--Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
If you've had good gin on a hot day in Southern California with the people you love, you forget Nebraska. The two things cannot coexist. The stronger, better of the two wins.
--Ann Patchett, The Magician's Assistant
Even as your body betrays you, your mind denies it.
--Sara Gruen, Water For Elephants
There are some books that reached through the noise of life to grab you by the collar and speak only of the truest things.
--Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot
You looked at them and wondered why they were so ugly; you looked closely and could not find the source. Then you realized that it came from conviction, their conviction. It was as though some mysterious all-knowing master had given each one a cloak of ugliness to wear, and they had each accepted it without question.
--Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.
--Neil Gaiman, Stardust