--George Orwell, Animal Farm
I want to keep my dreams, even bad ones, because without them, I might have nothing all night long.
--Joseph Heller, Catch-22
What I'm not sure about, is if our lives have been so different from the lives of the people we save. We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we've lived through, or feel we've had enough time.
--Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
It wasn't only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you.
--Ian McEwan, Atonement
I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners. They’re pretty bad. I grieve over them during the long winter evenings.
--Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you'd be doomed. You'd be ruined as God. You'd be a stone. You'd never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You'd never love anyone, ever again. You'd never dare to.
--Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin