“We were together. I forget the rest.”
— Walt Whitman, “Leaves Of Grass”
“I am no longer in love with her, that’s certain, but maybe I love her. Love is so short, forgetting is so long.”
— Pablo Neruda, “Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair”
“Every time I open the drawer, it’s a trip down Memory Lane, which, if you don’t turn off at the right exit, merges straight into the Masochistic Nostalgia Highway.”
— Sloane Crosley, “I Was Told There’d Be Cake”
“It’s always going to be you, even when I’m busy pretending to love somebody else.”
“I was glad I wasn’t in love, that I wasn’t happy with the world. I like being at odds with everything. People in love often become edgy, dangerous. They lose their sense of perspective.”
— Charles Bukowski, “Women”
“You will break someone’s heart if you fall in love with someone’s potential and then blame them for not living up to it. You will break someone’s heart if you fall in love with the changed version of them you have in your head, instead of the version they are, right now, in this moment.”
“two people who were once very close can
or grand betrayal
perhaps this is the saddest thing in the world.”
— Warsan Shire
“But if you loved me
Why’d you leave me?”
— Kodaline, “All I Want”
“It is not so incomprehensible as you pretend, sweet pea. Love is the feeling we have for those we care deeply about and hold in high regard. It can be light as the hug we give a friend or heavy as the sacrifices we make for our children. It can be romantic, platonic, familial, fleeting, everlasting, conditional, unconditional, imbued with sorrow, stoked by sex, sullied by abuse, amplified by kindness, twisted by betrayal, deepened by time, darkened by difficulty, leavened by generosity, nourished by humor and “loaded with promises and commitments” that we may or may not want or keep.”
— Cheryl Strayed, “Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar”
“I haven’t changed my mind. That’s the point! I want to spend my life with you even though it’s totally irrational. And you have short earlobes. Socially and genetically there’s no reason for me to be attracted to you. The only logical conclusion is that I must be in love with you.”
— Graeme Simsion, “The Rosie Project”
“All I am saying is that when you really, really like someone, when you feel like they’re the only person you want to see at the end of a long day, when you’ve really gotten to know them and you feel like they’ve gotten to know you, ask them. When you’re no longer interested in pursuing other relationships and other people, or when you’re ready to focus your attention on one person, or when you feel like you can’t stop smiling because this person sparked something within you, ask.”
“So what I’m trying to say is you should text me back.
Because there’s a precedent. Because there’s an urgency.
Because there’s a bedtime.
Because when the world ends I might not have my phone charged and
If you don’t respond soon,
I won’t know if you’d wanna leave your shadow next to mine.”
— Marina Keegan, “The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories”
“I love you and I like you.”
— Parks and Recreation
“When you fall in love with someone the two of you decide your destiny together. You dream and plan and see what works and what doesn’t and together you create your own world to seek comfort in.”
“In the flush of love’s light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.”
— Maya Angelou
“Unless you love someone, nothing else makes sense.”
— E.E. Cummings
were the sun
and loving you
— Aman Batra
“It’s a very dangerous state. You are inclined to recklessness and kind of tune out the rest of your life and everything that’s been important to you. It’s actually not all that pleasurable. I don’t know who the hell wants to get in a situation where you can’t bear an hour without somebody’s company.”
— Colin Firth
“It’s damaging to think we only have ONE soulmate out there. We probably have at least 14.”
— Victoria Lorrekovich
“This is not my escapism.
This is my honesty.
You are the shot of whisky that turns my throat from a body part to a cathedral.
I am broken sparrow who flies back to your window because I heard you like my singing.
You are land mines of potential.
I am not afraid of the explosion.”
— Ari Eastman (hey! that’s me! lolz), “I Promised You I Wouldn’t Write This”
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