To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. If you feel lost, there is always a map, you just might not to see it yet. Everything seems okay. And then: a word, a line, a picture, a song… I wish that photographs were physical spaces, like tunnels; that you could crawl inside them and go back. But that’s the thing about letting someone open you up and play with your heart … They never sew you back up afterwards. Whatever is not yours: Let go of it. Your letting go of it will be for your long-term happiness and benefit. It’s nice when someone remembers small details about you. Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. I’ll always remember you. I’ll always miss you. And you’re always a part of me. I’m always a part of you. Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything. They make you feel so alive that you’d follow them straight into hell… Maybe one day we’ll find that place, where you and I could be together and we’ll catch our dreams within the waves of change. So hear me, you are not alone. You know you’re in love when you don’t want to fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. I want you and I don’t want to be a luxury. I want you to need me. I want you to not be able to concentrate because you’re thinking about me. I want you to reach for your phone because you thought of something you have to share with me. I want you to not even be able to breathe at the thought of never seeing me again, because that’s how I feel about you. Sometimes the hardest things in life are the things we have to do. And even when we feel it’s right, I never want to hurt you. Happiness is a way of travel- not a destination. The minute you think of giving up, think of the reason why you held on so long. I wanted someone to love who would stay: stay and be there, always. Every time you judge yourself you break your own heart. Don’t lose a woman that has seen your flaws and still loves you. So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls
Karen Marie Moning, Shadowfever
Shannon Stacey, All He Ever Needed
Roy M. Goodman
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time’s Traveler’s Wife
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower