"My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddle strings and harps, drums and tambourines I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony."

Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

"Absence, the highest form of presence."

James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

"Listen: I am ideally happy. My happiness is a kind of challenge. As I wander along the streets and the squares and the paths by the canal, absently sensing the lips of dampness through my worn soles, I carry proudly my ineffable happiness. The centuries will roll by, and schoolboys will yawn over the history of our upheavals; everything will pass, but my happiness, dear, my happiness will remain, in the moist reflection of a streetlamp, in the cautious bend of stone steps that descend into the canal’s black waters, in the smiles of a dancing couple, in everything with which God so generously surrounds human lonliness."

Vladimir Nabokov, A Letter That Never Reached Russia

"When we pass by another person without telling them we love them it’s cruel and wrong and we all know this."

Dave Eggers, You Shall Know Our Velocity!

"The only way to overcome sadness is to consume it."

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated