Category: exerpts

“In any case you mustn’t confuse a single failure with a final defeat.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”

Terry Pratchett, Diggers

“Sometimes you have to lie. But to yourself you must always tell the truth.”

Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

“You like to act as if you care about nothing and if you carry on like that then you’re going to drown in the abyss you have imagined for yourself.”

Alice Oseman, Solitaire

“For him, sleep is not the opposite of life—sleep is life, and life is a dream. He crosses from dream to dream as if he were crossing from one life to another.”

Milan Kundera, Life is Elsewhere

“Have you ever had to get through a day, smiling at people, talking, as if everything were normal and okay, while all the the time you felt like you were carrying a leaden weight of unhappiness inside you?”

Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

“I just love that feeling when things are about to change. Like when you know that in a few seconds you’re going to do something and become someone else.”

Mindi Scott, Freefall

“Hope’s one thing, expectation’s quite another.”

Kate Morton, Distant Hours

“A strong woman who recklessly throws away her strength, she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.”

Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles

“I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.”

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower