--Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
He had divested himself of the little cloaked godlet and his other amulets in a place where they would not be found in his lifetime and he'd taken for talisman the simple human heart within him.
--Cormac McCarthy, Suttree
One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.
--James Joyce, Dubliners
They hate because they fear, and they fear because they feel that the deepest feelings of their lives are being assaulted and outraged. And they do not know why; they are powerless pawns in a blind play of social forces.
--Richard Wright, Native Son
Perfect moments, especially when they verge on the sublime have the grave disadvantage of being very short lived, which in fact, being obvious, we would not need to mention were it not that they have a still greater disadvantage, which is that we do not know what to do once they are over.
--Jose Saramago, Seeing
They love their reasons for loving us almost as much as they love us, and most of the time more. It's not so good, that way.
--J.D.Salinger, Nine Stories