--Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
Then Ben wailed again, hopeless and prolonged. It was nothing. Just sound. It might have been all time and injustice and sorrow become vocal for an instant by a conjunction of planets.
--William Faulkner, The Sound And The Fury
If the living are haunted by the dead, then the dead are haunted by their own mistakes.
--Chuck Palahnuik, Damned
So the more things remained the same, the more they changed after all. Nothing endures. Not love, not a tree, not even a death by violence.
--John Knowles, A Separate Peace
Anger is better. There is a sense of being in anger. A reality and presence. An awareness of worth. It is a lovely surging.
--Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one. . . . Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil. . . . There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?
--John Steinbeck, East Of Eden