“When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
—Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life
“The world will knock you down plenty. You don’t need to be doing it to yourself.
—Elizabeth Scott, Perfect You
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
“Laughter is sunshine; it chases winter from the human face.
—Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.
“I keep thinking you already know. I keep thinking I’ve sent you letters that were only ever written in my mind.
—I Wrote This For You (Iain Thomas)
“Freedom is mine. And I know how I feel. It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life, for me. And I’m feeling good.
—Feeling Good - Nina Simone
“You’re in a car with a beautiful boy, and he won’t tell you that he loves you, but he loves you. And you feel like you’ve done something terrible, like robbed a liquor store, or swallowed pills, or shoveled yourself a grave in the dirt, and you’re tired. You’re in a car with a beautiful boy, and you’re trying not to tell him that you love him, and you’re trying to choke down the feeling, and you’re trembling, but he reaches over and he touches you, like a prayer for which no words exist, and you feel your heart taking root in your body, like you’ve discovered something you don’t even have a name for.
—Crush (Richard Siken)
“Never put the keys to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.
“The nicest thing about feeling happy is that you think you’ll never be unhappy again.
“Too many people get caught up in what could be instead of appreciating what is. Don’t fall into that trap. Appreciate what you have and who you have, because the future can take it all away from you.
“You can’t just make me different and then leave. You can’t. You can’t change me and make my whole life centered around you, then leave.
—Looking for Alaska (John Green)
“You are not alone. You are instead lonely. There is loneliness as can exist only in the midst of numbers and numbers of people who don’t know you, who don’t care about you, who won’t let you care about them.
—The Strawberry Statement (James Simon Kunen)
“Something changes the moment you decide you’ve found a person you are ready to reveal parts of your soul to. Something stands out and makes the moment unique. A profound multidimensional clarity resembling a piece of carefully gathered stardust; As if you are whispering “finally” and your eyes fill with light and spontaneity. As if you do not care whether your heart will melt or crumble in the process because your brief courage undoes your tremendous fear of disbelief. You live for these moments; For you are, maybe for one second or more, sweetly forced to surrender yourself to unconditional intimacy. A moment of psychological reward smashing all self-imposed disciplines founded on terror. This is all you need.
—Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934