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"People with a grudge against the world are always dangerous. They seem to think life owes them something. I’ve known many who have suffered worse and been cut off from life much more…and they’ve managed to lead happy contented lives. It’s what’s in yourself that makes you happy or unhappy."

—Agatha Christie, A Murder Is Announced

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"When the right one comes along, you figure it out. You move mountains, you change your life and you do whatever it takes to keep them with you."

—Jay Crownover, Jet

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"Maybe relationships shouldn’t be such hard work. Like, if you’re right for someone then shouldn’t everything fall into place really easily?"

—Sarra Manning, Unsticky

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"Never tell all you know—not even to the person you know best."

—Agatha Christie, The Secret Adversary

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"Someday we’ll run into each other again, I know it. Maybe I’ll be older and smarter and just plain better."

—Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

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"Things get to me all the time—I just don’t see the point in making a big deal out of it."

—Hannah Harrington, Saving June

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"Trying to forget really doesn’t work. In fact, it’s pretty much the same as remembering. But I tried to forget anyway, and to ignore the fact that I was remembering you all the time."

—Rebecca Stead, When You Reach Me

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"Just to be in love seemed the most blissful luxury I had ever known. The thought came to me that perhaps it is the loving that counts, not the being loved in return—that perhaps true loving can never know anything but happiness. For a moment I felt that I had discovered a great truth."

—Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

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"It’s amazing what you can get used to."

—Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

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"Our moment had passed somehow. I was different. He was, too. Without our “madness” to unite us, there wasn’t anything much there. Or maybe too much had happened in too short a time. It’s like when you take a trip with someone you don’t know very well. Sometimes you can get very close very quickly, but then after the trip is over, you realize all that was a false sort of closeness. An intimacy based on the trip more than the travelers, if that makes any sense."

—Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

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"It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone."

—Rose Kennedy

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"Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored."

—Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles

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"One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is to have a happy childhood."

—Agatha Christie, An Autobiography

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"Intimacy doesn’t have all that much to do with backseats of cars. Real intimacy is brushing your teeth together."

—Gabrielle Zevin, Elsewhere

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"I think I wanted it too much and you didn’t want it enough."

—Jay Crownover, Rule