I figured today I would share some book quotes I have found along the way that touched me in a way I had to write them down. They touched my heart with either addiction, anxiety, depression, etc. I hope maybe some of these will connect with you all as well.
- “They say there are different stages of grief- shock, guilt, anger, depression. But all those feelings collided and came crashing in on me all at one.” – Annie Kagan
- “It’s funny that, how little kids will love their parents no matter how shit they are, because they don’t know any different. And then one day, one day that all changes. And that makes me sad.” – ‘ Mirror Mirror’ By Cara Delevingne
- “It takes a long time to build a life, but only an instant for it to crumble. It takes many years- decades, maybe a lifetime to become the person you truly are. The path is almost always circuitous, and I think there’s a reason for that, for life to be built around trial and error. We are shaped and created by our trials.” – ‘A Nearly Normal Family’ By M. T. Edvardsson
- “You’re so sensitive…you were always such a sensitive child, the one with all the fear. Well maybe if I had myself for a big brother, I’d be scared too.”- ‘The Afterlife Of Billy Fingers’ By Annie Kagan
- “But that was Stella’s way. It didn’t look like alcoholism when you were drinking fine wine instead of rotgut vodka. Money could disguise just about anything.” -‘ Necessary People’ By Anna Pitoniak
- “I wasn’t crying for my brother- or myself- or even that poor homeless man. I was crying for all of us. There’s so much pain everywhere, and we just close our eyes to it. The truth is we’re all scared. We’re terrified of each other.” – ‘The Silent Patient’ By Alex Michaelides
- “Before Zach died, she though grief happened in your head. She didn’t know that your whole body ached with it, that it screwed up your digestive system, your menstrual cycle, your sleep patterns, your skin. You wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy.” – ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ By Liane Moriarty
- “Depression is a serious illness. It’s physically painful, debilitating. And you can’t just decide to get over it in the same way you can’t just decide to get over cancer. Sadness is a normal human condition, no different from happiness. You wouldn’t think of happiness as an illness. Sadness and happiness need each other. To exist each relies on the other, is what I mean.- ‘I’m Thinking Of Ending Things’ By Iain Reid
- “His death was the ultimate fuck you.” – ‘ Nine Perfect Strangers’ By Liane Moriarty
- “Love does that. It makes you feel infinite and invincible, like the whole world is open to you, anything is achievable, and each day will be filled with wonder. Maybe it’s the act of opening yourself up, letting someone else in. Or maybe it’s the act of caring so deeply about another person that it expands your heart. I’ve heard so many people say some version of ‘I never knew how much I could love another human being until…’ And after until is usually like my niece was born or I gave birth to a child or I adopted a baby. I never knew how much I could love another being until I met you.” -‘The Light We Lost’ By Jill Santopolo
- “I really wanted to get out of there, but I didn’t have the wherewithal to act like a normal person and get myself on a plane.” – Annie Kagan
- “To young people, I would like to say: stay calm when things are hard or not going right with you. You will get through it when you persevere instead of quitting. Quitting leads to much less happiness in life than perseverance and hope.”-Salva Dut in the book ‘A Long Walk To Water’ By Linda Sue Park
- “What is grief?” “I say ‘What is it to miss someone? When someone is taken from you, they take a piece of you with them. A piece that can never be replaced by anything else. The grief, the loss, is there forever. And it hurts. It bleeds, and aches, and then it falls off. And it bleeds again. One day it becomes a scar. The wound heals, but the scar remains’…”After a few years sadness and loss have changed you.” I continue. “They’ve become part of your life. No day passes without that grief being there, you never forget. It’s part of you, of who you are.” – ‘Tell Me Your Mine’ By Elisabeth Noreback
- “Grief is only ever yours and so is guilt. It’s not something you can share.” -‘Sometimes I Lie’ By Alice Feeney
- “The world opens up; history stretches behind you, and the future stretches before you, and you’re suddenly aware of the wild, unknowable interior lives of everyone around you, the realization that each and every person lives in an unspoken world as full and strange as your own, and that you can’t ever hope to entirely know anything, not even yourself. But just as the world is opening up, it’s closing too, and things reveal their previously unimagined shapes.” – ‘The Burning Girl’ By Claire Melissa
- “But the truth was, you could go so much further than your body said you could, because when the body quit, the heart took over, and the heart was more powerful than any muscle in the body. It had led woman to lift cars off children. It had led men to sacrifice their own lives for their friends- even some of their enemies. You couldn’t teach that kind of strength. You had to live it. You had to believe what others who had been to that dark place told you. In whispers. In silence. ‘Trust me. There’s joy down there.’ You could believe them, but you still had to live it.” – ‘Beyond The Point’ By Claire Gibson
- “This is what I know about loss:
- It doesn’t get better. You just get (somewhat) used to it.
- You never stop missing the people who go away.
- For something that isn’t there anymore, it weighs a ton.
…By the time I started eating- really eating- the loss was already so big it felt like I was carrying around the world. So carrying the weight wasn’t any heavier. It was trying to carry around BOTH that got to be too much. Which is why sometimes you have to set some of it down. You can’t carry all of it forever.” – ‘Holding Up The Universe’ By Jennifer Niven
I really hope you let some of these quotes really sink in. They may not, and that’s okay because everyone has unique situations to which they relate to things. I just hope some of these connected for some of you like they connected for me. I would love for you all to share some quotes that touched you or a quote that really made you stop and think! Comment below!