--Stephen King, Desperation
I'm never going to own anything that can hurt me.
--Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
Some cities have fallen into ruin and some are built upon ruins but others contain their own ruins while still growing.
--Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot
I wanted to tell you that I was so sad I felt as if I might be happy, or in love, simply because such powerful feelings can appear the same to the naive. I was mighty with grief, and I thought I should be empowered by it. I thought my hands should shine with a yellow light, and that should I reach out to touch our mother on the head, I would call her back from the place she'd gone.
--Chris Adrian, Gob's Grief
We all start out so damn sure, thinking we've got the world on a string. If we ever stopped to think about the infinite number of ways we could be undone, we'd never leave our bedrooms.
--Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I Leave You