"What a wonderful thing it would be, to watch him fall in love with me. To see his eyes light up with the realisation."
"Like wildflowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would."
"Don’t kiss me if you’re afraid of thunder. My life is a storm."
"Date a boy who makes you happy, but marry him only if he makes you laugh deep-belly rumbles that hurt your ribs as they expand outwards. Date him when he sees that you’re hurting and he gives you a moment to feel that pain like a hand print spreading across your consciousness, marry him only if he can make you smile even while you’re gross sobbing. The world is not a kind place. You will feel a lot of pain. Make sure you are with someone who makes it all bearable. Humor is an excellent gauge of intelligence. Life gets boring. Find someone who makes the banal interesting."
"Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them."
"I need to tell you something that’s been on my mind for a while now. Mainly because I have a hard time keeping things to myself. We both know I’m a terrible liar, and keeping quiet is as good dishonesty. What I’m trying to say is that I’m in love with you.
And I’ve been terrified to say so, not because I fear that you don’t love me back, but because I’m afraid it’ll catch you of guard and scare you away. I don’t need to know if you feel the same way. I just need you to know that I’ve realized life is too short, and too many things go left unsaid, but I refuse to let this be one of them. I can’t imagine what I have with you with anyone else.
It must have something to do with the way you look at me as if I’m the only person in a crowded room, or how you kiss me as if I was the last drop of water on this earth, or a combination of the thousands of things that you do to make me feel like I’m the single most important thing that has ever happened to you.
There doesn’t even need to be a name for the way you make me feel. Chances are, I’d be spending a lifetime trying to figure it out."
Simon Van Booy, Everything Beautiful Began After
"I keep hoping that you’ll choose me, despite the fact that I know I was never an option to begin with."