Detail of Rochefort’s Escape, by Édouard Manet.
Unrequited love?

"There’s a guy Taylor, a guy who’s sweet and charming and makes me laugh," Hannah writes. " … A guy who I have the biggest crush in the whole wide world on, and he’ll never like me back. (And he has a girlfriend who he adores and she’s pretty and has an amazing figure and is actually nice to me). @taylorswift can you give me some advice maybe. I love you."

"I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind," Taylor, 24, responded. "It’s just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind. You are loving someone purely because you love them, not because you think you’ll ever have your affections reciprocated. You are admiring something for its beauty, without needing to own it. Feel good about being the kind of person who loves selflessly. I think someday you’ll find someone who loves you in that exact same way."

by Miroslav Veselinov
"You don’t need another person, place, or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it."
- Maya Angelou, as told to Oprah Winfrey in this month’s issue of O magazine.