"I will love myself, and my body, for what it can do — because it is strong enough to lift, to walk, to ride a bicycle up a hill, to embrace the people I love and hold them fully, and to nurture a new life. I will love myself because I am sturdy. Because I did not — will not — break."

Jennifer Weiner, Good in Bed (via booksquoteslove)

"Love isn’t always pretty. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way."

Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love (via booksquoteslove)

"Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets."

Arthur Miller, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (via booksquoteslove)

"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Maya Angelou (via booksquoteslove)

"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."

Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter (via booksquoteslove)

"You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will."

Stephen King, On Writing (via booksquoteslove)

"You have to look at what you have right in front of you, at what it could be, and stop measuring it against what you’ve lost."

Jonathan Tropper, This is Where I Leave You (via booksquoteslove)

"

If I’m to ever to have a daughter:

If I ever have a daughter,
I will have my hands full

Because braiding hair accented with pink barrettes can be quite the challenge
But I will be prepared for the challenges far more complex than trying to find missing Hollister jeans on Monday mornings

If I ever have a daughter,
I will teach her to be courageous.

Because I will watch her climb
on that yellow school bus
with a butterfly backpack to match the ones in her stomach
And I will reward her for conquering her first-day-fears

If I ever have a daughter
I will teach her about happiness

Because I will also watch her come off that same yellow school bus in tears
And if for some reason someone were to show her what hate is —
I will to show her how lucky she is that she’s not them

If I ever have a daughter,
I will teach her to be independent

Because she will someday become too familiar with the feeling of
Sitting alone at lunch
But she’ll know that being by herself
Is much better than engaging in toxic friendships

If I ever have a daughter
I will teach her to be confident

Because if she wants to wear blue eyeshadow and sing out of tune
Or wear 7 inch heels
There wouldn’t be a doubt in my mind she won’t
because she will be fearless enough to

And if I ever have a daughter
I will never make negative comments about my own body image

Because I don’t want to see her to start counting calories and
habitually weighing herself
Somehow thinking that
that number connects to the value of her worth

If I ever have a daughter I will try to protect her
But I will also teach her to defend herself

Because there will be many frogs she’ll kiss
And when that cute boy puts his hand on her inner thigh when she doesn’t want him to
She’ll know exactly where to put her fist

If I ever have a daughter
I will also teach her about heartbreak

Because there will come a time where she is on her bed crying and I will tell her that it feels like it’s the end of the world
And I’ll hold her tight to make sure she knows what real love feels like

And if I ever have a daughter
I will teach her that it’s okay to make mistakes

If she falls on the sidewalk and rips her dress
she’ll be able to laugh at herself
and if she does something wrong she’ll learn to forgive herself

If I ever have a daughter,
I will trust her

I will let her sleepover her best friends house knowing she won’t sneak out to go to that party
And I will allow her to change her major from law to art because she know more about herself than I do

And if I ever have a daughter,
I will try to be the best mother I can be

Because she’ll need someone to look up to,
Someone to learn from
And if she’s ever to have a daughter
I hope she teaches these same things that my mother taught me

"

Therestofpage20.tumblr.com (via therestofpage20)

"I can NOT deal with someone who treats the mother of his child poorly.
Like I don’t care what your problem with one another is/was once you conceive with a female & she actually deforms her body & alters her life for you, you better be there for her for the rest of your life without hesitation."