Reading.

That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive – all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.

~The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by: Mary Ann Shaffer

A Lifetime.

It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.

~The Kite Runner by: Khaled Hosseini

Strength.

Struggle and pain aren’t something to fear. We will all face trials while here on earth. What matters is how we’re dealing with the challenges that come our way. Do we let them mold us into stronger, better people, or do we grouse and complain about our lot in life?

~Butterfly Palace by: Colleen Coble

A Person.

It’s a very difficult era in which to be a person, just a real, actual person, instead of a collection of personality traits selected from an endless automat of characters.

~Gone Girl by: Gillian Flynn

Your Soul.

Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.

~And Then There Were None by: Agatha Christie

Real Friends.

Real friends were the kind where you pick up where you’d left off, whether it be a week since you’d seen each other or two years.

~One Plus One by: Jojo Moyes

Your World.

What is family? They were the people who claimed you. In good, in bad, in parts or in whole, they were the ones who showed up, who stayed in there, regardless. It wasn’t just about blood relations or shared chromosomes, but something wider, bigger. We had many families over time. Our family of origin, the family we created, and the groups you moved through while all of this was happening: friends, lovers, sometimes even strangers. None of them perfect, and we couldn’t expect them to be. You can’t make any one person your world. The trick was to take what each could give you and build your world from it.

~Lock and Key by: Sarah Dessen

Rational Creatures.

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.

~Persuasion by: Jane Austen

Couples.

Couples take care of each other, Clare, that’s what makes them a couple. And couples tell each other when something happens that scares them.

~The Next Always by: Nora Roberts

Home.

You know, you spend your whole life feeling like you don’t quite fit in anywhere. And then you walk into a room one day, whether it’s at university or an office or some kind of club, and you just go, ‘Ah. There they are.’ And suddenly you feel at home.

~One Plus One by: Jojo Moyes