1. "I’ve seen the future and it’s hungry."
    — David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
     

  2. "At certain rare moments, a library is a kind of mind."
    — David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
     
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  4. "This isn’t lust. Lust wants, does the obvious, and pads back into the forest. Love is greedier. Love wants round-the-clock care; protection; rings, vows, joint accounts; scented candles on birthdays; life insurance. Babies. Love’s a dictator. I know this, yet the blast furnace in my rib cage roars You You You You You You just the same, and there’s bugger-all I can do about it."
    — David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
     

  5. "Persuasion is not about force. It’s about showing a person a door, and making him or her desperate to open it."
    — David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
     

  6. "I’ve not got the faintest bloody clue where I’m going or what’ll happen next."
    — David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
     

  7. "'Shyness is cute,' says Gary, 'but it stops you living. C'mon, I've got alcohol, nicotine…anything else you might need.' Christ, if guys could be girls being hit on by guys, just for one night, lines as cheesy as that'd go extinct."
    — David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks
     

  8. "When I land at JFK, everything changes. For the first few days it is a shock: I have to get used to old New York ladies beside themselves with fury that I have stopped their smooth elevator journey and got in with some children. I have to remember not to pause while walking in the street—or during any fluid-moving city interaction—unless I want to utterly exasperate the person behind me. Each man and woman in this town is in pursuit of his or her beach and God help you if you get in their way. I suppose it should follow that I am happier in pragmatic England than idealist Manhattan, but I can’t honestly say that this is so. You don’t come to live here unless the delusion of a reality shaped around your own desires isn’t a strong aspect of your personality. ‘A reality shaped around your own desires’—there is something sociopathic in that ambition.”

     

  9. "Once I’m settled in, I’ll tame this jungle. It needs a woman’s touch, that’s all. Might make a start today, after a session teaching myself the guitar. There’s a shed in the corner half hidden by brambles, with gardening gear and a lawnmower. Sunflowers, roses, pansies, carnations, lavender, and herbs in little terra-cotta pots, that’s what I’ll plant. I’ll make scones and plum pies and coffee cakes and Vinny’ll be all, ‘Jesus, Holly, how did I ever get by without you?’ All the magazines say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. By the rainwater barrel a fingery purple bush is swarming with white butterflies, all confetti and lace; it’s like it’s alive."
    — David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks. (Can you tell that in two pages she’s gonna catch him in bed with another girl?)
     
  10. Sick day companions.