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"I was so happy that I wanted to be kind to everyone in the world."

—Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

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"I was beginning to wonder if this was just how it was supposed to be for me, like perhaps I wasn’t capable of having that many people in my life at any one time."

—Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

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"I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me."

—Veronica Roth, Allegiant

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"Some people think that a place can save them. Like if they could just be somewhere else, their lives would be totally different. They could finally be the people they always wanted to be. But to me, a place is just a place. If you really want things to change, you can make them change no matter where you are."

—Hannah Harrington, Saving June

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"The truth is, sometimes too much can happen in a relationship, and then there’s nothing anyone can do or say. It’s broken."

—Gabrielle Zevin, In the Age of Love and Chocolate

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"Can you see me? All of me? Probably not. No one ever really has."

—Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

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"You’re the one who has to live with your choice, everyone else will get over it, move on, no matter what you decide. But you never will."

—Veronica Roth, The Transfer

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"There is so much beauty in just existing. In being alive."

—Hannah Harrington, Saving June

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"Why shouldn’t I hate her? She did the worst thing to me that anyone can do to anyone else. Let them believe that they’re loved and wanted and then show them that it’s all a sham."

—Agatha Christie, The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side

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"Maybe there’s more we all could have done, but we just have to let the guilt remind us to do better next time."

—Veronica Roth, Divergent

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"Love isn’t perfect. It’s hard work and sometimes it’s more effort to be in love than it is to just run away. If you keep looking for perfect, the real thing is going to pass right by you."

—Jay Crownover, Jet

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"People with a grudge against the world are always dangerous. They seem to think life owes them something. I’ve known many who have suffered worse and been cut off from life much more…and they’ve managed to lead happy contented lives. It’s what’s in yourself that makes you happy or unhappy."

—Agatha Christie, A Murder Is Announced

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"When the right one comes along, you figure it out. You move mountains, you change your life and you do whatever it takes to keep them with you."

—Jay Crownover, Jet

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"Maybe relationships shouldn’t be such hard work. Like, if you’re right for someone then shouldn’t everything fall into place really easily?"

—Sarra Manning, Unsticky

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"Never tell all you know—not even to the person you know best."

—Agatha Christie, The Secret Adversary