He wondered if anyone really ever changed, or if stuff just piled on and on, covering up, but never erasing all the different parts. How deep would you have to dig to find who you started out as?

— Alex London, Proxy

I fell headfirst into a sinkhole of pretty things, and the world inside your eyelids is just as big as the one outside.

— Brenna Yovanoff, Fiendish

He said what he meant; he was puzzled if you did not. Some people might have mistaken this for simplicity. But is it not a sort of genius to cut always to the heart?

— Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

‘It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.’

— Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

I used to think there was nothing I could do to change the way my family saw me. There was nothing I couldn’t say.
But now I knew that wasn’t true. I’ll walk forever with stories inside me that the people I love the most can never hear.

— Michelle Hodkin, The Evolution of Mara Dyer

There were no such things as monsters outside the human mind. We are vain and arrogant, evolution’s highest achievement and most dismal failure, prisoners of our self-awareness and the illusion that we stand in the center, that there is us and then there is everything else but us.

— Rick Yancey, The Final Descent

For true beauty—beauty as it were, with a capital B—is terrifying; it puts us in our place; it reflects back to us our own ugliness. It is the prize beyond price.

— Rick Yancey, The Final Descent

The first time he’d held her hand, it felt so good that it crowded out all the bad things. It felt better than anything had ever hurt.

— Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

She thought all you needed to do—all any of them needed—was to get out. But maybe you carried your demons with you everywhere, the way you carried your shadow.

— Lauren Oliver, Panic

Maybe she meant that some friends stay with you even after they’re gone, haunting you forever.

— Jo Knowles, Lessons from a Dead Girl

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