Thoughtful Emily Giffin Quotes You'll Want to Bookmark and Read Again and Again

Emily Giffin's latest novel, First Comes Love, hits shelves this week, and to celebrate, we're taking a look at some of the most beautiful, insightful quotes from her books over the years. The bestselling author first won over fans with her debut novel, Something Borrowed, back in 2004, and since then, she's continued to capture hearts with her perceptive, moving take on life and relationships. Keep reading for a look at the Emily Giffin quotes you'll definitely want to bookmark, then check out beach reads to pack for your Summer vacation.

On Love

  • "Maybe that's what it all comes down to. Love, not as a surge of passion, but as a choice to commit to something, someone, no matter what obstacles or temptations stand in the way. And maybe making that choice, again and again, day in and day out, year after year, says more about love than never having a choice to make at all." — Love the One You're With
  • "When you're in love, sometimes you have to swallow your pride, and sometimes you have to keep your pride. It's a balance. But when the relationship is right, you find the balance." — Something Borrowed
  • "Love is the sum of our choices, the strength of our commitments, the ties that bind us together." — Love the One You're With
  • "True love is supposed to make you into a better person — uplift you." — Love the One You're With
  • "It always takes two. For relationships to work, for them to break apart, for them to be fixed." — The Heart of the Matter

On Life and Happiness

  • "But I have learned that you make your own happiness, that part of going for what you want means losing something else. And when the stakes are high, the losses can be that much greater." — Something Borrowed
  • "Songs and smells will bring you back to a moment in time more than anything else. It's amazing how much can be conjured with a few notes of a song or a solitary whiff of a room. A song you didn't even pay attention to at the time, a place that you didn't even know had a particular smell." — Something Borrowed
  • "I wish I could freeze this moment, somehow delay my final decision, and just hang here in the balance between two places, two worlds, two loves." — Love the One You're With
  • "Even if we no longer have much in common, we would have always had the past, which, in some ways, is just as important as the present or future. It is where we come from, what makes us who we are." — Where We Belong
  • "Where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves — a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever." — Where We Belong

On Friendship

  • "When you are in a relationship, you are aware that it might end. You might grow apart, find someone else, simply fall out of love. But a friendship isn't a zero-sum game, and as such, you assume that it will last forever, especially an old friendship. You take its permanence for granted, which might be the very thing so dear about it." — Something Borrowed
  • "Love and friendship. They are what make us who we are, and what can change us, if we let them." — Something Blue
  • "You'll never regret being a good friend." — Something Borrowed
  • "And like a favorite old movie, sometimes the sameness in a friend is what you like the most about her." — Something Borrowed