We need never be ashamed of our tears.
– Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
She had waited all her life for something, and it had killed her when it found her.
– Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy will keep us human. There’s no version of God that can help us if we ever lose that.
“We don’t need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They’re always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.”
– Lloyd Alexander
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
– Oprah Winfrey
“When you erupt, girl, make sure it is felt across worlds.”
At Christmas, all roads lead home.
– Marjorie Holmes
“When you spend so long trapped in darkness, Lucien, you find that the darkness begins to stare back.”
No one forgets the truth; they just get better at lying.
– Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road
We can experience nothing but the present moment, live in no other second of time, and to understand this is as close as we can get to eternal life.
– P.D. James, The Children of Men