"He is exactly the poem I wanted to write."

Mary Oliver, excerpt from “White Heron Rises Over Blackwater”

"I want to stop running away from everything.
I want to find something to run toward."

Hannah Harrington, Saving June

"I don’t know what’s the matter with me, why I’m so adept at distance, why I feel so remote from things, why life feels like a rumor."

David Shields, How Literature Saved My Life

"If anybody could have saved me it would have been you."

Virginia Woolf, excerpt from her suicide letter to her husband

"I love the rain. I love how it softens the outlines of things. The world becomes softly blurred, and I feel like I melt right into it."

Hanamoto Hagumi, Honey and Clover