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  • #1
    John Green
    “Some people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them," I said.

    "Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That's what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #2
    Harper Lee
    “Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

  • #3
    Madeleine L'Engle
    “God promised to make you free. He never promised to make you independent.”
    Madeleine L'Engle, The Irrational Season

  • #4
    Ernest Hemingway
    “Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don't cheat with it.”
    Ernest Hemingway

  • #5
    Alexander McCall Smith
    “There is plenty of work for love to do.”
    Alexander McCall Smith, Tea Time for the Traditionally Built

  • #5
    Mother Teresa
    “Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.”
    Mother Teresa

  • #6
    Gretchen Rubin
    “Never start a sentence with the words 'No offense.”
    Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

  • #8
    John Green
    “You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #9
    Vicki Myron
    “Everone has a pain thermometer that goes from zero to ten. No one will make a change until they reach ten. Nine won't do it. At nine you are still afraid. Only ten will move you, and when you're there, you'll know. No one can make that decision for you.”
    Vicki Myron, Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

  • #10
    George Eliot
    “But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
    George Eliot, Middlemarch

  • #11
    Cassandra Clare
    “I feel like you can look inside me and see all the places I am odd or unusual and fit your heart around them, for you are odd and unusual in just the same way. We are the same.”
    Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess

  • #12
    J.K. Rowling
    “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.”
    J.K. Rowling

  • #13
    Jodi Lynn Anderson
    “I'm not myself.' '...You can never say that. You're just a piece of yourself right now that you don't like.”
    Jodi Lynn Anderson, Tiger Lily

  • #14
    L.M. Montgomery
    “In her present mood of self-disgust, she could not immediately begin dreaming again. And she discovered that, while solitude with dreams is glorious, solitude without them has few charms.”
    L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

  • #15
    Rick Yancey
    “There's an old saying about the truth setting you free. Don't buy it. Sometimes the truth slams the cell door shut and throws a thousand bolts.”
    Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

  • #16
    C.S. Lewis
    “You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.”
    C.S. Lewis

  • #17
    Finn Butler
    “Everyone who terrifies you is sixty-five percent water. And everyone you love is made of stardust, and I know sometimes you cannot even breathe deeply, and the night sky is no home, and you have cried yourself to sleep enough times that you are down to your last two percent; but nothing is infinite, not even loss. You are made of the sea and the stars, and one day you are going to find yourself again.”
    Finn Butler

  • #18
    Glennon Doyle Melton
    “I don’t want to take anything to the grave. I want to die used up and emptied out. I don’t want to carry around anything that I don’t have to. I want to travel light.”
    Glennon Doyle Melton, Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed

  • #19
    Erin Bow
    “It's true that when you read YA you rarely have to read about middle-aged men having affairs. Personally I consider that a plus.”
    Erin Bow

  • #20
    Veronica Roth
    “Being honest doesn't mean you say whatever you want, wherever you want. It means that what you choose to say is true.”
    Veronica Roth, Allegiant

  • #21
    Heather Cocks
    “A wave of intense happiness washed over me, and I told myself to carry this moment as a talisman of a time in my life when I was both truly content and lucky enough to realize it.”
    Heather Cocks, The Royal We

  • #22
    Lemony Snicket
    “It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.”
    Lemony Snicket

  • #23
    “Burnout at its deepest level is not the result of some train wreck of examinations, long call shifts, or poor clinical evaluations. It is the sum total of hundreds and thousands of tiny betrayals of purpose, each one so minute that it hardly attracts notice. When a great ship steams across the ocean, even tiny ripples can accumulate over time, precipitating a dramatic shift in course. There are many Tertius Lydgates, male and female, inhabiting the lecture halls, laboratories, and clinics of today’s medical schools. Like latter-day Lydgates, many of them eventually find themselves expressing amazement and disgust at how far they have veered from their primary purpose.”
    Richard Gunderman

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