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  • #1
    Chris Cleave
    “Death, of course, is a refuge. It's where you go when a new name, or a mask and cape, can no longer hide you from yourself. It's where you run to when none of the principalities of your conscience will grant you asylum.”
    Chris Cleave, Little Bee


  • #2
    Charles Baudelaire
    “the Devil's hand directs our every move - / the things we loathed become the things we love”
    Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal


  • #3
    Diane Setterfield
    “People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in the ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.”
    Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale


  • #4
    Edith Wharton
    “But after a moment a sense of waste and ruin overcame him. There they were, close together and safe and shut in; yet so chained to their separate destinies that they might as well been half the world apart.”
    Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence


  • #5
    Betty  Smith
    “I know that's what people say-- you'll get over it. I'd say it, too. But I know it's not true. Oh, youll be happy again, never fear. But you won't forget. Every time you fall in love it will be because something in the man reminds you of him.”
    Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


  • #6
    Betty  Smith
    “Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”
    Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


  • #7
    Anne Sexton
    “Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”
    Anne Sexton


  • #8
    Anne Sexton
    “Yesterday I did not want to be borrowed but this is the typewriter that sits before me and love is where yesterday is at.”
    Anne Sexton, Love Poems


  • #9
    William Landay
    “An emotion is a thought, yes, an idea, but it is also a sensation, an ache in your body. Desire, love, hate, fear, repulsion - you feel these things in your muscle and bones, not just in your mind.”
    William Landay, Defending Jacob


  • #10
    William Landay
    “We move through time like a man in a rowboat, looking back even as we move forward.”
    William Landay, Mission Flats
    tags: life, time


  • #11
    William Landay
    “But sometimes you can't figure everything out because you can't ever really understand other people. You can't understand why they do what they do. You just have to accept a little mystery, Ben. People are mysterious, the world is mysterious. You can't know everything. You're not supposed to. This isn't a history book. It's just the world. It's a messy place.”
    William Landay, Mission Flats


  • #12
    William Landay
    “Damage hardens us all. It will harden you too, when it finds you—and it will find you”
    William Landay, Defending Jacob


  • #13
    John Irving
    “So we dream on. Thus we invent our lives. We give ourselves a sainted mother, we make our father a hero; and someone’s older brother and someone’s older sister – they become our heroes too. We invent what we love and what we fear. There is always a brave lost brother – and a little lost sister, too. We dream on and on: the best hotel, the perfect family, the resort life. And our dreams escape us almost as vividly as we can imagine them… That’s what happens, like it or not. And because that’s what happens, this is what we need: we need a good, smart bear… Coach Bob knew it all along: you’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed. You have to keep passing the open windows.”
    John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire


  • #14
    Carl Sandburg
    “Our lives are like a candle in the wind.”
    Carl Sandburg
    tags: life


  • #15
    Carl Sandburg
    “Let your heart look
    on white sea spray
    and be lonely.

    Love is a fool star.

    You and a ring of stars
    may mention my name
    and then forget me.

    Love is a fool star.”
    Carl Sandburg
    tags: love


  • #16
    Carl Sandburg
    “Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what was seen during a moment.”
    Carl Sandburg


  • #17
    Carl Sandburg
    “Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.”
    Carl Sandburg


  • #18
    Carl Sandburg
    “Gather the stars if you wish it so
    Gather the songs and keep them.
    Gather the faces of women.
    Gather for keeping years and years.
    And then...
    Loosen your hands, let go and say good-bye.
    Let the stars and songs go.
    Let the faces and years go.
    Loosen your hands and say good-bye.”
    Carl Sandburg


  • #19
    Carl Sandburg
    “The moon is friend for the lonesome to talk to.”
    Carl Sandburg
    tags: moon


  • #20
    John Irving
    “In increments both measurable and not, our childhood is stolen from us -- not always in one momentous event but often in a series of small robberies, which add up to the same loss.”
    John Irving, Until I Find You


  • #21
    John Irving
    “My life is a reading list.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany


  • #22
    Harper Lee
    “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


  • #23
    Harper Lee
    “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


  • #24
    Harper Lee
    “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
    - Atticus Finch”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


  • #25
    Harper Lee
    “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


  • #26
    Harper Lee
    “Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I'd have the facts.”
    Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


  • #27
    George Orwell
    “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
    George Orwell


  • #28
    George Orwell
    “The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.”
    George Orwell, 1984


  • #29
    George Orwell
    “We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness.”
    George Orwell, 1984


  • #30
    J.D. Salinger
    “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye




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