"A selfish person can still love someone else, can’t they? Even when they’ve hurt them and let them down."
- Rosamund Lupton, Sister
"I’m not brave any more darling. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me."
- Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
"I understand. That’s the trouble. I understand. I’ll understand all the time. All day and all night. Especially all night. I’ll understand. You don’t have to worry about that."
- Ernest Hemingway, Winner Take Nothing
"I have counseled many young men to break up with the woman they were dating because they had made her their life. She was the sun of his universe, around which he orbited. A man needs a much bigger orbit than a woman. He needs a mission, a life purpose, and needs to know his name. Only then is he fit for a woman, for only then does he have something to invite her into."
- John Eldredge, Wild At Heart
"You watched over her, and you made her comfortable, and you let her go when she needed you to. You did what had to be done, even though it hurt you."
- Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising