"I laugh, and it’s laughter, not light, that casts out the darkness building within me, that reminds me that I’m still alive, even in this strange place where everything I’ve ever known is coming apart. I know some things - I know that I’m not alone, that I have friends, that I’m in love. I know where I came from. I know that I don’t want to die, and for me, that something - more than I could have said a few weeks ago."
Veronica Roth, Allegiant
"Parents don’t get that, though. They don’t understand about the fragility of teen friendships. They don’t understand how easy it is for things to break apart, how someone you thought would be by your side forever can just disappear, or turn on you, or decide she likes someone more than she likes you. Parents always talk about romantic relationships being so ephemeral and fleeting in high school. What they don’t get is that friendships can be the same way."
Lauren Barnholdt, The Thing About the Truth
"When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit."
Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
"There comes a time when you have to stop crossing oceans for people who wouldn’t jump puddles for you."
"Kids, you can’t cling to the past. Because no matter how tightly you hold on, it’s already gone."
How I Met Your Mother
"Someday, somewhere - anywhere, unfailingly, you will find yourself, and that can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life."
"My goal is to not wake up at 40 with the bitter realization that I’ve wasted my life on a job I hate because I was forced to decide on a career in my teens."