“The more you love me, the more I will ruin you. I will take my darkness and I will push it inside you.”

— David Levithan

“It is a lonely feeling when someone you care about becomes a stranger.”

— Lemony Snicket, When Did You See Her Last?

“Each one of us continues to carry the heart of each self we’ve ever been, at every stage along the way, and a chaos of everything good and rotten. And we have to carry this weight all alone, through each day that we live. We try to be as nice as we can to the people we love, but we alone support the weight of ourselves.”

— Banana Yoshimoto

“I don’t care what you do to me, but I don’t want you to hurt me. I’ve had enough hurt already in my life. More than enough. Now I want to be happy.”

— Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

“I love you— I do— but I am afraid of making that love too important. Because you’re always going to leave me. We can’t deny it. You’re always going to leave.”

— David Levithan, Every Day

“I’m not going to leave you and I’m not going to cheat. But that is the way I am. And there will come a point where our relationship will become a distant thing, but I will come back.”

— Sara Quin

“Strong and independent? I’m neither. I’m just being pushed along by reality, whether I like it or not.”

Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“April was too lonely a month to spend alone. In April, everyone around me looked happy. People would throw their coats off and enjoy each other’s company in the sunshine— talking, playing catch, holding hands. But I was always by myself.”

— Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

“Sadness is knowing I cannot stay here forever. No house to be found inside of love. It is nothing but open space, endless sky, shards of sun like rain.”

— Stephanie Peters, Sunstruck

“We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.”

— Carson Mccullers

“I think she was afraid to love sometimes. I think it scared her. She was the type to like things that are concrete, like the ocean. Something you could point to and know what it was… And I think that’s why she struggled with love. She couldn’t touch it. She couldn’t hold on to it and make sure it never changed.”

— Carrie Ryan, The Dead-Tossed Waves

“Body cells replace themselves every month. Even at this very moment. Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories.”

— Haruki Murakami

“It is perhaps sad books that best console us when we are sad, and to lonely service stations that we should drive when there is no one for us to hold or love.”

— Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel

“It will always seem to me that I’ll be well where I am not and this question of moving is one that I’m forever entertaining with my soul.”

— Charles Baudelaire

“It’s tough to get out of bed; I know that myself. You can lie there for an hour and a half without thinking anything, just worrying about what the day holds and knowing that you won’t be able to deal with it.”

— Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story