You’re scared of the way I make you feel because you don’t want to feel anything.
—Maya Banks in Sweet Temptation
To have felt too much is to end in feeling nothing.
Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.
You shouldn’t try to stop everything from happening. Sometimes you’re supposed to feel awkward. Sometimes you’re supposed to be vulnerable in front of people. Sometimes it’s necessary because it’s all part of you getting to the next part of yourself.
—Cecelia Ahern in The Book of Tomorrow
Master Shaku Soen liked to take an evening stroll through a nearby village. One day he heard loud lamentations from a house and, on entering quietly, realized that the householder had died and the family and neighbors were crying. He sat down and cried with them. An old man noticed him and remarked, rather shaken on seeing the famous master crying with them, "I would have thought that you at least were beyond such things." "But it is this which puts me beyond it," replied the master with a sob.
Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do.
Sometimes you do have to laugh to keep from crying. And sometimes the world feels all right and good and kind of like it’s becoming nice again around you. And you realize it, and realize how happy you are in it, and you just gotta laugh.
—Jacqueline Woodson in Peace, Locomotion
I let myself have feelings for you despite not knowing how this would end.
—Siobhan Vivian in Not That Kind Of Girl