“Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.
“Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”
That was one of the saddest things about people—their most important thoughts and feelings often went unspoken and barely understood.
The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”
“It never gets easier, missing you. And sometimes I wonder if it ever will.”
“You can’t force love, I realized. It’s there or it isn’t. If it’s not there, you’ve got to be able to admit it. If it is there, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to protect the ones you love.”
“I think I love him, but I also think that you can love people who aren’t good for you.”
“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”
He had to miss me. It’s not possible for one person to miss another person so much she thinks she might die, and for that other person not to even miss her at all, is it? I mean, we’d been soul mates. Soul mates are forever. Aren’t they?
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.
“You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won’t happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, ‘I don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.’”
"I missed him. Love, I realized, was something your spine memorized. There was nothing you could do about that."
I can’t even fake it anymore.
Worse things have happened. I will survive.
You shouldn’t guess about someone’s past; if you don’t see any evidence of it, a person’s past remains unknown to you.
Sometimes we love people so much that we have to be numb to it. Because if we actually felt how much we love them, it would kill us. That doesn’t make you a bad person. It just means your heart’s too big.
I hated labels anyway. People didn’t fit in slots—prostitute, housewife, saint—like sorting the mail. We were so mutable, fluid with fear and desire, ideals and angles, changeable as water.
"Some people come into your life just to teach you how to let go."
I woke up to the clamor of your absence.
You have the exact kind of life that I have always dreamed of but never wanted.
I’m collecting words to keep you, forever after you have left.
"Once you’ve accepted your flaws no one can use them against you."
I still look at your pictures every night, like a bedtime storybook - as if to sweep the stage of my dreams, preparing for you to make an appearance.
"If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be."
"If it’s still in your mind, it is worth taking the risk."
"Sad thing is, you can still love someone and be wrong for them."
"Hope, it is the only thing stronger than fear."
n some quiet moments I sit here and wonder if you, too, have them, and if you, too, sit there and look at your phone, then your hands, then take a deep breath and turn away for the world to resume. But then again, I also know that we are not as alike as I thought we were.
Sometimes, time does not tell, only heal.
"Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans."
"If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help you build theirs."
Even if I accumulated all the words of all the languages, they would still not be enough to express how much I miss you.
Soon we will have to face the choice between what is right and what is easy.
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try."
"When you lose someone, it stays with you, always reminding you of how easy it is to get hurt."
"Those who don’t remember the past, might as well forget about the future."
"You don’t realize how much you love someone until you see them go."
"In life you meet two kinds of people. Ones who build you up, and ones who tear you down. But in the end, you will thank them both."
"Life is all about change. Sometimes it’s painful. Sometimes it’s beautiful. But most of the time, it’s both."
"Sometimes life isn’t about meeting new people; it’s about meeting the people you already know halfway."
"Don’t give up on someone you love, because you may be all they have."
"Dreams are always crushing when they don’t come true. But it’s the simple dreams that are often the most painful because they seem so personal, so reasonable, so attainable. You’re always close enough to touch, but never quite close enough to hold and it’s enough to break your heart."
"When someone hurts you enough, you become afraid that everyone else is going to do the same."
Life doesn’t always introduce you to the people you want to meet. Sometimes life puts you in touch with the people you need to meet – to help you, to hurt you, to leave you, to love you, and to gradually strengthen you into the person you were meant to become."
"Sometimes you have to forget how you feel about someone at the moment, and remember the moment you first fell for them."
"It’s hard to explain something to a person who doesn’t want to understand."
"The reason most people don’t find what they’re looking for is because they have no idea what it is."
"You can try to forget what happened, but you can never forget what you felt."
"They don’t miss you when you’re gone, they miss you when you move on."
"You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it."
"Searching for the truth is easy but accepting the truth is hard."
"Sometimes tears will speak the words that we can’t find."
"If you do something for the right reason, nothing can stop you."
Two people don’t fall in love because they sleep in the same bed, but because they share the same dreams."
"Sometimes we learn something new about the past that changes everything we know about the present."
"You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at a picture for a second and think of it all your life."
"Sometimes silence is the best way to let someone know they did you wrong."
If something we never knew we had disappears, do we miss it?