"You’re gorgeous, you old hag, and if I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of confidence. Either that or a scented candle."

David Nicholls, One Day

"There is a sacredness in tears….They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love."

Washington Irving

"Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement."

Albert Camus, The Fall 

"I don’t just want to take your breath away. I want to rip it from your mouth and keep it locked away between my teeth. You can only have it back if you kiss me again."

Meggie Royer, Literary Sexts

"I tell her how isolated I feel and how lonely I am and hungry and tired and she says ‘oh.’"

James Simon Kunen, The Strawberry Statement (1970)