--Cormac McCarthy, The Road
My dear, dear girl we can't turn back the days that have gone. We can't turn life back to the hours when our lungs were sound, our blood hot, our bodies young. We are a flash of fire--a brain, a heart, a spirit. And we are three-cents-worth of lime and iron--which we cannot get back.
--Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel
It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.
--Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain
Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of another. There are just some kind of men who - who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.
--Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird
If you don't know what you want," the doorman said, "you end up with a lot you don't."
--Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war. It's about sunlight. It's about the special way that dawn spreads out on a river when you know you must cross the river and march into the mountains and do things you are afraid to do. It's about love and memory. It's about sorrow. It's about sisters who never write back and people who never listen.
--Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried