--Jose Saramago, Blindness
I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
--F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Weary or bitter of bewildered as we may be, God is faithful. He lets us wander so we will know what it means to come home.
--Marilynne Robinson, Home
The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three: empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.
--Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens Of Titan
Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.
--J.D.Salinger, The Catcher In The Rye
I know that you're selfish, selfish beyond words, and I know that you haven't the nerve of a rabbit, I know you're a liar and a humbug, I know that you're utterly contemptible. And the tragic part is--her face was on a sudden distraught with pain--the tragic part is that notwithstanding I love you with all my heart.
--W.Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil