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"No matter how careful you are, there’s going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn’t experience it all. There’s that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should’ve been paying attention."

—Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

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"The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There’s no getting over that."

—Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

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"I’m terrified to lose him for good, so I sell myself short and take what I can from him, even though I know I deserve better."

—Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love

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"I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now, and live in it forever."

—Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

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"Some people think love is the end of the road, and if you’re lucky enough to find it, you stay there. Other people say it just becomes a cliff you drive off, but most people who’ve been around awhile know it’s just a thing that changes day by day, and depending on how much you fight for it, you get it, or you hold on to it, or you lose it, but sometimes it’s never even there in the first place."

—Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin

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"Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you."

—Gayle Forman, If I Stay

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"Memories, even bittersweet ones, are better than nothing."

—Jennifer L. Armentrout, Onyx

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"Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can."

—Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight

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"The difference between the ugly side of love and the beautiful side of love is that the beautiful side is much lighter. It makes you feel like you’re floating. It lifts you up. Carries you."

—Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love

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"It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about."

—Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet

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"Forgiveness has its comforts, but it can never give you back what you’ve lost."

—Jonathan Tropper, One Last Thing Before I Go

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"I learned that it was in hard times that people usually changed the course of their life; in good times, they frequently only talked about change. Hard times forced them to overcome the doubts that normally gave them pause. It surprised me how often we hold ourselves back until we have no choice."

—Po Bronson, What Should I Do with My Life?

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"That’s when I understand that I have been stained. Whether I’m still in love with him, whether he was ever in love with me, and no matter who he’s in love with now, he changed my life. He showed me how to get lost, and then I showed myself how to get found."

—Gayle Forman, Just One Day

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"You know what the difference is between a dream and a goal? A plan."

—Jodi Picoult, Lone Wolf

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"It’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else."

—Stephanie Perkins, Lola and the Boy Next Door