“Please know there are much better things in life than being lonely or liked or bitter or mean or self-conscious.
We are all full of shit.
Go love someone just because, I know your heart may be badly bruised, or even the victim of numerous knifings, but it will always heal, even if you don’t want it to; it keeps going.
There are the most fantastic, beautiful things and people out there, I promise.
It is up to you to find them.”

Chuck Palahniuk

“The truth about healing is that you don’t need to heal to be whole.
By whole, I mean damaged, missing pieces of who you were, your heart— missing what feels like some of your most important parts. Yet not missing any parts of you all. Being, in truth, larger than you were before.
Because all of us are made not only of what we have but of what we lost.
And lost is not a subtraction. As an experience, it is an addition.”

— Augusten Borroughs, This Is How

“I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while.”

— Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

“December is the loneliest month. I like to be alone. I just don’t like to be lonely.”

“But she did love him. I believe it. I know exactly how that is. To love somebody who doesn’t deserve it. Because they are all you have. Because any attention is better than no attention.”

— Augusten Burroughs, Running With Scissors

“It is pointless to say that this or that night was the worst of my life. I have so many bad nights to choose from that I’ve made none the champion.”

— Yann Martel, Life of Pi

“Love is patient; love does not make a point of showing you how patient it is. It is critical to understand the distinction.”

— Augusten Burroughs, This Is How

“You like him because he’s a lost boy. Believe me, I’ve seen it happen before. But do you know what happens to girls who love lost boys? They become lost themselves. Without fail.”

— David Levithan, Every Day

“Shakespeare said it best, something along these lines: if we die today, we do not have to die tomorrow, so let us look to the best in each other.”

— Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

“Time ticks by; we grow older. Before we know it, too much time has passed and we’ve missed the chance to have had other people hurt us. To a younger me this sounded like luck; to an older me this sounds like a quiet tragedy.”

— Douglas Coupland, Life After God

“I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stunned by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, ‘Hi.’ They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word.”

— Augusten Burroughs

“Have you ever had that feeling— that you’d like to go to whole different place and become a whole different self.”

— Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

“There’s a loneliness that only exists in one’s mind. The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“In the end, I think the relationships that survive in this world are the ones where two people can finish each other’s sentences. Forget drama and torrid sex and the clash of opposites. Give me banter any day of the week.”

— Douglas Coupland, Hey Nostradamus!

“Your mind is like an unsafe neighborhood; don’t go there alone.”

— Augusten Burroughs