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  • #1
    Samuel Beckett
    “Perhaps my best years are gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn't want them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn't want them back.”
    Samuel Beckett, Krapp's Last Tape & Embers

  • #2
    “A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.”
    John A. Shedd

  • #3
    James Joyce
    “Secrets, silent, stony sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts: secrets weary of their tyranny: tyrants willing to be dethroned.”
    James Joyce

  • #4
    Ian McEwan
    “A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended.”
    Ian McEwan, Atonement

  • #5
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “One writes of scars healed, a loose parallel to the pathology of the skin, but there is no such thing in the life of an individual. There are open wounds, shrunk sometimes to the size of a pin-prick but wounds still. The marks of suffering are more comparable to the loss of a finger, or of the sight of an eye. We may not miss them, either, for one minute in a year, but if we should there is nothing to be done about it.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

  • #6
    Margaret Atwood
    “I don't want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something so huge I can't even see it, something that's drowning me. I am inadequate and stupid, without worth. I might as well be dead.”
    Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

  • #7
    James Joyce
    “Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.”
    James Joyce, Ulysses

  • #8
    Graham Greene
    “You cannot conceive, nor can I, of the appalling strangeness of the mercy of God.”
    Graham Greene, Brighton Rock

  • #9
    Edna O'Brien
    “When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.”
    Edna O'Brien

  • #10
    Douglas Coupland
    “And then I felt sad because I realized that once people are broken in certain ways, they can't ever be fixed, and this is something nobody ever tells you when you are young and it never fails to surprise you as you grow older as you see the people in your life break one by one. You wonder when your turn is going to be, or if it's already happened.”
    Douglas Coupland, Life After God

  • #11
    Graham Greene
    “When I began to write our story down, I thought I was writing a record of hate, but somehow the hate has got mislaid and all I know is that in spite of her mistakes and her unreliability, she was better than most. It's just as well that one of us should believe in her: she never did in herself.”
    Graham Greene, The End of the Affair

  • #12
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”
    Gabriel García Márquez

  • #13
    Marilynne Robinson
    “She closed one eye and looked at me and said, "I know there is a blessing in this somewhere."

    It is worth living long enough to outlast whatever sense of grievance you may acquire. Another reason why you must be careful of your health.”
    Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

  • #14
    Tom Stoppard
    “We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.”
    Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

  • #15
    Neil Gaiman
    “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
    Neil Gaiman, Coraline

  • #16
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “He was still too young to know that the heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.”
    Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

  • #17
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “He sank into the rocking chair, the same one in which Rebecca had sat during the early days of the house to give embroidery lessons, and in which Amaranta had played Chinese checkers with Colonel Gerineldo Marquez, and in which Amarana Ursula had sewn the tiny clothing for the child, and in that flash of lucidity he became aware that he was unable to bear in his soul the crushing weight of so much past.”
    Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

  • #18
    T.S. Eliot
    “We do not pass through the same door twice
    Or return to the door through which we did not pass”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #19
    “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”

  • #20
    Jhumpa Lahiri
    “There were times Ruma felt closer to her mother in death than she had in life, an intimacy born simply of thinking of her so often, of missing her. But she knew that this was an illusion, a mirage, and that the distance between them was now infinite, unyielding. ”
    Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth

  • #21
    T.S. Eliot
    “This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #22
    Pablo Neruda
    “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
    in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”
    Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

  • #23
    T.S. Eliot
    “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
    T.S. Eliot

  • #24
    Robert Frost
    “Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.
    From what I've tasted of desire,
    I hold with those who favor fire.
    But if it had to perish twice
    I think I know enough of hate
    To say that for destruction ice
    Is also great
    And would suffice.”
    Robert Frost

  • #25
    T.S. Eliot
    “We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.”
    T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

  • #26
    P.D. James
    “Not so much two ships passing in the night as two ships sailing together for a time but always bound for different ports.”
    P.D. James, The Lighthouse

  • #27
    P.D. James
    “Man is diminished if he lives without knowledge of his past; without hope of a future he becomes a beast.”
    P.D. James, The Children of Men

  • #28
    Iain Banks
    “There's an old Sysan saying that the soup of life is salty enough without adding tears to it.”
    Iain Banks, Look to Windward

  • #29
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “Then he made one last effort to search in his heart for the place where his affection had rotted away, and he could not find it.”
    Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

  • #30
    Douglas Adams
    “Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”
    Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

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