"Crying does not indicate that you are weak. Since birth, it has always been a sign that you are alive."
- Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
"The useless days will add up to something. The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming."
- Cheryl Strayed,
“Tiny Beautiful Things” (via petrichour
"Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to make speeches. Just believing is usually enough."
"Prose is architecture, not interior decoration."
"I kissed him passionately, I even wanted to bruise him, so that he would not be able to forget me."
- Françoise Sagan, Bonjour Tristesse
"To hold a pen is to be at war."
"People think that falling in love they make themselves whole? The platonic union of souls? I think otherwise. I think you’re whole before you begin. And the love fractures you. You’re whole, and then you’re cracked open."
"But she might hold him. That was all that mattered now. To hold him. To hold him. Not to let him go. Make him stay."
"You are terrifying and strange and beautiful. Something not everyone knows how to love."