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  • #1
    David Mitchell
    “Books don't offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw.”
    David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

  • #2
    Steven Millhauser
    “After all, we were young. We were fourteen and fifteen, scornful of childhood, remote from the world of stern and ludicrous adults. We were bored, we were restless, we longed to be seized by any whim or passion and follow it to the farthest reaches of our natures. We wanted to live – to die – to burst into flame – to be transformed into angels or explosions. Only the mundane offended us, as if we secretly feared it was our destiny . By late afternoon our muscles ached, our eyelids grew heavy with obscure desires. And so we dreamed and did nothing, for what was there to do, played ping-pong and went to the beach, loafed in backyards, slept late into the morning – and always we craved adventures so extreme we could never imagine them. In the long dusks of summer we walked the suburban streets through scents of maple and cut grass, waiting for something to happen.”
    Steven Millhauser, Dangerous Laughter

  • #3
    Herman Melville
    “There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness. And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he for ever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they soar. ”
    Herman Melville, Moby Dick

  • #4
    José Saramago
    “I consider books to be good for our health, and also our spirits, and they help us to become poets or scientists, to understand the stars or else to discover them deep within the aspirations of certain characters, those who sometimes, on certain evenings, escape from the pages and walk among us humans, perhaps the most human of us all.”
    José Saramago

  • #5
    John Irving
    “Keep passing the open windows.”
    John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire

  • #6
    Graham Greene
    “The world was in her heart already, like the small spot of decay in a fruit.”
    Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory

  • #7
    Matt Taibbi
    “Being a wiseass in a groupthink environment is like throwing an egg at a bulldozer.”
    Matt Taibbi, The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion at the Twilight of the American Empire

  • #8
    Kate Chopin
    “The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth.”
    Kate Chopin, The Awakening

  • #9
    Colum McCann
    “Some people think love is the end of the road, and if you're lucky enough to find it, you stay there. Other people say it just becomes a cliff you drive off, but most people who've been around awhile know it's just a thing that changes day by day, and depending on how much you fight for it, you get it, or you hold on to it, or you lose it, but sometimes it's never even there in the first place.”
    Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin

  • #10
    Charles Portis
    “What have you done when you have bested a fool?”
    Charles Portis, True Grit
    tags: fools

  • #11
    Peter Heller
    “You rest now. Rest for longer than you are used to resting. Make a stillness around you, a field of peace. Your best work, the best time of your life will grow out of this peace.”
    Peter Heller, The Painter

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