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"Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them."

—John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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"I’ve always protected myself when it comes to love. And maybe that’s the problem. By not letting myself get hurt now, it ripples into much bigger pain later."

—Carolyn Mackler, The Future of Us

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"The evening makes me think Facebook is a blessing and a curse. Sure, it helps us keep track of people with whom we otherwise would have fallen out of touch. But sometimes relationships fade for a reason. They’re better left a memory."

—Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF

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"The difference between a dream and a goal is a timeline. You can sit around and dream, but if you want to make it happen put a timeline and hold yourself accountable and then stuff starts happening."

—Phillip C. McGraw

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"Sometimes instinct can be wrong. But sometimes it can be right too. And sometimes you just have to take it on faith."

—Daisy Whitney, The Rivals

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"My wants are simple: a job that I like and a guy whom I love."

—Emily Giffin, Something Borrowed

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"I want deeper connections with the people around me. I need to reach out more. Because not everyone leaves."

—Susane Colasanti, So Much Closer

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"I just woke up feeling happy this morning. You know those days when everything in the world seems right."

—Agatha Christie, Endless Night

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"We know each other in a way that no one else can. We share a history that makes us permanently connected."

—Susane Colasanti, Something Like Fate

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"Trust people, until they give you a reason not to. And then never turn your back."

—Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride

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"Interacting with other people does not come naturally to me; it is a strain and requires effort, and since it does not come naturally I feel like I am not really myself when I make that effort. I feel fairly comfortable with my family, but even with them I sometimes feel the strain of not being alone."

—Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

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"Always remember that when a man goes out of the room, he leaves everything in it behind. When a woman goes out she carries everything that happened in the room along with her."

—Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness

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"Maybe it was time to at least pretend to be a nicer person than I knew I was."

—Sue Grafton, W is for Wasted

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"You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope."

—Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

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"To love someone so deeply means also that it will hurt a thousand times more when he disappoints or leaves you."

—J.A. Redmerski, Kindred