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  • #1
    Nick Hornby
    “People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.”
    Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

  • #2
    Amy Hempel
    “if it's true your life flashes past your eyes before you die, then it is also the truth that your life rushes forth when you are ready to start to truly be alive.”
    Amy Hempel, The Collected Stories

  • #3
    Ayn Rand
    “If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders - What would you tell him?"

    I…don't know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?"

    To shrug.”
    Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

  • #4
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “The Lazio fans always stop [at the bakery] on their way home from the stadium to stand in the street for hours, leaning up against their motorcycles, talking about the game, looking macho as anything, and eating cream puffs.
    I love Italy.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #5
    Tobias Wolff
    “a true piece of writing is a dangerous thing. It can change your life.”
    Tobias Wolff, Old School

  • #6
    Herman Melville
    “Were this world an endless plain, and by sailing eastward we could for ever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there were promise in the voyage. But in pursuit of those far mysteries we dream of, or in tormented chase of the demon phantom that, some time or other, swims before all human hearts; while chasing such over this round globe, they either lead us on in barren mazes or midway leave us whelmed.”
    Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or, the Whale

  • #7
    Colum McCann
    “With all respects to heaven, I like it here.”
    Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin

  • #8
    Steve Toltz
    “Let’s not mince words: the inside of the Sydney casino looks as if Vegas had an illegitimate child with Liberace’s underpants, and that child fell down a staircase and hit its head on the edge of a spade.”
    Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole

  • #9
    Oscar Wilde
    “Nobody is worthy to be loved. The fact that God loves man shows us that in the divine order of ideal things it is written that eternal love is to be given to what is eternally unworthy. Or if that phrase seems to be a bitter one to bear, let us say that everybody is worthy of love, except him who thinks he is.”
    Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

  • #10
    Leo Tolstoy
    “[Pierre] involuntarily started comparing these two men, so different and at the same time so similar, because of the love he had for both of them, and because both had lived and both had died.”
    Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

  • #11
    Hilary Mantel
    “Over the city lies the sweet, rotting odor of yesterday's unrecollected sins.”
    Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall

  • #12
    Walt Whitman
    “We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. So medicine, law, business, engineering... these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love... these are what we stay alive for.”
    Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

  • #13
    John Green
    “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #14
    Jonathan Lethem
    “Listen to me. I’m shy. I’m not stupid. I can’t meet people’s eyes. I don’t know if you understand what that’s like. There’s a whole world going on around me, I’m aware of that. It’s not because I don’t want to look at you, Lucinda. It’s that I don’t want to be seen.”
    Jonathan Lethem, You Don't Love Me Yet

  • #15
    Carol Anshaw
    “She shared the curse of many artists—that praise beaded up and rolled off her while criticism stuck like glue, glue embedded with ground glass.”
    Carol Anshaw, Carry the One

  • #16
    Garth Nix
    “I have never known what to tell anybody. Except that it is better to do something than nothing, even if the cost is great.”
    Garth Nix, Abhorsen

  • #17
    Joyce Carol Oates
    “I was nineteen years five months old when I fell in love for the first time. This seemed to me a profound, advanced age; never can we anticipate being older than we are, or wiser; if we're exhausted, it's impossible to anticipate being strong; as, in the grip of a dream, we rarely understand that we're dreaming, and will escape by the simplest of methods, opening our eyes.”
    Joyce Carol Oates, I'll Take You There

  • #18
    Hillary Jordan
    “If God is the Creator, if God englobes every single thing in the universe, then God is everything, and everything is God. God is the earth and the sky, and the tree planted in the earth under the sky, and the bird in the tree, and the worm in the beak of the bird, and the dirt in the stomach of the worm. God is He and She, straight and gay, black and white and red - yes even that...and green and blue and all the rest. And so, to despise me for loving women or you for being a Red who made love with a woman, would be to despise not only His own creations but also to hate Himself. My God is not so stupid as that.”
    Hillary Jordan, When She Woke

  • #19
    Erin Morgenstern
    “Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case.”
    Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

  • #20
    David Mitchell
    “& only as you gasp your dying breath shall you understand, your life amounted to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean!
    Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”
    David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

  • #21
    Dexter Palmer
    “It is nice enough to be a child, but it is far rarer, and much more precious, to no longer be young, and to truly feel young again.”
    Dexter Palmer, The Dream of Perpetual Motion

  • #22
    Dexter Palmer
    “there was a sweet naïveté in the way she gave her name to me unasked, as though we were in a place where the names of people mattered.”
    Dexter Palmer, The Dream of Perpetual Motion

  • #23
    Meg Wolitzer
    “it was always slightly off when everyone was in a couple except for one person. the entire group tended to single that person out, as if to try and make him feel better in his aloneness, as though it were an unnatural state.”
    Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings

  • #24
    Haruki Murakami
    “I find the act of writing very painful. I can go a whole month without managing a single line, or write three days and nights straight, only to find the whole thing has missed the mark.
    At the same time, though, I love writing. Ascribing meaning to life is a piece of cake compared to actually living it.”
    Haruki Murakami, Hear the Wind Sing

  • #25
    Margaret Atwood
    “But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

  • #26
    Jennifer Egan
    “My apartment was just as I had left it, except that now the empty bottles and chaos of discarded outfits looked like the hopeful prelude to a ruined evening.”
    Jennifer Egan, Look at Me

  • #27
    David Mitchell
    “But it's the feeling of love that we love, not the person.
    It's that giddy exhilaration I just experienced, just now.
    The feeling of being chosen and desired and cared about.
    It's pretty pathetic when you examine it clearheadedly.”
    David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks

  • #28
    David Mitchell
    “Normal is whatever you have come to take for granted.”
    David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks

  • #29
    Ed Tarkington
    “I wasn't sure I could believe a word she was saying. But I wanted to hear it all. Truth or fiction, I needed a story.”
    Ed Tarkington, Only Love Can Break Your Heart

  • #30
    David Mitchell
    “Look at that! Life’s more science-fictiony by the day. It’s not just that you get old and your kids leave; it’s that the world zooms away and leaves you hankering for whatever decade you felt most comfy in.”
    David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks



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