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
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
– Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit.
– Martin Amis, London Fields
It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason.
– Jules Verne, The Mysterious Island
Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.
– Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
It’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.
– Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.
– Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
– Jack Kerouac, On the Road
The sun will rise and we will try again.
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”