Quotes I have breathlessly admired

I’ve been pierced by a few quotes this summer. Some I read and reflect upon the way a religious person might reflect upon a scripture. Some describe my stories, or remind me of something, or are a lesson, or reflect something True. Here are a few of them…

A quote that resonated with me personally. I think I’m a bit of a weed. A vine maybe.

You who share my origin: do you share my ruin, also? My weed-nature keeps me around, I tell you. I grow most abundant where I’m met with neglect.

Jennie Xie, Umbrian Paces

If I had to choose a quote for my secondary work in progress, something that got to the core of the main character’s motivation, this would be a near-perfect encapsulation.

I am afraid I will love you forever and we will never be in the same room again.

Clementine von Radics, In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive

This is one of those things that hits you hard.

If I have the destruction of something that I once loved to carry with me at all times, isn’t it like I still have a companion?

Hanif Abdurraquib, “Rumours and the Currecy of Heartbreak,” They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

If you live in the U.S. right now, this should shake you up.

Your beliefs will be the light by which you see, but they will not be what you see and they will not be a substitute for seeing.

Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners

Anger is a form of caring, which is why I try to let non-productive anger go. This one is a good reminder.

Indifference is the strongest contempt.

Ha Jin, A Good Fall

And oh god this one…

the core of repulsion is recognition.

Caitlin Scarano, “Deer Season,” The Necessity of Wildfire

I’m in this quote and I don’t like it.

You aren’t afraid of love. You’re afraid of all the junk you’ve yoked to love

Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

Aren’t words, in a sense, like doorways?

Have a quote that resonates? Leave it in the comments. Words are my addiction. Please feed me.

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