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“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
“Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.”
Sarah Dessen, Someone Like You
“Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone's bad qualities because they somehow complete you.”
Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby
“Don't think or judge, just listen.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
“No relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater...The love we have for each other is bigger than these small differences. And that's the key. It's like a big pie chart, and the love in a relationship has to be the biggest piece. Love can make up for a lot.”
Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby
“There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you'd better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you'll never understand what it's saying.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
“I am coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed.”
Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby
“Some things don't last forever, but some things do. Like a good song, or a good book, or a good memory you can take out and unfold in your darkest times, pressing down on the corners and peering in close, hoping you still recognize the person you see there.”
Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby
“Music is a total constant. That's why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in your or the world, that one song says the same, just like that moment.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
“It's just that...I just think that some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It's the universe's way of providing contrast, you know? There have to be a few holes in the road. It's how life is.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
“Sometimes it seems safer to hold it all in, where the only person who can judge is yourself.”
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“That was the thing. You never got used to it, the idea of someone being gone. Just when you think it's reconciled, accepted, someone points it out to you, and it just hits you all over again, that shocking.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
“You know, when it works, love is pretty amazing. It's not overrated. There's a reason for all those songs.”
Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby
“So you're always honest," I said.
"Aren't you?"
"No," I told him. "I'm not."
"Well, that's good to know, I guess."
"I'm not saying I'm a liar," I told him. He raised his eyebrows. "That's not how I meant it, anyways."
"How'd you mean it, then?"
"I just...I don't always say what I feel."
"Why not?"
"Because the truth sometimes hurts," I said.
"Yeah," he said. "So do lies, though.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
“It's a lot easier to be lost than found. It's the reason we're always searching and rarely discovered--so many locks not enough keys.”
Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key
“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, The Truth About Forever
“It's all in the view. That's what I mean about forever, too. For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You never know for sure, so you'd better make every second count.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
“You should never be surprised when someone treats you with respect, you should expect it.”
Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon
“I like flaws. I think they make things interesting.”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
“Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that's what makes you strong.”
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“What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn't just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. We had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, and the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them perfect, and we couldn't expect them to be. You can't make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build your world from it.”
Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key
“Holding people away from you, and denying yourself love, that doesn't make you strong. if anything, it makes you weaker. Because you're doing it out of fear.”
Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby
“Silence is so freaking loud”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
“Because this is what happens when you try to run from the past. It just doesn’t catch up, it overtakes … blotting out the future.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
“There comes a time in every life when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your heart.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
“Everyone has their weak spot. The one thing that, despite your best efforts, will always bring you to your knees, regardless of how strong you are otherwise.”
Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key
“All I'd ever wanted was to forget. but even when I thought I had, pieces had kept emerging, like bits of wood floating up to the surface that only hint at the shipwreck below.”
Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
“Some people, they can't just move on, you know, mourn and cry and be done with it. Or at least seem to be. But for me... I don't know. I didn't want to fix it, to forget. It wasn't something that was broken. It's just...something that happened. And like that hole, I'm just finding ways, every day, of working around it. Respecting and remembering and getting on at the same time. ”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
“You can't always get the perfect moment. Sometimes, you just have to do the best you can under the circumstances.”
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“What you need, what you deserve, is a guy who adores you for what you are. Who doesn't see you as a project, but a prize. you know?”
Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

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