--Michael Cunningham, The Hours
Yes, alone we are, deeply alone, and always, in store for us, a layer of loneliness even deeper. There is nothing we can do to dispose of that. No, loneliness shouldn’t surprise us, as astonishing to experience as it may be. You can try yourself inside out, but all you are then is inside out and lonely instead of inside in and lonely. My stupid, stupid Merry dear, stupider even that your stupid father, not even blowing up buildings helps. It’s lonely if there are buildings and it’s lonely if there are buildings and it’s lonely if there are no buildings. There is no protest to be lodged against loneliness⎯not all the bombing campaigns in history have made a dent in it. The most lethal of manmade explosives can’t touch it. Stand in awe not of Communism, my idiot child, but of ordinary, everyday loneliness.
--Philip Roth, American Pastoral
I see her on a Sunday after lunch, and we spend a pleasant afternoon, and when I leave I find she has run through me like water.
--Anne Enright, The Gathering
I'm double bred for death by fire.
--Cormac McCarthy, All The Pretty Horses
I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.
--J.D.Salinger, Franny And Zooey