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"I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me – they, and the love and loyalty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could."

- Veronica Roth, Allegiant

"But time… how time first grounds us and then confounds us. We thought we were being mature when we were only being safe. We imagined we were being responsible but we were only being cowardly. What we called realism turned out to be a way of avoiding things rather than facing them. Time… give us enough time and our best-supported decisions will seem wobbly, our certainties whimsical."

- Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

"It’s the tragedy of loving, you can’t love anything more than something you miss."

- Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

"A certain light was beginning to dawn dimly within her, - the light which, showing the way, forbids it. At that early period it served but to bewilder her. It moved her to dreams, to thoughtfulness, to the shadowy anguish which had overcome her the midnight when she had abandoned herself to tears. In short, [she] was beginning to realize that her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

"Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind. Nay, it is greatly overrated; and it is our selfishness which overrates it."

- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

"Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die."

- Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest

"Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul."

- William Ernest Henley, Invictus

"The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance."

- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

"[P]olitical movements rest not so much on rational attitudes as on the fantasies, images, words and archetypes that come together to make up this or that political kitsch."

- Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

"There are more things in heaven and earth […]
Than are dreamt of in our philosophy."

- William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet

"Or maybe forgiveness is just the continual pushing aside of bitter memories, until time dulls the hurt and the anger and the wrong is forgotten."

- Veronica Roth, Allegiant

"… yes, and wasn’t it motherhood that ruined them all, that elevated them to the status of the all-knowing and all-powerful, and reduced everybody else, even grandfathers, dictators and mercenary killers, to the level of feckless children?"

- T.C. Boyle, Talk Talk

"This above all – to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."

- William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet

"Nations are possessed with an insane ambition to perpetuate the memory of themselves by the amount of hammered stone they leave. What if equal pains were taken to smooth and polish their manners?"

- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

"I’ll write because I love it, the way other people knit… ir scrapbook. And I’ll find some other way to make money."

- Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl