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"There are just lots of possibilities in the world. I need to keep my mind open for what could happen and not decide that the world is hopeless if what I want to happen doesn’t happen. Because something else great might happen in between."

—Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

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"The past is beautiful because one never realizes an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past."

—Virginia Woolf

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"And I loved him, Jesus how I loved him. It wasn’t love of course, even I can see now that it was infatuation, but at the time it near enough killed me."

—Jane Green, Straight Talking

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"I understood all that in my head, but I still didn’t believe it in my heart."

—Gayle Forman, If I Stay

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"I’m really cracking. No, I’m beyond cracking, I’m shattered. I’m lost. I’m fragmented. Everyone belongs, knows where they’re going but me."

—Beatrice Sparks, Go Ask Alice

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"It’s strange indeed how memories can lie dormant in a man’s mind for so many years. Yet those memories can be awakened and brought forth fresh and new, just by something you’ve seen, or something you’ve heard, or the sight of an old familiar face."

—Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

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"It’s always nice being wanted. Even if it’s by the wrong person."

—Tabitha Suzuma, Forbidden

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"We ran into lots of old friends. Friends from elementary school, junior high school, high school. Everyone had matured in their own way, and even as we stood face to face with them they seemed like people from dreams, sudden glimpses through the fences of our tangled memories. We smiled and waved, exchanged a few words, and then walked on in our separate directions."

—Banana Yoshimoto, Goodbye Tsugumi

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"We were innocent once. How could it have gone so bad?"

—Kim Harrison, Pale Demon

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"Love makes you foolish. It makes you throw every bit of logic away, do stupid things, dangerous things."

—Melissa Marr, Radiant Shadows

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"I remember always being baffled by other children. I would be at a birthday party and watch the other kids giggling and making faces, and I would try to do that, too, but I wouldn’t understand why. I would sit there with the tight elastic thread of the birthday hat parting the pudge of my underchin, with the grainy frosting of the cake bluing my teeth, and I would try to figure out why it was fun."

—Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

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"No one can be everything you want them to be."

—Susane Colasanti, So Much Closer

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"Everyone always wants to know how you can tell when it’s true love, and the answer is this: when the pain doesn’t fade and the scars don’t heal, and it’s too damned late."

—Jonathan Tropper, The Book of Joe

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"Every day was like a day out of someone else’s life. Nothing had ever happened to me, and now everything was happening to me."

—Kami Garcia, Beautiful Creatures

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"It’s funny how bed and pillows and covers can change a conversation. Words turn quiet and you mean more and say less. It’s like you can build your own little world, Population: 2."

—Robin Benway, Audrey, Wait!