Before I speak, I have something to say...

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Ahdaf Soueif ���������������������������������������� 32 Albert Camus ���������������������������������� 6, 28 Albert Einstein ������������������ 25, 35, 36, 37 Alfred Tennyson ���������������������������������� 33 Amelia Earhart ������������������������������������ 36 Amy E. Reichert ���������������������������������� 14 Anaïs Nin ���������������� 19, 20, 22, 30, 33, 45 Andrea Gibson �������������������������������������� 5 Anne Louise Lambert �������������������� 18, 22 Anon ���������������������������������� 25, 31, 44, 50 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry �������������������� 13 Aristotle �������������������������������������� 6, 13, 33 Australian Aborigine proverb �������������� 25 Avijeet Das ������������������������������������������ 13 Bertolt Brecht �������������������������������������� 11 Brené Brown ���������������������������������������� 17 Captain Jack Sparrow ������������������������ 12 Carl Sagan �������������������������������������� 30, 38 Caroline Gordon ���������������������������������� 22 C.G. Jung �������������������������������������������� 37 Charles Dickens ���������������������������������� 51 Charlotte Brontë �������������������������������� 51 Christopher Pate ���������������������������������� 12 C. JoyBell C. ���������������������������������������� 11 Dan Aykroyd �������������������������������������� 15 David Mitchell �������������������������������������� 48 David Richo �������������������������������������������� 7 Deanna Peek ���������������������������������������� 11 Dr. Seuss ���������������������������������������������� 13 Dylan Thomas �������������������������������������� 32 Edmond Rostand �������������������������������� 45 Ellen Goodman ���������������������������������� 44 Ellen Hopkins �������������������������������������� 46 E.M. Forster ������������������������������������������ 37 Emil Ludwig ������������������������������������������ 45 Emily Dickinson ������������������������������������ 18 Ernest Hemingway ���������������� 29, 30, 43 George Gordon Byron ������������������������ 37 George Orwell �������������������������������������� 28 Greg T Ross �������������� 9, 20, 21, 33, 44, 48 Groucho Marx ���������������������� 7, 14, 15, 29 Gustave Flaubert �������������������������������� 43 Heath Ledger �������������������������������������� 27 Immanuel Kant 12, 18, 21, 27, 34, 35, 40 Isabel Allende �������������������������������������� 42

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Jackie Gleason ������������������������������������ 36 Jack Kerouac ���������������� 11, 12, 31, 42, 48 Jean-Paul Sartre ���������������������������� 24, 28 Jerry Seinfeld �������������������������������� 14, 40 Jess C. Scott ������������������������������������������ 4 Joe Klaas ���������������������������������������������� 40 Joe Vitale ���������������������������������������������� 12 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ������������ 16 John Bertrand �������������������������������������� 23 John Joseph Powell ���������������������������� 36 John Keats ���������������������������������������� 4, 43 Joss Whedon �������������������������������������� 30 Judith Plaskow �������������������������������������� 4 Julio Cortázar ���������������������������������������� 4 Kahlil Gibran ���������������������������������������� 45 Kalu Ndukwe Kalu �������������������������������� 16 Kate Chopin ���������������������������������������� 26 Katerina Stoykova Klemer �������������������� 49 Kent M. Keith �������������������������������������� 18 Kurt Vonnegut ������������������������������������ 24 Leonardo da Vinci ������������������������������ 18 Lord Byron �������������������������������������������� 17 Madeleine L’Engle ������������������������������ 24 Maggie Stiefvater �������������������������������� 52 Mahatma Gandhi �������������������� 16, 17, 35 Mark Twain ������������������������������������ 45, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. �������������������������� 28 Mary Oliver ������������������������������������������ 19 Matt D. Miller �������������������������������������� 10 Maya Angelou ������������������������������������ 16 Melina Marchetta �������������������������������� 25 Michael J. Sandel ���������������������������� 7, 19 Michael Leunig ������������������������������ 10, 47 Michelle Hodkin �������������������������������� 5, 8 M.J. Abraham �������������������������������������� 32 Mother Teresa �������������������������������������� 13 Nelson Mandela ���������������������������������� 16 Nicholas Sparks �������������������������������������� 9 Nikki Rowe ������������������������������������ 21, 44 Nikolaus von Jacquin ���������������������������� 5 Oscar Wilde ������������������������������������ 10, 34 Pablo Neruda �������������������������������������� 50 Paulo Coelho ���������������������������������������� 39 Pedro Calderón de la Barca ������������������ 9 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin �������������������� 39

Plato ���������������������������������������������� 29, 43 R.A. Salvatore �������������������������������������� 26 Rasmenia Massoud ������������������������������ 37 Ray Croft �������������������������������������������� 47 Richelle Mead �������������������������������������� 27 Rick Riordan ���������������������������������������� 41 Rob de Castella ������������������������������������ 23 Robert A. Heinlein ������������������������ 18, 19 Robert Browning ���������������������������������� 27 Robert Frost ���������������������������������������� 32 Robert Louis Stevenson, ���������������������� 49 Robin Williams �������������������������������������� 14 Ronald Reagan ������������������������������������ 29 Roy T Bennett �������������������������������������� 19 Rumi ������������������������������������������ 9, 18, 44 Saint Augustine ������������������������������������ 35 Sarah Dessen ���������������������������������������� 47 Sarah Kay ���������������������������������������������� 17 Saul Williams ���������������������������������������� 20 Seamus Heaney ���������������������������������� 43 Selena Kitt ���������������������������������������������� 8 Shannon L. Alder ���������������������������������� 17 Simone Elkeles ������������������������������������ 46 Socrates ���������������������������� 18, 19, 24, 34 Stephen Hawking �������������������������������� 38 Stephen Richards �������������������������������� 23 Steve Martin ���������������������� 15, 32, 38, 42 Steven Wright �������������������������������������� 10 Sylvia Plath ������������������������������������������ 21 Tom Waits ���������������������������������������� 8, 27 Tony Tirri ���������������������������������������������� 13 T.S. Eliot ������������������������������������������������ 41 Unarine Ramaru ������������������������������������ 39 Ursula K. Le Guin ����������������������������CV, 49 Vera Nazarian �������������������������������������� 49 Victor Hugo ������������������������������������������ 50 Vincent Van Gogh �������������������� 18, 23, 40 Vita Sackville-West ������������������������������ 20 Vladimir Nabokov �������������������������������� 38 Walt Whitman �������������������������������� 20, 28 W.B. Yeats �������������������������������� 23, 36, 42 Wendy Joy Patterson Ross ������������������ 46 Wendy Mass ������������������������������������������ 6 William Shakespeare ���������� 43, 45, 46, 51 Woody Allen ���������������������������������� 14, 26

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“When we touch the place in our lives where sexuality and spirituality come together, we touch our wholeness and the fullness of our power, and at the same time our connection with a power larger than ourselves.”

“Come sleep with me: We won’t make Love, Love will make us.” – Julio Cortázar

– Judith Plaskow

“The human body is

the best work of

art. ”–J

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n Keats

eetest.” – Joh w s h e t r e v h e t l ast of your kisses was e , “You are always new

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“Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.” – Nikolaus von Jacquin

“‘What would you do if I kissed you right now?’ I stared at his beautiful face and his beautiful mouth and I wanted nothing more than to taste it. ‘I would kiss you back.’”

“T po hat of em nig – A the in ht w nd lin you he re e a G s e r m n yo ib ve out u k so r n y ti h, a isse m nd d e yo yo me u uc ,I br a le ea n h ft th ea a e ou r so t.” m

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– Michelle Hodkin

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“You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.” – Albert Camus

“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” – Aristotle

people heard if k in h t r e v “‘Do you e lock us up?’ ’d y e h t s n io at our convers ss – Wendy Ma ” .’ e im t e h t ‘All

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“Before I spe ak, I have someth ing importan t to

– Groucho M

arx

say.”

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” – David Richo

s o be Socrate t r e t t e b is “It l satisfied.” o fo a n a h t dissatisfied – Michael J.

Sandel

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“She tasted sweet, like oranges, liquid sunshine in my mouth as we kissed, our tongues playing together.” – Selena Kitt

“But it’s so hard to dance that way when it’s cold and there’s no music.” – Tom Waits

“I was going to kiss him, and I was going to regret it. But at that moment, I couldn’t bring myself to care.” 8

– Michelle Hodkin


“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” – Rumi

“5.48am, driving the hire-car back to the airport when I thought of you following a chord change in Blue in Green. It started to rain as I changed lanes. And the rhythm of the wipers and the rhythm of the indicator became heartbeats.” – Greg T Ross

t love a e r g y er

“Ev

start s with a great story...”– Nicholas Sparks

“When love is not madness it is not love.” – Pedro Calderón de la Barca

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“If you always attach positive emotions to the things you want, and never attach negative emotions to the things you don’t, then that which you desire most will invariably come your way.” – Matt D. Miller

“There are only two feelings, Love and fear: There are only two languages, Love and fear: There are only two activities, Love and fear: There are only two motives, two procedures, two frameworks, two results, Love and fear, Love and fear.” – Michael Leunig

“Th ev

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of

rom y.” t n i ance is uncerta – Oscar Wilde

“If at first you don’t succeed then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.” – Steven Wright

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“Pain o

r lov e or

dan ge rm ak es

yo u .” ain ag al re ck Kerouac – Ja

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” – C. JoyBell C.

“Don’t be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.” – Bertolt Brecht

“The only obstacle to love is fear.” – Deanna Peek

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, wise r e h t Kerouac it’s no good o k g c n a i f lov ”–J . o e n o y l n a l r o f , fu a t a ll d be rich and t o s u go em no “Lif

“Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.” – Immanuel Kant

“Be nice, try to stay happy, stay calm, and do the best you can. Keep doing wonderful kind things that you’re trying to do. You can make a difference. I know we all can.” – Christopher Pate

“It’s really important that you feel good. Because this feeling good is what goes out as a signal into the universe and starts to attract more of itself to you. So the more you can feel good, the more you will attract the things that help you feel good and that will keep bringing you up higher and higher.” – Joe Vitale

“The Problem is Not the Problem. The Problem is Your Attitude Towards the Problem.” – Captain Jack Sparrow 12


“It is not age that ages us but the self-focus on ageing itself.” – Tony Tirri

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa

“How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss

“Patience

its fruit itter, but

is b

is sweet.”

– Aristotle

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“It is in the nature of things that something when started cannot be reversed. Like getting attracted to someone. When the feelings are strong and the fire is lit then nothing can be ever reversed. So don’t start the fire if you are not ready!” – Avijeet Das


“The cocktails were fizzy and pink toward the top, then became a dark red at the bottom of the glass. ‘What’s in this thing?’ murmured MJ. ‘I call it a First Kiss’, Doyle said. ‘Why?’ Doyle’s mouth twitched into a saucy grin. ‘Because it’s sweet and simple with the first sip. But each sip after becomes more intense and irresistible.’”

– Amy E. Reichert

“If a book about failures doesn’t sell, is it a success?”

“I took a test in Existentialism. I left all the answers blank and got 100.” – Woody Allen

– Groucho Marx

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“Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.”

– Jerry Seinfeld

“Cocaine is god’s way of saying you’re making too much money.” – Robin Williams


“While money can’t buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.” – Groucho Marx

“I thought yesterday was the first day of the rest of my life but it turns out today is.” – Steve Martin

“You do not need a therapist if you own a motorcycle, any kind of motorcycle.” – Dan Aykroyd

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“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” – Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

“I learned that people may forget what you say and do but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” – Nelson Mandela

“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it – always.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” – Shannon L. Alder

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honour the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection. Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.” – Brené Brown

“God has no religion.”– Mahatma Gandhi

ice to m eet vo o c e.” – i w n s s u t r m he u Lord Byron o e y k i s w i L aters “

“Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.” – Sarah Kay

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“The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.” – Kent M. Keith

“What a lot of people do is pretend to be normal and what they imagine others want them to be and in the process, lose track of who they are.”

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather t han felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” – Leonardo da Vinci

– Anne Louise Lambert

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“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” – Robert A. Heinlein

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“Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems enchanted after all.”

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– Vincent Van Gogh

“‘Have courage to use your own reason!’– that is the motto of enlightenment.” – Immanuel Kant

“B ew are the “Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson

barrenness of a busy life.”

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“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

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“Happiness is not a state of mind but a way of being, “an activity of the soul in accordance with virtue.”

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– Robert A. Heinlein

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Michael J. Sandel

– Mary Oliver

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin

“Be as you wish to seem.” – Socrates


“There are two ways to reach me: by way of kisses or by way of the imagination. But there is a hierarchy: the kisses alone don’t work.”

“There is a rebirth of eloquence with you.” – Greg T. Ross

– Anaïs Nin

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“I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal.”

“Have you ever lost – Vita Sackville-West yourself in a kiss? I mean pure psychedelic inebriation. Not just lustful petting but transcendental metamorphosis when you became aware that the greatness of this being was breathing into you. Licking the sides and corners of your mouth, like sealing a thousand fleshy envelopes filled with the essence of your passionate being and then opened by the same mouth and delivered back to you, over and over again - the first kiss of the rest of your life. A kiss that confirms that the universe is aligned, that the world’s greatest resource is love, and maybe even that God is a woman. With or without a belief in God, all kisses are metaphors decipherable by allocations of time, circumstance, and understanding.” – Saul Williams

“What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the words I have read in my life.” – Walt Whitman


“You are a rose, you are Jimmy Webb’s All I Know, you are the missing chapter from the book of love, you are a cool, sweet scented breeze that is heated, you are a garden. You are someone who is something and then something else again but most of all, you are you.” – Greg T Ross

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I wasn’t looking for.” – Nikki Rowe “Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.” – Sylvia Plath 21


“There is courage involved in being creative. To have the strength to put yourself on the screen or on a page and say, ‘This is who I am.’” – Anne Louise Lambert

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”

“Wellcomposed writing is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.”

– Anaïs Nin

– Caroline Gordon

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” – Anaïs Nin


“If you want to become good at something, you need to become passionate about it. I’ve never seen a world champion that’s not passionate about what they do, whether it’s in sport or business or life. It’s amazing the amount of knowledge that’s gained by passion for something.” – John Bertrand

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” – Vincent Van Gogh

“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.” – Stephen Richards

“There’s a very close relationship between self-confidence, emotional well-being and physical health and fitness.” – Rob de Castella

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” – W.B. Yeats


“The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.”

“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

– Madeleine L’Engle

– Kurt Vonnegut

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“It’s quite an undertaking to start loving somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment right at the start where you have to jump across an abyss: if you think about it you don’t do it.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

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“We know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all, for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.” – Albert Einstein

“When I turn around, he cups my face in his hands and he kisses me so deeply that I don’t know who is breathing for who, but his mouth and tongue taste like warm honey. I don’t know how long it lasts, but when I let go of him, I miss it already.”

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“Those who stop dreaming are lost.” – Australian Aborigine proverb


“Sane is boring.” – R.A. Salvatore “I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen

“She wanted something to happen – something, anything, she did not know what.” – Kate Chopin

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“Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.”

– Robert Browning

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“Well, it’s either kiss me or kill me, that’s how I see it.”

“‘Sweet talker,’ I scoffed. ‘You didn’t know anything about me the first time we met.’ ‘I knew you were beautiful,’ she said. ‘I just hoped for the rest.’”

– Tom Waits

– Richelle Mead

“Everyone you meet always asks if you have a career, are married, or own a house, as if life was some kind of grocery list. But nobody ever asks if you are happy.” – Heath Ledger

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“Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

“Real genorisity

e present.”

giving all to th s the future lies in

– Albert Camus

toward

“Resist much, obey little.” – Walt Whitman

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“In a time

– George

of deceit

Orwell

telling the

truth is a

revolution

ary act.”


. ne true sentence o te ri w is o d to “All you have t you know.” a th e c n te n se st Write the true gway

“Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.”

“I’m trying to think, don’t confuse me with

– Groucho Marx

facts.” – Plato

– Ernest Hemin

“I have left orders to be awakened at any time during national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting.” – Ronald Reagan

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“Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, proof that humans are capable of working magic.” – Carl Sagan

“The first draft of anything is shit.” – Ernest Hemingway

“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.” – Anaïs Nin

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of. ” – Joss Whedon

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“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” – Jack Kerouac

“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.” – Anon

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“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.” – Dylan Thomas

“We love the things we love for what they are.” – Robert Frost

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“A physical attraction is often desired above many things but you’ll discover it to be short lived. Find yourself someone that gets under your skin, seduces the dusty corners of your heart, and provides you with a mental connection. That is when you’ll know true intimacy.” – M.J. Abraham

“Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.” 32

– Steve Martin


“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you... I could walk through my garden forever.” – Alfred Tennyson

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” – Aristotle

– “A friend is a second self.”

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“I bought you flowers and left them in the kitchen, before catching a taxi to the airport. On a scrap of paper I wrote the word Amazing and sent it as an SMS photo to you.” – Greg T Ross


“In all judgements by which we describe anything as beautiful, we allow no one to be of another opinion.” “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”

– Immanuel Kant

– Socrates

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”

– Immanuel Kant

“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”

– Oscar Wilde


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love; it is t g n i t he of exhibi pre rog ativ e o f the brave.” andi tma Gh – Maha

“Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For Love is the beauty of the soul.”

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.” – Mahatma Gandhi

– Saint Augustine

“Morali ty i happy, b s not properly t h ut how we may e doctrine of h – Imman ow we m make o uel Kan urselves t ay make worthy ourselve of happ s iness.”

“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” – Albert Einstein


“The most difficult thing is to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” – Amelia Earhart

“Once you can accept the universe as matt er expanding in that is something, to noth wearing stripes with pl ing aid comes e asy.” – A

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“Our dreams are firsthand creations, rather than residues of waking life. We have the capacity for infinite creativity; at least while dreaming, we partake of the power of the Spirit, the infinite Godhead that creates the cosmos.” – Jackie Gleason

“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” – John Joseph Powell

“For he would be thinking of love Till the stars had run away And the shadows eaten the moon.” – W.B. Yeats


“He mentioned the connection between us. He identified with me. These are the things that many people want to hear, that most “normal” people want to be able to truthfully say, but almost no one can.” – Rasmenia Massoud

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Albert Einstein

“She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes...” – George Gordon Byron

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – C.G. Jung

“It isn’t possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.” – E.M. Forster 37


“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.” – Stephen Hawking

“Life is just one small piece of light between two eternal darknesses.” – Vladimir Nabokov

“Some nights, alone, he thinks of her, and some nights, alone, she thinks of him. Some night these thoughts, separated by miles and time zones, occur at the same objective moment, and they are connected without ever knowing it.” – Steve Martin

“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.” – Carl Sagan


“Love is not the perfect match, love is the connection between two people.” – Unarine Ramaru

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

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“Poetry surrounds us everywhere but putting onto paper is, alas, not as easy as looking at it.” – Vincent Van Gogh in rry Se e J – ” .

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“You might as well ask an artist to explain his art, or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear thorough the search.” – Rick Riordan

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“Write what should not be forgotten.” – Isabel Allende

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” – Jack Kerouac

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“I believe entertainment can aspire to be art, and can become art, but if you set out to make art you’re an idiot.” – Steve Martin

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“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato

“With great poetry, the sense of beauty overcomes every other consideration.” – John Keats

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” “There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.” – Gustave Flaubert

– Ernest Hemingway

“When I saw you, I fell in love and you smiled because you knew.” – William Shakespeare

“If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.” – Seamus Heaney

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“We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.” – Ellen Goodman

“He touched my soul long before I knew what his hands felt like.”

“In a montage of blissful moments, I fell asleep dreaming of falling asleep with you.” – Greg T Ross

– Nikki Rowe

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“When I am with you, we stay up all night. When you’re not here, I can’t go to sleep. Praise for these two insomnias! And the difference between them.” 44

– Rumi


“The decision to kiss for the first time is the most crucial in any love story. It changes the relationship of two people much more strongly than even the final surrender; because this kiss already has within it that surrender.” – Emil Ludwig

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” – Mark Twain

“Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”

“A kiss is a secret which takes the lips for the ear.” – Edmond Rostand

– Kahlil Gibran

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anaïs Nin

“Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, But bears it out even to the edge of doom. If this be error and upon me proved, I never writ, nor no man ever loved.” – William Shakespeare

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“This time when we kiss, I feel it in the pit of my stomach, I feel it in my heart. And I realize love isn’t about sex. It’s about connection.” W en

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– Ellen Hopkins

– William Shakespeare

“Love cannot be found where it does not exist, nor can it be hidden where it does.”

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“When my eyes meet his as we’re sitting staring at each other, time stops. His eyes are piercing mine, and I can swear at this moment he senses the real me. The one without the attitude, without the facade...” – Simone Elkeles

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“I love you for not only what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out.” – Ray Croft

“Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.” – Michael Leunig

“I knew, in the silence that followed, that anything could happen here. It might be too late: again, I might have missed my chance. But I would at least know I tried, that I took my heart and extended my hand, whatever the outcome. ‘Okay,’ he said. He took a breath. ‘What would you do, if you could do anything?’ I took a step toward him, closing the space between us. ‘This,’ I said. And then I kissed him.” – Sarah Dessen


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“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain

“Today there is no angst or conflict, only happiness and peace and gratefulness so strong I feel like I must owe somebody something.” – Greg T Ross

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” – Jack Kerouac

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“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.” “Moving on is easy. It’s staying moved on that’s trickier.”

– Vera Nazarian

– Katerina Stoykova Klemer

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

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“The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.” – Victor Hugo

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” – Pablo Neruda

“In my wildest dreams, you always play the hero. In my darkest hour of night, you rescue me, you save my life.” 50

– Anon


“Never close your lips to those whom you have already opened your heart.”

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“I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.” – Charlotte Brontë


“You’re like a song that I heard when I was a little kid but forgot I knew until I heard it again.” – Maggie Stiefvater

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