He had learned the worst lesson that life can teach - that it makes no sense.
(American Pastoral by Philip Roth)
To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To feel the joy of life, as Eve felt the joy of life. To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter every day. To say I am alive, I am wonderful, I am. I am. That is something to aspire to.
(The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein)
One day I would have all the books in the world, shelves and shelves of them. I would live my life in a tower of books. I would read all day long and eat peaches. And if any young knights in armor dared to come calling on their white charges and plead with me to let down my hair, I would pelt them with peach pits until they went home.
(The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly)
She hopes for nothing except fine weather and a resolution. She wants to end properly, like a good sentence.
(The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith)
You are afraid of it because it is stronger than you; you hate it because you are afraid of it; you love it because you cannot subdue it to your will. Only the unsubduable can be loved.
(We by Yevgeny Zamyatin)
Sometimes, she reflected, she dressed for courage, sometimes for success, and sometimes for the consolation of knowing that whatever else went wrong, at least she liked her clothes.
(War For the Oaks by Emma Bull)
"You’re impossible," he murmured. "But you’re worth it."
(Evernight by Claudia Gray)
Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you’re worthy of the trip.
You must learn to laugh…or else you’ll weep yourself to death.
(The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell)
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