--C.S.Lewis, The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash: your picture in the paper nor money in the back either. Just refuse to bear them.
--William Faulkner, Intruder In The Dust
And she thought what a clean, simple life she would have led if it weren't for love.
--Anne Tyler, Back When We Were Grownups
Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry.
--J.D. Salinger, The Catcher In The Rye
He wants to put his story next to hers.
--Toni Morrison, Beloved
He wanted to cry quietly but not for himself: for the words, so beautiful and sad, like music.
--James Joyce, A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man