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  • #1
    Anaïs Nin
    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
    Anais Nin

  • #2
    Natalia Sylvester
    “He recognized his own fear in them, and now that he knows what it looks like he sees it everywhere — in the man who pumps gas across the street, in the teenage girls who stumble down the sidewalk, in the transvestite prostitute who steps forward and back, indecisive, at the intersection while Andres prays for the light to turn green. It is a fear that he can’t get away from, and seeing it in others doesn’t make him feel any safer.”
    Natalia Sylvester, Chasing the Sun

  • #3
    Natalia Sylvester
    “there was a time when this home was her domain. Sometimes she felt proud of it, sometimes she felt tied to it, but whether it was a burden or a blessing, it was hers to keep. She’d known better than anyone what this house needed; lately it’d become one of the few aspects of her life she could control. there is no corner, no ridge along the steps or crack along the wall, that she doesn’t know like her own body. the house may never have been the sanctuary she’d always dreamed of, but at least it carried no surprises. It was comfortable.”
    Natalia Sylvester, Chasing the Sun

  • #4
    Natalia Sylvester
    “the past can be nothing if she’ll let it be, if she simply lets it slip from her fingers. But then what else would she lose with it? Life is a fluid mix of all the things she’s been through, and she’s not ready to throw out the good with the bad.”
    natalia sylvester, Chasing the Sun

  • #5
    “The problem with normal was that normal had been shot through. Normal wasn’t possible. Normal hadn’t even been that great.”

  • #6
    “Except you never knew when you faced the last of anything. That was a universal truth I wished I didn’t understand. That ridiculous curl on Doyle’s forehead came back”

  • #7
    “My coffee was gone. I wasn’t supposed to be taking in that much caffeine, but a second cup couldn’t kill me. A bullet hadn’t.”

  • #8
    Rainbow Rowell
    “You don’t hate him.”
    “I do,” Georgie said. “His face is always wet, and the best thing he smells like is bacon bits.”
    Rainbow Rowell, Landline

  • #9
    John Green
    “The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives. I wondered if that was sort of the point of architecture.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #10
    Susan Gloss
    “Happy endings aren't just for fairy tales and massage parlors.”
    Susan Gloss, Vintage

  • #11
    Rainbow Rowell
    “There was a bachelorette party in the middle, dancing in a circle. It was terrible music to dance to; all you could really do was nod and hunch to the music. The girls all looked like they were listening to the same sad story. “Yes, yes, yes, that’s awful. Yes, yes, yes.”
    Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

  • #12
    Lena Dunham
    “There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman. As hard as we have worked and as far as we have come, there are still so many forces conspiring to tell women that our concerns are petty, our opinions aren’t needed, that we lack the gravitas necessary for our stories to matter. That personal writing by women is no more than an exercise in vanity and that we should appreciate this new world for women, sit down, and shut up.”
    Lena Dunham, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"

  • #13
    Nickolas Butler
    “as I watched their approach I wondered whether the slow pace of a wedding march was for the benefit of a bride on her most beautiful day, or for the aging father preparing to give her away.”
    Nickolas Butler, Shotgun Lovesongs

  • #14
    Una LaMarche
    “In some non-Western cultures this facial hair does not have a stigma, and may even be seen as a sign of feminine beauty, as in Russia or in Iran, where connected eyebrows are a sign of virginity and a large dowry of goats.*”
    Una LaMarche, Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer

  • #15
    Donna Tartt
    “never the way it seems—all good, all bad.”
    Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

  • #16
    Sonja Yoerg
    “How she envied Diesel. He could love someone without knowing them.”
    Sonja Yoerg, House Broken

  • #17
    Susan Gloss
    “It had never occurred to Amithi that anything more than fine was an option.”
    Susan Gloss, Vintage

  • #18
    Roxane Gay
    “If you and your friend(s) are in the same field and you can collaborate or help each other, do this without shame. It’s not your fault your friends are awesome. Men invented nepotism and practically live by it. It’s okay for women to do it too.”
    Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist: Essays

  • #19
    Roxane Gay
    “There’s no denying women are doing better than they ever have, but is that really saying much? When you consider what life was like for women before suffrage, before Title IX, before the Equal Pay Act, before Roe v. Wade, before any number of changes that made life merely tolerable, most any success women encountered would seem like a rise in circumstance. Rosin”
    Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist: Essays

  • #20
    Roxane Gay
    “Salvation is certainly among the reasons I read. Reading and writing have always pulled me out of the darkest experiences in my life. Stories have given me a place in which to lose myself. They have allowed me to remember. They have allowed me to forget. They have allowed me to imagine different endings and better possible worlds. Perhaps”
    Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist: Essays

  • #21
    Rabih Alameddine
    “I long ago abandoned myself to a blind lust for the written word. Literature is my sandbox. In it I play, build my forts and castles, spend glorious time.”
    Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman

  • #22
    David Sedaris
    “This is a busy week with me and lunatics, whom I tend to see as either signs or messengers.”
    David Sedaris, Theft by Finding: Diaries

  • #23
    David Sedaris
    “It really is torture to sit around the house and write all day. I’m thinking it might motivate me to finish the book faster, the thought that after it’s finished I can return to housecleaning. The”
    David Sedaris, Theft by Finding: Diaries

  • #24
    Brit Bennett
    “Reckless white boys became politicians and bankers, reckless black boys became dead.”
    Brit Bennett, The Mothers

  • #25
    Brit Bennett
    “Could you be nostalgic for a friendship that wasn’t over yet or did the fact that you were nostalgic mean that it already was?”
    Brit Bennett, The Mothers

  • #26
    Meg Wolitzer
    “Walking into someone’s house was like entering their body. You saw what they were made of, and what they had been stewing in all this time.”
    Meg Wolitzer, The Female Persuasion