"Between what is said and not meant, and what is meant and not said, most of love is lost."
"Where exactly do you put your hands on somebody who hurts everywhere?"
— Charles D’Ambrosio, The Dead Fish Museum: Stories (via cenobiteme
"Some people are good at being in love. Some people are good at love. Two very different things, I think. Being in love is the romantic part—sex all the time, midday naps in the sheets, the jokes, the laughs, the fun, long conversations with no pauses, overwhelming separation anxiety … Just the best sides of both people, you know? But love begins when the excitement of being in love starts to fade: the stress of life sets in, the butterflies disappear, the sex becomes a chore, the tears, the sadness, the arguments, the cattiness … The worst parts of both people. But if you still want that person by your side through all of those things … that’s when you know—that’s when you know you’re good at love."
I actually really needed to read this right now.
"If you’re ever lucky enough to find a boy who is a hopeless romantic with a dirty mind, you should hold onto that. Because he’ll be yours at two in the morning and at two in the afternoon the following day. He’ll kiss you where it hurts and until it hurts. And that’s important. Someone who not only knows how to turn you on but also knows how to treat you right is someone worth a little something… and a little more than usual."
"Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors."
— Andrew Boyd, Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe