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"We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day."

—Gayle Forman, Just One Day

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"If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting what you want, stop for a second: Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven’t, stop complaining. You can’t expect the world to read your mind. You have to put it out there, and sometimes putting it out there is as simple as just saying, “Hey, can I have that?”"

—Sophia Amoruso, #GIRLBOSS

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"You don’t have to justify yourself to me. You did what you did."

—Sue Grafton, B is for Burglar

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"Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage, just literally twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it."

—Benjamin Mee, We Bought a Zoo

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"If you valued your marriage, you kept a barricade around yourself and your feelings and your thoughts. You didn’t let your eyes linger. You didn’t stay for the second drink. You kept the flirting safe. You just didn’t go there."

—Liane Moriarty, The Husband’s Secret

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"Life takes us to unexpected places sometimes. The future is never set in stone, remember that."

—Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

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"Sometimes she wondered what he felt when he thought of that year they spent together, or if he ever marveled at what they’d shared, or even whether he thought of her at all."

—Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me

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"What do you think is easier? Knowing you’re going to die on a certain date and time, or knowing it might happen any moment when you least expect it?"

—Jodi Picoult, Change Of Heart

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"When its true, when it’s right, love can give you the kind of joy that you can’t get from any other experience."

—James Patterson, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

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"Sometimes the hardest people to love are the ones who need it the most."

—Laura Wiess, Ordinary Beauty

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"I think I’m kind of getting the concept of closure. It’s no big dramatic before-after. It’s more like that melancholy feeling you get at the end of a really good vacation. Something special is ending, and you’re sad, but you can’t be that sad because, hey, it was good while it lasted, and there’ll be other vacations, other good times."

—Gayle Forman, Where She Went

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"Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it’s right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity."

—W. Clement Stone

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"It was funny how heartbreak turned into great art."

—Jennifer Probst, The Marriage Mistake

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"Every friend you’ll ever have will eventually disappoint you. Count on it. That doesn’t mean that every offense of a friend requires forgiveness; some slights need only be overlooked and forgotten."

—Leslie Parrott

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"The only thing worse than not having your dream come true is having it come true for a little while."

—Jonathan Tropper, One Last Thing Before I Go