Pg. 126: “The things you hope for the most are the things that destroy you in the end.”

Pg. 174: “when things break, it’s not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It’s because a little piece gets lost-the two remaining ends couldn’t fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape had changed.”

Pg. 247: “shouldn’t letting go be painless if you’ve never learned how to hold on?”

Pg. 249: “mom: need is never a good basis for any relationship, it has to be much more than that.”

Pg. 275: “this whole time, I’ve thought the silent treatment was working. Because it’s not like I miss her. Then I realize that missing her or not missing her isn’t the point. The point is that I’m still carrying around what happened as much as she is. And I need to get rid of it. Because both of us poured the toxins into our toxic friendship. And while I don’t exactly invent an imaginary boyfriend trap, I certainly contributed enough errors to our trials. There’s no way we’re ever going to find an ideal state of it. But I guess I’m seeing that we have to at least make it to an it we can bear.”

Pg. 277: “I want to see through all the performance and all the pretending and get right to the truth. And maybe this is the most truth that Maura and I will ever find-an acknowledgement of the lie, and of the feelings that fell behind it….. This is why we call people exes, I guess- because the paths that cross in the middle end up separating at the end. It’s too easy to see an X as a cross-out. It’s not, because there’s no way to cross out something like that. The X is a diagram of two paths.”

Pg. 304-305: “tiny: it’s all about the falling/you land and you get up so you can fall again/it’s all about falling/I won’t be afraid to hit that wall again….. Maybe tonight you’re scared of falling, and maybe there’s somebody here or somewhere else you’re thinking about,worrying over, fretting over, trying to figure out if you want to fall, or how and when you’re going to land, and I gotta tell you friends that to stop thinking about the landing, because it’s all about the falling…….. Maybe there is something you’re afraid to say or someone you’re afraid to love, or somewhere you’re afraid to go. It’s gonna hurt. It’s gonna hurt because it matters…… But I just fell and landed and I am still standing here to tell you that you’ve gotta learn to love the falling, because it’s all about the falling.”

Pg. 310: “but the truth? Everybody has it. That’s our curse and our blessing. That’s our trial and our error and our it.”