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"I was trying to replace something I’d come to care about very much with something pretending to be as important."

—Megan Hart, Broken

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"There was some sadness in how that could happen, falling out of love with something that had shaped you. Or even people who had."

—Guy Gavriel Kay, Under Heaven

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"Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge and harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people…but not those who have hurt us, forget them. Instead get even with those who have helped us."

—Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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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