‘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

Stories are the wildest things of all, the monster rumbled. Stories chase and bite and hunt.

— Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

You do not write your life with words, the monster said. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.

— Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

I thought about adults. I wondered if that was true; if they were all really children wrapped in adult bodies, like children’s books hidden in the middle of dull, long adult books, the kind with no pictures or conversations.

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

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