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"There is no such thing as no choice. There is always a choice. The only question is whether it's a bearable one."

David Levithan

Born: September 7, 1972

Occupation: Author

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me: you know what sucks about love? o.w.g.: what? me: that it's so tied to the truth.

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The older you get, the wiser you are - this is true. But you also question what use this wisdom is.y

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I saw his scars - the visible ones-and saw how breaking him had not made him any less beautiful. If anything, he stood stronger, because he'd survived.

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I know there are epic tales of romance, where love means you're supposed to die. Where it's all about sacrifice. But I don't want to die. I don't want Stephen to die. I'm looking for the scenario where...

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That's the problem with having a moral code. We want to destroy the jerkish part of the jerks, but we want to save the human being underneath.

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The assumption of the word reunion is that, once you're together again, you are united. Two as one. Pulling close to someone is only a temporary symbol. It's the way you breathe with each other that's...

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People say that time slips through our fingers like sand. What they don't acknowledge is that some of the sand sticks to the skin. These are memories that will remain, memories of the time when there was...

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arrears, n. My faithfulness was as unthinking as your lapse. Of all the things I though would go wrong, I never thought it would be that. "It was a mistake," you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt...

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And maybe it is only by finding yourself that you can feel the true intensity of becoming close to another person.

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And still, for all the jealously, all the doubt, sometimes I will be struck with a kind of awe that we're together. That someone like me could find someone like you --- it renders me wordless. Because...

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placid, adj. Sometimes I love it when we just lie on our backs, gaze off, stay still.

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I hope suffering don't exist.

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With some break-ups, all you can think about afterwards is how badly it ended and how much the other person hurt you. With others, you become sentimental for the good times and lose track of what went...

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I wish I could remember the moment when I was a kid and I discovered that the letters linked into words, and that the words linked to real things. What a revelation that must have been. We don't have the...

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But you have to figure that if it’s too hard to hang on, then maybe you should let go.

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I wonder if it's possible to start a new relationship without hurting someone else.

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I should talk to him I know I should talk to him. But I do not talk to him. I watch after him from afar and love him.

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me giving my mom romantic advice is kind of like a goldfish giving a snail advice on how to fly.” -Will Grayson (pg. 66)

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But we comforted ourselves with what we really meant to say, which was: "I don't normally feel this good about what I'm doing." Measure the hope of that moment, that feeling. Everything else will be measured...

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He has no idea how beautiful the ordinary becomes once it disappears.

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Things are not magical because they've been conjured for us by some outside force. They are magical because we create them.

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Pride is allowed to have an element of worry, especially when you are a mother.

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There is always something new to learn about the person you love.

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It is hard to stop seeing your son as a son and to start seeing him as a human being. It is hard to stop seeing your parents as parents and to start seeing them as human beings. It's a two-sided transition,...

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When distractions are manifold, it's best to remember what you are supposed to be doing.

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It's one of the secrets of strength: We're so much more likely to find it in the service of others than in service to ourselves.

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It was a mistake," you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you.

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The mistake is thinking that there can be an antidote to the uncertainty.

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The key to a successful relationship isn’t just in the words, it’s in the choice of punctuation. When you’re in love with someone, a well-placed question mark can be the difference between bliss...

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Even when I detach, I care. You can be separate from a thing and still care about it. If I wanted to detach completely, I would move my body away. I would stop the conversation midsentence. I would leave...

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There has to be a moment at the beginning where you wonder whether you’re in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself. If the moment doesn’t pass, that’s it—you’re done....

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New Yorkers love the bigness -- the skyscrapers, the freedom, the lights. But they also love it when they can carve out some smallness for themselves. When the guy at the corner store knows which newspaper...

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detachment, n. Even when I detach, I care. You can be separate from a thing and still care about it.

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This is my life, I think. I am an accumulation of objects.

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...but the truth is that I don't feel like I can carry anyone but myself right now. The streets are empty. I am empty. Or, no--I am full of pain. It's my life that's empty.

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I want to talk to you and be random with you and be ridiculous with you.

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We gather the things we learned, and they don't nearly add up to fill the space of a life. You will miss the taste of Froot Loops. You will miss the sound of traffic. You will miss your back against his....

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Your humor is your compass and your shield. You can hone it into a weapon or you can pull its strands out to make your very own cotton-candy blanket. You can’t exist on a diet of humor alone, but you...

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Freedom is also about what you will allow yourself to do.

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There are boys so enraptured by love that they can't get their hearts to slow down enough to get some rest, and other boys so damaged by love that they can't stop picking at their pain.

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Laughter rarely lasts longer than a few seconds, it's true. But how enjoyable those few seconds are.

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It is very hard to stay alive just for your own sake. It is very hard to stare into day after day without another familiar face staring back. It turns your heart into a purposeless muscle.

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The first sentence of the truth is always the hardest. Each of us had a first sentence, and most of us found the strength to say it out loud to someone who deserved to hear it. What we hoped, and what...

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You can give words, but you can't take them. And when words are given, that is when they are shared. We remember what that was like. Words so real they were almost tangible. There are conversations you...

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Yes, we could talk to you for days on end about all the bad first dates. Those are stories. Funny stories. Awkward stories. Stories we love to share, because by sharing them, we get something out of the...

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Sharing truth is not the kind of gift that comes in wrapping paper - ripped open once and, there, you're done. No, this is a gift that must be unfolded.

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This is what you do now to give your day topography--scan the boxes, read the news, see the chain of your friends reporting about themselves, take the 140-character expository bursts and sift through for...

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Yes, time can be buoyed by wordlessness, but it needs to be anchored in words.

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The world is quieter now. It is never quiet, but it can get quieter. What strange creatures we are, to find silence peaceful, when permanent silence is the thing we most dread. Nighttime is not that. Nighttime...

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Magic naturally fades over distance. But proximity - well, when it works, proximity amplifies magic.

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When you need to hold onto something, you should. Whatever gets you through, take it.

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How can you spend hours every day trying in small ways to figure out who you are, then have a near-stranger give you a sentence of yourself that says it better than you ever could?

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Do not just seek happiness for yourself. Seek happiness for all. Through kindness. Through mercy.

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There is the sudden. There is the eventual. And in between, there is the living.

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...he hopes that maybe it'll make people a little less scared of two boys kissing than they were before, and a little more welcoming to the idea that all people are, in fact, born equal, no matter who...

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We remember what it was like to meet someone new. We remember what it was like to grant someone possibility. You look out from your own world and then you step into his, not really knowing what you’ll...

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We found out a long time ago that we weren’t meant to fall in love with each other. But a part of me still fell in hope with him.

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We do not start as dust. We do not end as dust. We make more than dust. That's all we ask of you. Make more than dust.

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We wish we could have been there for you. We didn't have many role models of our own--we latched on to the foolish love of Oscar Wilde and the well-versed longing of Walt Whitman because nobody else was...

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You can't know what it is like for us now--you will always be one step behind. Be thankful for that. You can't know what it was like for us then--you will always be one step ahead. Be thankful for that,...

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... I love books about freaks," because I am one. You might be, too. Let's be freaks together?

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You made me lose my appetite, Boomer." "My mom tells me that all the time. Your family must be just like mine!

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I've always known I was gay, but it wasn't confirmed until I was in kindergarten. It was my teacher who said so. It was right there on my kindergarten report card: PAUL IS DEFINITELY GAY AND HAS VERY GOOD...

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My lines all curve. I tend to connect the wrong dots.

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Sometimes the space between knowing what to do and actually doing it is a very short walk. Other times it is an impossible expanse.

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I find my greatest strength in wanting to be strong. I find my greatest bravery in deciding to be brave. I don't know if I've ever realized it before,[...] I think we both realize it now. If there's no...

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no matter how happy we are, no matter how much we want our night to stretch out infinitely, sleep is inevitable.

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You spend so much time, so much effort, trying to hold yourself together. And then everything falls apart anyway.

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With some people ,the minute you start talking, it feels like you've known them for years. It only means that you were supposed to meet sooner. You're feeling all the time you should have known each other,...

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If you let the world in, you open yourself up to the world. Even if the world doesn't know that you're there.

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There is no reason that we should ever be ashamed of our bodies or ashamed of our love.

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That's what it felt like - that if I let a little of the hurt out, it would keep pouring out until I was a deflated balloon of a person, with a big monster of hurt in front of me.

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Maybe, it's not the distance that's the problem, but how you handle it.

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Danger comes in many forms, I suppose. For some people, it might be jumping off a bridge or climbing impossible moutains. For others, it could be a tawdry love affair or telling off a mean-looking bus...

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Dullness is the spice of life. Which is why we must always use other spices.

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Feeling someone else's anger is bad; being left alone is worse.

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Pink is female - but why? Are girls any more pink than boys? Are boys any more blue than girls? It's something that has been sold to us, mostly so other things can be sold to us.

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There are all these moments you don't think you will survive. And then you survive.

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Here’s what I know about the realm of possibility— it is always expanding, it is never what you think it is. Everything around us was once deemed impossible. From the airplane overhead to the phones...

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for the first time in my life i realize why hangers are called hangers, because after fifteen minutes of trying things on and throwing them aside, all i want to do is hook one to the top of my closet door,...

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I think one of the highest compliments you can give a person is that when you are talking to him, you are not thinking about the fact that you are talking to him. That is, your thoughts and words all exist...

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To get something you must give something away. To hold something you must give something away. To love something you must give something away.

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This is as much a part of my story as anything else. Friendship is love as much as any romance.

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I am stronger than words and I am bigger than the box I'm in, and then I see her in the crowd and I fall apart.

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isaac knows how stupid i find these things, and he finds them just as stupid as i do. like lol. now, if there's anything stupider than buddy lists, it's lol. if anyone ever uses lol with me, i rip my computer...

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the world loves stupid labels. i wish we got to choose our own.

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I find my greatest strengths in wanting ti be strong. I find my greatest bravery in deciding to be brave.

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Its a fine line between love and stalking.

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We pencil-sketch our previous life so we can contrast it to the technicolor of the moment.

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seven wonders of the world and I have to ask for an eighth fill a bottle with some prayers and spend them on hope create an easy route just so I can complicate send my heart down that slippery slope

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I want this world small enough for the two of us I want you to think of me that way I want this world to crash us into marvelous I want you to kiss me and say:

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A guy can do far far worse than surrounding himself with people who restore his faith in humanity.

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barfly n. You have the ability to talk to anyone which is an ability I do not share.

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incessant adj. The doubts. You had to save me from my constant doubts. That deep-seeded feeling that I wasn't good enough for anything I was a fake at my job I wasn't your equal my friends would forget...

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Which is more stubborn, the love or the two arguing people caught within it?

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Sometimes desire is air, sometimes desire is liquid. And every now and then, when everything else is air and liquid, desire solidifies, and the body is the magnet that draws its weight.

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If there wasn't a word for it, would we realize our masochism as much?

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I have no idea how he knows when I need him. We can go weeks without speaking, and then, when my blue moods threaten to turn black, he will show up and tell me my moods are azure indigo cerulean cobalt...

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Now when I have to remember a date, all I have to do is consult my rap sheet.

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Here," she said. "This is for you." "I didn't really get you anything," I sputtered. "I mean, I didn't know that you were going to be here, and--" "Don't worry. It's your embarrassment at not having the...

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Game over," you say, and I don't know which I take more exception to-- the fact that you say its over, or the fact that you say it's a game.

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I was sixteen and equipped with the appropriate genitalia, so I cleared that hurdle nicely.

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Sorry to be so cynical, but this is New York

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I had always felt that mittens were a few steps back on the evolutionary scale-- why, I wondered, would we want to make ourselves into a less agile version of lobster.

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Deep down, you see, I long to be arcane, esoteric. I would love to confound people with their own language.

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But I still has enough longing for that concept that I didn't want to dispel it completely. Meaning: I didn't want to tell Lily that I felt we'd all been duped by Plato and the idea of a soul mate. Just...

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The way you argued with me, you would have thought that we were debating the existence of God or whether or not we should move in together. These kinds of fights can never be won – even if you’re the...

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aloof, adj. It has always been my habit, ever since junior high school, to ask that question: “What are you thinking?” It is always an act of desperation, and I keep on asking, even though I know it...

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It was a laugh that came from the tip of his toes, gaining force and soul as it traveled through his body and out into the world in mirthful bursts. There wasn't anything fake about it; it was an amusement...

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Why is it so much easier to talk to a stranger? why do we feel we need to disconnect in order to connect? If I wrote "Dear Sofia" or "Dear Boomer" or "Dear Lily's Great-Aunt" at the top of this postcard,...

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And I'm moved, it's so beautiful. Not what I wrote, but to have it given back like this. To have her remember the words and the tune. To hear it in her voice.

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Deep breaths. I am taking deep breaths. Composure. Which, for me, means composing... Maybe this is my way of creating the illusion of control over something I have no control over. Like, if it's just a...

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When someone breaks up with you, their beauty-- which you took such satisfaction in-- suddenly becomes unfair.

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You see, Dash -- I was never the girl in your head. And you were never the boy in my head. I think we both knew that. It's only when we try to make the girl or boy in our head real that the true trouble...

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You are happy even if you are afraid to admit it.

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What's the big deal with France? How come everyone wants to go there? Let me tell you about France. Their music sucks. Their movies suck. Their berets suck. Their croissants are pretty good, but the place...

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I measure the moment in the heartbeats I skip

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Please may this not be a game. Please may this not be a game. Because if it’s a game, I know I’m going to lose.

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I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car. I hate it when you stare. I hate your big dumb combat boots, and the way you read my mind. I hate you so much...

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They defy gravity, as good books should.

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I think they have compatible silences.

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The truth feels different from other things. The closest you can come to describing it is that it feels like taking a perfect breath.

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And once again I think about how people use the devil as an alias for the things they fear. The cause and effect is backward. The devil doesn't make anyone do anything. People just do things and blame...

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I see no sin in a kiss. I only see sin in the condemnation

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The way you're singing in your sleep The way you look before you leap The strange illusions that you keep You don't know But I'm noticing The way your touch turns into arcs The way you slide into the dark...

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We are so used to releasing words. We don't know what to do with them if they stay.

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Maybe there is hope in the fragments, that what is lost can always be filled in by someone who knows.

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...because if you can make yourself happy in the rain then you're doing pretty alright in life.

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I'll see you later, he says, and as he does, he runs his finger briefly over my wrist. It passes over me like air, and makes me shiver like a kiss.

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So what else can I tell you?" I asked. "I mean, to get you to reveal Lily to me.

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What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.

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I had no idea what I wanted, only that I wanted something, which is the worst kind of wanting.

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I don’t want to know anything, and I want to know it all

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This is what a memorial is: standing still, staring at something that isn’t ther

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But if I didn’t want to be alone, then why didn’t I want to be with anyone else?

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I am a firm believer in serendipity- all the random pieces coming together in one wonderful moment, when suddenly you see what their purpose was all along.

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he is both the source of my happiness and the one i want to share it with.

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tiny: did someone die? me: yeah, i did. he smiles again at that. tiny: well, then... welcome to the afterlife.

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There was a pause. I was still scared by every gap in our conversation, fearing that this was it, the point where we had nothing left to say. I was still trying to impress you, and I still wanted to be...

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breathtaking, adj. Those moments when we kiss and surrender for an hour before we say a single word.

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That whole week, we started to divide things into those two categories: anything or something. A piece of jewelry bougth at a department store: anything. A piece of jewelry made by hand: something. A dollar:...

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I barely notice colors unless I taste them. Not the yellows or the greens. I taste the deeper blues. The darker reds.

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Void is when there is absolutely nothing there and the nothing is natural, a complete vacuum. But empty - with empty, you are aware of what's supposed to be there. Empty means something is missing.

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When I am with you, there is nowhere else I'd rather be. And I am a person who always wants to be somewhere else.

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Part of love is letting a person be who they want to be

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If this continues, if this goes on, then when I die, your memories of me will be my greatest accomplishment. You memories will be my most lasting impressions.

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Things are going so well. We’re volleying words back and forth. Everything she says, I have something I can say back. We’re sparking, and part of me just wants to sit back and watch. We’re clicking....

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His books are kept on freestanding shelves hung at different angles on a sea-green wall. They defy gravity, as good books should.

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You wanna-I dunno-get coffee or something sometime?" Justin smiled "Not coffee. But yes." "Not Coffee it is, then." "Yes, Not Coffee.

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The word I think of is precarious. I am struck by how precarious it all is. How the things that hold us are only as strong as the faith we have in them.

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A year. A thousand kisses. And now a thousand one, a thousand two. There are so many other place we could have ended up, but I have to believe none of them would have felt this right. "All I want is you"...

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Remember that at any given moment there are a thousand things you can love.

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We are so used to releasing words, we don't know what to do with them if they stay. No matter how many times we let them go, they come back. The words that matter always stay.

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You will always be my always.

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I can't pretend to know what love is. It just is.

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He was attractive. I knew that. And I knew that attractive people always got away with things.

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You don't know me. You know one me, just like I know one you. And you can't know every me, and I can't know every you.

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Everyone tried with me. And everytime, it felt like the whole point of life was to see if trying was ever enough.

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You know, I'd get a tattoo with your name on it. Only, I want you to have the freedom to change your name if you want to.

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My mother said I should have a 'change of scenery.' The word scenery made be think of a play. And as we were driving around, it made sense that way. Because no matter how much the scenery changed, we were...

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You were in Sweden?" Boomer asked. "No," I said. "The trip got called off at the last minute. Because of political the unrest" "In Sweden?" Priya seemed skeptical. "Yeah-isn't it strange how the Times...

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Serrated, adj. And you said, "I'm not sure we can.

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No funny stuff in here tonight, you understand?” Dash said, “I assure you I could not contemplate any of your so-called funny stuff seeing as how I have no idea why I’m even here.” Mark scoffed....

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Why do we even bother? Why do we make ourselves so open to such easy damage? Is it all loneliness? Is it all fear? Or is it just to experience those narcotic moments of belonging with someone else?

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You wanna-I dunno-get coffee or something sometime?

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There is certainty in a ring. The non-ending, the non-beginning. The ongoing. The way it holds on to you not because it's fastened or stretched or adhered. It holds on because it fits.

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You think you know your possibilities. Then other people come into your life and suddenly there are so many more.

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If you tell me, I will leave you alone," I said. "And if you don't tell me, I am going to grab the nearest ghostwritten James Patterson romance novel and I am going to follow you through this store reading...

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She asked me what was wrong, and I told her I had to end it. She was surprised, and asked my why I thought so. I told her it wasn't a thought, more a feeling, like I couldn't breathe and knew I had to...

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I don’t want you to think I got through this undamaged, okay? But I’m learning to live with it. Because otherwise, the damage is all you are.

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No, really,' I said. 'I think she's great. And I honestly like her about twenty more times now than I did when we were dating. But love needs to have a future. And Sofia and I don't have a future. We've...

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Getting what you want is just as difficult as not getting what you want. Because then you have to figure out what to do with it instead of figuring out what to do without it.

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There is no such thing as equality for some. Equality must be for all. That is what freedom is. That is what liberty is. No human being is born more or less important than any other. How can we allow ourselves...

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We stay this way until twilight colours the window and the hour calls me home

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Our moments are music, and sometimes – just sometimes – we can catch them and put them into some lasting form. If we didn’t have music, I don’t think we could ever be truly happy, and if we didn’t...

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Music is everywhere. It’s in the air between us, waiting to be sung.

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There are times I think of us all and I wish we were back in second grade. Not really that young. But I wish it felt like second grade. I’m not saying everyone was friends back then. But we all got along....

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When it all come down to it, the thing that matters most in a relationship is principles [...] We have the same idea what’s right and what’s wrong, and that’s got us through any number of things....

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But I think we both knew, even then, that what we had was something even more rare, and even more meaningful. I was going to be his friend, and was going to show him possibilities. And he, in turn, would...

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We walk into a bar, and you're aware of all the eyes on you. We walk into a bar, and I'm aware of all the eyes on you, too. For you, this translate into confidence. But me? All I can feel is doubt.

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I try to be a careful person. Most of the time my carelessness is completely unintentional.

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David Levithan

There is no such thing as no choice. There is always a choice. The only question is whether it's a bearable one.

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David Levithan

In the next election, I'm voting for your mom to be the next God.

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David Levithan

Neophyte, n. There are millions upon millions of people who have been through this before-- why is it that no one can give my good advice?

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David Levithan

The boy I loved didn't know I existed. Then again, he was obsessed with Camus, so he didn't know if any of us existed.

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This is the thing they don't tell you about being a third wheel - it's not like you're the wheel that's added on. You were one of the original two wheels, but suddenly you're not so important anymore....

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David Levithan

Breathing, n You had asthma as a child, had to carry around an inhaler. But when you grew older, it went away. You could run for miles and it was fine. Sometimes I worry that this is happening to me in...

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David Levithan

Measure the hope of that moment, that feeling. Everything else will be measured against it.

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David Levithan

Told her she was beautiful. Didn't give up when she didn't believe me.

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David Levithan

...i think of friendship in terms of love...

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David Levithan

lying awake beside you, these thoughts run through my head.

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David Levithan

Love is so painful, how could you ever wish it on anybody? And love is so essential, how could you ever stand in its way?

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David Levithan

I suspected that what happens in hotel rooms rarely lasts outside of them. I suspected that when something was a beginning and an ending at the same time, that meant it could only exist in the present.

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David Levithan

You went and broke our lives. You are so much worse than a cheater. You killed something. And you killed it when its back was turned.

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David Levithan

Because sometimes you just have to dance like a madman in the Self-Help section of your local bookstore.

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David Levithan

If you start the day reading the obituaries, you live your day a little differently.

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David Levithan

If goodness can't come from bad things, it makes bad things unbearable.

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David Levithan

only adj. thats the dilemma isn't it? when you're single, there's the sadness and joy of only me. And when you're paired, there's the sadness and joy of only you.

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David Levithan

you’d think that silence would be peaceful. but really, it’s painful.

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David Levithan

tiny: but there is the word, this word phil wrayson taught me once: weltschmerz. it's the depression you feel when the world as it is does not line up with the world as you think it should be. i live in...

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David Levithan

There's no way to release yourself from a memory. It ends when it wants to end, whether it's in a flash or long after you've begged it to stop.

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David Levithan

If you zoom close-if you get really close to someone, if you really get close to yourself-then you lose the other person, you lose yourself entirely. You get so close you can't see anything anymore.

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David Levithan

Eventually she fell asleep, but I kept the phone against my ear, lulled by her breathing, and her breathing again in the background. And yes, it felt like home. Like everything belonged exactly where it...

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David Levithan

Ted is smart and good-looking, but he doesn't use it to good effect, like a rich person that never gives to charity.

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David Levithan

I'm not good at relationships I always manage to find the flaws sometimes in others but mostly my own. I foretell the ending then go and create the cause save myself and end up alone

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David Levithan

It is much harder to lie to someone's face. But. It is also much harder to tell the truth to someone's face.

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David Levithan

healthy, adj. There are times when I'm alone that I think, This is it. This is actually the natural state. All I need are my thoughts and my small acts of creation and my ability to go or do whatever I...

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David Levithan

I see Nick's number. I debate whether to assign a name to his number. If I commit to that, then I will truly be heartbroken if he never calls me again; my heart will knot each and every time I use this...

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David Levithan

I'm swimming in your cadences that you permeate my very language.

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David Levithan

Maybe language is kind, giving us these double meanings. Maybe it's trying to teach us a lesson, that we can always be two things at once.

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David Levithan

This is not something insignificant. This is real. This is happening, and this is ours.

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David Levithan

I had forgotten this about love: how the simple things- the turn away, the turn towards- could be so complicated, and how the complicated things- the stolen night, the right words- could be so simple.

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David Levithan

Life goes on is a redundancy. Life is defined by its going on.

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David Levithan

Life goes on. Get over it. You're still young. It'll get better. Blah, Blah, Blah

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David Levithan

We switch to another language-- not our invented language or the language we've learned from our lives. As we walk further up the mountain, we speak the language of silence. This language gives us time...

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David Levithan

I am so used to hints and mixed messages, saying things that might mean what they sort of sound like they mean. Games and contests, roles and rituals, talking in twelve languages at once so the true words...

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David Levithan

stanchion, n. I don't want to be the strong one, but I don't want to be the weak one either. Why does it feel like it's always one or the other? When we embrace, one of us is always holding the other a...

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David Levithan

I never felt the urge to jump off a bridge, but there are times I have wanted to jump out of my life, out of my skin.

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David Levithan

this might be the happy ending without the ending

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David Levithan

Holden Caulfield is the embodiment of what we mean by the phrase “young adult” – too young to be a grown-up, but too wise to the world to be completely innocent. He’s caught in the in-between,...

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David Levithan

What a strange phrase — –not seeing other people. As if it’s been constructed to be a lie. We see other people all the time. The question is what we do about it.

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David Levithan

After working for so long on being sure of each other, sure of this thing, suddenly we were unsure again.

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David Levithan

For I have never wanted a lover, but I have always wanted to love, and to be loved.

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David Levithan

I want to take back at least half of the “I love you”s, because I didn’t mean them as much as the other ones.

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David Levithan

...and suddenly you started singing out your love for me. My name and everything, loud enough to reach the top floors of all the buildings. I should have told you to stop, but I didn’t want you to stop....

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David Levithan

When it comes to true dance, it's not about how you look, it's all about the joy you feel.

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David Levithan

Do you know when you cross against traffic? You look down the street and see a car coming, but you know you can get across before it gets to you. So even though there’s a DON’T WALK sign, you cross...

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David Levithan

yearning n. and adj. At te core of this desire is the belief that everything can be perfect.

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David Levithan

I say good-bye to the part of myself that misses him so much.

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David Levithan

By the time I got there, you’d already decided. And I quickly decided to let you decide. You were already seeing the rooms as ours, and that was enough for me.

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David Levithan

I never know what you really want, if I can give it to you, or if I’m already too late.

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David Levithan

The key is to never recognize these imbalances. To not let the dauntingness daunt us.

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David Levithan

Even if neither of us got what we wanted, we found freedom in the third choices.

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David Levithan

These words are now mine, but soon they’ll be ours.

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David Levithan

You leave the phone on beside you as you fall asleep. I sit in my bed and listen to your breathing, until I know you are safe, until I know you no longer need me for the night.

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David Levithan

I would always wait to take you home.

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David Levithan

And I told you: I think of a photograph you took of me, up in Montreal. You told me to jump in the air, so in the picture, my feet are off the ground. Later, I asked you why you wanted me to do that, and...

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David Levithan

So I said I wanted you to stay, even though nothing could stay the same.

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David Levithan

Things rarely get fixed the way they need to be.

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David Levithan

I don’t like it when you use my shampoo, because then your hair smells like me, not you.

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David Levithan

That lasting things do, in fact, last.

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David Levithan

You never let things go unanswered for too long. Emails. Phone calls. Questions. As if you know the waiting is the hardest part for me.

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David Levithan

I have already spent roughly five thousand hours asleep next to you. This has to mean something.

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David Levithan

As long as we can conjure, who needs anything else? As long as we can agree on the magical lie and be happy, what more is there to ask for? “I loved you from that moment on,” I say. “I loved you...

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David Levithan

"I want you to spend the night," you said. And it was definitely your phrasing that ensured it. If you had said, "Let's have sex," or "Let's go to my place," or even "I really want you," I'm not sure we...

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David Levithan

Let me hold on to this the way it was, before I knew anything else.

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David Levithan

Do I really have to find a word for it? Can't it just be what it is?

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David Levithan

And I find myself saying, “It wasn’t really about her.” And finding it’s true. What do you mean?” Norah asks. It was about the feeling, you know? She caused it in me, but it wasn’t about her....

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David Levithan

We hold hands as we walk through town. If anybody notices, nobody cares. I know we all like to think of the heart as the center of the body but at this moment, every conscious part of me is in the hand...

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David Levithan

It was one of those moments when you feel the future so much that it humbles the present.

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David Levithan

Let’s make plans,” I ventured. And Sofia smiled and said, “No, let’s leave it to chance.

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David Levithan

I am not dangerous. Only the stories are dangerous. Only the fictions we create, especially when they become expectations.

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David Levithan

Fate has a strange way of making plans.

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David Levithan

It’s up to you, not fate. True. But it was also up to Lily. That was the trickiest part.

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David Levithan

He was my first boyfriend, and I made him my everything - he was my new life, my new love, my new compass point. I guess that's the danger with firsts - you lose all sense of proportion.

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David Levithan

There has to be a moment at the beginning when you wonder whether you’re in love with the person or in love with the feeling of love itself.

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David Levithan

fraught, adj. Does every “I love you” deserve an “I love you too”? Does every kiss deserve a kiss back? Does every night deserve to be spent on a lover? If the answer to any of these is “No,”...

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David Levithan

Ignorance is not bliss. Bliss is knowing the full meaning of what you have been given.

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David Levithan

I close my eyes. And i scream. If my whole world is crashing down around me, then I am going to make the sound of the crashing. I want to scream until all my bones break.

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David Levithan

I get it. The things you hope for the most are the things that destroy you in the end.

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David Levithan

After tiny has tried ballerina pose, swing-batter-batter pose, pump-up-the-jam pose, and top-of-the-mountain-sound-of-music pose in the reflection of the bean, he walks us to a bench overlooking lake shore...

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David Levithan

me: why is it upset? shouldn't it be downset? gideon: i will file a lawsuit against the dictionaries first thing tomorrow morning. we're going to tear merriam a new asshole and throw webster inside of...

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David Levithan

that's it - hundreds of texts and conversations, thousands upon thousands of words spoken and sent, all boiled down into a single line. is that what relationships become?

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David Levithan

need is never a good basis for any relationship. it has to be much more than that.

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David Levithan

underneath all that denial, you're someone who's deeply, deeply nice.

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David Levithan

this is why we call people exes, I guess - because the paths that cross in the middle end up separating at the end. it's too easy to see an X as a cross-out. it's not, because there's no way to cross out...

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David Levithan

I don't want to fall. All I want to do is stand on solid ground.

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David Levithan

it's the belief, not the words, that mean everything. it's the floating.

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David Levithan

My face seems too square and my eyes too big, like I'm perpetually surprised, but there's nothing wrong with me that I can fix.

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David Levithan

You know there's no such thing as a complete lie. There's always some truth in there.

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David Levithan

I can take everything on her face at face value, and that's valuable in a friend.

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David Levithan

But I guess you don't see the planets when you're staring at the sun. You just get blinded.

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David Levithan

luckily, tiny texts me every five minutes or so. i don't know how he does it without getting caught in class. maybe he hides the phone in the folds of his stomach or something.

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David Levithan

I kiss her and she finds the light switch and turns it off, and we're just lit in Pepsi-can colors and it's like we've finally found this other kind of conversation, this conversation in gestures and pulls...

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David Levithan

How sad it must be for you to be nothing more than a hollow statue, to have your tomb preserved and your story forgotten.

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David Levithan

Now, I don't believe in doing hugs halfway. I can't stand people who try to hug without touching. A hug should be a full embrace - as I wrap my arms around Tony, I am not just holding him, but also trying...

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David Levithan

I want to take back the secrets I told you so I can decide now whether to tell them to you again. I want to take back the piece of me that lies in you, to see if I truly miss it. I want to take back at...

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David Levithan

i have to cross the river of extreme awkwardness in order to get to the paradise on the other side.

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David Levithan

I want to kiss her without counting the seconds. I want to hold her so long that I get to know her skin. I want, I want, I want.

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David Levithan

when things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. it's because a little piece gets lost -- the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted...

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David Levithan

I had a sense then of how if we truly understood how many of the unimportant things we do will end up outliving us, we'd never be able to go on.

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David Levithan

But I think we were walking around like we were invincible. And maybe that's a bad way to live your life. Because you're not invincible. Nobody is. And maybe now that we've learned that, we'll be better.

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David Levithan

It was like everyone suddenly knew what mattered. Money didn't matter. Politics didn't matter. Tabloid news didn't matter. No-compassion mattered. Calm mattered. Respect mattered. Did it really take something...

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David Levithan

Gone is not forgotten, but our lives cannot be a memorial. This city cannot be a memorial. This city has to be a city. Our lives have to be our lives.

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David Levithan

The clock always ticks. There are times you don't hear it, and there are times that you do.

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David Levithan

For the Jesus Revolutionaries, the answer was clear: Jesus would not be out waging "preventative" wars. Jesus would not be withholding medicine from people who could not afford it. Jesus would not cast...

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David Levithan

simon: that's disgusting! me: what's disgusting? simon: you know. you put your thing in the place where he, um, defecates.

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David Levithan

I text tiny a minute later. MADE NEW GAY FRIEND. And he texts back PROGRESS!!!

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David Levithan

me: just don't ask about his forty-three ex-boyfriends, okay? or ask him about why he's carrying around an axe. mom:... me: i'm kidding about the axe part.

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David Levithan

it is so unfair that he lives in ohio, because that should be close enough, but since neither of us drives and neither of us would ever in a million years say, 'hey, mom, do you want to drive me across...

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David Levithan

instead i head to the computer and it's like i turn into a little girl who's just seen her first rainbow. i get all giddy and nervous and hopeful and despairing and i tell myself not to look obsessively...

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David Levithan

next to it was a dvd called 'as i get laid dying,' which had a hospital scene on the front. it was like grey's anatomy, only with less grey and more anatomy.

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David Levithan

I had gotten so used to being alone, but never entirely used to it. Never used to it enough to stop wanting the alternative.

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David Levithan

Two infinities: the one that stretches to the beginning but never touches-when you halve and halve and halve, infinitely-and then the one that spreads out into the endless, endless future, the endless,...

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David Levithan

I have always been aware of how I break. I know what kind of situations will break me. I know what kind of people will do it. I know how much it will hurt.

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David Levithan

People are always separable.

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David Levithan

I couldn't remember ordinary moments, only the ones that had made an impression. Ordinary moments were the ones that fell away first.

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David Levithan

I was starting to think I was making up memories, just to have answers. Our brain does that sometimes. Or at least mine does.

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David Levithan

When he talked to you, you seemed to fit in, but when someone else was talking, or he would be distracted, you jsut looked lonely over there. At least to me. But whenever I would tell you that, you'd say...

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David Levithan

A photograph it a souvenir of a memory. It is not a moment. It is the looking at the photograph that becomes the moment. Your own moment.

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David Levithan

You existed. You existed now as a fractal. Definition: A fractal is generally a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be broken into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size...

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David Levithan

Every you, every me. Fractals. Fractures.

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David Levithan

Your life is inescapable. Unless you decide to escape it.

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David Levithan

It's you. You deserve this. There is a reason this is happening to you.

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David Levithan

That's the question, isn't it?" you said one night. "Does death bring freedom, or is it the end of freedom?

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David Levithan

Maybe relationships could have fractals, too. And maybe the sense of loss was when you're becoming a fractal of what you once were to each other.

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David Levithan

But death is not freedom. For a moment, it can look like freedom. But then it's death. Anything. Something. Nothing.

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David Levithan

What did it matter to me? Did I think that by making you rational about one thing, I could make you rational about everything? Maybe. Or maybe I just wanted to save you from your fears

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David Levithan

I'm not in love with you.

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David Levithan

Love me less, but love me for a long time

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David Levithan

What I really want, and what I never get - is to be appreciated.

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David Levithan

I'm always standing on the edge of something bad.

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David Levithan

elliptical, adj. The kiss I like the most is one of the slow ones. It’s as much breath as touch, as much no as yes. You lean in from the side, and I have to turn a little to make it happen.

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exemplar, n. It's always something we have to negotiate- the face that my parents are happy, and yours have never been. I have something to live up to, and if I fail, I still have a family to welcome me...

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hubris, n. Every time I call you mine, I feel like I'm forcing it, as if saying it can make it so. As if I'm reminding you, and reminding the universe: mine. As if that one word from me could have that...

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scapegoat, n. I think our top two are: 1. Not enough coffee. 2. Too much coffee.

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David Levithan

iv. who was it who invented size zero? who was it who promised that if you got to a certain point you would no longer be?

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David Levithan

and when he catches me off guard and says 'i love you' i catch him off guard and say 'i need your help.

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David Levithan

there was a time before you but I can't remember it now a time before your beauty and I were formally introduced I'm sure I lived without you but I don't remember how can't imagine living without these...

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David Levithan

And yes, Holden would keep those kids from falling off the cliff, but WHO WOULDN'T? Does she think I would just fold my arms or give them a pat on the back before they sailed headfirst to the ground? We...

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David Levithan

teenagers are never joking. when seeking to prove a point, principals and teachers should remember that teenagers are never, ever sarcasic or ironic. if they say "I wish someone would drop a bomb on this...

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David Levithan

You have to believe there are kisses and laughs and risks worth taking.

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David Levithan

Every two people cause and intersection. Every person alters the world.

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David Levithan

maybe tonight you're scared of falling, and maybe there's somebody here or somewhere else you're thinking about, worrying over, fretting over, trying to figure out if you want to fall, or how and when...

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David Levithan

We could call you an ambisexual. A duosexual. A—” “Do I really have to find a word for it?” Kyle interrupts. “Can’t it just be what it is?” “Of course,” I say, even though in the bigger...

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David Levithan

It’s like, you know how sometimes you see a really sexy baby? Wait...

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David Levithan

That's what the voices in your head are for, to get you through the silent parts.

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David Levithan

My pride shut me up, my hurt shut me down, and together they ganged up on my hope and let her get away.

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David Levithan

dissonance, n. Nights when I need to sleep and you can't. Days when I want to talk to you and you won't. Hours when every noise you make interferes with my silence. Weeks when there is a buzzing in the...

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David Levithan

gravity, n. I imagine you saved my life. And then I wonder if I'm just imagining it.

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David Levithan

That no matter what i did, I would always be missing something else. And the only way to live, the only way to be happy, was to make sure the things I didn't miss meant more to me than the things I missed.

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David Levithan

We were painting by numbers, starting with the greens. Because that happened to be our favorite color. And this, we figured, had to mean something.

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David Levithan

It daunted me that you were so beautiful, that you were so at ease in social situations, as if every room was heliotropic, with you at the center. And I guess it daunted you that I had so many more friends...

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David Levithan

This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to...

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David Levithan

Bad Girl!" She chided. "I'm pretty sure Boris is a boy," I said. "Oh, I know," Mrs. Basil E. assured me. "I just like to keep him confused," Then she and Boris headed off with my future.

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David Levithan

Dash is for sure straight!" Boomer announced. "He has a super-pretty ex-girlfriend named Sofia, who I think he still has a thing for, and also, in seventh grade, there was a game of spin the bottle and...

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David Levithan

I don't even know what I'm looking for, although I hope I'll know it if I find it along the way. Sometimes I want to simplify my life into a simple bare thing. And other times I want to complicate it so...

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David Levithan

So what do you have to confess now?" I don't know why I'm saying any of this, except that is the truth. "I'm confessing that I don't know if I'm ready for this." "What is 'this'?" "Being open. Being hurt....

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David Levithan

Dispel, v. It was the way you said, “I have something to tell you.” I could feel the magic drain from the room.

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David Levithan

Moments into minutes. Minutes into hours. Hours into days. Days into years. Years into possibility. This will linger.

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David Levithan

I asked you what you wanted and you said you didn't want anything. And I told you I wasn't planning on giving you anything; I was planning on giving you something.

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David Levithan

He never wears a watch (his own rebellion against time, against watching).

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David Levithan

When you live as I do, you cannot indulge in jealousy. If you do, it will rip you apart.

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David Levithan

This, I think, is how people survive: Even when horrible things have been done to us, we can still find gratitude in one another.

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David Levithan

I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.

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David Levithan

I think that if you were somehow able to measure the weight of human kindness, it would have weighed more on 9/11 than it ever had. On 9/11, all the hatred and murder could not compare with the weight...

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David Levithan

That air. The air afterwards. I wanted to breathe it in. It felt right to breathe it in. Because we were breathing them in, weren't we? And the building. We were breathing it all in. And I thought, there's...

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David Levithan

If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the...

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David Levithan

The moment you fall in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations - all of them rearranging themselves so this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In your heart, in your bones,...

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David Levithan

I don't get this at all. It's like protesting the fact that some people are red-haired.

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David Levithan

In my experience, desire is desire, love is love.

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David Levithan

The terrorists-those nineteen people, with hundreds or maybe thousands behind them-did the worst thing you can possibly imagine. But tens of millions people did the right thing...On 9/11, all the hatred...

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David Levithan

There's no way for them to take away my sadness, but they can make sure I am not empty of all the other feelings.

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David Levithan

If smart people are parodying it, that's a sure sign that some less smart people are believing it.

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David Levithan

A sound waiting to be a word.

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David Levithan

Are you a vegetarian?' I ask, based on the evidence in front of me. She nods. 'Why?' 'Because I have this theory that when we die, every animal that we've eaten has a chance at eating us back. So if you're...

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David Levithan

I had made it somewhere special, and I'd gotten there all on my own. Nobody had given it to me. Nobody had told me to do it. I'd climbed and climbed and climbed, and this was my reward. To watch over the...

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David Levithan

We always loved to say 'If I'd had a Monday-morning class, I never would have met you'. Or 'If you'd been reading something else, none of this would have happened'. We didn't believe in fate, but we believed...

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David Levithan

It's like you're a character in this book that everyone around you is writing, and suddenly you have to say, 'I'm sorry, but this role isn't right for me'. And you have to start writing your own life and...

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David Levithan

Deep down? That sounds like settling to me. You shouldn't have to venture deep down in order to get to love.

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David Levithan

I am always amazed by people who know something is wrong but still insist on ignoring it, as if that will somehow make it go away. They spare themselves the confrontation, but end up boiling in resentment...

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David Levithan

There will always be more questions. Every answer leads to more questions. The only way to survive is to let some of them go.

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David Levithan

If you stare at the center of the universe, there is coldness there. A blankness. Ultimately, the universe doesn't care about us. Time doesn't care about us. That's why we have to care about each other.

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David Levithan

People are rarely as attractive in reality as they are in the eyes of the people who are in love with them. Which is, I suppose, as it should be.

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David Levithan

You like him because he's a lost boy. Believe me, I've seen it happen before. But do you know what happens to girls who love lost boys? They become lost themselves. Without fail.

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David Levithan

I am a drifter, and as lonely as that can be, it is also remarkably freeing. I will never define myself in terms of anyone else. I will never feel the pressure of peers or the burden of parental expectation....

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David Levithan

I am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me.

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David Levithan

This isn't even something I've feared, because I never knew it was a possibility.

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David Levithan

Even though I'm seventeen, I guess I still thought this would always be true - that there would always be that lost-and-found, and not the lost-and-still-lost that I am now trapped inside.

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David Levithan

I cannot think of a single word to describe what we feel. I think we all feel it, to varying degrees. Perhaps in some other language there is a word for 'the world is terribly wrong.' That feeling of stun...

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David Levithan

It will affect me in ways I can't even begin to get my mind around. This day is a dark crater. There is no room for songs. The songs are wrong. Every song is wrong. And I don't know what to do without...

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David Levithan

We just want to walk. Our legs need to move to keep our minds from collapsing.

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David Levithan

Here's what breaks us: Even though we know better, we still want everything to be all right.

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David Levithan

In small letters, someone has written NEVER FORGET on one of the slats. I know it's supposed to be a pledge, but it feels like a curse. Don't we have to forget some of it? Don't we have to forget this...

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David Levithan

Breathing is hard. When you cry so much, it makes you realize that breathing is hard.

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David Levithan

I want to know why this is such a part of me. I want to know why this thing that happened to other people has happened so much to me. I keep looking for the lesson.

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David Levithan

Maybe there's a way to keep us in this moment. Not the sad part. But the coming together part.

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David Levithan

I'm not a very happy person," I told him."But sometimes I can trick myself into thinking I am.

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David Levithan

The secret to living long is to have something to live for.

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David Levithan

We love and we feel and we try and we hope.

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David Levithan

In Sliding Doors, the whole idea is that every choice you make, and every single thing that happens to you changes the trajectory of your life, and once you are put on that trajectory, there is no way...

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David Levithan

How amazing it is that friendships can become so full that you can't imagine what your life was like before them.

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David Levithan

She has been hanging on to the hope of him for so long that she doesn't realize there isn't anything left to hope for.

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David Levithan

The boy I just kissed is talking to my father. The boy I want to kiss again is waiting for my mother to serve pancakes. I must fight the urge to freak.

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David Levithan

I want love to conquer all. But love can't conquer anything. It can't do anything on it's own. It relies on us to do the conquering on its behalf.

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David Levithan

Someday your prince will come," I assure him. "And the first thing I'm going to say to him is, 'What took you so long?

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David Levithan

But I want to feel like life matters. I had something real with you, but then the realness scared me. I decided to go for other things instead.

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David Levithan

Putting up with the fear of being with the wrong person because you can't deal with the fear of being alone.

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David Levithan

It's one thing to fall in love. It's another to feel someone else fall in love with you, and to feel a responsibility toward that love.

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David Levithan

All I get is tomorrow.

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David Levithan

I know the odds are all against me and I know you might not feel this way too but I know I would rather die trying to know if I could mean something to you

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David Levithan

why won't they leave me alone? don't they realize I have a tinder heart and a paper body and that any spark will turn me straight to ash?

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David Levithan

Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen.

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David Levithan

The tenderness between two people can turn the air tender, the room tender, time itself tender. As I step out of bed and slip on an oversize shirt, everything around me feels like it's the temperature...

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David Levithan

I love you,” she says. “I love you,” I say. And then we hang up, because nothing else needs to be said after that. I want to give Zara her life back. Even if I feel I deserve something like this,...

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David Levithan

If we actually thought about every decision we made, we'd be paralyzed ... You have to decide which decisions you're actually going to make, and then you have to let the rest of them go.

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David Levithan

I feel the universe is telling me something. And it doesn't even matter if it's true or not. What matters is that I feel it, and believe it.

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David Levithan

When first love ends, most people eventually know there will be more to come. They are not through with love. Love is not through with them. It will never be the same as the first, but it will be better...

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David Levithan

Part of growing up is making sure your sense of reality isn't entirely grounded in your own mind.

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David Levithan

I know I should just leave. Just go. Because there's a point where a mistake turns into a big mistake, and I should probably come to my senses before I get there.

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David Levithan

The unwarranted devotion. Putting up with the fear of being with the wrong person because you can't deal with the fear of being alone. The hope tinged with doubt, and the doubt tinged with hope. Every...

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David Levithan

It is its own form of conversation -- you can learn a lot about people from the stories they tell, but you can also know them from the way they sing along, whether they like the windows up or down, if...

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David Levithan

The world, right now, is only us.

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David Levithan

There is a part of childhood that is childish, and a part that is sacred. Suddenly we are touching the sacred part -- running to the shoreline, feeling the first cold burst of water on our ankles, reaching...

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David Levithan

I never have people tell me their stories. I usually have to figure them out myself. Because I know that if people tell me stories, they will expect them to be remembered. And I cannot guarantee that....

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David Levithan

Once you experience enormity, it lingers everywhere you look, and want to be every word you say.

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David Levithan

This is the hard part about having best friends that I feel no attachment to -- I don't give them any benefit of the doubt. And being best friends is always about the benefit of the doubt.

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David Levithan

I no longer think she's just being nice. She's being kind. Which is much more a sign of character than mere niceness. Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen.

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David Levithan

I have become very good at clearing histories.

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David Levithan

This is the trap of having something to live for: Everything else seems lifeless.

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David Levithan

Sometimes when you hit send, you can imagine the message going straight into the person's heart. But other times, like this time, it feels like the words are merely falling into a well.

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David Levithan

I am made for running. Because when you run, you could be anyone. You hone yourself into a body, nothing more or less than a body. You respond as a body, to the body. If you are racing to win, you have...

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David Levithan

Answerless questions can destroy you. Move on.

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David Levithan

I hope that George doesn't internalize her scare tactics. I want to argue with her, tell her that "sins of the flesh" is just a control mechanism -- if you demonize a person's pleasure, then you can control...

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David Levithan

There are few things harder than being born into the wrong body.

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David Levithan

I can see that the sadness has returned. And it's not a beautiful sadness- beautiful sadness is a myth. Sadness turns our features to clay, not porcelain.

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David Levithan

it's gonna hurt because it matters.

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David Levithan

I only have eyes for you.

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David Levithan

Because when something happens, she's the person I want to tell. The most basic indicator of love.

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David Levithan

It won't be a normal life-I know that. But it will be a life. A life together.

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David Levithan

I love you-I do-but I am afraid of making that love too important. Because you're always going to leave me, A. We can't deny it. You're always going to leave.

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David Levithan

I have taken advantage of other people's weaknesses in order to cover my own.

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David Levithan

Because it is senior year I have begun to see things as potential absences. The things I love will become the things I'll miss.

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David Levithan

We all contain mysteries, especially when seen from the inside.

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David Levithan

I know from experience that beneath every peripheral girl is a central truth. She’s hiding hers away, but at the same time she wants me to see it.

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David Levithan

She is so lost in her sadness that she has no idea how visible it is.

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David Levithan

They don’t have silences together; they have noise. Mostly his.

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David Levithan

Her vulnerability is open, but she’s safe within it.

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David Levithan

She is carrying herself through the day, and it’s not an easy task.

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David Levithan

There comes a time when the body takes over the life. There comes a time when the body’s urges, the body’s needs, dictate the life. You have no idea you are giving the body the key. But you hand it...

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David Levithan

I find faith in human perseverance, even as the universe throws challenge after challenge our way.

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David Levithan

As sisters, they probably have closer to 99 percent in common, but they’re not about to recognize that. They’d rather fight over what kind of pet they’re going to get … It’s an argument for its...

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David Levithan

I’ve found that people tend to trust other people who dress like them.

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David Levithan

Little less than a promise, and a little more than a chance.

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David Levithan

If other people see you differently, you’ll end up seeing them differently, too.

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David Levithan

I am like the fish in the aquarium, thinking in a different language, adapting to a life that’s not my natural habitat. I am the people in the other cars, each with his or her own story, but passing...

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David Levithan

I am breathing. In dreams, we never bother to breathe.

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David Levithan

It is an awful thing to be betrayed by your body. And it’s lonely, because you feel you can’t talk about it.

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David Levithan

When we’re alone together, I’m the destination. When I’m here in her life at school, I’m the disruption.

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David Levithan

i wish i were someone else, even though i know i'll never, ever be able to get away from what i've done and what's been done to me.

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David Levithan

He doesn’t just look upset—he looks newly blind. There is such loss in his eyes, and it permeates every other part of his body.

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David Levithan

As if when someone close to us dies, we momentarily trade places with them, in the moment right before. And as we get over it, we’re really living their life in reverse, from death to life, from sickness...

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David Levithan

He is much stronger than I think I am. He is mischievous, outgoing, ready to soar through the clouds, while I often feel like the cloud itself.

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David Levithan

i have never had anybody talk to me like this. this is not a flirty sixth-grade phone call or bantering with friends or words passed in a note. i feel that if my soul could talk it would talk like this.

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David Levithan

having someone think of me that way was like discovering a new window in the room i'd lived in all my life.

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David Levithan

I've lost track of where friendship ends and falling begins. (this is the foolish refrain of the hopelessly devoted.) there are times I want to kiss you midsentence. undo the not-doing with one gesture.

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David Levithan

you ask me what I'm looking for, and I outline you. you don't recognize the shape, offer other names. you say my time will come, and I hope.

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David Levithan

It is not desire. Instead it is something deeper. I don't want to be with him constantly and forever. I want to be with him for the moment, and I want the moments to go on forever.

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David Levithan

Every time you love someone, you put not just your faith in them, but your faith in everything to the test.

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David Levithan

How do you commemorate a year? A paper anniversary, but we are the words written down, not the paper.

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David Levithan

Indelible, adj. That first night, you took your finger and pointed to the top of my head, then traced a line between my eyes, down my nose, over my lips, my chin, my neck, to the center of my chest. It...

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David Levithan

I can flirt with the best of them, but only when it doesn't matter.

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David Levithan

I notice you, I want to say. Even when no one else does, I do. I will.

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David Levithan

It would be too easy to say that I feel invisible. Instead, I feel painfully visible, and entirely ignored.

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David Levithan

Love and I once had a great relationship, but I fear we've broken up. It cheated on me, wrecked my heart, and then went on to date other people. A lot of other people. And I can't stand to watch it, since...

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David Levithan

For whatever reason, we like to focus on the 2 percent that's different, and most of the conflict in the world comes from that.

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David Levithan

I used to think that when I got older, the world would make so much more sense. But you know what? The older I get, the more confusing it is to me. The more complicated it is. Harder. You’d think we’d...

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David Levithan

These teenager looks aren't going to last forever, and that there are much better foundation to build a life upon than how attractive you are.

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David Levithan

Self-preservation isn't worth it if you can't live with the self you're preserving

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David Levithan

Things that matter are not easy. Feelings of happiness are easy. Happiness is not. Flirting is easy. Love is not. Saying you’re friends is easy. Being friends is not.

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David Levithan

We always see our worst selves. Our most vulnerable selves. We need someone else to get close enough to tell us we’re wrong. Someone we trust.

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David Levithan

And If only I could, I'd make a deal with God...

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David Levithan

Honestly, I'm just trying to live day to day

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David Levithan

I am starting to get tired of relying on words. They are full of meaning, yes, but they lack sensation. Writing to her is not the same as seeing her face as she listens. hearing back from her is not the...

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David Levithan

If you want to live within the definition of your own truth, you have to choose to go through the initially painful and ultimately comforting process of finding it.

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David Levithan

I've worn black today, because I've heard so often that it's supposed to be slimming. But instead I am this sphere of darkness submarining through the halls.

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David Levithan

The words that matter always stay.

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David Levithan

It’s as simple as that. Simple and complicated, as most true things are.

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David Levithan

The ocean makes its music; the wind does its dance. We hold on. At first we hold on to one another, but then it starts to feel like we are holding on to something even bigger than that. Greater.

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David Levithan

People take love's continuity for granted, just as they take their body's continuity for granted. They don't realize that the best thing about love is its regular presence. Once you can establish that,...

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David Levithan

It's as if when you love someone, they become your reason.

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David Levithan

I am starting to get tired of relying on words.

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David Levithan

She stays in the same spot, anchored by the profound, desperate loneliness of a bad relationship.

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David Levithan

I could point out that it isn't always easy knowing who you are and what you want, because then you have no excuse for not trying to get it.

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David Levithan

Yesterday is another world. I want to go back there.

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David Levithan

She transforms once again into someone carefree, and I transform into someone whose only care is her.

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David Levithan

Every single answer starts with the phrase 'I don't know.' But most of the time she does know, if I give her the time and the space in which to answer.

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David Levithan

School is school-she wants it to be over, but she's afraid of it being over, because then she'll have to figure out what comes next.

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David Levithan

You know what’s a great metaphor for love? Sleeping beauty. Because you have to plow through this incredible thicket of thorns in order to get to beauty, and even then, when you get there, you still...

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David Levithan

When I say, "Be my lover", I don't mean, "Let's have an affair." I don't mean "Sleep with me." I don't mean, "Be my secret." I want us to go back down to that root. I want you to be the one who loves me....

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David Levithan

People often say that when couples are married for a long time, they start to look alike. I don't believe that. But I do believe their sentences start to look alike.

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David Levithan

It doesn't feel like a date. It doesn't feel like friendship. It feels like something that fell off the tightrope but hasn't yet hit the net.

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David Levithan

..I've been trying to argue myself into thinking these things don't matter, A. Really,I have. But I've lost the argument. And I can't keep having it, when I know what the real answer is.

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David Levithan

There are many things that can keep you in a relationship," I say. "Fear of being alone. Fear of disrupting the arrangement of your life. A decision to settle for something that's okay, because you don't...

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David Levithan

Why do we feel the need to disconnect in order to connect?

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David Levithan

I have no more idea now of who I am than I did before. But at least I know that. And I'm starting to figure out who I want to be.

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David Levithan

It's the secret smile you get from knowing that, somewhere, there is someone who is yours. Not in the sense that you own her or control her. She is yours because you can say anything to her, whenever you...

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David Levithan

Then I go in the den and turn on Law & Order, since the only thing i can really count on in life is that whenever I turn on the TV, there will be a Law & Order episode.

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David Levithan

this blue shirt i have is practically the same color as my jeans, and looking all-blue is something only cookie monster can pull off.

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David Levithan

I am a drifter, and as lonely as that can be, it is also remarkably freeing. I will never define myself in terms of anyone else.

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David Levithan

being with someone for over a year can mean that you love them … but it can also mean you’re trapped.

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David Levithan

Falling in love with someone doesn’t mean you know any better how they feel. It only means you know how you feel.

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David Levithan

After a while, you have to be at peace with the fact that you simple are

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David Levithan

Belonging. Togetherness. These words are as complicated and confusing as the word love. It’s probably all the same thing. Or it would be if we let it be. I can only guess from observation.

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David Levithan

Some days are like this. And the only way to get through them is to remember that they are only one day, and that every day ends.

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David Levithan

In my experience, desire is desire, love is love. I have never fallen in love with a gender. I have fallen for individuals.

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David Levithan

You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here's a hint - ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn't just the women. It's the great male fantasy - all it takes is one dance to know that she's...

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David Levithan

I was horribly bookish, to the point of coming right out and saying it, which I knew was not socially acceptable. I particularly loved the adjective bookish, which I found other people used about as often...

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David Levithan

You can't deny that there's something between us." "No. There is. When I saw you today--I didn't know I'd been waiting for you until you were there. And then all of that waiting rushed through me in a...

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David Levithan

Tell me a way you think this can work." "We'll find a way," I tell her. "That's not an answer. It's a hope." "Hope's gotten us this far. Not answers.

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David Levithan

I want you to be honest with me. Even if it hurts. Although I would prefer for it not to hurt.

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David Levithan

Even though it was hard to see you, it was good to see you.

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David Levithan

It's goodbye to some things. And hello to others.

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David Levithan

When the shock wears off, you always hope there's understanding underneath.

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David Levithan

I learn about the highs and lows of living with the same mother for your entire life, about how no one can make you angrier, but how you can't really love anyone more.

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David Levithan

I preferred to hang out with the dead, dying, or desperate books - used we call them, in a way that we'd never call a person, unless we meant it cruelly

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David Levithan

I still felt fondness for her - fondness, that pleasant, detached mix of admiration and sentiment, appreciation and nostalgia.

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David Levithan

But I had a feeling I wasn't supposed to find her that way. She was not a needle. This was not a haystack. We were people, and people had ways of finding each other.

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David Levithan

I will be the one to leave you.

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David Levithan

This is what my voice sounds like I don't need to be talking to someone else To hear it

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David Levithan

If I lose it now, I will lose you, too. I know that. I hate it.

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David Levithan

It's only in the finer points that it gets complicated and contentious, the inability to realize that no matter what our religion or gender or race or geographic background, we all have about 98 percent...

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David Levithan

It was so much easier when I didn't want anything. Not getting what you want can make you cruel.

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David Levithan

I still don’t know if this is a good quality or a bad one, to be able to be in the moment and then step out of it.

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David Levithan

motif, n. You don’t love me as much as I love you. You don’t love me as much as I love you. You don’t love me as much as I love you.

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David Levithan

There is no word for the recipient of the love. There is only a word for the giver. There is the assumption that lovers come in pairs.

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David Levithan

It's as if when you love someone, they become your reason. And maybe I've gotten it backward, maybe it's just because I need a reason that I find myself falling in love with her. But I don't think that's...

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David Levithan

And just like that, the universe goes wrong. Just like that, all the enormity seems to shrink into a ball and float away from my reach. I feel it, and she doesn't. Or I feel it, and she won't.

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David Levithan

I am learning that a life isn't real unless someone else knows its reality. And I want my life to be real.

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David Levithan

I was attempting to write the story of my life. It wasn't so much about plot. It was much more about character.

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David Levithan

Even if you were green and had a beard and a male appendage between your legs. Even if your eyebrows were orange and you had a mole covering your entire cheek and a nose that poked me in the eye every...

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David Levithan

I feel such a tenderness for these vulnerable nighttime conversations, the way words take a different shape in the air when there's no light in the room.

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David Levithan

Luckily, I always travel with a book, just in case I have to wait on line for Santa, or some such inconvenience.

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David Levithan

I mean, what if love isn't a yes-or-no question? It's not either you're in love or you're not. I mean, aren't there different levels? And maybe these things, like words and expectations and whatever, don't...

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David Levithan

The older I get, the more I lose my ability to breathe.

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David Levithan

You make it a production. Slam doors. Knock things over. Scream. But I just leave. Even if I'm still standing there, I leave. I am refusing you. I am denying you. I am an adjective that is quickly turning...

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David Levithan

When is a night over? Is it the start of sunrise or the end of it? Is it when you finally go to sleep or simply realize that you have to? When the club closes or when you everyone leaves? "It's over when...

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David Levithan

I always think of each night as a song. Or each moment as a song. But now I'm seeing we don't live in a single song. We move from song to song, from lyric to lyric, from chord to chord. There is no ending...

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David Levithan

Once time is lit, it will burn whether or not you're breathing it in. Even after smoke becomes air, there is the memory of smoke. I am seeing as if by the light of a match, a glimpse of my life and having...

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David Levithan

It feels like we’ve stepped outside of time. Even though there is no such place.

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David Levithan

And as we drift into sleep, I feel something I’ve never felt before. A closeness that isn’t merely physical. A connection that defies the fact that we’ve only just met. A sensation that can only...

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David Levithan

willyoupleasebequiet: are you ready? bluejeanbaby: for what? willyoupleasebequiet: the future willyoupleasebequiet: because i think it just started

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David Levithan

this is what i never allowed myself to need. and of course what i've been needing all along.

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David Levithan

It was rather awkward, insofar as we were both teetering between the possibility of something and the possibility of nothing.

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David Levithan

This is a difference between us: you desire what other people have, while I desire the things I used to have, or think I might have one day.

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David Levithan

I guess I don't believe these things can ever be easy, although I also don't see why they have to be hard.

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David Levithan

Jesus died for our sins," Noah says solemnly. "What?!?" I reply, choking back my thoughts. "I was just seeing if you were listening.

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David Levithan

I have learned how to observe, far better than most people observe. I am not blinded by the past or motivated by the future. I focus on the present, because that is where I am destined to live.

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David Levithan

Self-esteem can be so exhausting. I want to cut my hair, change my clothes, erase the pimple from the near-tip of my nose, and strengthen my upper-arm definition, all in the next hour.

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David Levithan

That strange, twisted, torn love. That conflict between what your heart knows is right and what your mind is told is right.

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David Levithan

You never get involved in the people's lives? The ones you're inhabiting?" I shake my head. "You try to leave the lives the way you found them." "Yeah." "But what about Justin? What made that so different?"...

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David Levithan

Let’s always love each other, and never be in love with each other.

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David Levithan

But isn't this a dance? Isn't all of this a dance? Isn't that what we do with words? Isn't that what we do when we talk, when we spar, when we make plans or leave it to chance? Some of it's choreographed....

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David Levithan

Hello, my name is ees Lebkuchen Spice, and I vant to show you my coooooookies...

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David Levithan

With all due respect, if you’re forty-three, then I’m a fetus.

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David Levithan

That word again. Happy. It’s a curse. The pursuit of happiness makes us deeply unhappy. It’s a trap.Before anything else happened, there was me in bed, thinking of who you used to be. I don’t want...

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David Levithan

I felt like I was missing something. Missing you more. Missing whatever was going to happen next.

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David Levithan

love is tied to truth. I think of them as unhappily conjoined twins.

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David Levithan

What i want is for what i want to actually matter.

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David Levithan

What I learned The well-documented difference Between alone and lonely The comfort of knowing

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David Levithan

There is no word for our kind of friendship. Two people who don't see each other a lot, but can make each other effortlessly happy

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David Levithan

It doesn't have to be on Valentine's Day. It doesn't have to be by the time you turn eighteen or thirty-three or fifty-nine. It doesn't have to conform to whatever is usual. It doesn't have to be kismet...

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David Levithan

Making love without noise is like playing a muted piano-fine for practice, but you cheat yourself out of hearing the glorious results.

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David Levithan

To love--to fall--is not a question. To touch--to kiss--to speak--those are questions.

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David Levithan

Love weaves itself from hundreds of threads.

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David Levithan

Are you going to be playing for the pure thrill of unreluctant desire?

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David Levithan

We'd said we'd keep in touch. But touch is not something you can keep; as soon as it's gone, it's gone. We should have said we'd keep in words, because they are all we can string between us--words on a...

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David Levithan

I couldn't fault her for believing, because I had to imagine i was nice to have that illusion still intact.

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David Levithan

All this hoping for something- or someone- that's maybe hopeless. I'm having a hard time processing what I am supposed to believe, or if I'm even supposed to. There is too much information, and I don't...

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David Levithan

But whether or not you are here, you are here—because these words are for you, and they wouldn't exist if you weren't here in some way.

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David Levithan

It's hard to answer a question you haven't been asked. It's hard to show you tried unless you end up succeeding.

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David Levithan

I immediately suspected there was much more to it than was being said.

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David Levithan

Be careful what you're doing, because no one is ever who you want them to be.

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David Levithan

You have to trust the words. They do not create anything more than themselves.

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David Levithan

I know it was more than that. But it was also less than that, too.

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David Levithan

It's only a game if there is an absence of meaning. And we've already gone too far for that.

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David Levithan

I find I very rarely live up to my words. And since you know me primarily through my words, there are oh so many ways I can disappoint.

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David Levithan

And who am I to blow against the wind?

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David Levithan

I'm a firm believer that every person, young or old, has at least one good story to tell.

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David Levithan

Life tells you to take the elevator, but love tells you to take the stairs.

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David Levithan

You don't know, but I'm noticing.

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David Levithan

And I, who have never thought in terms of a life, think to myself that I could make a life out of this.

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David Levithan

They never played games with each other, they never had tow worry where they stood, because if either of them had a moment of wavering, the other would say I love you and would mean it and all doubts were...

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David Levithan

You are so close, and I can’t reach you.

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David Levithan

Just because a person is beautiful doesn't mean there's no soul beneath. Doesn't mean that person hasn't suffered like everyone else, doesn't mean they don't hope to still be a good human being in an awful...

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David Levithan

Maybe your history just repeats and repeats until it batters you enough to snap the seams that hold you together

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David Levithan

She is my first and only love. Most people know that their first love will not be their only love. But for me, she is both.

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David Levithan

It felt good to be surrounded by books, by all this solid knowledge, by these objects that could be ripped page by page but couldn't be torn if the pages all held together.

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David Levithan

It was the most amazing feeling in the world. to know that something right happened, and to know that it had happened not through luck or command but simply because it was right.

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David Levithan

Long live protest songs, in whatever form they take.

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David Levithan

You don't realize - the great thing about change is how quickly we get used to it. So I'm not complaining. the more things change,the more they don't stay the same. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise....

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David Levithan

We are not taught "love thy neighbor unless their skin is a different color from yours " or "love thy neighbor unless they don't make money as you do" or "love thy neighbor unless they don't share your...

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David Levithan

Because that's the thing about mean people: They make you think that the world will never work, that there are divides that you will fall into if you approach. It takes a whole lot of good people to fill...

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David Levithan

I just needed to realize that style was like personality - it didn't always have to be consistent; it just had to be something you lived with.

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David Levithan

I am proud that I defy your categories. I am proud that I don't fit easily into any box. I am proud of all the things I am and all the things i can be. Question yourself every time you think you only see...

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David Levithan

You're giving up. You're slipping into being miserable and if you are being miserable, then it's all about you again. But it's not all about you. Love doesn't work that way.

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David Levithan

Slowly would be better than not at all.

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David Levithan

apparel, n.: There are times I don’t mind doing the laundry, because folding your clothes reminds me of the shape of you.

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David Levithan

anchor, v.: I drift, I drift, I drift, you stay.

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David Levithan

The more kindness and justice are challenged, the more we must embrace them. Only when you are challenged - and only when you challenge yourself - do you discover what truly matters.

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David Levithan

If you want to be loved, be a lovable. It's a good place to start.

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David Levithan

Most people, I've noticed, are instinctively harsh to strangers. They expect every approach to be an attack, every question to be an interruption.

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David Levithan

But the thing about a cry for help is that someone else needs to be around to hear it.

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David Levithan

If I'm not telling you something, it's for a reason. Just because you trust me, it doesn't mean I have to automatically trust you. Trust doesn't work like that.

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David Levithan

Because what's the point of something virtual if it doesn't end up being real?

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David Levithan

It's almost heartening to think that the attachment you have can define your perception as much as any other influence.

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David Levithan

Sometimes memory tricks you. Sometimes beauty is best when it's distant.

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David Levithan

Beauty comes naturally, but it's hard to be stunning by accident.

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David Levithan

Every relationship has a hard part at the beginning. This is our hard part. It's not like a puzzle piece where there's an instant fit. With relationships, you have to shape the pieces on each end before...

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David Levithan

I will never have a photograph of her to carry around in my pocket. I will never have a letter in her handwriting, or a scrap-book of everything we've done. I will never share an apartment with her in...

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David Levithan

Once the storm comes out, the landscape changes. What you had before is altered in some way. And you have a choice: build something new and better from what is left or abandon it.

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David Levithan

everyone in our school has afterschool activities. mine is going home.

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David Levithan

There is something so intimate about saying the truth out loud. There is something so intimate about hearing the truth said. There is something so intimate about sharing the truth, even if you are not...

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David Levithan

You could be the leaf that never falls from the tree you could be the sun that never leaves the sky this might be the happy ending without the ending this might be a reason to try

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David Levithan

I want to write my life. I want to be able to write my life. You are a second away from saying it. You have no idea how much I love you.

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David Levithan

But there was something about you that made me think of sparks and motion.

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David Levithan

Maybe that's what history is, you go from one I can't believe it the next. And sometimes the I can't believe its are good, and sometimes they're bad. But the sum total of positive ones always outweighs...

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David Levithan

You know what happens to girls who loves lost boys? They become lost themselves.

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David Levithan

Her mind is an unquiet one, words and thoughts and impulses constantly crashing into each other.

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David Levithan

Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.

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David Levithan

I try to convince myself that it's the alcohol talking. But alcohol can't talk. It just sits there. It can't even get itself out of the bottle.

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David Levithan

I wake up feverish, sore, uncomfortable. Is it sickness or is it heartbreak? I can't tell. The thermometer says I'm normal, but I'm clearly not.

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David Levithan

It's the way you say thank you like you're genuinely thankful. I have never met anyone else who does that on a regular basis.

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David Levithan

The thing about champagne,you say, unfoiling the cork, unwinding the wire restraint, is that is the ultimate associative object. Every time you open a bottle of champagne, it's a celebration, so there's...

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David Levithan

It scares me how hard it is to remember life before you. I can't even make the comparisons anymore, because my memories of that time have all the depth of a photograph. It seems foolish to play games of...

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David Levithan

It feels like I am wasting time. I mean, that's always the case. My life doesn't add up to anything.

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David Levithan

Family, like arsenic, works best in small doses...unless you prefer to die.

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David Levithan

I want my own books to have their own shelves," you said, and that's how I knew it would be okay to live together.

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David Levithan

The most understandable thing in the world should be how minutes lead to hours, how hours lead to days, how days can make a year. And yet, this neat progression can still be surprising.

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David Levithan

I guess it's a choice we make," she said. "What's a choice?" I asked. And she said, "How much of the world we let in.

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David Levithan

Happiness is so rarely a part of my vocabulary, because for me it's so fleeting

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David Levithan

We didn't believe in fate, but we believed in serendipity. We felt very lucky.

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David Levithan

The minute I knew I was in love was the minute when there was no question about it.

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David Levithan

It's not the easy things that let you get to know a person.

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David Levithan

I don’t want to throw everything away for something uncertain.

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David Levithan

Every person is a possibility. The hopeless romantics feel it most acutely, but even for others, the only way to keep going is to see every person as a possibility.

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David Levithan

He’ll have to prove it to you. Every day, he’ll have to prove he’s worthy of you. And if he doesn’t, that’s it. But I think he will.

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David Levithan

Without you I wouldn't have been able to contain the hate. I would have used it against myself. You're the one who helped me control it. My mind spun out to other things. But it always came back to you.

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David Levithan

Is that all we need? Can the way we say each other's names encompass all our history, all our love, all our fear, all our fights, all our reunions, all of what we know about each other, all of what we...

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David Levithan

There are times when I worry that I've already lost myself. That is, that my self is so inseparable from being with you that if we were to separate, I would no longer be. I save this thought for when I...

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David Levithan

In school, the year was the marker. Fifth grade. Senior year of high school. Sophomore year of college. Then after, the jobs were the marker. That office. This desk. But now that school is over and I've...

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David Levithan

I say good-bye to hope, but I also say good-bye to hope's disappointment.

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David Levithan

Enlightenment is scary. Sometimes things look better in the dark.

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David Levithan

I am here because of love.

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David Levithan

Every day I am someone else. I am myself-I know I am myself-but I am also someone else. It has always been like this.

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David Levithan

Knowledge is the only thing I take with me when I go.

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David Levithan

I am jealous of anyone who can make other people care so much.

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David Levithan

It is an awful thing to be betrayed by your body. And it's lonely, because you feel you can't talk about it. You feel it's something between you and the body. You feel it's a battle you will never win...

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David Levithan

When Dawn looked at Vic, she saw Vic exactly as he wanted to be seen. Whereas Vic's parents couldn't help seeing who he used to be, and so many friends and strangers couldn't help seeing who he didn't...

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There is no such thing as no choice. There is always a choice. The only question is whether it's a bearable one.

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No choice is the wrong choice as long as you make a choice. The only wrong choice is choosing not to make one.

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David Foster Wallace

In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.

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Harry Brod

We need to be clear that there is no such thing as giving up one's privilege to be 'outside' the system. ONE IS ALWAYS IN THE SYSTEM. The only question is whether one is part of the system in a way which...

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Enrico Fermi

One might be led to question whether the scientists acted wisely in presenting the statesmen of the world with this appalling problem. Actually there was no choice. Once basic knowledge is acquired, any...

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W. H. Auden

All I have is a voice to undo the folded lie, the romantic lie in the brain of the sensual man-in-the-street and the lie of Authority whose buildings grope the sky: There is no such thing as the State...

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W. H. Auden

There is no such thing as the State And no one exists alone; Hunger allows no choice To the citizen or the police; We must love one another or die.

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Robert A. Heinlein

There is no such thing as 'social gambling.' Either you are there to cut the other bloke's heart out and eat it -- or you're a sucker. If you don't like this choice -- don't gamble.

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Muriel Rukeyser

I think there is a choice possible to us at any moment, as long as we live. But there is no sacrifice. There is a choice, and the rest falls away. Second choice does not exist. Beware of those who talk...

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Benjamin Tucker

There are some troubles from which mankind can never escape .... have never claimed that liberty will bring perfection; they simply say that its results are vastly preferable to those that follow from...

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Elaine Dundon

Become a creative thinking detective! Ask probing questions. There is no such thing as a wasted question.

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Gregory Maguire

No one controls your destiny. Even at the very worst - there is always choice.

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Peter Kreeft

If God is the Creator of all things and evil is a thing, then God is the Creator of evil and He is to be blamed for its existence. No, evil is not a thing but a wrong choice, or the damage done by a wrong...

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Liu Shaoqi

There is no such thing as a perfect leader either in the past or present, in China or elsewhere. If there is one, he is only pretending, like a pig inserting scallions into its nose in an effort to look...

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Gregory David Roberts

There is no man, and no place, without war. The only thing we can do is choose a side, and fight. That is the only choice we get - who we fight for, who we fight against. That is life.

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Rajneesh

By thinking you cannot decide. It is not a question of deciding as a logical conclusion, it is a question of choiceless awareness. You need a mind without thoughts. In other words, you need a no-mind,...

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Margaret Thatcher

Choice is the essence of ethics: if there were no choice there would be no ethics, no good, no evil; good and evil have meaning only insofar as man is free to choose.

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Samuel Reshevsky

We often hear the terms 'positional' and 'tactical' used as opposites. But this is as wrong as to consider a painting's composition unrelated to its subject. Just as there is no such thing as 'artistic'...

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Ase-Marie Nesse

There are no footprints on the sea and no road-signs, not a single guard-stone or post, and no bends, only paths of light and dark from which to choose, the choice is always a difficult navigation and...

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Esther Hicks

For good-intentioned people making decisions, there's no such thing as a bad choice. So it doesn't matter what you choose. Choose something, then deliberately line up with the choice you make. This is...

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Michael Jordan

There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don't believe there is only one greatest player either.

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