--Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow
Childhood feels so permanent, like it's the entire world, and then one day it's over and you're shoveling wet dirt onto your father's coffin, stunned at the impermanence of everything.
--Jonathan Tropper, This Is Where I Leave You
Kneecaps only exist to get hit with claw-hammers; grace only exists to be fallen from.
--Glen Duncan, I, Lucifer
The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three: empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.
--Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens Of Titan
The Shadow had no imagination. He neither looked at naked women nor thought of ridding the world of dictators like Hitler or Mussolini.
--E.L.Doctorow, World's Fair
And when the event, the big change in your life, is simply an insight-- isn't that a strange thing? That absolutely nothing changes except that you see things differently and you're less fearful and less anxious and generally stronger as a result: isn't it amazing that a completely invisible thing in your head can feel realer than anything you've experienced before?
--Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections