"There has to be pain. That’s the rule."
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the shore
"I went into the desert to forget about you. But the sand was the color of your hair. The desert sky was the color of your eyes. There was nowhere I could go that wouldn’t be you."
Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
"The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said, and never explained."