"She was desperate and she was choosy at the same time and, in a way, beautiful, but she didn’t have quite enough going for her to become what she imagined herself to be."
— Charles Bukowski, Factotum
"No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid."
— Lupita Nyong’o in her Academy Award acceptance speech
"What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music. And people flock around the poet and say: ‘Sing again soon’ - that is, ‘May new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful."
— Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or
"You’re always in a rush, or else you’re too exhausted to have a proper conversation. Soon enough, the long hours, the traveling, the broken sleep have all crept into your being and become part of you, so everyone can see it, in your posture, your gaze, the way you move and talk."
— Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
"Where exactly do you put your hands on somebody who hurts everywhere?"
— Charles D’Ambrosio, The Dead Fish Museum: Stories