I wondered, as I wondered so often when I was that age, who I was, and what exactly was looking at the face in the mirror. If the face I was looking at wasn’t me, and I knew it wasn’t, because I would still be me whatever happened to my face, then what was me? And what was watching?

— Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

It was a sort of ferocious, quiet beauty, the sort that wouldn’t let you admire it. The sort of beauty that just always hurt.

— Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

Neither of them had kissed someone else in a while, but it didn’t much matter. Kissing’s a lot like laughing. If the joke’s funny, it doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you last heard one.

— Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

But if you didn’t believe in monsters, then how were you going to be able to keep safe from them?

— Holly Black, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I did not know what to say to him. I felt awkward and blundering. I did not know how I could reach him, where I could overtake him and go on hand in hand with him once more.

It is such a secret place, the land of tears.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Everything was too much to give anyone. And yet somehow still not enough to get what you really wanted.

— Kate Karyus Quinn, Another Little Piece

I wondered what that was like, to hold someone’s hand. I bet you could sometimes find all of the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Something happened inside me as I looked out into the vast universe. Through that telescope, the world was closer and larger than I’d ever imagined. And it was all so beautiful and overwhelming and—I don’t know—it made me aware that there was something inside of me that mattered.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

The problem with my life was that it was someone else’s idea.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer morning could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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