Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras book quotes

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“Every second counts. Live in this moment. This is life. This is what matters. “

“Tomorrow I’ll be okay, but today I let myself bleed, and that’s okay too.” 

“The thing about life is that you never know when it will show you something that touches you so deeply that you can’t help but be grateful for everything…even the bad. “

“You can try to steer your life in a certain direction all you want, but ultimately, the wind is in charge of your sail. “

“It’s a heart. They always break at some point. Sooner or later someone will come along and shatter it anyway – might as well be you.”

“What’s the difference? You make them with broken pieces.”

“The difference is that it’s already broken, but I use the pieces to rebuild it. The difference is that the heart has a second chance, and maybe it’ll get broken again, but it’s already shattered, so maybe the fall won’t be as bad.”

“Life is short, and brutal, and painful, and it takes loved ones away from us as quickly as it brings them into our lives, but it’s also beautiful… The longer you mourn, the  less you live, and you know how short our time here can be.”

“There’s no point in believing in destiny if you’re too stubborn to give in to it.”

“Sometimes we give up a lot of ourselves for the people we love. It’s hard knowing when to stop doing that, because you feel like if you love someone, you should be okay giving things up for them.”

“The downfall of ambition is sometimes letting life pass you by and only realizing it did so after the fact.”

“Sometimes we let the first ones get away, but it teaches us to cherish the second ones that much more.” 

“This is life. This is what happens when you stop living in the moment. People grow up. They change, they move on, and you find yourself wishing you had looked up in time to walk with them.” 

“I don’t climb into windows, Elle. I don’t do chasing. I don’t go out of my way to explain my decisions to women I date. If they don’t like something about me, they’re free to go, as am I. I think the fact that I’m here right now says a lot.”

“He taught me to greet pain with a smile, because as beautiful as life is, sometimes it comes to us in forms we don’t recognize.”

“He taught me to understand that the thing about love – real, over the top, makes you feel crazy, overpowering, strips you bare kind of love – is that when you’re soaring, you’re higher than you dreamed possible. But when you fall, you land inside the deepest darkest crevices, and are left alone to pull yourself out.”

“The hearts I make are shattered, but whole. They’re kaleidoscopes that beam under the sun. They signify hope in love when you’ve lost it because, like love, you can look at a kaleidoscope a thousand different ways and find something new every time. Shattered or not, if you look carefully enough, you’ll find something beautiful in them, and all beautiful things area a little broken.”

“I realized that sometimes in order to move forward you have to let go of the past, even if it hurts. Especially if it hurts.”

“Love is beautiful, shattering, moving, haunting. Love is everything.”

“Who defines love?”

“People who have it. People who had it and lost it.”

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