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"When I am in trouble, eating is the only thing that consoles me."

- Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest

"We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones. Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man’s features, and meanness or sensuality to imbrute them."

- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

"There was with her a feeling of having descended in the social scale, with a corresponding sense of having risen in the spiritual. Every step which she took toward relieving herself from obligations added to her strength and expansion as an individual. She began to look with her own eyes; to see and to apprehend the deeper undercurrents of life. No longer was she content to ‘feed upon opinion’ when her own soul had invited her."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

"This is the sense of the desert hills, that there is room enough and time enough."

- Mary Hunter Austin, The Land of Little Rain

"…for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

- William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet

"But there’s nothing more profound than creating something out of nothing. […] That’s what makes a god – or a mother. There’s nothing more intoxicating than creating something from nothing. Creating something from yourself."

- Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

"Sometimes, all it takes to save people from a terrible fate is one person willing to do something about it."

- Veronica Roth, Allegiant

"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,…"

- Allen Ginsberg, Howl

"…you must be a common scholar before you can be a uncommon one,…"

- Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

"In matters of great importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing."

- Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest

"I believe in the existence of other and more vivid kinds of goodness, and what I believed in I wished to behold."

- Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

"From exertion come wisdom and purity; from sloth ignorance and sensuality."

- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

"She felt as if a mist had been lifted from her eyes, enabling her to look upon and comprehend the significance of life, that monster made up of beauty and brutality."

- Kate Chopin, The Awakening

"It takes man to leave unsightly scars in the face of the earth."

- Mary Hunter Austin, The Land of Little Rain

"In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong."

- Charles Dickens, Great Expectations