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  1. Ellie – Female Formed
    Finding the First
    “The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”
    —Mother Teresa
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  2. Katie – Female Formed
    Other Kinds of Girls
    “The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it. Basically, because you feel good, very good, when you are near them.”
    —Charles Bukowski
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  3. Jean – Female Formed
    Generational Friends
    “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”
    –Henry James
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  4. Annette – Female Formed
    Introduction to Exotic
    “Human psychology is the most mysterious thing in the world.”
    ― Munia Khan
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  5. Peggy – Female Formed
    First Time Chosen
    “Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief”
    —Marcus Tullius Cicero
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  6. Gabby & Deb – Female Formed
    Group Dynamics
    “Not belonging is a terrible feeling. It feels awkward and it hurts, as if you were wearing someone else's shoes.”
    -Phoebe Stone, The Romeo and Juliet Code
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  7. Snow White – Female Formed
    Heartbreaking Enchantment
    “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
    -Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
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  8. Laurie – Female Formed
    A Sister, A Home
    “But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.”
    —Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life
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  9. Diana – Female Formed
    “The first step to the knowledge of the wonder and mystery of life is the recognition of the monstrous nature of the earthly human realm as well as its glory, the realization that this is just how it is and that it cannot and will not be changed. Those who think they know how the universe could have been had they created it, without pain, without sorrow, without time, without death, are unfit for illumination.” —Joseph Campbell
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  10. Sooz – Female Formed
    “Humor can make a serious difference. In the workplace, at home, in all areas of life – looking for a reason to laugh is necessary. A sense of humor helps us to get through the dull times, cope with the difficult times, enjoy the good times and manage the scary times.” —Steve Goodier
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  11. Mickey – Female Formed
    Stranger in a Strange Land “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” —Bob Kerrey My friend Gail has never met a stranger. Never. Whether on an unfamiliar golf course or foreign shores, she assumes everyone is as happy as she to engage in conversation and learn about one another. Though I have fine social skills, I am the opposite of Gail. And at nineteen, I was not an open, trusting soul, a direct consequence of being raised to be wary of strangers and to expect danger and disaster as general protocol. Not...
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  12. Carolina – Female Formed
    The Wild One “It has always fascinated me that we’re prepared to end a romantic relationship that is no longer working but are generally reluctant to do the same with friendships. Not all friendships are meant to last for life. People evolve, and friendships evolve with them.” —Sarah Morgan, Family for Beginners Occasionally, you meet someone that was meant to be in your life for a reason, but not forever. Thus far in my sheltered existence, I hadn’t yet had a friend who pushed me outside my comfort zone. Then, I met Carolina (*name changed). Now, there was someone who...
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  13. Revka – Female Formed
    “Water and a bubble on it are one and the same. The bubble has its birth in the water, floats on it, and is ultimately resolved into it. Likewise, your consciousness is born in your brain, goes through various states in your lifetime and ultimately resolves into the brain.” ― Abhijit Naskar, Autobiography of God: Biopsy of A Cognitive Reality
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  14. Erika – Female Formed
    “Bad advice will blind you, good advice will instruct you, excellent advice will enlighten you, and transcendent advice will elevate you.” —Matshona Dhliwayo
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