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"It’s possible to go on, no matter how impossible it seems, and in time, the grief lessens. It may not ever go away completely, but after a while it’s not overwhelming."

—Nicholas Sparks, Dear John

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"I don’t care what anybody says about me as long as it isn’t true."

—Truman Capote

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"It was hard to feel the right emotions at the right time. They didn’t come at all when you set a place for them, and they sacked you when you weren’t ready, when you were just innocently flossing your teeth, for example, or eating a bowl of cereal."

—Ann Brashares, The Last Summer (of You and Me)

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"There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk."

—Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana

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"The light in his eyes was like the sun rising. My knees trembled and my heart quaked. It was powerful and beautiful and perfect."

—Kylie Scott, Lick

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"If you’re unhappy, change something."

—Sue Grafton, D is for Deadbeat

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"You have to look at what you have right in front of you, at what it could be, and stop measuring it against what you’ve lost. I know this to be wise and true, just as I know that pretty much no one can do it."

—Jonathan Tropper, This is Where I Leave You

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"You’re hard to please; so many friends and so few cares, and can’t make yourself content."

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

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"As life goes on it becomes tiring to keep up the character you invented for yourself, and so you relapse into individuality and become more like yourself everyday."

—Agatha Christie, An Autobiography

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"Sometimes there’s not a better way. Sometimes there’s only the hard way."

—Mary E. Pearson, The Fox Inheritance

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"Possessiveness isn’t love. I’m not even sure it qualifies as an emotion."

—Ann Aguirre, Doubleblind

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"Most times, it’s just a lot easier not to let the world know what’s wrong."

—Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

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"Some people leave, yeah, and it sucks. But some people don’t leave, and they never will. And sometimes people are there, but you just can’t see them. But they’re still there."

—Robin Benway, The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June

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"Arriving late was a way of saying that your own time was more valuable than the time of the person who waited for you."

—Karen Joy Fowler, The Jane Austen Book Club

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"Sometimes when you meet someone, there’s a click. I don’t believe in love at first sight but I believe in that click."

—Ann Aguirre, Blue Diablo