"The lover who leans upon the beloved’s response, his love is like the flame that needs oil to live; but the lover who stands on his own feet, is like the lantern of the sun that burns without oil."

Hazrat Inayat Khan, The Dance of the Soul: Gayan, Vadan, Nirtan

"You have witchcraft in your lips."

William Shakespeare, Henry V - Act 5, Scene 2

"Don’t call me more than once, you hear me?
When you do, I’ll hear it ring and I’ll let it go.
Don’t forget to leave a message. Breathe
so the static catches onto your lungs and
makes that silvery rasp I love.

Tell the silence you need me. Tell it you’ll be fine
if I don’t need you back. Tell it you remember
the way I smoked like everyone was watching,
like every kiss was the one before quitting.
Tell it you miss me. Tell it you’re not lying.
Stop when the beep sounds."

Ramna Safeer, Instructions For Him

"The only time I hold your hand
Is to get the angle right."

Amy Winehouse, “In My Bed”

"You have to learn how to care about people without taking on all of their problems."

Phylicia Rashād in The Cosby Show (1987)