if you’re missing me, i want you to know that i am not missing you. gone is gone. i never miss anything or anyone because it all becomes a lovely memory. i guard my memories and love them, but i don’t get in them and lie down. you can even make stories from yours but they don’t come back. just think how awful it would be if they did. you don’t need me now. you’re…old enough to get busy at growing up to be the person you want to be.
—  from harriet the spy by Louise Fitzhugh

“Little lies that make people feel better are not bad, like thanking someone for a meal they made even if you hate it, or telling a sick person they look better when they don’t, or someone with a hideous new hat that’s lovely. Remember that writing is to put love in the world, not to use against your friends. But to yourself you must always tell the truth.” - Harriet the Spy (Louise Fitzhugh)