• Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it

    Ann Brashares
  • When you feel someone else's pain and joy as powerfully as if it were your own, then you know you really loved them

    Ann Brashares
  • Let me love you, but don't love me back. Do love me and let me hate you for a while. Let me feel like I have some control, because I know I never do

    Ann Brashares
  • Love who you love while you have them. That's all you can do. Let them go when you must. If you know how to love, you'll never run out

    Ann Brashares
  • Maybe happiness didn't have to be about the big, sweeping circumstances, about having everything in your life in place. Maybe it was about stringing together a bunch of small pleasures. Wearing slippers and watching the Miss Universe contest. Eating a brownie with vanilla ice cream. Getting to level seven in Dragon Master and knowing there were twenty more levels to go. Maybe happiness was just a matter of the little upticks- the traffic signal that said "Walk" the second you go there- and downticks- the itch tag at the back of your collar- that happened to every person in the course of the day. Maybe everybody had the same allotted measure of happiness within each day. maybe it didn't matter if you were a world-famous heartthrob or a painful geek. Maybe it didn't matter if your friend was possibly dying. Maybe you just got through it. Maybe that was all you could ask for

    Ann Brashares
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