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"I decided then that I don’t want to spend time thinking about things that I don’t want to have a place in my life. You have to kick people out of your head as forcefully as you’d kick someone out of your house if you didn’t want them to be there."

—Sophia Amoruso, #GIRLBOSS

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"I’m freaked out because for some reason, I can’t stop thinking about you. I can’t stop thinking about how it feels to kiss you, about how happy I was when we were going to be together, about how even though I feel like I should hate you, my heart knows that I don’t."

—Lauren Barnholdt, Right of Way

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"I don’t want to graduate and be sitting around on some random porch ten years from now, regretting. You have to live in the moment. You can’t let experiences pass you by without doing anything about it."

—Susane Colasanti, When it Happens

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"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."

—John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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"It’s easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend."

—William Blake

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"I’d rather have a heart than a mind. I’d rather expose too much than too little. I’d rather say hello to strangers than be afraid of them. I would rather know all this about myself than have more money than I need. I’d rather have something to love than a way to impress you."

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

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"I’d rather grow old alone than in the company of anyone I’ve met so far."

—Sue Grafton, B is for Burglar

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"No one is ever who you want them to be. And the less you really know them, the more likely you are to confuse them with the girl or boy in your head."

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

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"Experience has taught me that fate is sometimes cruel and that even a boatload of hope is sometimes not enough."

—Nicholas Sparks, The Longest Ride

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"What if she was meant to be, or could have been, someone important in my life? I think that’s what scares me: the randomness of everything. That the people who could be important to you might just pass you by. Or you pass them by."

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

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"That’s what you get for telling the truth. Someone calls you a liar. Most people will accept a likely lie to an unlikely truth."

Laurell K. Hamilton, Guilty Pleasures

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"Hate is a lot like love. It’s warm and fills you up until every part of you is tingling to release it."

—Heather Demetrios, Something Real

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"When there’s something or someone, when there’s anything that makes you happy, you don’t let a continent or an ocean or an empty pocket keep you apart."

—Dana Reinhardt, The Summer I Learned to Fly

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"It’s the age-old concept of like attracts like, or the law of attraction. You get back what you put out, so you might as well think positively, focus on visualizing what you want instead of getting distracted by what you don’t want, and send the universe your good intentions so that it can send them right back."

—Sophia Amoruso, #GIRLBOSS

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"No matter how kind or responsible a man was, if she didn’t feel any passion, she couldn’t help but think she’d be ‘settling’ for someone, and she didn’t want to settle."

—Nicholas Sparks, True Believer