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Alright, so I know a lot of people on my flist have been having a rough time lately. For so many reasons, life seems to be kicking people in the teeth left and right and it doesn't seem like any of the people I love are immune to it. So I was trying to think of something encouraging and - sit down, this might shock you - I decided to pull some quotes from some of my favorite books. The ones I've chosen are all YA, but they all transport me immediately to a place where it feels like I'm going to be okay. I hope that some of them work for you, if you need it.




The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky (possibly the greatest YA novel of all time, imo)
"We accept the love we think we deserve."

"So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be."

"It's just that I don't want to be somebody's crush. If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don't want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it too."

"Please believe that things are good with me, and even when they're not, they will be soon enough. And I will always believe the same about you."

"I just need to know that someone out there listens and understands and doesn't try to sleep with someone even if they could have. I need to know these people exist."

"I'm going to do what I want to do. I'm going to be who I really am. And I'm going to figure out what that is. And we could all sit around and wonder and feel bad about each other and blame a lot of people for what they did or didn't do or what they didn't know. I don't know. I guess there could always be someone to blame. It's just different. Maybe it's good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there. Because it's okay to feel things. I was really there. And that was enough to make me feel infinite. I feel infinite."

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
"Maybe there's something you're afraid to say, or someone you're afraid to love, or somewhere you're afraid to go. It's gonna hurt. It's gonna hurt because it matters."

"NO. No no no. I don't want to screw you. I just love you. When did who you want to screw become the whole game? Since when is the person you want to screw the only person you get to love? It's so stupid, Tiny! I mean, Jesus, who even gives a fuck about sex?! People act like it's the most important thing humans do, but come on. How can our sentient fucking lives revolve around something slugs can do. I mean, who you want to screw and whether you screw them? Those are important questions, I guess. But they're not that important. You know what's important? Who would you die for? Who do you wake up at five forty-five in the morning for even though you don't even know why he needs you?"

"I feel like my life is so scattered right now. Like it's all the small pieces of paper and someone's turned on the fan. But, talking to you makes me feel like the fan's been turned off for a little bit. Like things could actually make sense. You completely unscatter me, and I appreciate that so much."

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
"I'm thinking I would like to dance in the rain with this person. I would like to lie next to him in the dark and watch him breathe and watch him sleep and wonder what he's dreaming about and not get an inferiority complex if the dreams aren't about me."

"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 and pushes and breaths and grasps and teases and glimmers and rubs and expectation."

"Some spray-painted graffiti on the wall asks, Is it nothing to you all who pass by? Lamentations 1:12 and I think, No, Lord, whoever the hell You are, this is not nothing to me. This counts."

Boy Meets Boy by 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 to lift off his troubles for a moment so that the only thing he can feel is my presence, my support."



This is by no means comprehensive; they're just my go-to feel-good selections. They probably aren't yours, so please share your favorite happy-making things! Songs, movie quotes, television quotes, book selections, videos - whatever makes you smile! And if you're one of those people who are struggling right now, I hope you can find something here that makes you smile today. I love you guys!
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