No matter how hard I try, the memories never fade. Forgetting is the worst because there’s a trigger for every memory.
—Calia Read in Breaking the Wrong
A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.
Love easily confuses us because it is always in flux between illusion and substance, between memory and wish, between contentment and need.
We can let go of the person or love or friendship without letting go of the lesson.
—Mandy Hale in The Single Woman
The crime of loving is forgetting.
I tend to live in the past because most of my life is there.
It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.
Unless we remember we cannot understand.
Trying to forget really doesn’t work. In fact, it’s pretty much the same as remembering. But I tried to forget anyway, and to ignore the fact that I was remembering you all the time.
—Rebecca Stead in When You Reach Me
I have a memory like an elephant. I remember every elephant I've ever met.
One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.
Maybe there’s more we all could have done, but we just have to let the guilt remind us to do better next time.
—Veronica Roth in Divergent
An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.
I can’t imagine what my life was before. I can’t imagine ever being without you for very long again.
—Anna Godbersen in Splendor
You never get over it. But you get to where it doesn’t bother you so much.
—Jeffrey Eugenides in The Virgin Suicides