--Chad Harbach, The Art Of Fielding
When you're young - when I was young - you want your emotions to be like the ones you read about in books. You want them to overturn your life, create and define a new reality. Later, I think, you want them to do something milder, something more practical: you want them to support your life as it is and has become. You want them to tell you that things are OK. And is there anything wrong with that?
--Julian Barnes, The Sense Of An Ending
Everything is touched by the holy when it is in the presence of death.
--Karl Marlantes, What It Is Like To Go To War
Sleep is a prison for a boy who has friends to meet.
--Michael Ondaatje, The Cat's Table
Atop a Ferris wheel, Orson Welles told Joseph Cotten how Italy's thirty years of war and terror and bloodshed had produced the Renaissance and Michelangelo, and how Switzerland's five hundred years of democracy and peace had produced, goddamn, only the cuckoo clock.
--Kevin Wilson, The Family Fang