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391 Inspiring Quotes by Sarah Dessen

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Wikipedia Summary for Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen (born June 6, 1970) is an American novelist who lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

girl and boy figurines

Because now, I didn't care what they thought. It wasn't new, this realization that I would never be like them. What was different now was that I was glad. Macy page 199.

--Sarah Dessen

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That's not a real answer.'
Says who?'
Says me. I mean real fear, like of failure, of death, of regret. Like that. Something that keeps you awake nights, questioning your very existence.'
Clowns.

--Sarah Dessen

brown wooden surface

In the dark everyone felt the same: the edges blurred. When I think of myself then, what I was like two years ago, I feel like a wound in a bad place, prone to be bumped on corners or edges. Never able to heal.

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And that was it; it was so easy for her. My own memories did not even belong to me. But I knew she was wrong. I had seen that comet. I knew it as well as I knew my own face, my own hands. My own heart.

--Sarah Dessen

aerial view of green lake surrounded by green trees during daytime

Everyone can make scrambled eggs, Remy. It's programmed into you at birth, the default setting. Like being able to swim and knowing not to mix pickles with oatmeal. You just know.

--Sarah Dessen



aerial photo of foggy mountains

Please. She sighed. "Can't a girl have high standards? I don't want an ordinary boy."

--Sarah Dessen



man and woman kissing

You only really fall apart in front of the people you know can piece you back together.

--Sarah Dessen



closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

Are you crazy? Flirting with Eli Stock in front of Belissa Norwood, in Belissa Norwood's house, while eating Belissa Norwood's cupcakes?

--Sarah Dessen




black and white bird on seashore

I don't talk about my books while I'm writing them: not even my husband knows what a novel's about until it's done.

--Sarah Dessen


sunset

But all the love in the world won't save a sinking ship. You have to either bail or jump overboard.

--Sarah Dessen


cluster of stars in the sky

"It was just one of those things," I said, "You know, that just happen. You don't think or plan. You just do it."

--Sarah Dessen

2 people riding on boat during sunset

Looking at the pond, all I could think was that it is an incredivle thing, how a whole world can rise from what seems like nothing at all.

--Sarah Dessen

close-up photography of building

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

men running toward beach

I didnt pay atteniton to times or distance, instead focusing on how it felt just to be in motion, knowing it wasn't about the finish line but how I got there that mattered.

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white wall paint with white wall paint

This is exactly what i wanted, as commitments had never really been my thing. And it wasn't like it was hard, either. The only trick was never giving more than you were willing to lose.

--Sarah Dessen

Arizona landscape

What was it like to be so confident even in your failings that you weren't the least bit bothered when other people pointed them out? I was almost envious.

--Sarah Dessen


assorted-color beach houses

Holding people away from you, and denying yourself love, that doesn't make you strong. if anything, it makes you weaker. Because you're doing it out of fear.

--Sarah Dessen


pink and teal striped textile

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


close up shot of white flower

But there was something I liked about the idea of those seeds buried so deep having at least a chance to emerge.

--Sarah Dessen

woman carrying baby while walking

It seemed amazing to me that one night could hold so much, from a merry-go-round to a Pop-Tart with frosting to the most beautiful singing I'd ever heard.

--Sarah Dessen

seashore during golden hour

I'm really happy to have the chance to talk about the editing process. It's something that I think doesn't get the weight it deserves, especially with the rise of self-publishing.

--Sarah Dessen


A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

I think part of the problem sometimes is that there's so much happening in my books, to whittle it down into a single script is hard.

--Sarah Dessen



blue and white abstract painting

I just have to be super strong when it comes to my work time. Shut the browser, ignore the email alerts, and just write.

--Sarah Dessen


coffee mug on top of tablecloth beside ashtray

All I'd ever wanted was to forget. but even when I thought I had, pieces had kept emerging, like bits of wood floating up to the surface that only hint at the shipwreck below.

--Sarah Dessen

Arizona landscape

I was born in 1970 in Illinois, but all the life I remember I've spent in Chapel Hill, N.C.

--Sarah Dessen

focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf

Once, I was easy. Now, I was choosy. See? Big difference.

--Sarah Dessen



pink and white flowers on white surface

Why does she have wings?'
So she can fly.

--Sarah Dessen

two person standing while watching sky

Say what you will, but you're never prepared for the surprise attack.

--Sarah Dessen

mountain dew during sunrise

Because anyone that can make you feel that bad about yourself is toxic.

--Sarah Dessen


man in black shirt wearing cowboy hat

You're not the kind of person who smiles for nothing, Colie. I have to earn every one.

--Sarah Dessen

milky way wallpaper

It wasn't so much that I was positive. I just wasn't fully subscribing to such a negative way of thinking anymore.

--Sarah Dessen

brown and gray floral textile

"It's not always easy being her daughter."
"I think," she said, "sometimes it's hard no matter whose daughter you are."

--Sarah Dessen

leafless tree

When you don't know where you're going, maybe it wasn't such a bad thing to have more than you need.

--Sarah Dessen

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

If there's one thing I've learned in the last few months, it's that sometimes you just have to close your eyes and jump.

--Sarah Dessen

red strawberry fruit on red surface

See for me, it's immediate. Silence is so freaking loud.' This seemed either deep or deeply oxymoronic. I wasn't sure which.

--Sarah Dessen

icy mountain scenery

The dark was still a mystery, something hidden, something to be scared of, but I'd come to fear the light, too. It was where everything was revealed, or seemed to be.

--Sarah Dessen

blue textile on brown wooden table

If you could just be nice, then you wouldn't have to worry about arguments at all. but being nice wasn't as easy as it seemed, especially when the rest of the world could be so mean.

--Sarah Dessen


low-angle photo of white daisy

People don't change. If anything, you get more set in your ways as you get older, not less.

--Sarah Dessen


woman carrying baby while walking

I wanted to tell him so. Find the right words, string them together in the ideal way, knowing that here they would have the best chance of sounding perfect.

--Sarah Dessen

lightning strike at night

Stuff that would be weird in the bright light of day just wasn't so much once you passed a certain hour.

--Sarah Dessen

bokeh photography

I took his wildness from him and tried to fold it into myself, filling up the empty spaces all those second place finishes left behind.

--Sarah Dessen

pair of white lace-up shoes

It seemed like this day could go in so many directions, like a spiderweb shooting out toward endless possibilities.

--Sarah Dessen

silhouette of stones during golden hour

How it felt to have the world moving beneath me, a hand gripping mine, knowing if I fell, at least I wouldn't do it alone.

--Sarah Dessen



white wall paint with black shadow

But anyone can begin. It was the part with all the promise, the potential, the things I loved. More and more, though, I was finding myself wanting to find out what happened in the end.

--Sarah Dessen

black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime

It wasn't about being happy or unhappy. I just didn't want to be me anymore.

--Sarah Dessen


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There has to be a middle. Without it, nothing can ever truly be whole. Because it is not just the space between, but also what holds everything together.

--Sarah Dessen

sunset

She was just a shell of her former self, functioning and talking but hardly alive.

--Sarah Dessen

green background

Wherever you will go, I will let you down, But this lullaby goes on.

--Sarah Dessen

selective focus photography of stones on sand

My books are so tame!

--Sarah Dessen

brown and gray brick wall

We all have one idea of what the color blue is, but pressed to describe it specifically, there are so many ways: the ocean, lapis lazuli, the sky, someone's eyes. Our definitions are as different as we are ourselves.

--Sarah Dessen


stainless steel key on brown rod

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

mountains under orange kies

It was hard to remember what the yard had looked like even twelve hours before, undisturbed and pristine. Like it takes so little to change something, but to make you forget the way it once was, as well.

--Sarah Dessen

black and gray floral textile

So I just decided to relax into it, bumpy and crazy as it might be, and try for once to just go along for the ride.

--Sarah Dessen


silhouette of stones during golden hour

Maybe we were all destined to just keep doing the same stupid things, over and over again, never really learning a single thing.

--Sarah Dessen

brown houses in front of hill under starry night

Impulsiveness can be charming but deliberation can have an appeal, as well.

--Sarah Dessen


man standing on cliff under white sky

Those who truly fail in my eyes are the ones who never try at all. The ones who sit on the couch and whine and moan and wait for the world to change for them.

--Sarah Dessen

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

As he heard me approach, he quickly leaped up, grabbing a nearby loaf of bread and holding it in front of him as if struck by a sudden desire to make a sandwich.

--Sarah Dessen



rainbow desert

Fall in love with someone who truly deserves your heart. Not with someone who plays with it.

--Sarah Dessen

orange and white stone fragment

I can say I made a lot of mistakes, but I don't regret things. Because at least I didn't spend a life standing outside, wondering what living would be like.

--Sarah Dessen




silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that's what makes you strong.

--Sarah Dessen

people inside temple painting

The first step is always the hardest.

--Sarah Dessen

palm tree under orange sky

So I left him there alone to watch history repeat the same events retold again and again on his own.

--Sarah Dessen

women's black and pink monokini

I wondered if he ever thought of me, and hated the pang I felt when I told myself he didn't.

--Sarah Dessen


street lamp

Sometimes a question can hurt more than an answer.

--Sarah Dessen

people in the street painting

For you, I wish for second chances.

--Sarah Dessen



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Like a word on a page that you've printed and read a million times, that suddenly looks strange or wrong, foreign. And you feel scared for a second, like you've lost something, even if you're not sure what it is.

--Sarah Dessen

sunset highway

The thing is I'm a great believer in the perfect moment. They don't come around that often.

--Sarah Dessen

black and white giraffe on brown grass field

Total commitment. You know, the idea of discovering something that, for all intents and purposes, goes against your abilities, and yet still deciding to do it anyway. That takes guts, you know?

--Sarah Dessen

leafless tree

I wanted to be somewhere else ... Someplace where the sight of me sobbing would tie me to no one and no one to me.

--Sarah Dessen

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

How it seemed like you could see everything, but certain things were blocked out, hidden.

--Sarah Dessen

Dark purple to red to orange gradient

Pieces and parts were always easier to process. The full picture, the entire story, was another thing entirely. But you just never knew. Sometimes, people could surprise you.

--Sarah Dessen


person holding white and yellow flower painting

Sometimes love can be an ugly thing.

--Sarah Dessen

people near body of water

I'd been running for years: there was nothing scarier, to me, than to just be still with someone. And yet, there on that dark road, going home, I was.

--Sarah Dessen

yellow and white painted wall

And trying to break it down this way, to minor and major offenses, maybes and what-ifs, was like arguing over the origin of cracks in a broken egg. It was done. How it happened didn't matter anymore.

--Sarah Dessen

white satellite dish under starry night

It was great. Freedom even the imagined kind always is.

--Sarah Dessen

flying blue and green hummingbird

How weird that must be, to stay the same as everyone else changes.

--Sarah Dessen

sunset

I mean, at least with an argument, you know what's happening. Or have some idea. Silence is...it could be anything.

--Sarah Dessen

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

You can't always get the perfect moment. Sometimes, you just have to do the best you can under the circumstances.

--Sarah Dessen

body of water

Now, see," Wes said, nodding at my plate, "this is going to blow your mind." I looked at him. "It's a waffle, not the second coming.

--Sarah Dessen

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

Look. We both know life is short, Macy. Too short to waste a single second with anyone who doesn't appreciate and value you.

--Sarah Dessen

Longer Version:

Look. We both know life is short, Macy. Too short to waste a single second with anyone who doesn't appreciate and value you." You said the other day life was long," I shot back. "Which is it?" It's both," she said, shrugging. "It all depends on how you choose to live it. It's like forever, always changing." Nothing can be two opposite things at once," I said. "It's impossible." No," she replied, squeezing my hand, "what's impossible is that we actually think it could be anything OTHER than that.



green mountain ]

Everything looks different when you're older, not staring up at the world but down upon it.

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An ending was an ending. No matter how many pages of sentences and paragraphs of great stories led up to it, it would always have the last word.

--Sarah Dessen

None

Maybe it was true, and being a girl could be about interest rates and skinny jeans, riding bikes and wearing pink. Not about any one thing, but everything.

--Sarah Dessen

person in black top carrying brown wicker basket

There are some things in this world you rely on, like a sure bet. And when they let you down, shifting from where you've carefully placed them, it shakes your faith, right where you stand.

--Sarah Dessen

silhouette of off-road car

That first love. And the first one who breaks your heart. For me, they just happen to be the same person.

--Sarah Dessen


man in black shirt wearing cowboy hat

That's the thing, though. You always think you want to be noticed. Until you are.

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gray building

Home wasn't a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together.

--Sarah Dessen


gray building

I mean, at first, it was kind of disappointing. But people recover from disappointment. Otherwise we'd all be hanging from nooses. Right?

--Sarah Dessen


assorted-color beach houses

Once I'm done with a book, I'm done! I'm just not a sequel kind of girl. By the time I've finished a book I've read it so many times that it's time to move on.

--Sarah Dessen

black pug

We can all be beautiful girls.

--Sarah Dessen

body of water

There comes a time in every life when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your heart.

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green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

I wasn't very happy in high school: it was a confusing and sort of sad time for me.

--Sarah Dessen

clear drinking glass with beer

As I rolled over, stretching out, my only thought was to go back to the dream I'd been having, which I couldn't remember, other than that it had been good, in that distant, hopeful way unreal things can be.

--Sarah Dessen



body of water photo

All I wanted -- all I'd ever wanted -- was just to get away. To be somewhere small where I could crowd in and feel safe, all four walls pressed around me, no one staring or pointing or yelling.

--Sarah Dessen

band performing on stage in front of people

Even if you do make tons of new friends," I told him, "try not to forget where you came from, okay?

--Sarah Dessen

green leaf in close up photography

So I learned another system: When in doubt, keep it out -- out of earshot, out of the house -- even if this meant, really, just keeping it in.

--Sarah Dessen


grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

There is always the rest of the story, right? Even if you don't know right now what it is.

--Sarah Dessen

yellow sunflower in close up photography

It's so easy to get caught up in what people expect of you. Sometimes, you can just lose yourself.

--Sarah Dessen

blue, yellow, and brown wall decor

Remy: Did you really believe, that first day, that we were meant to be together?
Dexter: You're here, aren't you?

--Sarah Dessen

red textile in close up photography

I just started to put texting and phones in my books. I want my books to be read 20 years from now; I don't want them to be dated.

--Sarah Dessen

pink umbrella

We didn't talk about our scars, the ones you could see and the ones you couldn't.

--Sarah Dessen

photography of white wall lot

But if something was really important, fate made sure it somehow came back to you and gave you another chance.

--Sarah Dessen

purple and white clouds during night time

But it was too early to know: there were always more pages to go, more words to be written, before the story was over.

--Sarah Dessen

grayscale photography of raindrops

All I'd wanted for so long was for someone to explain everything that had happened to me in this same way. To label it neatly on a page: this leads to this leads to this.

--Sarah Dessen

brown and black tiger near body of water

Nothing like being scolded by a hippie.

--Sarah Dessen



person on road at sunset

There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.."

--Sarah Dessen



crack in wall

You can't act like you care about someone but not let them care about you.

--Sarah Dessen


brown and white bird on tree branch

There's a real bonding in someone beating the crap out of you. -- Rolly.

--Sarah Dessen

cluster of stars in the sky

Whenever something great happens, you're always kind of poised for the universe to correct itself.

--Sarah Dessen

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

He wasn't what I'd thought he was; maybe he never had been. I wasn't what I'd thought I was, either.

--Sarah Dessen

brown wooden board

I mean, to me, freaking out is different. More of a running away, not telling anyone what's wrong, slowly simmering until you burst kind of thing.

--Sarah Dessen


man riding on white horse on the hill

Who would have thought that grieving an old relationship and enjoying a new one could happen simultaneously, in parallel? Yet another thing you only find out once it's happening to you.

--Sarah Dessen


dog on pier at water

Told you. Everything sounds better in the car wash.

--Sarah Dessen

blue wall bricks

It's all in the view. That's what I mean about forever, too. For any one of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You never know for sure, so you'd better make every second count.

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blue sky with white clouds

That was the thing. You never got used to it, the idea of someone being gone. Just when you think it's reconciled, accepted, someone points it out to you, and it just hits you all over again, that shocking.

--Sarah Dessen

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

All you could do was take on as much weight as you can bear. And if you're lucky, there's someone close enough by to shoulder the rest.

--Sarah Dessen

red textile in close up photography

It's not always so simple, Haven. Sometimes there isn't a good guy and a bad guy. Sometimes even the ones you want to believe turn out to be liars.

--Sarah Dessen

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

Being brave and self-confident doesn't necessarily start inside...It starts with the rest of the world, and it leads back to you.

--Sarah Dessen


blue parrot standing on brown tree branch

I was actually kind of a hot mess in high school. I did a lot of things in high school I'm not proud of. I wasn't a good student and I wasn't particularly a good daughter. I wasn't very engaged.

--Sarah Dessen

man skiing on land

It's a lot easier to be lost than found.

--Sarah Dessen

Longer Version:

It's a lot easier to be lost than found. It's the reason we're always searching and rarely discovered -- so many locks not enough keys.


black Sony point-and-shoot camera on yellow surface

I really just love to read, period, whether it be books or magazines or the back of the cereal box. It's the one thing I can always count on to calm me down, take me away and inspire me,
all at once.

--Sarah Dessen




milky way wallpaper

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

--Sarah Dessen

concert photos

I had this wild thought that he was the only one in all this chaos who was just like me, and that was comforting and profound all at once.

--Sarah Dessen

A view of the night showing stars

"Because the truth sometimes hurts," I said. "Yeah," he said. "So do lies, though."

--Sarah Dessen





gray building

You don't want the best of times to be just one thing, forever. You have to have a lot of bests of times, each one topping the last. You know?

--Sarah Dessen

rocky mountain

Because you have to just go with the flow. Your life is not your own, with people coming in and out all the time. You get mellow because you have to.

--Sarah Dessen

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Editing is hard but nowhere NEAR as tough as facing that blank page and blinking cursor each day. You're all alone and no one else can do it. At least with editing you have someone in the trench with you.

--Sarah Dessen

starry night in Texas

I think if you're going to show a true representation of any one life, it can't be about any one thing. I try to see more of a full picture, with the romance just a single part.

--Sarah Dessen

blue and white abstract painting

It's gonna be okay," I said. It was the first time in a long time that I believed it. "It will."

--Sarah Dessen

white and black boat on sea during daytime

What you do in your dreams is never your choice.

--Sarah Dessen

Longer Version:

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



brown brick wall photography

As long as I didn't say it aloud, it wasn't real.

--Sarah Dessen

red textile in close up photography

I don't think anyone would think that an ellipsis represents doubt or anything. I think it's more, you know, hinting at the future. What lies ahead.

--Sarah Dessen

landscape photo of mountains under starry sky at nighttime

It's never something huge that changes the 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

sunset

It's hard to be nice when the rest of the world is so mean.

--Sarah Dessen


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Life is long. Just because you don't get your chance right when you want or expect it doesn't mean it won't come. Fate doesn't punch a time clock or consult a schedule.

--Sarah Dessen

purple flowered hedge plants

Everything hurt. I closed my eyes, pressing my cheek to the street, and waited. What for, I didn't know. To be rescued. Or found. But no one came. All I'd ever thought I wanted was to be left alone. Until I was.

--Sarah Dessen




photo of brown parquet

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

--Sarah Dessen

white wall paint beside white wall

Look at it this way: I might be saying you're fat, but at least I'm not punching you in the face.' Are those the only options?' Not always. Just sometimes.

--Sarah Dessen

gray cactus plant on white pot

Nate: "And," he said, "boys at twelve aren't exactly slick with the ladies." Ruby: "'Slick with the ladies'?" I said. "Are you twelve?"

--Sarah Dessen

sunset with rainbow

Each time, I think I'm never going to write another book. It never gets easier.

--Sarah Dessen


high-angle photography of beach side

But as I dropped my hand from my eyes to say this to Jamie, I realized I couldn't see him anymore. My view was blocked by my sister, who had moved to stand between us, one hand stretched out behind her, toward me.

--Sarah Dessen

person holding white book

You're not supposed to have it all figured out in high school. If you knew it all, and it was the best, it's all downhill from there.

--Sarah Dessen


blue and white floral textile

And guys don't get attached, guys don't give themselves over completely, and guys lie. That's why they should be handled with great trepidation, not trusted, and held at arm's length whenever possible.

--Sarah Dessen

None

I wasn't ready to think about the other yet: that it wasn't that I wasn't right for Macon, but that maybe he wasn't right for me. There was a difference. Even for someone who things didn't come easy for, someone like me.

--Sarah Dessen

red textile on brown wooden table

It was like reaching for someone's hand, then missing their fingers, or even their arm, and hitting their shoulder instead. But no matter. You hang on tight anyway.

--Sarah Dessen

blooming yellow sunflower field

I was tired of hanging on, taking the torn pieces to make something whole with them.

--Sarah Dessen


people raises hands

Some things don't last forever, but some things do.

--Sarah Dessen

macro shot photography of two votive candles

A life isn't just the pages you know, it's everything.

--Sarah Dessen


calm ocean

And I wondered if, in the end, this is how all disputes are settled, with a shared silence as things become equal. You take something from me, I take something from you. We all want balance, one way or another.

--Sarah Dessen

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Why don't you ever wait a second and see what I'm planning, or thinking, before you burst in with your opinions and ideas? You never even give me a chance.

--Sarah Dessen


trees at sunset

Monica's about sick, she's almost inconsolable.

--Sarah Dessen

selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

Everything he feels, he feels strongly. Too strongly, sometimes. I think he freaks people out.

--Sarah Dessen

red strawberry fruit on red surface

It's always very pure, that last moment before an ugly, unsettling truth hits someone. The most stark of before-and-afters.

--Sarah Dessen

silver round analog wall clock

So while it seemed like you were seeing everything, you really weren't. Just bits and pieces that looked like a whole.

--Sarah Dessen

man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

I'm all about shrimpburgers, reading, and going to the beach.

--Sarah Dessen



brown grass on brown sand under blue sky during daytime

There are worse addictions than reality TV, chocolate and coffee.

--Sarah Dessen


closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

There's this other half of him I don't know of, it's like he is trying to keep it a secret... if he would just let me inside so I can help.

--Sarah Dessen


selective focus photography of black and white bird on stem

Fine," he repeated, and I wondered why it was I kept coming back to this, again and again, a word that you said when someone asked how you were but didn't really care to know the truth.

--Sarah Dessen

yellow green leaf

But as long as something is never even started, you never have to worry about it ending. It has endless potential.

--Sarah Dessen


yellow painted wall

I hoped this was true. Even if it wasn‟t, all I could do was hand over what I could, with the hope of something in return. But of course, this was easier said than done.

--Sarah Dessen

snowy mountain

Wake up, Caitlin, Mr. Lensing had said. But what he didn't under­stand was that this dreamland was preferable, walking through this life half-sleeping, everything at arm's length or farther away.

--Sarah Dessen


brown mountain

Self respect, Colie. If you don't have it, the world will walk all over you.

--Sarah Dessen


green and white painted wall

Life's too short to worry about the little things. Enjoy what you have today, not what you might get tomorrow.

--Sarah Dessen

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

That's the thing about someone who rarely gets upset: when they do, you notice.

--Sarah Dessen

woman jumping near white wall paint

I'd learn that it's not just where you go, but how you choose to get there. So I pulled that sign off the green bike -- ENJOY YOUR RIDE! -- and went inside to take the first step toward doing just that.

--Sarah Dessen



sunset with rainbow

Maybe" she said. "I just wish we'd have a little mishap.It would be reassuring.

--Sarah Dessen

green and blue chevron textile

If you expect the worst, you'll never be disappointed.

--Sarah Dessen

grayscale photography of pug

Life shouldn't be about the either or. We're capable of more than that, you know?

--Sarah Dessen

panoramic photography of mountains

The basic fact is that no, this isn't ideal. Very few things are. Sometimes, you have to manufacture your own history. Give fate a push,so to speak.

--Sarah Dessen

sunset

I am coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed.

--Sarah Dessen

blue sky and white clouds

Even if you couldn't see it beneath the surface, molecules were bonding, energy pushing up slowly, as something worked do hare, all alone to grow.

--Sarah Dessen

pink and teal striped textile

And no relationship is perfect, ever. There are always some ways you have to bend, to compromise, to give something up in order to gain something greater.

--Sarah Dessen

grassland landscape

Some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic.

--Sarah Dessen


orange moon during nighttime

Her life was perfect. But as was often the case, the rest of us were still adjusting.

--Sarah Dessen

yellow sunflower in bloom plantation

The language of solace, and comets, and the girls we all become, in the end.

--Sarah Dessen



green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water

This Lullaby is only a few words, a simple run of chords, quiet here in this spare room, but you can hear it, hear it, wherever you may go, even if I let you down, this lullaby plays on.

--Sarah Dessen


photography of yellow petaled flowers field

Relationships dont always make sense. Especially from the outside.

--Sarah Dessen

blue and white abstract painting

I knew I had to keep him to myself, as I'd slowly begun to keep everything. We had secrets now, truths and half-truths, that kept her always at arm's length, behind a closed door, miles away.

--Sarah Dessen



photo of pine trees

Oh for God's sake,' Heather said, 'I wish you two would just go out, fail miserably as a couple, and get it over with.

--Sarah Dessen

green trees in between gray concrete road

Teenagers are a great audience and they are fearless about asking what they want to know.

--Sarah Dessen

man standing outdoors

We had just heard that story recounted so many times over the years that it was easy to take the details and fold them into our own sparse memories.

--Sarah Dessen


leafless tree under gray sky

Love is so unpredictable. Sometimes you'll know a man for years and then one day, boom! Suddenly you see him in a different way. And other times, it's that first date, that first moment. That's what makes it so great.

--Sarah Dessen

blue and white light digital wallpaper

He's getting dumped. And he doesn't even know it yet. He's probably eating a cheeseburger or flossing or picking up his dry cleaning, and he has no idea. No inkling.

--Sarah Dessen

green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water

I think I'm way too much of a control freak to co-author anything with anyone. I have a hard enough time writing with myself! I admire people that can do it, but it's not for me.

--Sarah Dessen

white and pink roses on pink wall

She bought seeds and raided nurseries and mulched and composted and spent full days with her hands full of earth, coaxing life our of the dry, dull grass my father had spent years pushing a mower over.

--Sarah Dessen

brown nut on person's left palm

Funny how a beautiful song could tell such a sad story.

--Sarah Dessen



yellow background

Okay," he said. He took a breath. "What would you do, if you could do anything?" I took a step toward him, closing the space between us. "This." I said. And then I kissed him.

--Sarah Dessen


pink and white computer keyboard beside yellow framed sunglasses

Love can make up for a lot.

--Sarah Dessen

black and white bird on seashore

Accepting all the good and bad about someone. It's a great thing to aspire to. The hard part is actually doing it.

--Sarah Dessen

low angle photography of green and brown tree

Anyone who attempts is not a failure.

--Sarah Dessen

sunset

Silence is so freaking loud.

--Sarah Dessen

stars across the sky view at the desert

But unfriendly is usually one of those things you pick up on right away. You know, like B.O. There's no hiding it if it's there.

--Sarah Dessen

red strawberry fruit on red surface

What must it be like to be so genuine, so fragile, your entire world of thoughts so easy to read on your face? I couldn't even imagine.

--Sarah Dessen

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

How weird was it that so many bits and pieces, all diverse, could make something whole. Something with potential. 'Perfect.'

--Sarah Dessen


sunset

One word could change the whole world.

--Sarah Dessen

red strawberry fruit on red surface

What you need, what you deserve, is a guy who adores you for what you are. Who doesn't see you as a project, but a prize. you know?

--Sarah Dessen



blue and white striped textile

Like a blinking cursor on an empty page, it was just the first thing. The beginning of the beginning. But at least it was done.

--Sarah Dessen

clear wine glass with red wine

If June was the beginning of a hopeful summer, and July the juice middle, August was suddenly feeling like the bitter end.

--Sarah Dessen

road during night time

Sure, there was no guarantee any of these things would actually happen as he envisioned. But maybe that wasn‟t the point.It was the planning that counted, whether it ever came to fruition or not.

--Sarah Dessen

multicolored abstract painting

May you always have the answers to each other's most important questions.

--Sarah Dessen

three person looking stars and milky way

Life is full of screwups. You're supposed to fail sometimes. It's a required part of the human existance.

--Sarah Dessen

Longer Version:

Life is full of screwups," he said, chucking another paper at the split-level before taking the corner. "You're supposed to fail sometimes. It's a required part of the human existence.


blue rose in close up photography

I can't sit and twiddle my thumbs. I have to start writing even if it's miserable some days.

--Sarah Dessen

sunflower field during daytime

Lifestyle is an terrible, unpleasant put to not have a very finest buddy.

--Sarah Dessen

A stack of thick folders on a white surface

Are those the only options? Nothing or forever?

--Sarah Dessen



silhouette of woman hugging mna under starry night sky

It's funny how two people can grow up in the same town, go to the same school, have the same friends, and end up so totally different. Family, or lack of it, counts for more than you'd think.

--Sarah Dessen

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

But something, somehow, had made all these paths converge. You couldn't find it on a checklist, or work it into the equation. It just happened.

--Sarah Dessen

Arizona landscape

There's just something obvious about emptiness, even when you try to convince yourself otherwise.

--Sarah Dessen

gray concrete surface

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

--Sarah Dessen

calm ocean

These were always the weirdest trips for me, when it was midnight or even later, and we pulled up to a dark house, trying to be quiet. Like a robbery in reverse, creeping around to leave something rather than take it.

--Sarah Dessen

white and blue building under clear sky

Looking at her, I thought again how beautiful she was -- even in jeans and a T-shirt, no makeup, she was breathtaking. So much so that it was hard to believe she could ever have looked at herself and seen anything else.

--Sarah Dessen


brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

Don't give me no rotten tomato, 'cause all I ever wanted was your sweet potato.

--Sarah Dessen

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

I've always written in first person. It gives the readers more insight.

--Sarah Dessen

assorted-color beach houses

In a way, I was almost happy to see her. The worst part of me, out in the flesh. Blinking back at me in the dim light, daring me to call her a name other than my own.

--Sarah Dessen



shoreline during golden hour

Love is needing someone. Love is putting up with someone's bad qualities because they somehow complete you.

--Sarah Dessen

white and blue building under clear sky

I think as a writer one of the benefits is that you can put things that you're interested in into your books. I always have put a lot of food and restaurants because I was a waitress and I love to eat.

--Sarah Dessen

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

Sometimes, you have to manufacture your own history. Give fate a push, so to speak.

--Sarah Dessen


pair of white lace-up shoes

But it's important to acknowledge that while we may make mistakes, in the long run, we may also learn from them.

--Sarah Dessen

person holding brown leaf

The fate of your heart is your choice and no one else gets a vote.

--Sarah Dessen

black textile in close up photography

You could just tell when a person belonged somewhere. That is something you can't fake, no matter how hard you try.

--Sarah Dessen

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

But when you're alone in the world, really alone, you have no choice but to be open to suggestions.

--Sarah Dessen


black textile in close up photography

An empty frame, in which the picture is always changing, makes a statement about how time is always passing. It doesn't really stop, even in a single image. I t just feels that way.

--Sarah Dessen

brown desert under sunny sky

I realized how truly hard it was, really, to see someone you love change right before your eyes. Not only is it scary, it throws your balance off as well.

--Sarah Dessen

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

I would miss Colby, but it wasn't going anywhere. All the more reason why I should.

--Sarah Dessen

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

In the end, though, maybe it's not how you reach a place that matters. Just that you get there at all.

--Sarah Dessen


red textile on brown wooden table

I don't live in New York or California. I'm in the grocery store, at the park with my kids, and I'm a normal person. I'm feeding my chickens and agonizing about my next book!

--Sarah Dessen


man on running field

When you had to do something, you had to do it. And eventually, if you were lucky, you did it well.

--Sarah Dessen


low-angle photo of white daisy

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

--Sarah Dessen

ice berg

Like I, of all people, didn't know better than to lead a total stranger to the point where they could hurt me most, knowing how easily they'd be able to find their way back to it.

--Sarah Dessen

sunset

Only a weak person needed someone else around all the time.

--Sarah Dessen

two person standing while watching sky

This was our common ground, the secret we shared but never spoke aloud.

--Sarah Dessen

Longer Version:

This was our common ground, the secret we shared but never spoke aloud. I should have been with him; she should have left him alone. Shoulda, coulda, woulda. It's so easy in the past tense.



empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Wherever you will go,
I will let you down,
But this lullaby goes on.

--Sarah Dessen

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

It's always been hard to call myself a writer. I think a part of me still thinks it's too good to be true.

--Sarah Dessen



selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

Sitting there, watching my sister, I wondered which was harder, in the end. The act of telling, or who you told it to. Or maybe if, when you finally got itout, the story was really all that mattered.

--Sarah Dessen

None

Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. no matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment.

--Sarah Dessen

None

Apologies come in all shapes and sizes. You can give diamonds, candy, flowers, or just your deepest heartfelt sentiment.

--Sarah Dessen





None

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

silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset

Because it is so hard, in any life, to believe in what you can't fully understand.

--Sarah Dessen

crack in wall

We laughed ourselves silly, taking back our shared past, gently, piece by piece.

--Sarah Dessen

crescent moon above mountain

On the whole, I think I spent a lot of high school just trying to stay under the radar: I don't think I was all that memorable.

--Sarah Dessen

foggy mountains

Just wait a second. We can't leave it like this." But this too, wasn't true. Leaving was easy. It was everything else that was so damned hard.

--Sarah Dessen

photography of white sky at golden hour

But I'd long ago learned not to be picky in farewells. They weren't guaranteed or promised. You were lucky, more than blessed, if you got a good-bye at all.

--Sarah Dessen


sunset

Then what are you like, Annabel?" he shot back. "A liar, like you told me that first day? Come on. That was the biggest lie of all.

--Sarah Dessen


pink and white clouds

It was always late at night, when everything and everyone else was quiet, that those voices would rise like ghosts, soft and haunting, filling your mind until sleep finally came.

--Sarah Dessen

man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

Just like that, with one phone call, she was a daughter again.

--Sarah Dessen

red rose

But there was only one truth about forever that really mattered, and that was this: it was happening.

--Sarah Dessen

black mountain under blue sky during night time

The specifics of what, exactly, these terms meant were never explained; as with any fantasy, vagueness was part of the appeal.

--Sarah Dessen






red surface

Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.

--Sarah Dessen


adobe wall

Yeah. I mean, acknowledging is easy. Something happened or it didn't. But understanding... that's where things get sticky.

--Sarah Dessen

blue wallpaper

Just me and the future, finally together. Now there was a happy ending I could believe in.

--Sarah Dessen

rock formation surrounding by body of water

Sometimes it seems safer to hold it all in, where the only person who can judge is yourself.

--Sarah Dessen


Arizona landscape

This is a 911? You know you only text that when someone is dead or dying. You scared the crap out of me.

--Sarah Dessen


None

Odd how it was so easy for a stranger to assume such familiarity. Especially when those who were supposed to know you best often didn't, not at all.

--Sarah Dessen

None

I always wished I could move around and switch schools. It was hard to have these radical transformations. You'd think, 'I will be a totally different person tomorrow,' but it never worked.

--Sarah Dessen

red flower in shallow focus lens

When you have a kid, you sign on for the whole package: good, bad, everything in between. you can't just dip in and out, picking and choosing the parts you want and quitting when it's not perfect.

--Sarah Dessen





road in the middle of grass covered field during day

I hated high school. I was not the greatest student, participated in no activities, and spent most of my time hanging out in my parking lot.

--Sarah Dessen

coconut tree near body of water

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

aerial shot of road surrounded by green trees

Grieving doesn't make you imperfect. It makes you human.

--Sarah Dessen

brown and white humming bird

That was the hard thing about grief, and the grieving. They spoke another language, and the words we knew always fell short of what we wanted them to say.

--Sarah Dessen




clear drinking glass with beer

"You want me to give her a key?" the guy asked.
"I want you to give her a possibility," she told him, looking at my necklace again. "And that's what a key represents. An open door, a chance. You know?"

--Sarah Dessen



yellow and white abstract painting

The true story...is the realization that no time in your life is ever perfect, that even the best memories have cracks you might not see.

--Sarah Dessen


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