joshua Pallarca

“I used to hold you as my everything,
And so I built my castles in your lands,
But you proved to me your inadequacies,
With this, how will my castles stand?”
― Terrence Alonzo Craft, The Seed Bridge: Collected Poems

“Playing the victim role: Manipulator portrays him- or herself as a victim of circumstance or of someone else’s behavior in order to gain pity, sympathy or evoke compassion and thereby get something from another. Caring and conscientious people cannot stand to see anyone suffering and the manipulator often finds it easy to play on sympathy to get cooperation.”
― George K. Simon Jr., In Sheep’s Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People

“In this moment I resolve to kiss my husband with an open mouth forever. I want to freeze him the way I see him in this instant: dark eyebrows, sexy, sleepy hair and sleepy eyes. But we can’t freeze the way that we see the people we love, as much as we would wish. I know that I will kiss my husband with a closed mouth again, at some point. I know that I will even kiss him with a closed heart.

I pray for our love. I pray that even if I kiss my husband with a closed heart, my heart opens again to him. When I desire my husband. I am grateful to desire my husband. What can we hope for in a marriage but to keep seeing things anew? With the people we love, it is so easy to stop seeing them at all.”
― Melissa Broder, So Sad Today

“Sometimes you’re left with only 1 choice: Take what’s yours and run for you life.”
― Jennifer Elisabeth

“Good… Bad? I’m not here to judge where you’re at or where you’ve been. I’m simply here to encourage you in where you would like to go. You have the map; I’ll shine the light on it so you can better read it. And eventually, the sun will rise again in your life and you’ll no longer need my light to assist you.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“That’s what marriage was at its best: You didn’t have to tell your partner to look out, that you were falling. They were just there to catch you.”
― Jamie Brenner, The Wedding Sisters

“When someone says we need to talk, what he or she usually means is you will listen. Any conversation that takes place will be accidental.”
― James Anderson, The Never-Open Desert Diner

“That was the thing about weddings: they forced family members to deal with one another, like it or not.”
― Jamie Brenner, The Wedding Sisters

“We each joked to close friends that the secret to saving a relationship is for one person to become terminally ill. Conversely, we knew that one trick to managing a terminal illness is to be deeply in love—to be vulnerable, kind, generous, grateful.”
― Paul Kalanithi

“So you’re going to horrible places and meeting horrible people and you’re complaining about it? Live your life like a decent person. Go to the grocery store, buy your own food, take care of yourself. If you live a responsible life, you’ll run into responsible people,” he said.”
― Aziz Ansari

“The moon charm has an inscription: Yours from dark to light.”
― Sarah Addison Allen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon

“There is no excuse good enough to ever be out of alignment with love. You’re going to get hurt, and you will feel pain. Yet your purpose is to keep loving, anyway. Keep moving forward with an open heart. Love is a Divine gift given to humanity. Wasting it is no longer an option. Love is what brings light to a dark place. Love is what transforms a dying world into a thriving planet.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“He stood there, glowing like the sun, and stared at her like she was the unbelievable one.”
― Sarah Addison Allen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon

“Love doesn’t always come barreling down on you like a train engine. Sometimes it sneaks up on you like spring overtaking winter. The chill winds begin to warm and suddenly the trees have leaves and the flowers are blooming.”
― Ann H. Gabhart, Small Town Girl

“You are here having realized the necessity of contending with yourself; then thank everyone who provides an opportunity.”
― Gurdjieff

“Messy” is a word we use to explain a conflict with an expectation we had. Eliminate the expectation, and you eliminate the “messy”.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Sometimes giving someone space is the most selfless thing you can do.”
― Brownell Landrum, Repercussions: DUET stories Volume IV – Adult Version

“Take back your power! I wish you the wisdom to realize that the problem isn’t that they keep lying to you; it’s that you keep believing them.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Relationships are tenuous, like a fragile seedling. You could ruin its chances at growing and thriving by carelessly trampling it or shrouding it in a canopy of darkness. And also like a seedling, if you give it light and love and time for the roots to grow deeply, it’ll flourish into a majestic redwood.”
― Brownell Landrum, Repercussions: DUET stories Volume IV – Adult Version

“When faced with contrast, take nothing personally and don’t try to defend yourself. Defending one’s self is a vibrational relative of guilt. People will think what they like; do not feed fuel to the fire by reacting. Simply ask questions for clarity and in response say ‘Is that so?’ Take responsibility for the energy you brought to the situation, acknowledge the illusions without attachment, and move forward. Other people’s opinions are none of your business. Remember that each person is on their own unique path, and the mirror of contrast you hold up to them may be exactly what is necessary for their conscious growth at that time.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“In sexual relations, a connection between solar plexus chakras indicates shared power in the relationship.”
― Brownell Landrum, A Chorus of Voices: DUET stories Volume III – Adult Version

“Some Memories are better be destroyed.. you never know when do you fall in love with someone, and when you’re kicked out.. it’s life, crazy enough!”
― Himmilicious

“Men were often far different in their roles as fathers than they were as suitors, the memories of which kept them, out of necessity, both vigilant and violent, and even in tender moments, to their daughters.”
― James Anderson, The Never-Open Desert Diner

“When a man is walking in his purpose there is only room for one woman to walk with him.”
― Stephan Labossiere, He Who Finds A Wife: A Man’s Guide To Finding The Woman & Love He Desires

“I hate the world sometimes,” Anthea said. “The unfairness of it. I won’t force you to see me if you don’t want to – but nobody can stop me loving you, and I’ll wait for you all my life if I have to.”
― Kate Saunders, Five Children on the Western Front

“If a person wants to be a part of your life,
they will make an obvious effort to do so.
Think twice before reserving a space in your heart
for people who do not make an effort to stay.”
― Sham Hinduja

“So grateful for those who truly love me… they hear everything I don’t say.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Our primitive ancestors learnt various behavioral characteristics like jealousy, possessiveness and aggression to ensure the survival of their wild love life in the harsh environment of Mother Nature. And all those behavioral responses eventually got engraved in our genetic blueprint. So, these are not the enemies in the path of a healthy relationship, rather when utilized properly they can even kindle the spark in a dying relationship.”
― Abhijit Naskar, Love Sutra: The Neuroscientific Manual of Love

“Then I guess,” she said, “you like to be vexed.”
― Gina Marinello-Sweeney, The Rose and the Sword

“The Story Is Always There
Sometimes you don’t need to speak to someone to know how they are feeling. You don’t need to ask what is their story – often people have it written on their faces and you just have to take the time out to read it.”
― Delma Pryce, ABOVE AND BEYOND: My Spiritual Journey

“Behavior speaks… Before you even open your mouth, your actions have told me who you are and what you’re about.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Suffer you will, one way or another”
― Nilesh Rathod, Destiny of Shattered Dreams

“Breakup is hard enough to live with, why do we need the paperwork of divorce.”
― Nilesh Rathod, Destiny of Shattered Dreams

“Divorce is a bitch and marriage is the mother of that bitch.”
― Nilesh Rathod, Destiny of Shattered Dreams

“The bond (of marriage) became the bondage itself”
― Nilesh Rathod, Destiny of Shattered Dreams

“The moment we accept our pain is the moment we release our suffering. Suffering is created when we offer life resistance, and what we resist most are the experiences that bring us pain.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“This is the sacred secret of love. Love a person for their heart and only their heart, and you will be rewarded with the best unconditional love in return. If you ignore the heart and focus just on a person’s outer beauty, love will ignore you. Love a person for only the beauty found in their heart, and that beautiful heart will always be beautiful to you.”
― Suzy Kassem

“And if one day there’s distance
Between your hand and mine,
When our hands join once again,
My heart and soul will shine.”
― Glyncora Murphy

“Kindness carries no price tag neither does it require making a purchase. A random act of kindness can change someone’s life…choose to be kind always.”
― Kemi Sogunle

“Far from a normal-functioning relationship, but normal has never been our thing.”
― Anna Todd, After We Fell

“When I was a kid my mom would send me off to school each day with the words, ‘Remember: be happy! The most important thing today is that you are happy!”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“Never build relationships with others based on the words they speak instead of the actions they take.”
― Van Moody

“Then the truth is this: a good man can only aspire to be worthy of a good woman. She’ll always be out of his league in ways he’ll never understand. But he’ll appreciate what he doesn’t understand—if he’s smart.”
― James Anderson, The Never-Open Desert Diner

“Marry for love. But also choose to marry a man or woman who you love that treats you with the ultimate respect for your expression of who you are at your very core.”
― Julieanne O’Connor, Spelling It Out for Your Man

“Life is surreal. When you step back and really take a look at it, the irony is absolute.”
― Julieanne O’Connor, Spelling It Out for Your Man

“My instinct told me that she didn’t want me to understand. What she felt and lived with couldn’t be shared or understood by anyone else.”
― James Anderson, The Never-Open Desert Diner

“After all relationships had sell-by dates. Sometimes, the ones with the most passion were the ones to burn out faster. Others had a sweet and long-winding coil which burned with slow amicability. At times, it was true, people rekindled a dying ember with a new flame. But they hardly ever noticed the rekindling had come after some time of estrangement – whether physical or emotional. Because people needed newness to make a thing last indefinitely. To make it really last. And because Jan didn’t like letting people go, she knew to look for the signs of love’s waning. So she could tell how to ease it down slowly into its grave and keep her lovers as friends. Because she really believed people were meant to cross paths. People were meant to stay in your life. There was a reason for all encounters. And relationships had to be cosseted, no matter their shelf life. But they had to be allowed to change shape and form. It had to be given space to grow into something different.”
― Adelheid Manefeldt, Consequence

“To love without ownership, to love with total trust and faith in that very love, to love with the same faith you have that your heart will keep beating moments from now, that is the ultimate love.”
― Julieanne O’Connor, Spelling It Out for Your Man

“Ladies, you have a ton of power if you just understand the fundamental differences between men and women and unaffectedly play by the rules.”
― Julieanne O’Connor, Spelling It Out for Your Man

“I respect a woman who can respect me when I’m not around.”
― Mark W. Boyer

“When it came to relationships, the truth never set anyone free. The truth only set things on fire.”
― Kami Garcia, Dangerous Creatures

“We owe it to our husband or wife, our fellow workers, our children, our friends, indeed to everyone who comes into our lives, to be as happy as we can be.”
― Dennis Prager

“My feeling on the subject of sex with a man is – don’t give it up unless you’re willing to give him up. Not in the beginning. Sex is power!”
― Julieanne O’Connor, Spelling It Out for Your Man

“Mt mother had told me once when I was little and had a friendship fall apart that some relationships just end. Like a star, they burn bright and brilliant, and then nothing in particular goes wrong, they just reach their end. They burn out.”
― Cora Carmack, Losing It

“If someone you love asks you to give up something you love, don’t do it.”
― James Anderson, The Never-Open Desert Diner

“The secret tugs at my sleeve.
A child looking for attention.
It is not a big secret.
But it is not the only one either.
“Strength in numbers” they say.
For they are many.
Many little things that – together –
weigh tonnes.
And take up space.
And are quite noisy.
The way only a lot of whispers can make noise.
And they follow me.
Little secrets
of omission, desire,
and denial.
Of indulgence, hedonism,
and exploration.
Of peeves, passion,
and deep-seated fear.
Little secrets
of despair
and
disrepair
and
prohibited thoroughfare.”
― Adelheid Manefeldt, Years: a book of tiny poetry

“We will all experience the judgment of others when we fall in love. Love with your whole being anyway.”
― Julieanne O’Connor, Spelling It Out for Your Man

“Like a carpenter with two broken legs at the bottom of a beautiful staircase. Maybe I can’t climb the stairs, ma’am, but at least let me admire the workmanship.”
― James Anderson, The Never-Open Desert Diner

“If you ever have a daughter—a blessing I wouldn’t wish on anyone, because it’s Murphy’s Law that sooner or later she will break your heart—anyhow, as I was saying, if you ever have a daughter, you’ll begin, without realizing it, to divide men into two camps: those you suspect are sleeping with her and those you don’t. Whoever says that’s not true is lying through his teeth.”
― Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“I sit on a rock and watch children playing
in the park below
They don’t see me
Or know my thoughts
Or that you haven’t called
But I forgive them their indifference today
Above me a crow caws
Perhaps he smells the crumbs on my dress
Or my anger
But he flits away over the trees
Probably has a home
Probably has a wife
Probably knew to call
The children leave
The coffee in my can turns cold
The wind nips at me
Some street lights flicker on
But I won’t move
Not yet
I will wait for the night to chase me
Back where I came from
Up the empty street
To a quiet house”
― Adelheid Manefeldt, Years: a book of tiny poetry

“C’è una voracità, che hai con le persone che ti vivono intorno, che mi spaventa. E questo tanto più perché io so quanto, dentro di te, ci sia solamente un fondo di sincera bontà”
― Pier Vittorio Tondelli

“If I began to draw
myself away from you

we’d still be like
two mixed colors of paint
impossible to separate.”
― Sanober Khan, A Thousand Flamingos

“Cheaters often accuse you of cheating. Liars often accuse you of lying. Insecure people often crumble your security. Behavior speaks… How someone treats you may have nothing to do with you; but can be a reflection of who they are.”
― Steve Maraboli

“So grateful for the people who heard me when I was silent and saw me when I was invisible.”
― Steve Maraboli

“It is possible to adore those newly come into your world, to envision, no matter how late in the day, a happily entwined future with those who have not been part of your past.”
― Mohsin Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

“My mother was obviously never there to take the blame she deserved. She left me to absorb it all in her place. She was far too busy in her own world, that incidentally revolved around herself. I’m pretty sure she dated a new guy every few months for most of my childhood. Some would last longer and show up again later after disappearing for a while, like the last day of a cold or flu before you start feeling better.”
― Ashly Lorenzana, Speed Needles

“when you become addict in to MATERIAL things in life then the TRUE natural life start to run away from you, YES! it’s can give you certain pleasure in the society but in the same time it will sabotage your true HAPPINESS of life which we could have simply with GRATITUDE and FORGIVENESS”
― Rashedur Ryan Rahman

“Whatever it is that makes closeness possible between people also puts them in the way of hard feelings if that closeness ends.”
― Tobias Wolff

“A Thousand’s of Promises made by us, but need one reason to Forget all…!”
― Nikhil Karke

“There will be a time when love is beautiful and passionate and nothing else will exist but you and the person you love, and a time when love hurts so badly that you will wish you wouldn’t wake up. I say this. Always, always, always approach love with the heart of the angel you were born with.”
― Julieanne O’Connor, Spelling It Out for Your Man

You see, Katie, Pastor Ron said, that’s what makes faith so tough to grasp, but
“You see, Katie,” Pastor Ron said, “that’s what makes faith so tough to grasp, but also makes it so wonderful. It’s all about believing in something—whether it’s God, or other people, or even yourself—when you’ve got nothing else to go on. Nothing but a little voice inside telling you it’s more than a hunch.”
― Kaylin McFarren, Flaherty’s Crossing

“A relationship run by rules, instead of love is a relationship that is on the road to failure.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Try not to see it as an invitation to compete.”
― Andrena Sawyer

“How rarely these few years, as work keeps up aloof,
Or fares, or one thing or another,
How we had days to spend under our parents’ roof;
Myself, my sister, and my brother.

All five of us will die; to reckon from the past
This flesh and blood is unforgiving.
What’s hard is that just one of us will be the last
To bear it all and go on living.”
― Vikram Seth

“Every relationship is governed by motive, capability and reliability and these three factors become the core components of the trust equation”
― David Amerland, The Tribe That Discovered Trust: How Trust Is Created Lost and Regained in Commercial Interactions

“The present moment is all that ever is, and in each new moment we die and are reborn. For example, people block love and close off their hearts out of fear of being hurt again. If they lived in the present moment, there would be no fear and they would walk forward in life with confidence and certainty that there is the joy of new experiences to be had.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

“No person is ever wrong in how they experience their reality.”
― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

As Sloan approached the door, Paul Lyons lifted his eyes to watch her leave. He
“As Sloan approached the door, Paul Lyons lifted his eyes to watch her leave. He found himself wondering why after all these years they couldn’t manage to get along for a lousy twenty minutes. Perhaps it was the result of their inability to compromise—to give each other the benefit of the doubt. Or maybe they’d both simply lost the ability to trust another human being and believe anything good could come of this world.”
― Kaylin McFarren, Banished Threads

“More than nakedness,
for there is no cover to take.
The fire in your eyes
is ringed with water; wide and cool.
We are far from the brutal place,
but you do not think so.
You take my hand
and disappear like you were never there,
except that I am now somewhere else.”
― Donna Goddard, Love’s Longing

“Now there are elements of our dynamic coming slowly into view, like a photograph in a darkroom.”
― Caroline Kepnes, You

“When I was younger, I thought my task was to forge ahead and succeed as an individual. But growing older has helped me realize that our success lies in our relationships— with the family we are born into, the friends we make, the people we fall in love with, and the children we have. Sometimes we struggle, sometimes we adapt, and at other times we set a course for others to follow. We are all leaders and followers in our lives. We are constantly learning from and teaching one another. We learn, too, that the most important work is not done by those who seem the most important, but by those who care the most.”
― Caroline Kennedy

“It doesn’t matter the materials but what you do and how you interact. Relationships are the most important in the art of teaching. A school can have the most beautiful “stuff” but it’s the care and commitment of a teacher. What matters most is a true teacher with the real stuff inside and helping others discover that real stuff inside themselves.”
― Jill Telford

“At the end of the day, all I have to cherish are human relationships. Your worldly wealth you can’t take away with you, your life has been lived. It is the friends you have made, your family ties, which sustain your spirit with a certain warmth and comfort.
-LKY at 80: 80 quotes from a life (2003)”
― LKY on LIFE

“Sometimes we just need to be heard… There are times in life when being heard leads to being healed.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Sometimes we need someone to just listen. Not to try and fix anything or offer alternatives, but to just be there… to listen. An ear that listens can be medicine to a heart that hurts.”
― Steve Maraboli

“I’m not proud of it, and it;s a little embarrassing to write, but sometimes you like the idea of someone so much, you just want to do whatever it takes to make it work.”
― Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me?

“We are all searching for love, some at the bottom of a bottle, some at the casino, some in the eyes of a new lover. The more we search outside ourselves, we more desperate we become. We suffer not because love’s unavailable, but because we are not looking in the right place.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“While I’d like to believe in the possibility of a love that doesn’t involve denial, I haven’t seen an example yet.”
― Phoebe Rusch

“It took me a long time and a lot of heartache to realize that just because you love someone, doesn’t mean they deserve it.”
― Steve Maraboli

“When you love someone, you can just live without it.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Relationship depends upon how strong efforts you make to carry it forward. easiest thing is to step back and change the track, choose now.”
― Himmilicious

“Enlightenment is the transforming process that makes one kind, happy, and compassionate to the world. Enlightenment is bringing greatness in our ordinary life. Enlightenment is bringing beauty in our words, actions, breath and thoughts. Enlightenment is unfolding our true divinity. Enlightenment is bringing sweetness in our relationships. Enlightenment is making friendship with the whole existence. Enlightenment is making the whole existence as the center of our heart.”
― Amit Ray, Enlightenment Step by Step

“All relationships have ups and downs. Romantic fantasy often nurtures the belief that difficulties and down times are an indication of a lack of love rather than part of the process. In actuality, true love thrives of the difficulties. The foundation of such love is the assumption that we want to grow and expand, to become more fully ourselves. There is no change that does not bring with it a feeling of challenge and loss. When we experience true love it may feel as though our lives are in danger; we may feel threatened.”
― bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

“Many people will not be honest because they fear loss of intimacy and togetherness. In reality, honesty brings people closer together, for it will strengthen their identities. The more you realize your separate identities, the closer you can become. Telling loved ones what is really on your mind and telling others what you really think is the foundation of love.”
― Henry Cloud, Changes That Heal: How to Understand the Past to Ensure a Healthier Future

“A relationship is about commitment, making quality time to spend with each other, keeping lines of communication open, being honest and loyal and respecting each others differences. When one person stops doing this, the future of the relationship is in jeopardy,”
― Karon Waddell

“Long after people forget what you said or did, they’ll remember how you made them feel.”
― T. Rafael Cimino, A Battle of Angels

“Getting in touch with the lovelessness within and letting that lovelessness speak its pain is one way to begin again on love’s journey. In relationships, whether heterosexual or homosexual, the partner who is hurting often finds that their mate is unwilling to ‘hear’ the pain. Women often tell me that they feel emotionally beaten down when their partners refuse to listen or talk. When women communicate from a place of pain, it is often characterized as ‘nagging.’ Sometimes women hear repeatedly that their partners are ‘sick of listening to this shit.’ Both cases undermine self-esteem. Those of us who were wounded in childhood often were shamed and humiliated when we expressed hurt. It is emotionally devastating when the partners we have chosen will not listen. Usually, partners who are unable to respond compassionately when hearing us speak our pain, whether they understand it or not, are unable to listen because that expressed hurt triggers their own feelings of powerlessness and helplessness. Many men never want to feel helpless or vulnerable. They will, at times, choose to silence a partner with violence rather than witness emotional vulnerability. When a couple can identify this dynamic, they can work on the issue of caring, listening to each other’s pain by engaging in short conversations at appropriate times (i.e., it’s useless to try and speak your pain to someone who is bone weary, irritable, reoccupied, etc.). Setting a time when both individuals come together to engage in compassionate listening enhances communication and connection. When we are committed to doing the work of love we listen even when it hurts.”
― bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions

“I believe his lies, so he believes mine.’ She turns and looks at me straight on. ‘That’s how it goes at the end of love.”
― Paul Murray, The Mark and the Void

“Pretense has created so many good men.”
― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

“Ariadne made an impression on you, and that’s great. But life is not literature. Sooner or later, the spell wears off, the romantic feelings disappear, and you’re left watching somebody’s body disintegrate. You start with a love story, you end up manacled to an hourglass, watching the sands run out.”
― Paul Murray, The Mark and the Void

“The fire within her, and her soul, were eclipsing my own.”
― Ruth Ahmed, When Ali Met Honour

“Once she had told him, “The thing about cross-cultural relationships is that you spend so much time explaining. My ex-boyfriends and I spent a lot of time explaining. I sometimes wondered whether we would even have anything at all to say to each other if we were from the same place,” and it pleased him to hear that, because it gave his relationship with her a depth, a lack of trifling novelty. They were from the same place and they still had a lot to say to each other.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Empowering Women 101: Know the difference between real love and a person that is with you because it is easy and convenient. A real woman doesn’t live in the fantasy that he just all of a sudden knew you were the one and no one else believes that either. Be willing to settle and accept the situation or work on it. However, don’t sit in denial and pretend going through hell in a relationship was required before he saw your worth. He should have known from the beginning.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Black, white, Latino, gay, straight – if any one of them came across a bear in the woods, they’d all taste like chicken.”
― Jennifer Lane, Aced

“Having seen all of their fathers and husbands walk out the door[…], each woman understood most completely the nature of women’s interconnectedness. Being reliant upon only women also had meant that the particulars of problem solving were addressed in ways known to women and using women’s methods.”
― Tracey Lindberg

“Engagement provides opportunities to demonstrate how confrontation can be done both effectively and civilly”
― Gregory S. Prince, Jr., Teach Them To Challenge Authority: Educating for healthy societies

“Eventually we all get tired of any and everything!”
― honeya

“To avoid a comparative poverty, which her affection and her society would have deprived of all its horrors, I have, by raising myself to affluence, lost everything that could make it a blessing.”
― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

“Sticks and stones may break your bones, and words – can cut your insides.”
― Jen Pollock Michel, Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition & the Life of Faith

“A Course in Miracles says we think we’re going to understand people in order to figure out whether or not they’re worthy of our love, but that actually, until we love them, we can never understand them. What is not loved is not understood. We hold ourselves separate from people and wait for them to earn our love, but people deserve our love because of what God created them to be. As long as we’re waiting for them to be anything better, we will constantly be disappointed. When we choose to join with them through approval and unconditional love, the miracle kicks in for both parties. This is the primary key, the ultimate miracle, in relationships.”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”

“Unlike every other farang in Thailand, I never did get involved with bargirls. I was looking for a partner. Not a professional.”
― John Cameron Smith

“We used to meet on the beach or in the bush. Now we meet at the Prescription counter.”
― John Cameron Smith

“Sesungguhnya malam lah sahabat terbaik, sebab dia selalu ada disaat yang lain terlelap.”
― yunus susilo

“I have a couple of favorite relatives, but because they’re so far away I tend to ignore them-even though they have mailboxes, email addresses and telephone numbers. Today, I’ll get back in touch.”
― Eileen & Jerry Spinelli

“Good Relationship Always Want Equality”
― pravinbh

“Empowered Women 101: Happiness is something that you establish before a relationship. It is not the relationship that establishes it first.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“If we met at a different time and place, I’d want you teach me how to be good. Because you’re so good it makes me wish I had a heart.”
― Ainsley Booth, Hate F*@k: Part One

“Част от мен смята, че е по-добре да продължим като досега, да се държим така, сякаш не знаем колко несъвместими сме били един с друг. Ще боли по-малко. Може би е по-добре от закъсняло признание. От крехкия и несигурен поглед към това какви можеше да бъдат нещата помежду ни. Казвам си, че така ще се породи единствено съжаление, а каква полза от него? Загубата ни е безвъзвратна.”
― Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

“As Kevin listed these moments, she could see them with perfect clarity: all the missed cues and deflections, all the abortive moments of intimacy. All this time, she had been thinking of him as the one with commitment issues. Somewhere along the line, she had become an asshole.”
― Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky

“Love’s core purpose is to always inspire us to become more wholesomely ourselves because of love’s experience.”
― H.L. Balcomb, Cinderella In Focus

“One thing about pretence is that you may not know when you leave what you call the real you behind. Pretend to be happy now and see for yourself.”
― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

“You can’t be friends with someone you have feelings for. It’ll just be a constant reminder of what you can’t have. It’s like putting boiling water in an ice cold glass. It’s gonna bust and make a mess.”
― Jaime Reed, Keep Me In Mind

“The words ‘I love you’ are worthless when you don’t know who the ‘I’ is in that statement.”
― Jaime Reed, Keep Me In Mind

“I said I love you about a million times. Maybe not the actual words, but in every other way.”
― Ruth Ahmed, When Ali Met Honour

“The tales lovers tell each other about how they met are hushed and secret things. They change year by year, for we all meet many times as we grow up and become different and new and exciting people–and this never stops, even for a minute, even when we are ninety.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home

“Sometimes your inability to let go has nothing to do with real love and everything to do with what that person represents in your life. Why do you give them so much importance? Why do you believe that God doesn’t love you enough that he would not bring someone else into your life? Why do you put up with less than you deserve?”
― Shannon L. Alder

“I’d have to prove to everyone, including Ellia, that I was more than some guy she used to know, that what we shared had and still mattered. She may have forgotten the promise we made on the beach, but I hadn’t, and it was up to me to backup those words with action. Memories and ghosts were for the dead. Living things moved, and I was never one to stand still.” ~Liam”
― Jaime Reed, Keep Me In Mind

“The trouble with scary people is
everyone’s too scared
to tell them how scary they are”
― Janey Colbourne

“She was my go-to person. I’d tell her everything. Now, all of those late-night phone calls, all the sleepovers at her house because I couldn’t deal with stuff at home, all the crying on her shoulder. It’s all gone. It’s like if she doesn’t know, then it didn’t happen, and if it didn’t happen then what exactly am I holding on to?” ~Stacey”
― Jaime Reed, Keep Me In Mind

“If you think you can kiss her, you probably could have ten minutes ago.”
― Mark Manson

“We have to be willing to become vulnerable to trust Him if we wish to find security and satisfaction in Him. We have to be willing to let go of what little we have, to gain the great riches and supreme happiness He has to offer. And we have to let Him have the helm if we wish to hear the sweeter song. The “something better” is found in emptying yourself, surrendering to his lead, letting go of your life and all you hold dear, and entrusting everything to Him. Because in doing that, you will be tenderly embraced by the sweetest Musician in all the universe and receive your own personal concert. [see Luke 9:23]”
― Eric Ludy

“The healing process kicks into gear with with the words “This is what you did to me.” That statement is not gentle or polite; it’s absolutely direct. In fact, I know that seeing it might feel like a punch in the stomach. I deliberately removed the distancing veil of “objectivity” from the words “This is what you did” by adding ‘to me’.”
― Susan Forward, Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters

“Who cares about fault? As my dad would say, ‘Blame is like your rear-end and reflection. Seeing either always leaves you looking back.’ I’m more worried about what’s in front of me. And right now . . . the view is all messed up.” ~ Ellia”
― Jaime Reed, Keep Me In Mind

“It was as if she was a dream, like London, which he could not entirely grasp and of which he was not worthy. He wanted to be part of it but had forgotten how. It seemed extraordinary and strange that this paragon among women had condescended to travel on his ship. In fact, she’d insisted upon it. Her presence was at once otherworldly and familiar, none of which explained why his brain ceased to function when he was in her company.”
― Sara Sheridan, On Starlit Seas

“In our culture it is seen as a sign of weakness to actually seek help from someone else. And yet, as Christians, God designed us to need each other – He designed us to lean upon the body of Christ for support, prayer, wisdom, and even practical help.”
― Leslie Ludy, When God Writes Your Life Story: Experience the Ultimate Adventure

“It’s like returning to a familiar room and noticing objects had been moved while you were gone—a chair here, a picture frame there. Items that were once brand new were suddenly broken in and worn from age. It was all very subtle, but enough to suspect paranormal activity or a cruel practical joke. When no one else saw what you saw, the freak factor really kicked in, because you were singled out and left questioning reality.” ~Ellia”
― Jaime Reed, Keep Me In Mind

“Intimacy transcends the physical. It is a feeling of closeness that isn’t about proximity, but of belonging. It is a beautiful emotional space in which two become one.”
― Steve Maraboli

“Sometimes the memory of someone is better than the reality of them.”
― Steve Maraboli

“The scientific revolution proved that there are objective, discernible laws of physical phenomena. Take gravity, for instance. You don’t exactly have faith in the law of gravity so much as you just know that the law is the law. Now we are learning that there are objective, discernible laws of non-physical phenomena. These two sets of laws are parallel. Externally, the universe supports our physical survival. Photosynthesis in plants and plankton in the ocean produce oxygen, which we need in order to breathe. Internally the universe also supports our survival. Emotionally and psychologically the internal equivalent to oxygen, what we need in order to survive, is love. And human relationships exist to produce love.”
― Marianne Williamson

“Love is in heart, not in our brains…”
― Debolina Bhawal

“Mrs. Bird smiled at me as I arrived at her side. “They can surprise us, can’t they, our parents? The things they got up to before we were born.”
“Yes,” I said. “Almost like they were real people once.”
― Kate Morton, The Distant Hours

“All relationship are about give and take. Power and submission. In a hundred small ways, the battle of two will plays out. Most people find a compromise, a delicate balance between their own wants and their partner´s desires.”
― Roxy Sloane, Total Submission

“Hope can be foolish or misguided, but there was no such thing as false hope. Hope was always true even when there was no evidence to support its claim.” – Liam”
― Jaime Reed, Keep Me In Mind

“Love is not for thrill-seekers, dreamers, or children with short attention spans. And you, son, fit into all three of those categories.”
― Jaime Reed, Keep Me In Mind

“Change the way you treat your partner. Learn to treat your partner as you would yourself. Change the way you pray for your partner. Learn to pray unselfishly. Change the way you talk to your partner. Learn to speak life to him/her daily. Change the way you show love to your partner. Learn to do something different regularly. The more you change, the more your relationship changes for the better not to make you become bitter.”
― Kemi Sogunle

“…many daughters may never have given themselves permission to even ‘consider’ changing the relationship with their mothers, because they didn’t think they had the right to do it.”
― Susan Forward, Mothers Who Can’t Love: A Healing Guide for Daughters

“The best mistakes are made when the worst of heart breaks occur. When Love is blind and the captive, faithful.”
― Solange nicole

“Life can be hard at times. People can be hard on each other. Being hard on yourself is completely unnecessary.”
― Ron Baratono

“As women, wea re given a great give: our purity. And everything that makes us who we are emotionally – our feminine nature, our sensitivity, our vulnerability, and our desire to give ourselves fully to one man – is part of that gift. Our purity is a treasure. it is so much more than just our physical virginity, it starts with who we are on the inside.”
― Leslie Ludy, When God Writes Your Life Story: Experience the Ultimate Adventure

“If you are longing for something more than the hit-and-run relationship cycle, something beautiful and meaningful in your life, then I’m going to lay it on the line. You must let go of the captain’s position in your life and trust Him. You must give up the little you’re hanging on to now to gain something infinitely greater. You must let go of the helm and let Him lead.”
― Eric Ludy, When God Writes Your Love Story: The Ultimate Approach to Guy/Girl Relationships

“A family man shouldn’t trade his peace for profits, it is the job of a businessman.”
― Amit Kalantri

“Envy is the desire to have what someone else has. Jealousy is the fear of losing what you have. The more insecure you are about yourself or your relationship, the more jealous you are, because you are afraid to lose your significant other to someone else.”
― Oliver Markus, Why Men And Women Can’t Be Friends

“Many women think that if they put out too quickly, their partner won’t respect them. This is not the case. It’s not about waiting for a certain quantity of time before having sex, it’s about waiting for a certain quality of connection.”
― Neil Strauss, The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

“I think there’s something to the old saying that women use sex to get love, and men use love to get sex. And love is really just a word we use to describe a close bond, or relationship, between two people. Men have been programmed to want sex, so they do whatever is necessary to be in a relationship with a woman. And a woman is programmed to want the stability and (financial) security of a relationship, so she offers the man what he wants: sex.”
― Oliver Markus, Why Men And Women Can’t Be Friends

“Men pretend to be “just a friend” at first, even though they want to sleep with you from day one. Otherwise they wouldn’t be spending any time, money or attention on you, because these are limited resources and they need these resources to attract a mate. They can’t afford to squander them. So they apply these resources to the female that looks to be their best bet to get laid. But they also know that they can’t tell the woman on day one that they want to sleep with her, because she’d think it’s creepy. So they play along with the illusion that it’s “just a friendship” that “suddenly” developed into more, when the woman finally feels inclined to sleep with the guy “because they have a deep connection.” But that was really his goal from day one.”
― Oliver Markus, Why Men And Women Can’t Be Friends

“Men know that most women want to have an emotional connection with someone before they sleep with them. Men know that a lot of women think it’s romantic to be friends first, and then the friendship blossoms into a relationship. Men know that they have to jump through all these hoops first, before they can get laid. And that’s really all romance and courtship is to a man: hoops he has to jump through to get laid.”
― Oliver Markus, Why Men And Women Can’t Be Friends

“Trying to keep up appearances is a signal of decay on the inside. Beware shallow living—in yourself and in others. It is only in the depths that life can thrive.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“The reason most relationships fail isn’t because we haven’t found the right person. It’s because we haven’t found ourselves and we’re hoping someone can fill that void for us. They can’t. No one can. Self-love is and always will be a prerequisite to every happy romance.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“You have to recognize your inability to love before you can love the way God loves. His version of love is unfamiliar to the natural world; It is sacrificial and selfless and the most beautiful love you could experience.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“I like to think of books as lovers; you have to introduce yourself slowly to them, read them one page at a time. Notice them, appreciate them. Respect what they’re trying to tell you, let their words caress you, then sink into you, and finally, become a part of you.”
― Stacie Hammond, Ana J. Awakens

“Compassion does not have to be a face-to-face relationship. Forgiveness does not imply friendship. Understanding why someone has inflicted pain on us is how we set ourselves free of the past, not how we excuse someone’s behaviour so they can continue to abuse us.”
― Vironika Tugaleva

“See, once a person see what you will do if they don’t, they let you keep on doin it! All of it! If you let them!”
― J. California Cooper, Some Soul to Keep

“I may not be a king or a queen, but I’ll be damned if I’m not treated like royalty.”
― Samuel Crone

“He came back the next day, and the next, and the day after that, and they argued. The arguments always started about the binding itself, but then they began to stray out into more interesting topics–the relationships and interrelationships in their families, the politics that went on, and the doings of the kingdoms and lordships of the world; and finally, about themselves, or rather, each other. The arguments started early and ended late: it was almost improper.

After about three days of this, T’Thelaih realized that she was going to have to be bound to this man, just to have the leisure to argue properly with him.”
― Diane Duane, Spock’s World

“Release your past into the universe and embrace your future with opened arms.”
― Delma Pryce, ABOVE AND BEYOND: My Spiritual Journey

“Men (who cheat) do not cheat because they are dogs. They are (regarded as) dogs because they cheat.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“There are only 24 hours in a day. The average man has to sleep about 8 hours. And work for 8 hours. That leaves 8 hours to run some errands, drive to and from work, eat, and have some spare time. And in that little bit of spare time, a man has to figure out how to get the one thing he likes more than anything else: sex.

So when a man has to choose whether or not he will hang out with a female and spend any time, money or attention on her, the question of whether the resources he spent will result in sex plays a very big factor. If your male “friend” chooses to spend his time and money on you, it’s because he thinks there is a chance it might pay off in sex at some point. If he hangs out with you instead of with some other female, it’s because he thinks you are his best bet to getting sex.

The more likely there will be sex, the more willing he is to spend his little bit of free time with you. If he thinks his chances of having sex are higher with a different female, he will spent more time, money and attention on her. That’s just common sense, and using his limited resources wisely.”
― Oliver Markus, Why Men And Women Can’t Be Friends

“They say that a man is as faithful as his options, and in this moment I know it to be true. So I switched the phone off. It’s too much. Even Jesus only had three temptations.”
― Neil Strauss, The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

“It’s like playing the lottery. It doesn’t matter how extremely low the chances are of winning. You gotta be in it to win it. Hitting on every girl in sight is like buying a whole lot of lottery tickets. You never know, one day one of them might actually pay off.”
― Oliver Markus, Why Men And Women Can’t Be Friends

“My heart was in my mouth. I realised that I had no desire to know any more about her past. What was behind her made me feel sick, petrified. Only the future mattered now.”
― Ruth Ahmed, When Ali Met Honour

“I overheard a young man once saying to his wife, “I can’t control you. That’s the problem and it’s been the problem ever since day one!” And then I heard her answer him and heard her terrible voice. “No!” she said. “The problem isn’t that you can’t control me, the problem is that you’re trying to. Why don’t you stop worrying about controlling me and start worrying about controlling yourself?”
― Merle Shain

“I checked my words carefully. Words more powerful than atom bombs and more cutting than AK-47s. People are fragile and words, not bullets will break them, and once they break every part of them spills out. Their soul, spirit, identity, ugliness, and their beauty. It’s all there, right in front of you if you know where to look. Most people see the ugly and I didn’t want to become that. I thought I looked for beauty but then wondered why I often say such ugly things.”
― Bruce Crown, How Dim the Promised Land

“Men still think women will like who they are, not realizing: it’s what they can do for a woman that sets the man apart.”
― Solange nicole

“Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.”
― Barnett R. Brickner

“Reporters heard words but not poetry, saw old politicians but not new heroes.”
― David Pietrusza, 1960–LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies

“I looked up and she said, “You have to believe I did everything a reasonable person would do. Maybe I didn’t reach my hands into toilet water, but I did everything else I could.”
― Charlie Close, Burning Embers and Other Stories of Marriage, Work, and Family

“Best of all, she waits outside the dressing room while I’m changing. Girlfriends don’t do this but wives do, and if there is any better reason to get married than to have someone to hold your hand in a clothing store, I don’t know what it is.”
― Charlie Close, Burning Embers and Other Stories of Marriage, Work, and Family

“If we would remember that all the trees of earth are marked for the woodman’s axe, we should not be so ready to build our nests in them.”
― Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, Based on the English Standard Version

“They could address everything else and still not solve the problem. He was always proud of her when she said that. A liberal arts background was a hard thing to overcome, but she was doing great.”
― James S.A. Corey, Drive

“God has made relationships His chosen delivery system for the gospel of hope.”
― Ed Stetzer

“Some people will try to condemn you to the prison of their bullshit. They tell you they want a soulmate, but they’re actually creating a cellmate.”
― Steve Maraboli

“The sequence is suffering, insight, will, action, change.”
― Allen Wheelis, How People Change

“After a bad trip, don’t carry your luggage on board the next flight. Stay grounded til you figure out a new way to travel.”
― T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”

“You may say you won’t interfere with another person’s soul, but you do—merely by existing. The snag about it is the practical difficulty, so to speak, of not existing.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

“The women you’ve slept with, the ones you never did but primed for a future encounter, the ones who seemed interested but then suddenly stopped texting: Unless you do something horribly wrong, they never completely disappear. A lonely night, a cheating boyfriend, a sudden breakup, an attack of low self-esteem, an attack of high self-esteem—anything can, out of the blue, send them scrolling through their address book looking for validation, for security, for conversation, for adoration, for the fantasy of you filling some empty space in her life.”
― Neil Strauss, The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

“The desire for connection with the Divine and our formless inner self is at the foundation of all desire for human connection.”
― Donna Goddard

“What really mattered, Alex supposed, was not how the world saw you, but how you saw yourself, and whether you and the people around you treated one another with respect.”
― Jo Victor, Romance by the Book

“Pride adversely affects all our relationships—our relationship with God and His servants, between husband and wife, parent and child, employer and employee, teacher and student, and all mankind. Our degree of pride determines how we treat our God and our brothers and sisters. Christ wants to lift us to where He is. Do we desire to do the same for others?”
― Ezra Taft Benson

“No more relationships !
No more wasting time !
No more feelings !”
― Eyad Ayman Kaifi

“Tell me about love when you’ve been with someone for years, cared for them when they’re ill, put up with them when they’re miserable or grumpy, taken the sharp side of their tongue and still come back. Tell me about love when you’ve acted quite appallingly, and the other person has still accepted you.”
― Mark Chadbourn, The Queen of Sinister
“The test of any relationship is, when the going gets tough, whether your partner stays with you or ‘gets going’.”
― Kenneth Eade, Legal Thriller: The Spy Files, A Courtroom Drama: A Brent Marks Legal Thriller

“Anyone we truly love should come with their own dictionary.”
― Carrie Brownstein

“Treat every connection, communication and collaboration as part of a continuous relationship.”
― Kim Chandler McDonald, Flat World Navigation: Collaboration and Networking in the Global Digital Economy

“People may indeed be treated as objects and may be profoundly affected thereby. Kick a dog often enough and he will become cowardly or vicious. People who are kicked undergo similar changes; their view of the world and of themselves is transformed. . . People may indeed be brainwashed, for benign or exploitative reasons. . .

If one’s destiny is shaped by manipulation one has become more of an object, less of a subject, has lost freedom. . .

If, however, one’s destiny is shaped from within then one has become more of a creator, has gained freedom. This is self-transcendence, a process of change that originates in one’s heart and expands outward. . . begins with a vision of freedom, with an “I want to become…”, with a sense of the potentiality to become what one is not. One gropes toward this vision in the dark, with no guide, no map, and no guarantee. Here one acts as subject, author, creator.”
― Allen Wheelis, How People Change

“Cam knew that if she succeeded, it was going to destroy her, but she could worry about that later. All she had to do at the moment was cut her own heart out without letting the wound show too much; she’d have plenty of time to bleed after Alex had gone.”
― Jo Victor, Romance by the Book

“I know what you want, darlin’. You go on and ask me nicely and you might just get it.”
― Eve Dangerfield, Degrees of Control

“Keep your southern fried bullshit to yourself. And know this, Charlie is the sweetest girl I’ve ever met and if you hurt her, or infect her with some kind of disease, you will die. Slowly.”
― Eve Dangerfield, Degrees of Control

“This, then, was Jango Fett’s greatest reward, right here, sitting with his son, his young replica, sharing quiet moments.”
― R.A. Salvatore

“James couldn’t help it, he smiled. Charlotte was the strangest girl he’d spent time with lately, not because she was weird or even kinky, but because sweetness seemed to pour from her skin like molasses.”
― Eve Dangerfield, Degrees of Control

“I suppose one oughtn’t to marry anybody, unless one’s prepared to make him a full-time job.”
“Probably not; though there are a few rare people, I believe, who don’t look on themselves as jobs but as fellow creatures.”
― Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

“You are gonna get it now sweetheart,” he grunted, seizing her nipples and massaging them roughly.
“Aw, what are you gonna do Max? Blow a load and get all sad about it afterwards?”
― Eve Dangerfield, Locked Box

“He’s more how Satan would look if he needed to seduce you into drowning a baby.”
― Eve Dangerfield, Locked Box

“The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

“If love isn’t there, nothing will grow. If it is, there is always hope and it will win in the end. Love is vital and sacrosanct.”
― Donna Goddard

“Idolatry means turning a good thing into the ultimate thing.”
― Timothy J. Keller

“Donating your time to an unworthy situation is spending your emotional cash to bankrupt your dreams ~Bluenscottish”
― Bluenscottish

“I find a woman with brains enormously attractive and not threatening in the least. A pretty face is nice, too, but having somebody to converse with and share thoughts for thirty or forty years is very appealing to me.”
― Beatriz Williams, The Forgotten Room

“Britain had an air of careless supremacy which GALLED her neighbors.”
― Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

“One way [to recovery] would be by creating the best possible romance book or happy ending scenario for you … out od your own experience. Another way would be to look at it as it is: a wake-up call to action to create a more humane world, without discrimination and sexism.”
― Elina Juusola, Love on the Line: How to Recover from Romance Scams Gracefully and Without Victimisation

“Happy comes and goes, Tats. Loving someone isn’t that crazy infatuation that you feel at first. That passes. Well, not passes, but it calms down, and then sometimes, when you least expect it, you get a glimpse of that person and it all comes back again, in a big rush. But even that’s not what you’re looking for. What you’re looking for is the feeling that no matter what, being with that person is always going to be better than being without that person. Good times or bad. That having that person around makes whatever you’re going through better, or at least more tolerable.”
― Robin Hobb, City of Dragons

“I must do better at adoring him like I used to. Nick responds to adoration. I just wish it felt more equal. My brain is so busy with Nick thoughts, it’s a swarm inside my head: Nicknicknicknicknick! And when I picture his mind, I hear my name as a shy crystal ping that occurs once, maybe twice a day and quickly subsides. I just wish he thought about me as much as I do him.
Is that wrong? I don’t even know anymore.”
― Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

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