Left Behind Quotes

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Jack Thorne
“Those we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch.”
Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two

Rupi Kaur
“when you are broken
and he has left you
do not question
whether you were
the problem was
you were so enough
he was not able to carry it”
Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

Mitch Albom
“No one gets left behind, remember?”
Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Michael Bassey Johnson
“The world needs someone they can admire from a distance; from a very far distance.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Lili St. Crow
“And I knew that tone, the pleading, the fear that was sitting like a spiked ball in his chest. He'd been left behind too, maybe more than I had.”
Lili St. Crow, Reckoning

“In my experience, the biggest reason people struggle to get where they want to be is guilt. Guilt that they have let someone down, and also guilt that they are about to leave someone they love ...behind.”
Bethany Brookbank, Write like no one is reading

Neil Gaiman
“Yes, you're right. It's part of growing up, I suppose. You always have to leave something behind you.ü”
Neil Gaiman, Season of Mists

Sarah Addison Allen
“But Claire had long ago realized, even after those constant dreams of her mother leaving faded away, that when you are abandoned as a child, you are never able to forget that people are capable of leaving, even if they never do.”
Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost

“If you focus on what you left behind, you will never see what lies ahead.”
Gusteau, Ratatouille

Gabriela Mistral
“Everyone left and we have remained
on a path that goes on without us.”
Gabriela Mistral, Madwomen: Poems of Gabriela Mistral

Elizabeth Bowen
“It is queer to be in a place when someone has gone. It is not two other places, the place that they were there in, and the place that was there before they came. I can't get used to this third place or to staying behind.”
Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart

Jeff Zentner
“I wake up one day and it’s twenty-plus years later, and here I am still. That’s getting left behind. And even then, you can have a decent life. You know why I’m still here? It’s because I’m content. Maybe even happy. I found my path. My life is simple. I wake up in the morning. I eat my Cheerios, drink my coffee, think my thoughts. I go home after work and sit on my back patio and pet my dog and listen to music and myself breathing. It feels good to be alive and exist. Most things haven’t worked out for me - especially love - but that’s all right. I’m not as pretty as I used to be. More of my life’s behind me than in front of me. Who knows how many years I took off it while I was partying. But I’m a lot healthier now, if you can believe it.
“I get lonely sometimes, but so does everyone else. We’re all looking for some sort of salvation in something sometimes we try to find it in people. We find out salvation, and it slips through our fingers. We find it again. We get left behind. Living is hurting, but I’ll take living over the alternative any day. Consciousness is a marvelous gift. It took almost dying to make me realize that. Hell, I’m just rambling now. Anyway, having said all this, you did not get left behind.”
Jeff Zentner, Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Death is number one on the list of things that we wish were possible to leave behind when we escaped barbarism.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Robin Hobb
“If he ever wanted vengeance on me for all I did, he has it now. This is the worst thing he could do to me. Now I know how it feels to be left behind. As I left him.”
Robin Hobb, Assassin's Fate

Nitya Prakash
“The roads I've abandoned. The people I've left behind.”
Nitya Prakash

Markus Zusak
“It's the story of one of those perpetual survivors- an expert at being left behind.”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

“So... Dell had been a good boy with bad friends. I knew this – I used to be one of them. I’d always known Dell would disappear one day; he was too decent, too golden. This place never tainted that, and I don’t know why. He made me feel dirty. Dark and corrupt. It hadn’t always that way, and I don’t know when it changed... but I felt it now. I only knew I couldn’t hold onto him tight enough to stop those long legs carrying him away somewhere better.
A day’ll come when everybody’s had you and nobody wants you anymore...
As Dell drove Erin away in their rent-a-car from the Holiday Inn into the early evening traffic, I felt the walls closing in, the world swelling around me, and I knew that day had finally come. Tomorrow, I leave Paradise. It’s true. Shanise was right.
I turned away as the car disappeared up the slushy street.
That was the last time I saw them alive.”
H. Alazhar, City of Paradise

“I pretended to be interested in their secret undertaking, but in fact I was very sorry about it. Although the two siblings had involved me by choosing me as their confidant, it was still an experience that I could enter only as witness: on that path Lila would do great things by herself, I was excluded. But above all, how, after our intense conversations about love and poetry, could she walk me to the door, as she was doing, far more absorbed in the atmosphere of excitement around a shoe?...What did I care about shoes. I still had, in my mind's eye, the most secret stages of that affair of violated trust, passion, poetry that became a book, and it was as if she and I had read a novel together, as if we had seen, there in the back of the shop and not in the parish hall on Sunday, a dramatic film.”
Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend

“What is this impulse in me to worship & crucify
anyone who leaves me—”
Emily Skaja, Brute: Poems

Holly Riordan
“It’s going to hurt, because he led you on enough to break your heart, but not enough to feel guilty about breaking your heart.”
Holly Riordan

Jason Medina
“I won’t leave you out here, if that’s what you think. That’s not how I roll.”
Jason Medina, The Manhattanville Incident: An Undead Novel

Jerry B. Jenkins
“I believe in the unity of all living things. God is in us and in all that exists."

"So, when you eat a carrot, aren't you eating God?”
Jerry B. Jenkins, Hidden

Corinne Beenfield
“How apart she felt, how apart she had felt for years, and she wished it was a feeling she could get used to. But it wasn’t. One by one, everyone else her age had married and had children, yet for her, the years of her twenties had slipped away, waving at her like hands from a leaving train. As they all moved on, she was left standing on the platform, absolutely alone, surrounded only by the smoke that stung her eyes and throat.
It was no different now.”
Corinne Beenfield, The Ocean's Daughter

Warsan Shire
“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

Neil Gaiman
“Yes, you're right. It's part of growing up, I suppose. You always have to leave something behind you.”
Neil Gaiman, Season of Mists

Ottessa Moshfegh
“Sometimes Waldemar loves me too much. He thinks it is better I stay with him on Earth, rather than be happy in the other place without him.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Homesick for Another World

Anne Tyler
“And over such a trivial issue, after all their years together! She couldn't even exactly remember the issue! Why that particular one? Why not any of the hundreds of others?

Once again Michael hesitated, but then he turned toward the foyer. She heard the front door latch, and a moment later his car lights lit up and backed out of the driveway. She went on staring straight ahead of her. She had a slippery, off-balance feeling, the feeling a person might get if she were sitting on a stopped train and the train next to hers started gliding away and she wasn't sure, for a second, whether it was her train or the other one that was moving.”
Anne Tyler, The Amateur Marriage

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Don’t joke with that friend who stood by you when everyone else ran off.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Book of Maxims, Poems and Anecdotes

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