--Colum McCann, Let The Great World Spin
Adults are living increasingly as children: completely in their imaginations. Reading Harry Potter while every newspaper in the country goes out of business. They know so little that is real.
--Lorrie Moore, A Gate At The Stairs
They did what human beings looking for freedom, throughout history, have often done. They left.
--Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth Of Other Suns: The Epic Story Of America's Great Migration
The note, which had been written on one of the pads I kept around for grocery lists, said, "My lover, I came in too close to dawn to wake you, though I was tempted. Your house is full of strange men. A fairy upstairs and a little child downstairs- but as long as there's not one in my lady's chamber, I can stand it."
--Charlaine Harris, Dead In The Family
There's a hazardous sadness to the first sounds of someone else's work in the morning; it's as if stillness experiences pain in being broken.
--Jonathan Franzen, Freedom