'My brother... a legendary hero of the north seas... and me, a guard always searching for his lost notebook. We're both pretty interesting in our own ways, don't you think?'
-- Nyave, Phantom Hourglass
"Sounds like you been through something."
"How did you know?"
"Call it experience. I swear some mornings I feel as old as these trees."
"You know something big did happen. And I feel like I should have woken up today and like, have learned something. But I don't know if I learned anything, really."
"Well... in my experience the big things don't teach you anything. But they make you something. And sometimes you gotta wait a while and see what comes of it."
-- Night in the Woods
I did not know what to say. That night I thought long and not without despair about what must become of me. I wanted very much to be a person of value and I had to ask myself how this could be possible if there were not something like a soul or like a spirit that is in the life of a person and which could endure any misfortune or disfigurement and yet be no less for it. If one were to be a person of value that value could not be a condition subject to the hazards of fortune. It had to be a quality that could not change. No matter what. Long before morning I knew that what I was seeking to discover was a thing I’d always known. That all courage was a form of constancy. That it was always himself that the coward abandoned first. After this all other betrayals came easily.
- All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy
"Nana...why is it that being happy and making one's dreams come true are two different things?
I still don't understand.
Nana, Ai Yazawa
Suddenly he looked her in the eye and said, "I recognized us." It was a long time before he spoke again. Then he said softly, "It happens sometimes - at midday, when everything's asleep in the heat of the sun. The world goes transparent, like river water, if you know what I mean. You can see the bottom."
He nodded and relapsed into silence. Then he said, even more softly,
"There are other times, other ages, down there on the bottom."
-- Momo, Michael Ende
"I shall still be as unable to understand with my reason why I pray, and I shall still go on praying; but my life now, my whole life apart from anything that can happen to me, every minute of it is no more meaningless, as it was before, but it has the positive meaning of goodness, which I have the power to put into it."
-- Leo Tolstoy
Flowers gathered in the morning
Afternoon they blossom on
Still are withered by the evening
You can be me when I’m gone
-- Neil Gaiman
' I was very glad afterwards to have had the interview; for, in her face and in her voice, and in her touch, she gave me the assurance, that suffering had been stronger than Miss Havisham’s teaching, and had given her a heart to understand what my heart used to be.'
-- Charles Dickens
"And just as music is the space between notes, just as the stars are beautiful because of the space between them, just as the sun strikes raindrops at a certain angle and throws a prism of color across the sky - so the space where I exist, and I want to keep existing, and to be quite frank I hope I die in, is exactly this middle distance: where despair struck pure otherness and created something sublime."
-- Donna Tartt
“You should enjoy the little detours to the fullest. Because that's where you'll find the things more important than what you want.”