have you ever confused a dream with life?

"I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that children are starving in China or anything like that, because it wouldn’t change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have."
- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"I didn’t want my picture taken because I was going to cry. I didn’t know why I was going to cry, but I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of my throat and I’d cry for a week. I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing in me like water in a glass that is unsteady and too full."
- The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

"It’s okay to feel things. And be who you are about them."
- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"There’s a thin sheet of glass between me and life. However clearly I see and understand life, I cannot touch it."
- Fernando Pessoa

"After a while, I didn’t do things because I didn’t want him to think different about me. But the thing is, I wasn’t being honest. So, why would I care whether or not he loved me when he didn’t really even know me?"
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"
- Albus Dumbledoore, Harry Potter

"Well, I thought a lot of things. But mostly, I thought that your being sad was much more important to me than Craig not being your boyfriend anymore. And if it meant that I would never get to think of you that way, as long as you were happy, it was okay. That’s when I realised that I really loved you."
- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
- Mohandas K. Gandhi

"Please don’t take this the wrong way. I’m not trying to make you feel uncomfortable. I just want you to know that you’re very special…and the only reason I’m telling you is that I don’t know if anyone else ever has."
- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"Studies show intelligent people are more prone to depression, because they know what the world is really like."

"It was at that time that things started to get clearer because there was nobody to hate anymore after that. What I mean is that I looked at my brother and sister, and I thought that maybe someday they would be an aunt and uncle, just like I would be an uncle. Just like my mother and Aunt Helen were sisters.

And we could all sit around and wonder and feel bad about each other and blame a lot of people for what they did or didn’t do or what they didn’t know. I don’t know. I guess there could always be someone to blame. Maybe if my grandmother didn’t hit her, my mom wouldn’t be so quiet. And maybe she wouldn’t have married my dad because he doesn’t hit.

It’s like if I blamed my aunt Helen, I would have to blame her dad for hitting her and the friend of the family that fooled around with her when she was little. And the person that fooled around with him. And I did do that for a while, but then I just couldn’t anymore. Because it wasn’t going anywhere. Because it wasn’t the point.

I’m not the way I am because of what I dreamt and remembered about my aunt Helen. That’s what I figured out when things got quiet. And I think that’s very important to know. It made things feel clear and together."
- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"What's a person to do when all they can do is watch from afar? Do you have any idea what it feels like, not being able to confess one's love?"

"People who try to control situations all the time are afraid that if they don’t, nothing will work out the way they want."
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"Don't waste your youth growing up."

"It’s like you’re not even there sometimes. It’s great that you can listen and be a shoulder to someone, but what about when someone doesn’t need a shoulder. What if they need the arms or something like that? You can’t just sit there and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things."
- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"Why should I live up to other people's expectations instead of my own?"

"It’s like when you are excited about a girl and you see a couple holding hands, and you feel so happy for them. And other times you see the same couple, and they make you so mad. And all you want is to always feel happy for them because you know that if you do, then it means that you’re happy, too."

- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"I’ve been a bad, bad girl,
I’ve been careless with a delicate man.
And it’s a sad, sad world,
when a girl will break a boy just because she can."

- Criminal, Fiona Apple

"I hadn’t looked at myself in the mirror for a long time because my face was different and frightened me."
- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them."
- Sylvia Plath

"I guess what I’m saying is that this all feels very familiar. But it’s not mine to be familiar about. I just know that another kid has felt this. This one time when it’s peaceful outside, and you’re seeing things move, and you don’t want to, and everyone is asleep. And all the books you’ve read have been read by other people. And all the songs you’ve loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that’s pretty to you is pretty to other people. And you know that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing ‘unity’."

- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"Holding people away from you, and denying yourself love, that doesn’t make you strong. If anything, it makes you weaker. Because you’re doing it out of fear."

- This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen

"I’m afraid of pain, that people will think I’m stupid, to feel alone even with a husband and five children - the same fears everyone has. I am young and full of insecurities."
- Kristen Stewart

"Fell in love with a girl,
fell in love once and almost completely.
She’s in love with the world,
but sometimes these feelings,
can be so misleading.

- Fell In Love With A Girl, The White Stripes

"You know the typical crowd, “Wow, it’s Friday night, what are you going to do? Just sit there?” Well, yeah. Because there’s nothing out there. It’s stupidity. Stupid people mingling with stupid people. Let them stupidify themselves. I’ve never been bothered with the need to rush out into the night. That’s all. Sorry for all the millions, but I’ve never been lonely. I like myself. I’m the best form of entertainment I have."
- Charles Bukowski

"It’s so, so stupid what we do to ourselves because we’re afraid."

- Keeping The Moon, Sarah Dessen

"Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?"
Holly Golightly, Breakfast At Tiffany's

"You don’t know what I’m capable of, you don’t know what I’ve done!"

Draco Malfoy, Harry Potter

"That’s what happens. But you adapt, don’t you? You look at what’s changed and you find a way to own it."
Mini McGuinness, Skins

"With a cool, cool breeze and dirty knees,
I rest on childhood memories.
We all got old at breakneck speed,
slow it down, go easy on me.
- Wetsuit,
The Vaccines

"Children, wake up.
Hold your mistakes up,
before they turn the summer,
into dust.
If the children don't grow up,
our bodies get bigger,
but our hearts get torn up."

- Wake Up, Arcade Fire

“I’ve never had any long relationship. The longest, when I was young, was about four days. Since the band started, I’ve only really been involved with one girl. I can speak to her more naturally than to anyone else. It means something. But I’ve never told her I love her. I’ve known her for years, but I’ve only kissed her once… once, twice. That’s all. How can I explain? When I love somebody, I feel sort of trapped.”
- Richey Edwards

"Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive."
- Josephine Hart

"Don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes."
- Stephen Colbert

"Elizabeth could never address her without feeling that all the comfort of intimacy was over, and, though determined not to slacken as a correspondent, it was for the sake of what had been, rather than what was."
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

"You are more than what you’re going through."

"I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning."
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"Trust in the people and things you love for they will be a constant in your life. Don’t be surprised, however, if the people and things you love sometimes hurt you - all the best things in life hurt from time to time."

- Kim Wilde

"I walked over to the hill where we used to go and sled. There were a lot of little kids there. I watched them flying. Doing jumps and having races. And I thought that all those little kids are going to grow up someday. And all of those little kids are going to do the things that we do. And they will all kiss someone one day. But for now, sledding is enough. I think it would be great if sledding were always enough, but it isn’t."

- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"His belief is that everyone is adventurous but people don’t have enough adventurous friends who are willing to embark with them on imaginative, silly escapades, so everyone sticks to dinner-and-movie dates, which are never even disguised as anything other than dinner-and-movie dates."
- Somewhere Over The Sun, Adi Alsaid

"Don't blame anyone for anything, ever."

- Rosanne Cash

"It’s kind of like when you look at yourself in the mirror and you say your name. And it gets to a point where none of it seems real. Sometimes I can do that, but I don’t need an hour in front of a mirror. It happens very fast, and things start to slip away. It doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does, it scares me."

- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"Remember when we were thirteen and afraid? Spending days curious of the way our minds ticked, nervous kissing in movie theatres and early curfews before the danger in darkness had yet to swallow us raw, safe but not safe enough?

We had secrets, dirty and clouded, details we wouldn't dare speak out loud, scribbling forbidden situations and feelings in notebooks, hiding them under the bed, like two cardboard covers could protect the weight of our painful honesty and our lies.

We moved through the motions, teetering on the edge of growth, watching the people around us crumble from a fear we could not protect them from. Until one day, the air cleared, and our confessions felt foolish, not heavy."

"You poor dear, dear thing. Look at you weltering in your misery. The extraordinary truth is that you want to stay there. Unlike so many of the young, you do not yearn for adulthood, pubs and car keys. You want to stay where you are."
- Stephen Fry

"You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand."
- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"You spend all your time in the library, yearning to be told that you are not alone."

- Stephen Fry

"If you can, like, choose your identity...'cause I tried today, and now I feel kind of, less like me. And I mean, I'm not exactly over the moon about being me in the first place, but now...now I think...I kind of like it less when I'm trying not to be me. 'Cause I just want to, like, just be."

- Franky Fitzgerald, Skins

"It's very dear to me, the issue of gay marriage. Or, as I like to call it: 'Marriage.' You know, because I had lunch this afternoon, not gay lunch. I parked my car, I didn't gay park it."
- Liz Feldman

"Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone. In contrast, after an hour or two of being socially “on,” we introverts need to turn off and recharge. My own formula is roughly two hours alone for every hour of socializing. This isn’t antisocial. It isn’t a sign of depression. It does not call for medication. For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating."
- Jonathan Rauch

"No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning."

"All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone will be something you'll be quite a lot."

""Don't you enjoy playing with the other children?" "Not really, they never understand what I'm talking about and then they make fun of me. I like to read.""
- Daria

"We're the heirs to the glimmering world."
- Geese Of Beverly Road, The National

"The Bay City Rollers have recently been claiming, “If the question is love, the answer is ‘yes.’” They are quite wrong. If the question is love, the answer is “I wish I fucking knew.""

- Stephen Fry

"People don’t want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown."

"I know you, Naomi. I know you're lonely. I think you need someone to want you. Well, I do want you. So be brave, and want me back."
- Emily Fitch, Skins

"Everyone has baggage. It doesn’t mean you can run away from the people you care about."
Sex At Oxbridge

"Every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters."
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

"That's just it, innit? Every song suddenly becomes about you when something like this happens."

- Sex At Oxbridge

"Now in the dark world where I dwell,
ugly things and surprising things,
and sometimes little wondrous things,
spill out at me constantly,
and I can count on nothing."

"I just sat between them. After the song finished, I said something.

“I feel infinite.”

Because the song was that great and because we all really paid attention to it. Five minutes of a lifetime were truly spent, and we felt young in a good way."
- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"I'm kind. (Except for those days when, for no apparent reason, I hate pretty much everyone.")"

"There was Brad, the quarterback of the high school football team. No kidding! I do not know why this excited me, but I guess when you see somebody in the hallway or on the field or something, it’s nice to know that they are a real person."

- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"It’s strange because sometimes, I read a book, and I think I am the people in the book."

- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"You declared in that letter that, “everything I feel now as an adolescent is true.” You went on to affirm that if you ever dared in later life to mock your 16-year-old self it would be a lie, a crime against adolescence. “This is who I am,” you wrote. How I admire your arrogance and rage and misery. How pure and right they are and how passionately storm-drenched was your adolescence. How filled with true feeling, fury, despair, joy, anxiety, shame, pride and above all, supremely above all, how overpowered it was by love.

I am perhaps happier now than I have ever been and yet I cannot but recognise that I would trade all that I am to be you, the eternally unhappy, nervous, wild, wondering and despairing 16-year-old - angry, angst-ridden and awkward but alive. Because you know how to feel and knowing how to feel is more important than how you feel."
- Stephen Fry

"To love in spite of all is the secret of greatness. And may very well be the greatest secret in this universe."

""He’s my whole world.”
“Don’t ever say that about anyone again. Not even me.

- The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

"Surround yourself with people who nurture your talents. Drop the ones who don’t have passion or dreams."
- John Barrowman

"If you're reading this, you're alive. If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is."

"I like all the wrong things. Y’know, Gossip Girl, Davina, Dick Van Dyke, Lady and the Tramp, Hannah Montana, monster trucks, Dancing on Ice, mojitos, Rio Ferdinand, Masala Zone, Pop Tarts, Jude Law’s accent in Cold Mountain, hair straighteners, Love Actually, Kylie, Whitney, Britney, Robbie, Brucie, L’Oreal, Wild at Heart, milk, Comic Relief, ponies, Posh, Becks, pecs, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and heavy petting. God, I fucking love that. But Freddie doesn’t mind what I like."

- Karen McLair, Skins

"I never ever cried when I was feeling down,
I've always been scared of the sound.
Jesus don't love me, no one ever carried my load.
I'm too young to feel this old."

- Cold Desert, Kings Of Leon

"They can't order me to stop dreaming."

"It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about."
- Dale Carnegie

"One should always be drunk. That's the great thing; the only question. Not to feel the horrible burden of Time weighing on your shoulders and blowing you to the earth, you should be drunk without respite. Drunk with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you please. But get drunk.

And if sometimes you should happen to be awake, on the stairs of a palace, on the green grass of a ditch, in the dreary solitude of your own room, and find that your drunkenness is ebbing or has vanished, ask the wind and the wave, ask star, bird, or clock, ask everythign that flies, everything that moans, everything that flows, everything that sings, everything that speaks, ask them the time; and the wind, the wave, the star, the bird and the clock will all reply: "It is Time to get drunk! If you are not to be the martyred slaves of Time, be perpetually drunk! With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you please.""

"Basically, I wish that you loved me,
I wish that you needed me,
I wish that you knew when I said two sugars,
actually, I meant three."

- The Nicest Thing, Kate Nash

"He doesn’t look a thing like Jesus, but he talks like a gentleman, like you imagined when you were young."
- When You Were Young, The Killers

"Have you ever confused a dream with life? Or stolen something when you had the cash? Have you ever been blue? Maybe I was just crazy."

"Of all the people,
it had to be you.
So I bite my nails to the quick,
run back home."

- Blue Blood, Foals

"Everybody's got a different story, but really it's just the details that are different. The feelings are the same. "
- Marianne Faithfull

"The people that make us happy are never the ones you'd expect. So when you find someone, you've got to cherish it."
- Gina Campbell, Skins

"If you love someone, I don't think that love ever goes away, even if you can't stay together."
- Kathleen Turner

"I receive letters from people saying that they wish they'd done this or that. I always write back and say, "Why are you saying "I wish I'd done it"? Do it now!""
Sheila Hancock

"Talent is an interesting animal. Where does it come from? You can be very talented and have no self-confidence and you will never utter a word or sing a note. That bird will never fly, because it just doesn't dare to do it. It has a stronger voice in it that tells it that if it leaps out of the nest it will plumment to the ground and die. So I'm not sure anymore if talent is something that's just sprinkled on some people. I think we all possess a lot more than we are aware of, and that it is whether you believe that you do and you try and open that thing in you that is the main difference between flying or not."
Morten Harket

"I found that simpy by being sincere and honest and respectful of everyone I met, there was no barrier between myself and others."
The Dalai Lama

"I'm a story, a character, a fucking fiction!"
- Grace Violet, Skins

"Once you get a feeling of whatever will be will be, then you're strong enough to be in a relationship, because you won't make them the be all and end all of your life. You have to feel like it's okay with or without them. Then they become a bonus, instead of a necessity."
Sarah Ferguson

"Does everybody really feel as high as a kite?
Well, I don't really know if they do, but they might."

- Family Friend, The Vaccines

"I've learned not to sell out to anything - be the centre of what you're doing. Never dilute yourself. I believe that if you're different, you can never be compared; people can't pick holes in you. It is not always easy but at least you're not compromising."
- Zandra Rhodes

"I used to write,
I used to write letters, I used to sign my name.
I used to sleep at night,
before the flashing lights settled deep in my brain.

But by the time we met,
by the time we met the times had already changed.

So I never wrote a letter,
I never took my true heart, I never wrote it down.
So when the lights cut out,
I was left standing in the wilderness downtown."
- We Used To Wait, Arcade Fire

"Life? You never know what's going to happen. Some days I've got it all figured out; other days I'm like, what the hell is going on?!"
Cameron Diaz

"What will you do when something stops you?
What will you say to the world?
What will you be when it all comes crashing,
down on you, little girl?
What would you do if you lost your beauty?
How would you deal with the light?
How would you feel if nobody chased you?
What if it happened tonight?"
- Girls Like You, The Naked And Famous

"I don't hold grudges. It's not good to hold on to things and build on them. Letting go of bitterness is liberating."
Sharon Osbourne

"Well, it's hard to feel like you're worth something in this life."

- Waiting For My Chance To Come, Noah And The Whale

"One of the great mistakes of our time is to act your age. I think your age is a little like your house number - it comes from outside and doesn't mean anything. Telling you to act your age - that's bullshit."
Billy Conolly

"My life seems unreal,
my crime an illusion,
a scene badly written,
in which I must play."

- Wednesday Morning, 3AM, Simon and Garfunkel

"Everyone, everywhere, is basically the same in wanting happiness and not to suffer. Mentally and emotionally and as far as basic rights are concerned, we are all 100 per cent the same."
The Dalai Lama

"I hate when I have to get to sleep,
you despise me and I love you.
It's not much but it's just enough to keep."

- Take Me To The Riot, Stars

"Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart."
- Martin Luther King Jr.

"If I was bold enough,
I would follow you forever.
But darling, please,
rescue me, take me out."

- Take Me Out, Atomic Tom

"Unless we have a great many laughs and jokes along the way, there's no point at all."
- Judi Dench

"And you cannot run or ever, ever escape,
the fear and the yearning, it's gonna eat you alive."

- Positive Tension, Bloc Party

"Forgiveness is something that enables us to escape the past and create a humane future."
Alexander McCall Smith

"Be my friend,
hold me, wrap me up.
Unfold me, I am small,
warm me up, and breathe me.
Yeah, I think that I might...break,
I've lost myself again and I feel unsafe."

- Breathe Me, Sia

"I'm very grateful I still have a sense of wonder. Whatever faults I have, I'm glad not to have lost that, because so many people do and it's easy to become terribly blase."
John Julius Norwich

"I got lost inside a memory, when I was young, and I almost drowned."

- Dark On Fire, Turin Brakes

"All individuals have to do their thing. No one stops you from doing stuff except yourself."
Chrissie Hynde

"Now you're knowcking at my door,
saying, "Please come out with us tonight,"
but I would rather be alone,
than pretend I feel all right."

- Ready To Start, Arcade Fire

"Writing and creating helps take you from one place to another, one understanding of the emotion to another - a way of getting into the core of the feeling but objectifying it in some way."
Beth Orton

"I was lost, and I'm still lost,
but I can't deny the feeling it'll be okay,
my friend, my brother 'til the end."

- Beautiful, Lee and Leblanc

"You have to learn to say yes instead of no, else your life gets too sheltered and you get stuck and isolated. You have to kick yourself out of it and explore."
Sadie Frost

"Sing me to sleep,
sing me to sleep,
I'm tired and I,
I want to go to bed.

Sing to me,
sing to me,
I don't want to wake up,
on my own anymore."

- Asleep, The Smiths

"You can't own land, relationships or your children. All you own is your story, and you can't just stand still and hold onto it either - you have to live it."
Baz Luhrmann

Absolutely beautiful and magical. You just made my week. Thanks a lot for sharing!
This is my favourite post in the history of ever. Please tell me that you have a tumblr or something.
Amazing post. Such a great combination of graphics and quotes. Thanks for sharing! (:
Lovely! I always do enjoy your posts, and this one is no different. Thank you for sharing! :)
Is the "proper" gif from something in particular? I think that girl played young Elizabeth Swann...?

"I like all the wrong things. Y’know, Gossip Girl, Davina, Dick Van Dyke, Lady and the Tramp, Hannah Montana, monster trucks, Dancing on Ice, mojitos, Rio Ferdinand, Masala Zone, Pop Tarts, Jude Law’s accent in Cold Mountain, hair straighteners, Love Actually, Kylie, Whitney, Britney, Robbie, Brucie, L’Oreal, Wild at Heart, milk, Comic Relief, ponies, Posh, Becks, pecs, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and heavy petting. God, I fucking love that. But Freddie doesn’t mind what I like."
- Karen McLair, Skins

Also, yes, Dick Van Dyke. Love that man.
The proper .gif is from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. It's Mia Wasikowska, the girl in the most recent Jane Eyre and lots of other stuff, but definitely not Pirates. :P
So many quotes from The Perks of being a Wallflower, definitely inspires me to read that book again.

Great post!
Wow, you hit it out of the ballpark with this post.
There are so many awesome animations that I want to ask you "what is that from?" so badly, but that's annoying so I wont!
But I LOVED this post!!
Thank you so much. And I don't find that annoying, I love questions! With a couple of the gifs I don't actually know where they're from, but I'll be able to tell you where the majority of them are from, so ask away if you want (:
This is amazing. I don't even know what to do with myself after experiencing it.
wow, this post must've taken so much time to put together, thanks for making it! ♥

Btw, this quote is from 'Girl, Interrupted'.
"Have you ever confused a dream with life? Or stolen something when you had the cash? Have you ever been blue? Maybe I was just crazy."
i can only repeat what everyone else has said... i loved this so much.
thank you for all the work you ut into putting this together.