"Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it."
"I’ve learned that some broken things stay broken, and I’ve learned that you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones, as long as you have people who love you."
"All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why."
IT IS SUNDAY AND I DON’T HAVE ANY PLANNING OR GRADING TO DO.
IT IS SUMMER.
"But I think it’s intoxicating when somebody is so unapologetically who they are."
"There would be somebody else, when I was open enough for the situation to mosey its way on over to me. This guy wouldn’t be nice. He would be cool AND kind, and nobody would ever call him nice because they were too busy calling him funny. I would meet him after a long string of rude people, and he would be fresh air after a whole lot of smoke. I would be so grateful for him to be there. I would tell him ‘Nobody’s been so good to me,’ and I would really, really mean it. However, like the movie heroine who doesn’t know she’s going to end up with the guy right in front of her, you have to do the audience a favor and open up your fucking eyes to what was around you."
Alida Nugent, Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse
"Sometimes I wanted to dance and laugh with my friends until midnight, and sometimes I wanted to screen all calls and hide away with a tragic novel and a bag of candy. Sometimes I spend an hour trying to pretty myself up, and sometimes I could barely be bothered to comb the knots out of my hair before I left the house. Sometimes I wanted to know what it felt like to tell a boy all my secrets. Other times, that seemed as impossible as waking up one morning to find myself fluent in a foreign language. Sometimes I felt better alone than I did with people. And sometimes that just felt lonely."