"You have my permission not to love me;
I am a cathedral of deadbolts
and I’d rather burn myself down
than change the locks."
— Rachel McKibbens, “Letter From My Brain To My Heart” (via larmoyante)
"There is a limit to the amount of misery and disarray you will put up with, for love, just as there is a limit to the amount of mess you can stand around a house. You can’t know the limit beforehand, but you will know when you’ve reached it. I believe this."
— The Moons of Jupiter
"We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage."
— Albert Camus (via ninedayswonderr)
"I think love is kind of like those waves out there,” she said. “You ride one in to the beach, and it’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever felt. But at some point the water goes back out; it has to. And maybe you’re lucky — maybe you’re both too busy to do anything drastic. Maybe you’re good as friends, so you stay. And then something happens — maybe its something as big as a baby, or as small as him unloading the dishwasher — and the wave comes back in again. And it does that, over and over. I just think sometimes people forget to wait."
— Marion, Joy for Beginners
"It was too big for me and would slide up and down my arm. It was almost a necklace. He later told me that he had asked the jeweler to make it that way. Its size was supposed to be a symbol of his love. More rubies, more love. But I could not wear it comfortably. I could not wear it at all. So here is the point of everything I have been trying to say. If I were to give a bracelet to you, now, I would measure your wrist twice."
— Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
"It is possible to fall in love with someone because he has the right hair, or name, or provenance; but not for long."
— The Elusive Embrace