Do not mock a pain that you haven’t endured.
There is no beauty without some strangeness.
— Edgar Allan Poe
Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
— Henry David Thoreau
I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
— Anais Nin