“The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.”

– Lorraine Hansberry

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”

– African Proverb

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”

– James Baldwin


“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”

– Neil Gaiman

“Stay away from people who make you feel like you are hard to love.”

– Daisy Chain

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“What is it that brings on these moods of yours? Nothing mysterious: the ordinary pain of being alive.”

– Charles Baudelaire

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

– Alice Walker

“I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.”

– Simone De Beajvoir

“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

– Lao Tzu

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I live in a crazy time.”

– Anne Frank

“You are only invisible to those who do not deserve to see you.”

– Emma Bleker

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

– Maya Angelou

“Two people who were once very close can without blame or grand betrayal become strangers. Perhaps this is the saddest thing in the world.”

– Warsan Shirev

“This is a good sign, having a broken heart. It means we have tried for something.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert

“When you focus on yourself and love yourself, some relationships have to go.”

– Adrian Michael

“People die, people leave. That’s the only sure thing in this world.”

– Mike Montgomery

“There are no safe investments but we invest anyway because heartbreak is transient but regret is eternal.”

– Donna Peterson

“The worst thing that can happen is losing your potential by being too scared to live up to it.”

– John Maurer

“We can choose to be a character in a story written out by someone else or we can choose to be the author of our own story.”

– Ruby Garcia

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”

– Oscar Wilde

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”

– E.E. Cummings

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