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    37 Of The Most Heartbreakingly Beautiful Lines In Literature

    "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."

    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share some of the most heartbreaking quotes from literature. Here are some of the responses:


    2. "We accept the love we think we deserve."

    – Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Submitted by Carly Black, Facebook

    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

    Submitted by lucykatherinep

    4. “All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma.”

    ― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

    Submitted by vickiz2


    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

    Submitted by gsb1996

    7. "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."

    – Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

    Submitted by Josh Bailey, Facebook

    8. “Only the sky above us do we hold in common.”

    – Alice Walker, The Color Purple

    Submitted by edaughterman


    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

    Submitted by Kari Helmick, Facebook

    11. "I don’t want you to miss all the things that someone else can give you."

    – Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

    Submitted by Karen Ha, Facebook

    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

    Submitted by christinar40c427443


    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

    Submitted by Ericka Condon-Ericson, Facebook

    15. “If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.”

    — Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

    Submitted by Alexandra Danielle, Facebook

    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

    Submitted by Emma Neishloss, Facebook


    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

    Submitted by emmaw54

    19. “Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.”

    – Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

    Submitted by Kathy Wall, Facebook

    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

    Submitted by ntielen


    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

    Submitted by Lou Ritenour, Facebook

    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

    Submitted by Tasha Beans, Facebook

    24. "I was weeping again, drunk on the impossible past."

    – Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

    Submitted by juliem4c21db5b6


    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

    Submitted by Jennifer Rodarte, Facebook

    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

    Submitted by tyfine

    28. “It's easy to make friends if you let people laugh at you.”

    – Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

    Submitted by tbrock


    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

    Submitted by Libby Rose Louise Packham, Facebook

    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

    Submitted by Brian Hammell, Facebook

    32. “You’re beautiful, but you’re empty. No one could die for you.”

    – Antoine de Saint Exupéry, The Little Prince

    Submitted by lunivers


    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

    Submitted by Kara Schmid, Facebook

    35. “I’m just so thankful for our little infinity.”

    – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

    Submitted by gurlean

    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

    Submitted by Sarah Bonse, Facebook


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