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  • #1
    Cormac McCarthy
    “You think when you wake up in the mornin yesterday don't count. But yesterday is all that does count. What else is there? Your life is made out of the days it’s made out of. Nothin else.”
    Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

  • #2
    Cormac McCarthy
    “You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget.”
    Cormac McCarthy, The Road

  • #3
    Bret Easton Ellis
    “...there is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there.”
    Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

  • #4
    Bret Easton Ellis
    “I have to return some videotapes”
    Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

  • #5
    Bret Easton Ellis
    “…there is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there. It is hard for me to make sense on any given level. Myself is fabricated, an aberration. I am a noncontingent human being. My personality is sketchy and unformed, my heartlessness goes deep and is persistent. My conscience, my pity, my hopes disappeared a long time ago (probably at Harvard) if they ever did exist. There are no more barriers to cross. All I have in common with the uncontrollable and the insane, the vicious and the evil, all the mayhem I have caused and my utter indifference toward it, I have now surpassed. I still, though, hold on to one single bleak truth: no one is safe, nothing is redeemed. Yet I am blameless. Each model of human behavior must be assumed to have some validity. Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do? My pain is constant and sharp and I do not hope for a better world for anyone. In fact, I want my pain to be inflicted on others. I want no one to escape. But even after admitting this—and I have countless times, in just about every act I’ve committed—and coming face-to-face with these truths, there is no catharsis. I gain no deeper knowledge about myself, no new understanding can be extracted from my telling. There has been no reason for me to tell you any of this. This confession has meant nothing….”
    Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

  • #6
    Antal Szerb
    “Szomoruak vagyunk tizenhat eves korunk szomorusagaval, szerelmeink megtort vonala grafikonszeruen elottunk van, ovatosan orulunk a holnapoknak, nagyon tavoli medvek borere iszunk, es tiz kilometer korzetben meghallunk minden zajt.”
    Antal Szerb, A Pendragon Legenda

  • #7
    Susanna Clarke
    “She wore a gown the color of storms, shadows, and rain and a necklace of broken promises and regrets.”
    Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

  • #8
    Susanna Clarke
    “Can a magician kill a man by magic?” Lord Wellington asked Strange.
    Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. “I suppose a magician might,” he admitted, “but a gentleman never could.”
    Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

  • #9
    Susanna Clarke
    “A piece of writing is like a piece of magic. You create something out of nothing.”
    Susanna Clarke

  • #10
    Susanna Clarke
    “There is nothing in the world so easy to explain as failure - it is, after all, what everybody does all the time.”
    Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

  • #11
    Susanna Clarke
    “Oh! And they read English novels! David! Did you ever look into an English novel? Well, do not trouble yourself. It is nothing but a lot of nonsense about girls with fanciful names getting married.”
    Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

  • #12
    Susanna Clarke
    “Some years ago there was in the city of York a society of magicians. They met upon the third Wednesday of every month and read each other long, dull papers upon the history of English magic.”
    Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

  • #13
    Susanna Clarke
    “And how shall I think of you?' He considered a moment and then laughed. 'Think of me with my nose in a book!”
    Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

  • #14
    Susanna Clarke
    “The land is all too shallow
    It is painted on the sky
    And trembles like the wind-shook rain
    When the Raven King passed by”
    Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange i pan Norrell. Tom 3

  • #15
    Marisha Pessl
    “Man's wobbly little mind isn't equipped for hauling around the great unknowns.

    Very few people realize, there's no point chasing after answers to life's important questions. They all have fickle, highly whimsical minds of their own.

    Nevertheless. If you're patient, if you don't rush them, when they're ready, they'll smash into you. And don't be surprised if afterward you're speechless and there are cartoon Tweety Birds chirping around your head.”
    Marisha Pessl

  • #16
    Marisha Pessl
    “I was aware too how strange adults were, how theirs lives were vaster than they wanted anyone to realize, that they actually stretched on and on like deserts, dry and desolate, with an unpredictable, shifting sea of dunes.”
    Marisha Pessl, Special Topics in Calamity Physics

  • #17
    Marisha Pessl
    “Dad always said a person must have a magnificent reason for writing out his or her Life Story and expecting anyone to read it.
    Unless your name is something along the lines of Mozart, Matisse, Churchill, Che Guevara or Bond - James Bond - you best spent your free time finger painting or playing shuffeboard, for no one, with the exception of your flabby-armed mother with stiff hair and a mashed potato way of looking at you, will want to hear the particulars of your pitiable existence, which doubtlessly will end as it began - with a wheeze.”
    Marisha Pessl, Special Topics in Calamity Physics

  • #18
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

  • #19
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead

  • #20
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

  • #21
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “I love mankind, he said, "but I find to my amazement that the more I love mankind as a whole, the less I love man in particular.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

  • #22
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • #23
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “People speak sometimes about the "bestial" cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • #24
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them — the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas.”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • #25
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the PRIVACY of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.”
    Dostoyevsky Fyodor

  • #26
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don't bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you will get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man.”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • #27
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Don’t let us forget that the causes of human actions are usually immeasurably more complex and varied than our subsequent explanations of them.”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot

  • #28
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “For, after all, you do grow up, you do outgrow your ideals, which turn to dust and ashes, which are shattered into fragments; and if you have no other life, you just have to build one up out of these fragments. And all the time your soul is craving and longing for something else. And in vain does the dreamer rummage about in his old dreams, raking them over as though they were a heap of cinders, looking in these cinders for some spark, however tiny, to fan it into a flame so as to warm his chilled blood by it and revive in it all that he held so dear before, all that touched his heart, that made his blood course through his veins, that drew tears from his eyes, and that so splendidly deceived him!”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky, White Nights and Other Stories

  • #29
    Donna Tartt
    “Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.”
    Donna Tartt, The Secret History

  • #30
    Donna Tartt
    “Could it be because it reminds us that we are alive, of our mortality, of our individual souls- which, after all, we are too afraid to surrender but yet make us feel more miserable than any other thing? But isn't it also pain that often makes us most aware of self? It is a terrible thing to learn as a child that one is a being separate from the world, that no one and no thing hurts along with one's burned tongues and skinned knees, that one's aches and pains are all one’s own. Even more terrible, as we grow old, to learn that no person, no matter how beloved, can ever truly understand us. Our own selves make us most unhappy, and that's why we're so anxious to lose them, don't you think?”
    Donna Tartt, The Secret History



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