Looking into another person’s eyes for an extended period of time proved to be a powerful thing. And if you don’t believe me, try it yourself.

There will always be part of me that is dirty and sloppy, but I like that, just like all the other parts of myself.

When she needed help most, she was abandoned – and only when she offered help to others was she beloved.

It hurts to look at the clouds, but it also helps, like most things that cause pain.

You need to know that it’s your actions that will make you a good person, not desire.

You need to make time for your family no matter what happens in your life.

Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly.

If clouds are blocking the sun, there will always be a silver lining that reminds me to keep on trying.

I don’t want to stay in the bad place, where no one believes in silver linings or love or happy endings.