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"Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess." -Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

Gather all the strength that is in your heart so that you will not be frightened by the question I now put to you: Will you be my wife? I love you, and I feel as though you were already mine. Not a word about how quickly I’ve fallen! At least there’s nothing improper about it, so there’s no need to apologize for anything. What I want to know is whether you feel as I do – that we were never strangers, not even for a moment! 

-Nietzche to Malthide Trampedach

"You don’t meet the people you love, you recognize them." -Anna Gavalda, Life, Only Better, trans. Tina Kover

Did I live with you in a past life? Was I your lifelong partner? Is that why the idea of losing you torments me so much? How long have I been without you?

-Gabriela Mistral, from a letter to Doris Dana  (translated by Velma García-Gorena)

"Like love, I said, being understood creates the fear that you will never be understood again. -Transit, Rachel Cusk

In Vietnamese, the word for missing someone and remembering them is the same: nhớ. Sometimes, when you ask me over the phone, Con nhớ mẹ không? I flinch, thinking you meant, Do you remember me?

I miss you more than I remember you.

-Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

"Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now." -Fred Rogers

Here when I say "I never want to be without you,"

somewhere else I am saying

"I never want to be without you again." And when I touch you

in each of the places we meet in all of the lives we are,

it’s with hands that are dying and resurrected.

When I don’t touch you it’s a mistake in any life,

in each place and forever.

-Bob Hicok, Other Lives and Dimensions and Finally a Love Poem

"He’s been here in my heart before I even knew him. Understand? He’s always been here. Always." -Sandra Cisneros, from Woman at Hollering Creek: Stories; "Never Marry a Mexican"

but everyone had this patina

  of slightly bruised longing, this shimmer of

  I think I knew you when we were children,

  this look of I’ve loved you ever since you

were born

  and probably longer than that"

-Paul Hostovsky, from "Everyone was Beautiful"

"You and I know each other in our bones." -Kurt Vonnegut, from a letter to Nanny Vonnegut

He asked me when I fell in love with him and I knew it sounded dramatic to say the moment I saw him, so I told him this story of my grandma who had Alzheimer’s- she forgot her name and the words for fruit and food, she forgot her address and how to use the washroom, all her life lost to the disease. The only thing she remembered was her son’s name and when that began to fade, the one thing she always remembered was that she loved him, even in illness, even in insanity. She saw this 6 foot 2 man with a scrubby beard and she didn’t know him but she said she trusted him, she asked him to hold her hand when she died. When does memory end and love begin? All I know is- she loved him before she remembered him.

-Ritika Jyala, The world is a sphere of ice and our hands are made of fire

"I won't ever leave you, even though you're always leaving me." -Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife

You came into my life–not as one comes to visit…but as one comes to a kingdom where all the rivers have been waiting for your reflection, all the roads, for your steps...

-Vladimir Nabokov, in a letter to Véra Slonim

"Eventually soulmates meet, for they have the same hiding place." -Robert Brault

She said that she had been searching for my eyes in the crowd because she felt as if she were talking to my heart.

-Audre Lorde, from "Zami: A New Spelling of my Name"

"Love isn't a fact. It's a hunch at first. And then later it's a series of decisions, a lifetime of decisions. That's love. -Welcome to Night Vale, episode 100, Toast

When I write, I go to live inside the book. By which I mean, mentally I can experience everything I? writing about. I can see it, hear its sounds, feel its heat or rain. The characters become better known to me than the closest family or friends. This makes the writing-down part very simple most of the time. I only need to describe what? already there in front of me. That said, it won't be a surprise if I add that the imagined worlds quickly become entangled with the so-called reality of this one. 
Since I write almost every day, and I think (and dream) constantly about my work, it occurs to me I must spend more time in all those other places than here. 
-Tanith Lee

"You have to put some dark color in so your light color will show." - Bob Ross

I was lying in bed, putting my insomnia to good use by "making up stories" until I fell asleep, as I'd been doing since I was very young. On this particular night a new character appeared in my own private virtual reality and started telling me his story right from his own mouth as though I had no choice but to listen. I've heard writers say that all their characters come to them this way, but this is the first and only time that it ever happened to me. The next day I started writing his story down.
Cat is to me, far more than the sum of his parts, and always will be. How long it will take me to finish telling the story of his life, I don't know. I only know that I wouldn't mind us growing old together.
-Joan D Vinge

"Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos." - Mary Shelley

"It’s honest. What our religion tells us, the part that is a religion, is that the gods created life to try and make meaning. It’s ultimately hopeless, and even gods die, but the effort is real. Will always have been real, even when everything is over and no one remembers." - the Litany of Earth, Ruthanna Emrys

"Endure pain, find joy, and make your own meaning because the universe certainly isn't going to supply it. Always be a moving target. Live. Live. Live." - Lois McMaster Bujold

"Protection and power are overrated. I think you are very wise to choose happiness and love. There are reasons each of us are born. we have to find those reasons." - Uncle Iroh

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