--Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
I could just remember how my father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time.
--William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.
--Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens Of Titan
I like the assumption that everyone is trying his best, and we should all just be kind to each other.
--Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train
Face this world. Learn its ways, watch it, be careful of too hasty guesses at its meaning. In the end you will find clues to it all.
--H.G Wells, The Time Machine
"Do you know what it is you're most afraid of?"
"I'm afraid of being forgotten," Bob said, and having admitted that, wondered if it was true. He said, "I'm afraid I'll end up living a life like everyone else's and me being Bob Ford won't matter one way or the other.”
--Ron Hansen, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford