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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

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"I loved him — too much. And he loved me, only not enough. I just want someone who thinks I’m number one in his life. I’m not willing to accept emotional scraps anymore."

—Amy Tan, The Hundred Secret Senses

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"People love talking, and I have never been a huge talker. I carry on an inner monologue, but the words often don’t reach my lips."

—Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

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"Sometimes I think things happen for a reason. And I think if we’re meant to run into each other again, fate will make it happen."

—Lauren Blakely, The Start of Us

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"Happiness wasn’t something you found, happiness was something you made—by living in the moment, by cherishing the people in your life right now, by finding the courage to change those things you didn’t like."

—Laura Kaye, Hard As It Gets

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"When you love someone you don’t always see them realistically."

—P.C. Cast, Awakened

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"People make mistakes. People do things they never meant to do."

—Sue Grafton, D is for Deadbeat

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"You must go where your heart leads and never forget that love is the most precious gift of all. Money and social status are poor substitutes for a warm, tender embrace, and there is little in life more fulfilling than the joy of loving and knowledge that you are loved in return."

—Julia Quinn, How to Marry a Marquis

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"Have you ever not known something but known it at the same time?"

—Cecelia Ahern, How to Fall in Love