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  • #1
    Don DeLillo
    “No sense of the irony of human experience, that we are the highest form of life on earth, and yet ineffably sad because we know what no other animal knows, that we must die.”
    Don DeLillo, White Noise

  • #2
    Don DeLillo
    “California deserves whatever it gets. Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.”
    Don DeLillo, White Noise

  • #3
    Ian McEwan
    “The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse. ”
    Ian McEwan, Atonement

  • #4
    Ian McEwan
    “...falling in love could be achieved in a single word—a glance.”
    Ian McEwan, Atonement

  • #5
    Ian McEwan
    “A story was a form of telepathy. By means of inking symbols onto a page, she was able to send thoughts and feelings from her mind to her reader's. It was a magical process, so commonplace that no one stopped to wonder at it.”
    Ian McEwan, Atonement

  • #6
    Joanne Harris
    “You don't write because someone sets assignments! You write because you need to write, or because you hope someone will listen or because writing will mend something broken inside you or bring something back to life.”
    Joanne Harris, Blackberry Wine

  • #7
    Joanne Harris
    “He drank, for the same reason he wrote second-rate science fiction. Not to forget but to remember, to open the past and find himself there again. He opened each bottle, began each story with the secret conviction that here was the magic drought that would restore him. But magic, like wine, needs the right conditions in order to work.”
    Joanne Harris, Blackberry Wine

  • #8
    Joanne Harris
    “So much of his life seemed to be like this now, a blur of days without anything to define them from each other, like episodes of a soap he watched out of habit, even though none of the characters interested him.”
    Joanne Harris, Blackberry Wine

  • #9
    Helen Cross
    “Her words were like tinfoil; they shone and they covered things up.”
    Helen Cross, My Summer of Love

  • #10
    Helen Cross
    “I thought how money was like food. The smell, the way it came in portions, how badly you needed it. How hungry you got for it, that acidic longing which burned and sickened in your stomach. Firm muscular control was needed over food and money. Money could kill you, wanting and needing it and fighting its power.”
    Helen Cross, My Summer of Love

  • #11
    Helen Cross
    “If you are lucky enough to find somewhere you want to be, then you should be there.”
    Helen Cross, My Summer of Love

  • #12
    Shirley Jackson
    “My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all, I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in our family is dead.”
    Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle

  • #13
    Shirley Jackson
    “Fate intervened. Some of us, that day, she led inexorably through the gates of death. Some of us, innocent and unsuspecting, took, unwillingly, that one last step to oblivion. Some of us took very little sugar.”
    Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle

  • #14
    Shirley Jackson
    “A pretty sight, a lady with a book.”
    Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle

  • #15
    Oscar Wilde
    “You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
    tags: sin

  • #16
    Oscar Wilde
    “Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #17
    Oscar Wilde
    “Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #18
    Oscar Wilde
    “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #19
    Oscar Wilde
    “I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #20
    Oscar Wilde
    “When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one's self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #21
    Oscar Wilde
    “I am too fond of reading books to care to write them.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #22
    Oscar Wilde
    “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #23
    Oscar Wilde
    “Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #24
    Oscar Wilde
    “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #25
    Oscar Wilde
    “Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is by far the best ending for one.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #26
    Oscar Wilde
    “All art is quite useless.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
    tags: art

  • #27
    Oscar Wilde
    “The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #28
    Oscar Wilde
    “Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #29
    Oscar Wilde
    “I love acting. It is so much more real than life.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #30
    Oscar Wilde
    “What of Art?
    -It is a malady.
    --Love?
    -An Illusion.
    --Religion?
    -The fashionable substitute for Belief.
    --You are a sceptic.
    -Never! Scepticism is the beginning of Faith.
    --What are you?
    -To define is to limit.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray



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