"Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories."
— White Teeth, Zadie Smith
"…she now and again, when the boys are out of the way, allows him to make love to her. He begins to grow used to her body, with its jutting hipbones and tiny breasts. She has little sexual feeling for him, that is clear; but he likes to think of his lovemaking as a patient and prolonged act of resuscitation, of bringing back to life a female body that for all practical purposes has died." J. M. Coetzee, The Childhood of Jesus
OH PUH-LEEEEAAAASE. My eyes have never rolled so hard.
"For in the deepest, most unshakable part of myself reason was useless."
— Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
"Most of the time when something goes bad—a marriage, a war, a run of good luck—you don’t know it. It’s like in the cartoons, only less funny. You run off the cliff and just keep going—talking, listening to music, making plans, for years sometimes—except no announcer interrupts to say ‘Excuse me, collect call for Mr. Coyote’ to make you notice and make us laugh. You just wake up and fall."
— Brewster by Mark Slouka
"And what is a love affair if not a little boat, pushing off from shore, its tilting, untethered bob, its sensitivity to one’s quietest gestures?"
— "Fialta" in Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee
"All the evening, alone, she questioned herself. Her trouble was terrible; but was it a thing of her imagination, engendered by an extravagant sensibility, or did it represent a clear-cut reality, and had the worst that was possible actually come to pass?"
— Henry James, “Washington Square”
"If a woman is competent, she does not seem nice enough. If a woman seems really nice, she is considered more nice than competent. Since people want to hire and promote those who are both competent and nice, this creates a huge stumbling block for women. Acting in stereotypically feminine ways makes it difficult to reach for the same opportunities as men, but defying expectations and reaching for those opportunities leads to being judged as undeserving and selfish."
— Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
"Reality, looked at steadily, is unbearable."
— C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed