“If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it walls, and we will furnish it with soft, red interiors, from the inside out, and give it a knocker that resonates like a diamond falling to a jeweller’s felt so that we should never hear it. Love me, because love doesn’t exist, and I have tried everything that does.”
– Jonathan Safran Foer

“The human heart is a strange vessel. Love and hatred can exist side by side.”
– Scott Westerfeld

“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 won’t ever leave you, even though you’re always leaving me.”
Audrey Niffenegger

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.”
– Leo Tolstoy

“If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I’ll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it’d be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I’d do it. I can lose you like that if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay.”
– Gayle Forman

“The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.”
– Victor Hugo

“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.”
– Elizabeth Gilbert

“sometimes you don’t need a goal in life, you don’t need to know the big picture. you just need to know what you’re going to do next!”
– Sophie Kinsella

“When I look in the mirror, I know I’m looking at someone who isn’t sure she deserves to be loved at all.”
– Nicholas Sparks

“For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken. It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.”
– D.H. Lawrence

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father refuse thy name, thou art thyself thou not a montegue, what is montegue? tis nor hand nor foot nor any other part belonging to a man
What is in a name?
That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,
So Romeo would were he not Romeo called retain such dear perfection to which he owes without that title,
Romeo, Doth thy name!
And for that name which is no part of thee, take all thyself.”
– William Shakespeare

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