"Doubt everything. Find your own light."
"One never learns how the witch became wicked."
"There's a million guys out there at a million bars having a million drinks about you tonight."
You can have it if you want but someday I’ll make a better one.
--Lykke Li, I Know Places
“Shower, keep clean, enjoy colors and animals. People, if possible.”
“I automatically assume people won’t like me, so I don’t talk to them unless they approach me first. I can’t become a part of a crowd because I can’t get past that feeling that I don’t belong.”
“I’ve been savin’ this money for a dee-vorce if ever I get a husband!”
--Annie, 'It’s a Wonderful Life'
“Dear God,” she prayed, “let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry… have too much too eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere — be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.”
--'A Tree Grows In Brooklyn'
“You are a good person, though. I can tell that much from looking at you. I can tell these things after seven years of watching people come up and go here: there are people who can open their hearts and people who can’t. You’re one of the ones who can. Or, more precisely, you can if you want to.” “What happens when people open their hearts?” Cigarette dangling from her lips, Reiko clasped her hands together on the table. She was enjoying this, “They get better,” she said.”
--Haruki Murakami, 'Norwegian Wood'
“Anyway, I want a cat,” she said, “I want a cat. I want a cat now. If I can’t have long hair or any fun, I can have a cat.”
“Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time? My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.”
--Jonathan Safran Foer, 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'
“One of my big concerns these past few years is that I’ve been losing the ability to feel things with the same intensity - the way I felt when I was younger. It’s scary - to feel your emotions floating away and just not caring.”
“'Sometimes,’ said Pooh, ‘the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.'”
“We are the water
sitting so still and waiting
to be splashed into.”
--Tyler Knott Gregson
“I don’t change my handbag every season. I believe in the Yves Saint Laurent woman who either has her hands in the pockets of her pantsuit or is holding her lover’s hand. She doesn’t need a bag.”
“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.”
“I write differently from what I speak, I speak differently from what I think, I think differently from the way I ought to think, and so it all proceeds into deepest darkness.”
“Certainly we talk to ourselves; there is no thinking being who has not experienced that. One could even say that the word is never a more magnificent mystery than when, within a man, it travels from his thought to his conscience and returns from his conscience to his thought. This is the only sense of the words, so often used in this chapter, “he said,” “he exclaimed”; we say to ourselves, we speak to ourselves, we exclaim within ourselves, without breaking the external silence. There is great tumult within; everything within us speaks, except the tongue. The realities of the soul, though not visible and palpable, are nonetheless realities.”
--Victor Hugo, 'Les Misérables'
“I am eternally, devastatingly romantic, and I thought people would see it because “romantic” doesn’t mean “sugary”. It’s dark and tormented — the furor of passion, the despair of an idealism that you can’t attain.”
“I wonder if four-leaf clovers have any insecurities about their deformity that could be healed with the knowledge that people value them.”
--Haley G Hoover
“Normally I didn’t see a great deal. I didn’t hear a great deal either. I didn’t pay attention. Strictly speaking I wasn’t there. Strictly speaking I believe I’ve never been anywhere.”
“As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.”
“Nothing I like to do pays well.”
--Charles Portis, 'True Grit'
“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.”
“Loneliness is something I’ve never been bothered with because I’ve always had this terrible itch for solitude.”
“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”
--Louisa May Alcott
“She was like the moon—part of her was always hidden away.”
“Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.”
“I wonder what it is in women,” she said. “Whenever they find a big strong guy with a wide adolescent streak running through him, they get a powerful urge to hold his head in their laps.”