"You’re gorgeous, you old hag, and if I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of confidence. Either that or a scented candle."
— David Nicholls, One Day
"There is a sacredness in tears….They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love."
— Washington Irving
"Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement."
— Albert Camus, The Fall
"I don’t just want to take your breath away. I want to rip it from your mouth and keep it locked away between my teeth. You can only have it back if you kiss me again."
— Meggie Royer, Literary Sexts
"I tell her how isolated I feel and how lonely I am and hungry and tired and she says ‘oh.’"
— James Simon Kunen, The Strawberry Statement (1970)