"If I loved you I would have written differently."
— Alice Munro, “Too Much Happiness”
"Everyone is someone’s devil."
— Matthew Dicks, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
"Here I became aware of the world’s tenderness, the profound beneficence of all that surrounded me, the blissful bond between me and all of creation, and I realized that the joy I sought in you was not only secreted within you, but breathed around me everywhere, in the speeding street sounds, in the hem of a comically lifted skirt, in the metallic yet tender drone of the wind, in the autumn clouds bloated with rain. I realized that the world does not represent a struggle at all, or a predaceous sequence of chance events, but the shimmering bliss, beneficent trepidation, a gift bestowed upon us and unappreciated."
— Vladimir Nabokov, “Beneficience” in The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov
"Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t."
— Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
"There are always two deaths, the real one and the one people know about."
— Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea