Well, it’s true that I have been hurt

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 was love. The problems, the divorces, the sadness… those will be there too, but just smaller slivers, tiny pieces.
— Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby

The only calibration that counts is how much

The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all.
— Ted Hughes, Letters of Ted Hughes

Eventually something you love is going to be

Eventually something you love is going to be taken away. And then you will fall to the floor crying. And then, however much later, it is finally happening to you: you?re falling to the floor crying thinking, I am falling to the floor crying, but there?s an element of the ridiculous to it ? you knew it would happen and, even worse, while you?re on the floor crying you look at the place where the wall meets the floor and you realize you didn?t paint it very well.
— Richard Siken