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  • #1
    Andrew Miller
    “She knows about men, knows a good deal of the world's character. But it is hard, whatever you have endured, to give up on love. Hard to stop thinking of it as a home you might one day find again. More than hard.”
    Andrew Miller, Pure


  • #2
    Anna Gavalda
    “Quand j'arrive à la gare de l'Est, j'espère toujours secrètement qu'il y aura quelqu'un pour m'attendre. C'est con. J'ai beau savoir que ma mère est encore au boulot à cette heure-là et que Marc est pas du genre à traverser la banlieue pour porter mon sac, j'ai toujours cet espoir débile. [...] Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part... C'est quand même pas compliqué.”
    Anna Gavalda, I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere


  • #3
    Elaine Dundy
    “I don't always understand other people's motives. I will repeat that for my own benefit, if you don't mind. I don't always understand other people's motives.”
    Elaine Dundy, The Dud Avocado


  • #4
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    “Translating from one language to another, unless it is from Greek and Latin, the queens of all languages, is like looking at Flemish tapestries from the wrong side, for although the figures are visible, they are covered by threads that obscure them, and cannot be seen with the smoothness and color of the right side.”
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote


  • #5
    Émile Zola
    “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
    Émile Zola


  • #6
    Richard Henry Dana Jr.
    “There is a witchery in the sea, its songs and stories, and in the mere sight of a ship, and the sailor's dress, especially to a young mind, which has done more to man navies, and fill merchantmen, than all the pressgangs of Europe.”
    Richard Henry Dana Jr., Two Years Before the Mast: A Sailor's Life at Sea


  • #7
    David Nicholls
    “But at the best of times she feels like a character in a Muriel Spark novel — independent, bookish, sharp-minded, secretly romantic.”
    David Nicholls, One Day


  • #8
    Irène Némirovsky
    “Important events — whether serious, happy or unfortunate — do not change a man's soul, they merely bring it into relief, just as a strong gust of wind reveals the true shape of a tree when it blows off all its leaves. Such events highlight what is hidden in the shadows, they nudge the spirit towards a place where it can flourish.”
    Irène Némirovsky


  • #9
    John Steinbeck
    “The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It's not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.”
    John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America


  • #10
    Annie Barrows
    “That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive—all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”
    Annie Barrows, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


  • #11
    Umberto Eco
    “Until then I had thought each book spoke of the things, human or divine, that lie outside books. Now I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of a long, centuries-old murmuring, an imperceptible dialogue between one parchment and another, a living thing, a receptacle of powers not to be ruled by a human mind, a treasure of secrets emanated by many minds, surviving the death of those who had produced them or had been their conveyors.”
    Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose


  • #12
    Colum McCann
    “That was the sort of everyday love I had to learn to contend with: if you grow up with it, it's hard to think you'll ever match it. I used to think it was difficult for children of folks who really loved each other, hard to get out from under that skin because sometimes it's just so comfortable you don't want to have to develop your own.”
    Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin


  • #13
    Mary Ann Shaffer
    “I don't want to be married just to be married. I can't think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can't talk to, or worse, someone I can't be silent with.”
    Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society


  • #14
    Umberto Eco
    “A narrator should not supply interpretations of his work; otherwise he would have not written a novel, which is a machine for generating interpretations.”
    Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose


  • #15
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    “It is one thing to write as poet and another to write as a historian: the poet can recount or sing about things not as they were, but as they should have been, and the historian must write about them not as they should have been, but as they were, without adding or subtracting anything from the truth.”
    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote


  • #16
    Graham Greene
    “Like some wines our love could neither mature nor travel.”
    Graham Greene, The Comedians


  • #17
    Twyla Tharp
    “I read for growth, firmly believing that what you are today and what you will be in five years depends on two things: the people you meet and the books you read.”
    Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life


  • #18
    Twyla Tharp
    “Before you can think out of the box, you have to start with a box”
    Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life


  • #19
    Mark Twain
    “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
    Mark Twain


  • #20
    Ian McEwan
    “This is how the entire course of a life can be changed: by doing nothing.”
    Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach
    tags: life


  • #21
    Tina Fey
    “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.”
    Tina Fey, Bossypants


  • #22
    Stasia Ward Kehoe
    “I am pretty sure the myth of me
    Is better than the reality.”
    Stasia Ward Kehoe, Audition


  • #23
    Stasia Ward Kehoe
    “Wish my life were inside a book
    So I could turn to the ending,
    See if it is a love story
    Or a gothic disaster.”
    Stasia Ward Kehoe, Audition


  • #24
    Julian Barnes
    “How often do we tell our own life story? How often do we adjust, embellish, make sly cuts? And the longer life goes on, the fewer are those around to challenge our account, to remind us that our life is not our life, merely the story we have told about our life. Told to others, but—mainly—to ourselves.”
    Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending


  • #25
    Julian Barnes
    “It strikes me that this may be one of the differences between youth and age: when we are young, we invent different futures for ourselves; when we are old, we invent different pasts for others.”
    Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending


  • #26
    Julian Barnes
    “What you end up remembering isn't always the same as what you have witnessed.”
    Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending


  • #27
    Esi Edugyan
    “I guess mercy is a muscle like any other. You got to exercise it, or it just cramp right up.”
    Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues


  • #28
    Charlotte Brontë
    “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre


  • #29
    William Boyd
    “She's half mad and three parts drunk.”
    William Boyd, Waiting for Sunrise


  • #30
    Cheryl Strayed
    “It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B.

    It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.”
    Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail




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