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  • #1
    John Kennedy Toole
    “I refuse to "look up." Optimism nauseates me. It is perverse. Since man's fall, his proper position in the universe has been one of misery.”
    John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

  • #2
    J.D. Salinger
    “The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.”
    J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories

  • #3
    Yevgeny Zamyatin
    “Her smile was a bite, and I was its target.”
    Yevgeny Zamyatin, We
    tags: love

  • #4
    Aldous Huxley
    “But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”
    Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

  • #5
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “Emotions, in my experience, aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, "the happiness that attends disaster." Or: "the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy." I'd like to show how "intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members" connects with "the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age." I'd like to have a word for "the sadness inspired by failing restaurants" as well as for "the excitement of getting a room with a minibar." I've never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I've entered my story, I need them more than ever. ”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

  • #6
    Sun Tzu
    “If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.”
    Sun Tzu

  • #7
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “All that is gold does not glitter,
    Not all those who wander are lost;
    The old that is strong does not wither,
    Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

    From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
    A light from the shadows shall spring;
    Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
    The crownless again shall be king.”
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

  • #8
    Garth Nix
    “I am a great believer that anything not expressly forbidden is explicitly allowed.”
    Garth Nix, Clariel

  • #9
    Robin Sloan
    “Greatest among us are those who can deploy “my friend” to total strangers in a way that is not hollow, but somehow real and deeply felt; those who can make you, within seconds of first contact, believe it.”
    Robin Sloan, Sourdough