37 Of The Most Heartbreakingly Beautiful Lines In Literature
"Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."
2. "We accept the love we think we deserve."
– Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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3. "Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I'll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again..."
– Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
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4. “All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
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6. “And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.”
― Kiersten White, The Chaos of Stars
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7. "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."
– Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
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8. “Only the sky above us do we hold in common.”
– Alice Walker, The Color Purple
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10. "The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains."
– Arthur Golden, Memoirs Of A Geisha
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11. "I don’t want you to miss all the things that someone else can give you."
– Jojo Moyes, Me Before You
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12. "Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting, and modern."
– Frank O’Hara, Meditations in an Emergency
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14. “You know how you let yourself think that everything will be all right if you can only get to a certain place or do a certain thing. But when you get there you find it's not that simple.”
― Richard Adams, Watership Down
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15. “If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.”
— Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
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16. “Just... isn't giving up allowed sometimes? Isn't it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
– Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl
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18. “I drag myself out of nightmares each morning and find there’s no relief in waking.”
– Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
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19. “Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.”
– Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
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20. "'No,' said George. 'No, Lennie, I ain’t mad. I never been mad, and I ain’ now. That’s a thing I want ya to know.'"
– John Steinbeck, Of Mice And Men
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22. “Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”
– Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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23. "It didn't matter in the end how old they had been, or that they were girls, but only that we had loved them, and they hadn't heard us calling, still do not hear us, calling them out of those rooms where they went to be alone for all time, alone in suicide, which is deeper than death, and where we will never find the pieces to put them back together."
– Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides
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24. "I was weeping again, drunk on the impossible past."
– Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
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26. “May your eye go to the Sun, to the wind your soul.… You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”
– Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places
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27. “I was always hungry for love. Just once, I wanted to know what it was like to get my fill of it – to be fed so much love I couldn't take any more. Just once.”
– Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
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28. “It's easy to make friends if you let people laugh at you.”
– Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon
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30. “If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?”
– Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper
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31. “I always did what someone else wanted me to do. I’ve always been someone’s daughter or mother or wife. I’ve never just been me.”
– Cheryl Strayed, Wild
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32. “You’re beautiful, but you’re empty. No one could die for you.”
– Antoine de Saint Exupéry, The Little Prince
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34. "I never wanted to go away, and the hard part now is the leaving you all. I'm not afraid, but it seems as if I should be homesick for you even in heaven."
– Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
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35. “I’m just so thankful for our little infinity.”
– John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
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36. “It's hard to let go anything we love. We live in a world which teaches us to clutch. But when we clutch we're left with a fistful of ashes.”
– Madeleine L'Engle, A Ring of Endless Light
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