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I flee what I can’t fight. What can only do me harm.

Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

What is the worst pain? To me, it’s always the pain that is present.

Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

There are only some many times you can utter “It does not hurt” before it begins to hurt even more than the hurt.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Every widow wakes one morning, perhaps after years of pure and unwavering grieving, to realize she slept a good night’s sleep, and will be able to eat breakfast, and doesn’t hear her husband’s ghost all the time, but only some of the time. Her grief is replaced with a useful sadness. Every parent who loses a child finds a way to laugh again. The timbre begins to fade. The edge dulls. The hurt lessens. Every love is carved from loss. Mine was. Yours is. Your great-great-great-grandchildren’s will be. But we learn to live in that love.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

It’s wrong to hurt even bad people. Because they don’t know any better, and because bad people sometimes become good.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

It always hurts more to have and lose than to not have in the first place.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Much of my life had been devoted to trying not to cry in front of people who loved me, so I knew what Augustus was doing. You clench your teeth. You look up. You tell yourself that if they see you cry, it will hurt them, and you will be nothing but a Sadness in their lives, and you must not become a mere sadness, so you will not cry, and you say all of this to yourself while looking up at the ceiling, and then you swallow even though your throat does not want to close and you look at the person who loves you and smile.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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