--Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
She thought there were no Gods; no one was to blame; and so she evolved this atheist's religion of doing good for the sake of goodness.
--Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.
-Cormac McCarthy, The Road
The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended again.
-Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country