Life is too short to waste any amount of time on wondering what other people think about you. In the first place, if they had better things going on in their lives, they wouldn’t have the time to sit around and talk about you. What’s important to me is not others’ opinions of me, but what’s important to me is my opinion of myself.
 C. JoyBell C.
I just want you to know that you’re very special… and the only reason I’m telling you is that I don’t know if anyone else ever has.
 Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
It happens that I want you, and so I just haven’t room for any other desires.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
And you tried to change, didn’t you? Closed your mouth more. Tried to be softer, prettier, less volatile, less awake… You can’t make homes out of human beings. Someone should have already told you that. And if he wants to leave, then let him leave. You are terrifying, and strange, and beautiful. Something not everyone knows how to love.
Warsan Shire, For Women Who Are Difficult To Love
She was bored. She loved, had capacity to love, for love, to give and accept love. Only she tried twice and failed twice to find somebody not just strong enough to deserve it, earn it, match it, but even brave enough to accept it.
William Faulkner, The Town: A Novel of the Snopes Family
Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I’m one of them.
 Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine
Can you see me? All of me? Probably not. No one ever really has.
Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
You’ll know her more by your questions than by her answers. Keep looking at her long enough. One day you might see someone you know.
Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl
I think that if I ever have kids and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that, because it wouldn’t change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it worse, that doesn’t change the fact that you have what you have.
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I’m living under water. Everything seems slow and far away. I know there’s a world up there, a sunlit quick world where time runs like dry sand through an hourglass, but down here, where I am, air and sound and time and feeling are thick and dense.
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife