2. “Do not look for healing at the feet of those who broke you.”

3. “I want to apologize to all the women I have called beautiful. Before I’ve called them intelligent or brave. I am sorry I made it sound as though something as simple as what you’re born with is all you have to be proud of.”

4. “I am a museum full of art but you had your eyes shut.”

5. “Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself.”

6. “The kindest words my father said to me: women like you drown oceans.”

7. “Other women’s bodies are not our battlegrounds.”

8. “Borders are man-made, they divide us physically, don’t let them make us, turn on each other—we are not enemies.”

9. “There is a difference between someone telling you they love you and them actually loving you.”

10. “Trying to convince myself I am allowed to take up space, is like writing with my left hand when I was born to use my right.”

11. “How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.”

12. “You must want to spend the rest of your life with yourself first.”

13. “Let it go, let it leave, let it happen. Nothing in this world was promised or belonged to you anyway.”

14. “Trust your body, it reacts to right and wrong better than your mind does.”

15. “You do not just wake up and become the butterfly—growth is a process.”

16. “We have been dying since we got here and forgot to enjoy the view—live fully.”

17. “What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not.”

18. “You have so much yet you are always hungry for more. The trick to being well-fed is you have to stop looking up at everything you don’t have and look around at everything you do.”

19. “What is stronger than the human heart which shatters over and over and still lives.”

20. “The world gives you so much pain and here you are making gold out of it—there is nothing purer than that.”

21. “Truth, honesty, empowerment—it’s what I want for myself and my readers.”

22. “Of course I want to be successful but I don’t crave success for me. I need to be successful to gain enough milk and honey to help those around me succeed.”

23. “Do not bother holding onto that thing that does not want you—you cannot make it stay.”

24. “I thank the universe for taking everything it has taken and giving to me everything it is giving—balance.”

25. “I grew up thinking I was going to change the world, but not because I was treated like a special snowflake. It’s a silly label. People are starving. We need to feed them. That’s the end of the conversation.”

26. “I will no longer compare my path to others—I refuse to do a disservice to my life.”

27. “Give to those who have nothing to give to you.”

28. “Despite knowing they won’t be here for long they still choose to live their brightest lives—sunflowers.”

29. “Never feel guilty for starting again.”

30. “We began with honesty, let us end in it too.”

31. “You are the faint line between faith and blindly waiting.”

32. “People say things meant to rip you in half, but you hold the power to not turn their words into a knife and cut yourself.”

33. “I am made of water, of course, I am emotional.”

34. “A lot of times we are angry at other people for not doing what we should have done for ourselves—responsibility.”

35. “I am sending my love to your eyes. May they always see goodness in people. And may you always practice kindness.”

36. “That is the thing about selfish people. They gamble entire beings. Entire souls to please their own.”

37. “Fall in love with your solitude.”

38. “And here you are living despite it all.”

39. “We need more love not from men but from ourselves and each other.”

40. “For if we can’t learn to be kind to each other how will we ever learn to be kind to the most desperate parts of ourselves.”

41. “Wish pure love and soft peace upon the ones who’ve been unkind to you and keep moving forward.”

42. “Really, at the end of the day, the only thing you can control is yourself; the only person you can truly educate is yourself.”

43. “Life does not stop for anybody, it drags you by the legs whether you want to move forward or not, that is the gift.”

44. “Don’t let us convince you that sacrificing yourself is how you must show love.”

45. “You have to redefine what beauty is to you so you can’t be affected by what people are saying.”

46. “Love does not look like a person, love is our actions, love is giving all we can.”

47. “My heart is beating, and I’m breathing, and nothing anybody has ever done has changed that.”

48. “Accept that you deserve more than painful love. Life is moving, the healthiest thing for your heart is to move with it.”

49. “He placed his hands on my mind before reaching for my waist, my hips, or my lips. He didn’t call me beautiful first. He called me exquisite―how he touches me.”

50. “If I’m not the love of your life, I’ll be the greatest loss instead.”

51. “To heal, you have to get to the root of the wound and kiss it all the way up.”

52. “The right one does not stand in your way, they make space for you to step forward.”

53. “Nothing is safer than the sound of you, reading aloud to me—the perfect date.”

54. “People go but how they left always stays.”

55. “I didn’t leave because I stopped loving you, I left because the longer I stayed, the less I loved myself.”

56. “How do you redefine love when your idea of love is something that’s so violent? When your idea of passion is anger, how do you fix that?”

57. “Love will play no games, ‘cause love knows life has been hard enough already.”

58. “I want to leave behind a literary legacy.”

59. “I did not start out thinking I’m going to become a feminist poet. It was a tag I was given.”

60. “I think I finally overcame my self-esteem and confidence issues at around 20.”

61. “The thing about writing is I can’t tell if it’s healing or destroying.”

62. “The thing worth holding onto would not have let go.”

63. “You left and I wanted you still, yet I deserve someone who was willing to stay.”

64. “My heart aches for sisters more than anything it aches for women helping women like flowers ache for spring.”

65. “I could be anything in the world but I wanted to be his.”

66. “You might not have been my first love but you were the love that made all other loves seem irrelevant.”

67. “You were not wrong for leaving, you were wrong for coming back and thinking you could have me when it was convenient and leave when it was not.”

68. “You have sadness living in places sadness shouldn’t live.”

69. “She was a rose in the hands of those who had no intention of keeping her.”

70. “I was music but you had your ears cut off.”

71. “Why is it that when the story ends we begin to feel all of it.”

72. “It isn’t what we left behind that breaks me, it’s whatever we could’ve built had we stayed.”

73. “When you are broken and he has left you, do not question whether you were enough, the problem was, you were so enough he was not able to carry it.”

74. “I am water, soft enough to offer life, tough enough to drown it away.”

75. “Stay strong through your pain and grow flowers from it. You have helped me grow flowers out of mine so bloom beautifully dangerously loudly and bloom softly however you need to just bloom.”

76. “I do not want to have you to fill the empty parts of me, I want to be full on my own.”

77. “Your body is a museum of natural disasters. Can you grasp how stunning that is?”

78. “Our backs tell stories no books have the spine to carry.”

79. “We all move forward when we recognize how resilient and striking the women around us are.”

80. “I’m a new person every month, always becoming and unbecoming only to become again.”

81. “You have everything to gain from believing in yourself yet you spend all your time with self-doubt.”

82. “Growing up, I naturally embraced who I was, but I was always battling with myself. So I spent half my time being proud of being a woman and the other half completely hating it.”

83. “They have no idea what it is like to lose home at the risk of never finding home again to have your entire life split between two lands and become the bridges between two countries—immigrant.”

84. “It takes monsters to steal souls and fighters to reclaim them.”

85. “The next time he points out the hair on your legs, is growing back remind that boy your body is not his home, he is a guest warn him to never outstep his welcome again.”

86. “I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I have to convince half the world’s population that my body is not their bed.”

87. “I am hopelessly a lover and a dreamer, and that will be the death of me.”

88. “The very thought of you has my legs spread apart, like an easel with a canvas begging for art.”

89. “For you to see beauty here does not mean there is beauty in me, it means there is beauty rooted so deep within you you can’t help but see it everywhere.”

90. “My heart woke me crying last night. How can I help? I begged my heart said, ‘write the book.’”

91. “What I miss most is how you loved me. But what I didn’t know was how you loved me had so much to do with the person I was.”

92. “What terrifies me most is how we foam at the mouth with envy when others succeed,

but sigh in relief when they are failing our struggle. To celebrate each other is what’s proven most difficult in being human.”

93. “Don’t mistake salt for sugar. If he wants to be with you, he will. It’s that simple”

94. “Representation is vital otherwise the surrounded by a group of moths unable to see itself will keep trying to become the moth.”

95. “I am not a hotel room, I am home. I am not the whiskey you want, I am the water you need. Don’t come here with expectations and try to make a vacation out of me.”

96. “You tell me to quiet down ‘cause my opinions make me less beautiful, but I was not made with a fire in my belly so I could be put out. I was not made with a lightness on my tongue so I could be easy to swallow. I was made heavy half blade and half silk, difficult to forget and not easy for the mind to follow.”

97. “I don’t know what living a balanced life feels like. When I am sad I don’t cry, I pour. When I am happy, I don’t smile, I glow.”

98. “I have what I have and I am happy I’ve lost what I’ve lost and I am still happy—outlook.”

99. “Most importantly, love like it’s the only thing you know—how at the end of the day all this means nothing. This page where you’re sitting your degree your job, the money nothing even matters, except love and human connection who you loved and how deeply you loved them, how you touched the people around you and how much you gave them.”

100. “The recreational use of this body is seen as beautiful while its nature is seen as ugly.”

101. “Your art is not about how many people like your work. Your art is about if your heart likes your work, if your soul likes your work it’s about how honest you are with yourself and you must never trade honesty for relatability.”

102. “You were so afraid of my voice, I decided to be afraid of it too.”

103. “Sadness looks the same across all cultures, races, and communities. So does happiness and joy.”

104. “They leave and act like it never happened. They come back and act like they never left.”

105. “You look at me and cry ‘everything hurts.’ I hold you and whisper, ‘but everything can heal.’”

106. “How can she love a man who is busy loving someone he can never get his hands on again?”

107. “I won’t let go ‘cause being alone hurts more than chasing someone who’s left. But if you’ve left, aren’t I already alone and surviving it?”

108. “Loving you was breathing, but the breath disappearing before it filled my lungs.”

109. “You were so distant I forgot you were there at all.”

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