After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security,
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises,
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today,
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans,
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure…
That you really are strong,
And you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn…
With every goodbye you learn.
- Veronica Shoffstall, “Comes the Dawn” (via larmoyante)
Every poem is about you. Even the ones
about other people, they’re for your eyes
only. Everyone else who reads this is just a stranger
looking through the window at us.
It always comes back to you.
It will always come back to you.
- Clementine von Radics, It’s The Way (via larmoyante)
I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am. Most of the time, they seem like the only thing I am.
- Veronica Roth, Insurgent (via larmoyante)
When you are your own best friend, you don’t endlessly seek out relationships, friendships, and validation from the wrong sources because you realize that the only approval and validation you need is your own.
- Mandy Hale, The Single Woman (via larmoyante)
Basically we are all looking for someone who knows who we are and will break it to us gently.
- Robert Brault (via larmoyante)
I told you
I’d love you
and I did;

it was you
who cut forever
in half.
- Pavana पवन (via larmoyante)
Before you left, you held my hand
gently, briefly, and I could feel
everything I love about you
in your hand. I could feel all of you.
- Iviva Olenick (via larmoyante)
Know that I loved you. Know that it was not enough.
- Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising (via larmoyante)
My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn’t go as planned, and that’s okay.
- Rachel Wolchin (via larmoyante)
Changing your perspectives will not only transform you but also the whole world.
- Park Ji Hae (via larmoyante)