"You’re twenty-one or twenty-nine and your heart’s been broken somewhere between four and twenty times—fetal-position-on-the-bathroom-floor broken, real-country-music broken—and you don’t know how you can ever be expected to go on like this for fifty more years and change."
— Jade Sylvan, “You Know How Sometimes You’re in Your Twenties in America”
"An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you."
"You’re not sorry to go, of course. With people like us our home is where we are not… No one person in the world is necessary to you or to me."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise
"I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person."
"That is the fear: I have lost something important, and I cannot find it, and I need it."
"I wish I could write. I get these ideas but I never seem to be able to put them in words."
"A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself, and only herself."
"I have, as it were, my own sun and moon and stars, and a little world all to myself."
"‘Things can be seen better in the darkness,” he said, as if he had just seen into her mind. “But the longer you spend in the dark, the harder it becomes to return to the world aboveground where the light is.’"