When God hath ordained a creature to die in a particular place, He causeth that creature’s wants to direct him to that place. ― Frank Herbert, Dune. (Hodder; British trade paperback edition 2006) Originally published December 1st 1965.
To know you will be lonely is not the same as being lonely. — Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda. (Faber and Faber; 1St Edition edition 1988)
Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a whore: I’d rather have cancer than a dishonest heart. — Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. (Random House 1958)
We looked at each other for the last time; nothing is as eloquent as nothing. — David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas. (Random House Trade Paperbacks August 17, 2004)
Undressing her was an act of recklessness, a kind vandalism, like releasing a zoo full of animals, or blowing up a dam. — Michael Chabon, Wonder Boys. (Villard Books March 14, 1995)
Mystery and disappointment are not absolutely indispensable to the growth of love, but they are, very often, its powerful auxiliaries. — Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby. (Penguin Classics; New Ed edition November 1, 1999) Originally serialized March 1838 -October 1839; book format published 1839 by Chapman & Hall.
But something held me back. Perhaps I was stopped by that level of feeling, deeper than thought, which contains the truth. — John Knowles, A Separate Peace. (• Scribner September 30, 2003) Originally published 1959.
It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace. ― Chuck Palahniuk, Diary. (Anchor September 14, 2004)
We live in the flicker — may it last as long as the old earth keeps rolling! But darkness was here yesterday. — Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness. (Blackwood’s Magazine 1899 serial; 1902 book) Originally published 1899.
I like people who dream or talk to themselves interminably; I like them, for they are double. They are here and elsewhere. — Albert Camus, The Fall. (Vintage Books May 7, 1991) Originally published 1956.