Sarah Dessen

«I didn't pretend to know Eli at all, but even so, I'd noticed that his manner was slightly hard to read. It was something in the way he talked that made it difficult to tell whether he was kidding or serious or what. This bothered me. Or intrigued me. Or both.»

Sarah Dessen


«La música [...] fue una vía de escape. Todo lo demás estaba cambiando o llegaba a su fin, pero la música era un recurso vasto, infinito.»

Sarah Dessen


«It didn't make you noble to step away from something that wasn't working, even if you thought you were the reason for the malfunction. Especially then. It just made you a quitter. Because if you were the problem, chances were you could also be the solution. The only way to find out was to take another shot.»

Sarah Dessen


«You know, when it works, love is pretty amazing. It's not overrated. There's a reason for all those songs.»

Sarah Dessen


«But that was the problem with having the answers. It was only after you gave them that you realized they sometimes weren't what people wanted to hear.»

Sarah Dessen


«It's not that I believe everything happens for a reason. It's just that... I just think that some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It's the universe's way of providing contrast, you know? There have to be a few holes in the road. It's how life is.»

Sarah Dessen


«The way I see it is that some things are just meant to be the way they are.»

Sarah Dessen


«The best gifts come from the heart, not the store.»

Sarah Dessen


«So you should remember that, when you're thinking about what other people can deal with. Maybe it's not so bad.»

Sarah Dessen


«You couldn't just pick and choose at will when someone depended on you, or loved you. It wasn't like a light switch, easy to turn on or off. If you were in, you were in. Out, you were out.»

Sarah Dessen


«The choices you make now, the people you surround yourself with, they all have the potential to affect your life, even who you are, forever.»

Sarah Dessen


«What you do in your dreams is never your choice. But it made me happy anyway.»

Sarah Dessen


«what you have to decide, is how you want your life to be. if your forever was ending tomorrow, would this b the way you'd want to have spent it?»

Sarah Dessen


«All I want is someone decent.” She sniffled again, her eyes filling with tears. “You know? Kind. Good. Like in all those love stories I’m such an expert on. It can’t just be fiction. It can’t. Those guys are out there, I know it. I just can’t find them.” Those guys were out there. In fact, one was watching us right now, somewhere nearby. Keeping his distance, knowing she needed me to herself right then, but still, just outside the door.»

Sarah Dessen


«I didn't want to leave things the way we had, unresolved, ... and tried to tell myself he cared about me enough not to look elsewhere for what I wasn't giving him.»

Sarah Dessen


«It was amazing how you could get so far from where you'd planned, and yet find it was exactly were you needed to be.»

Sarah Dessen


«You should never be surprised when someone treats you with respect, you should expect it.»

Sarah Dessen


«Well, it's true that I have been hurt in my life. Quite a bit. But it's also true that I have loved, and been loved. and that carries a weight of its own. A greater weight, in my opinion. It's like that pie chart we talked about earlier. in the end, I'll look back on my life and see that the greatest piece of it»

Sarah Dessen


«For me, family means the silent treatment. At any given moment, someone is always not speaking to someone else.'»

Sarah Dessen


«Family," she announced. "They're the people in your life you don't get to pick. The ones that are given to you,as opposed to those you get to choose."»

Sarah Dessen


«But wasn't that always the way. It's never something huge that changes everything, but instead the tiniest of details, irrevocably tweaking the balance of the universe while you're busy focusing on the big picture.»

Sarah Dessen


«If you didn't love him, this never would have happened. But you did. And accepting that love and everything that followed it is part of letting it go.»

Sarah Dessen


«...But that's just the thing, right? Family isn't something that's supposed to be static or set. People marry in, divorce out. They're born, they die. It's always evolving, turning into something else.»

Sarah Dessen


«Some people, they can't just move on, you know, mourn and cry and be done with it. Or at least seem to be. But for me... I don't know. I didn't want to fix it, to forget. It wasn't something that was broken. It's just...something that happened. And like that hole, I'm just finding ways, every day, of working around it. Respecting and remembering and getting on at the same time.»

Sarah Dessen


«The future was one thing that could never be broken, because it had not yet had the chance to be anything.»

Sarah Dessen


«The worst thing you can do if you miss or need someone is let them know it.»

Sarah Dessen


«The thing is, you can’t always have the best of everything. Because for a life to be real, you need it all: good and bad, beach and concrete, the familiar and the unknown, big talkers and small towns.»

Sarah Dessen


«Sometimes there isn't a good guy or a bad guy. Sometimes even the ones you want to believe turn out to be liars.»

Sarah Dessen


«It’s the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth.»

Sarah Dessen


«Oh darling, don't be bitter. It's the first instinct of the weak.»

Sarah Dessen