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Henri J.M. Nouwen
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life
Chuck Palahniuk
“The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“Have you ever noticed how ‘What the hell’ is always the right decision to make?”
Terry Johnson, Insignificance
Marilyn Monroe
“If you're gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.”
Marilyn Monroe
Mahatma Gandhi
“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
Mahatma Gandhi
Nicholas Sparks
“You can't live your life for other people. You've got to do what's right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.”
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
John Green
“Some people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them," I said.

"Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That's what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
John Green
“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska
Socrates
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
Socrates
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
“Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
Roald Dahl
Oscar Wilde
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
Oscar Wilde
Charles William Eliot
“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”
Charles W. Eliot
Cassandra Clare
“Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?"
"If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones
Helen Keller
“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.”
Helen Keller
C.E.M. Joad
“Creativity is knowing how to hide your sources”
C.E.M. Joad
Albert Einstein
“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
Albert Einstein
“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
Joe Klaas, Twelve Steps to Happiness
George Orwell
“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood.”
George Orwell, 1984
Sarah Dessen
“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.”
Sarah Dessen, Someone Like You
William Styron
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
William Styron, Conversations with William Styron
Harper Lee
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Lemony Snicket
“Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don't always like.”
Lemony Snicket
Suzanne Collins
“I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.”
Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire
Rita Mae Brown
“The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from a mental illness. Look at your 3 best friends. If they're ok, then it's you.”
Rita Mae Brown
Victor Hugo
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
Victor hugo
Cassandra Clare
“I don't want to be a man," said Jace. "I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can't confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead."
"Well," said Luke, "you're doing a fantastic job.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes
Joseph Conrad
“Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.”
Joseph Conrad, Chance
Charles Bukowski
“Do you hate people?”

“I don't hate them...I just feel better when they're not around.”
Charles Bukowski, Barfly
Mark Twain
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
Mark Twain
The Seven Social Sins are: Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce
“The Seven Social Sins are:

Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.


From a sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.”
Frederick Lewis Donaldson
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