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Ann Brashares

Maybe you think you’ll be entitled to more happiness later by forgoing all of it now, but it doesn’t work that way. Happiness takes as much practice as unhappiness does. It’s by living that you live more. By waiting you wait more. Every waiting day makes your life a little less. Every lonely day makes… Continue reading Ann Brashares

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Jodi Picoult

It is one of those summer days that feel like a memory welling up in your throat. —  Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper. (Washington Square Press; Reprint edition February 1, 2005)

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Maylis de Kerangal

They said: okay, it’s true, time is nothing to him, that which passes, that which flies, all that is nothing to him, doesn’t slip past or cause adherences or brackish fog – and is it precisely because we are alone in time, alone and losing at every turn, noses buried in our losses, in the… Continue reading Maylis de Kerangal

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Sarah Dessen

this thing that made me crazy; the way he cupped his fingers around the back of my neck, putting them just so that his thumb touched a pulse point. It’s so hard to explain, but it gave me a chill every time, almost like he was touching my heart. —  Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby. (Viking… Continue reading Sarah Dessen

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Anaïs Nin

I have the gift of desiring, of inventing more and more desires, of never knowing satiation and dullness. And I am cursed with the lack of genius for renunciation. — Anaïs Nin, Linotte: The Early Diary of  Anaïs Nin (1914-1920)  (Mariner Books; 1st Harvest/HBJ Ed edition March 10, 1980) Originally published 1978.

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Ted Michael

Relationships take time. They are days and nights and weeks. They are stretched and worked and kneaded into something you never imagined they could be. But when they are over, the end comes so quickly you barely have time to breathe, to blink. They are minutes and seconds, and one moment you have everything and… Continue reading Ted Michael

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May Sarton

I live alone, perhaps for no good reason, for the reason that I am an impossible creature, set apart by a temperament I have never learned to use as it could be used, thrown off by a word, a glance, a rainy day, or one drink too many. My need to be alone is balanced… Continue reading May Sarton

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Barbara Kingsolver

The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. — Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams. (Harper Perennial June 21, 1991)

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