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"Interacting with other people does not come naturally to me; it is a strain and requires effort, and since it does not come naturally I feel like I am not really myself when I make that effort. I feel fairly comfortable with my family, but even with them I sometimes feel the strain of not being alone."

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

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"Always remember that when a man goes out of the room, he leaves everything in it behind. When a woman goes out she carries everything that happened in the room along with her."

—Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness

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"Maybe it was time to at least pretend to be a nicer person than I knew I was."

—Sue Grafton, W is for Wasted

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"You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope."

—Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

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"To love someone so deeply means also that it will hurt a thousand times more when he disappoints or leaves you."

—J.A. Redmerski, Kindred

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"Some things you can fix, and some things you can’t. And I just think it is a shame to walk away from the things you can."

—Dana Reinhardt, How to Build a House

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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