“The ones who did it can always rationalize their actions and even forget what they did. They can turn away from things they don’t want to see. But the surviving victims can never forget. They can’t turn away. That’s what the world is, after all: an endless battle of contrasting memories.”

— Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”

— Tom Bodett

“I watch him in the kitchen, and I think of how much it hurts to love somebody. How deep the hurt is, how almost unbearable. It’s not the love that hurts; it’s the possibility of anything happening to the object of your love.”

— Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking

“But knowing what I don’t want to do doesn’t help me figure out what I do want to do. I could do just about anything if somebody made me. But I don’t have an image of the one thing I really want to do. That’s my problem now. I can’t find the image.”

— Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

“It’s dark now and I am very tired. I love you, always. Time is nothing.”

— Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveller’s Wife

“I’m not much but I’m all I have.”

— Philip K. Dick, Martian Time-Slip

“Time will explain.”

— Jane Austen, Persuasion

“With endless time, nothing is special. With no loss or sacrifice, we can’t appreciate what we have.”

— Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper

“If you only had 48 hours left to live, would you spend it like you normally spend your weekends? If not, why spend 2/7th of your life wasting your free time? After all, free time isn’t free. Free time is the most expensive time you have, because nobody pays for it but you. But that also makes it the most valuable time you have, as you alone stand to reap the profits from spending it wisely.”

— Jarod Kintz, I Should Have Renamed This

“We met at the wrong time. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway. Maybe one day years from now, we’ll meet in a coffee shop in a far away city somewhere and we could give it another shot.”

— Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

“Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.”

— Jean-Paul Satre

“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.”

— Nicholas Sparks, A Walk To Remember

“You want me to be a tragic backdrop so that you can appear to be illuminated, so that people can say ‘Wow, isn’t he so terribly brave to love a girl who is so obviously sad?’ You think I’ll be the dark sky so you can be the star? I’ll swallow you whole.”

— Warsan Shire

“Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you— sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that second, then you would live forever.”

— Lauren Oliver, Pandemonium

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”

— George Harrison