A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm afraid of widths.
Nature soaks every evil with either fear or shame.
The pleasures of love are always in proportion to our fears.
Fear is the mother of foresight.
I was used to being invisible. People rarely saw me, and if they did, they never looked close. I wasn't shiny and charming like my brother, stunning and graceful like my mother, or smart and dynamic like my friends. That's the thing, though. You always think you want to be noticed. Until you are.
—Sarah Dessen in Saint Anything
Everyone's a pacifist between wars. It's like being a vegetarian between meals.
It seemed safer to hold it in, where the only one who could judge was me.
The man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
When you meet an extraordinary person, it's like they get inside you, under your ribs, and shuffle everything inside you around until they find space for greatness to grow. But extraordinary people always get away. And when they leave, they take that little part of you with them. Suddenly you find yourself with a gap in your chest that you don't know how to live with. Suddenly you're frightened of being yourself without them.
You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.