"I’d never skip a paragraph in a book I was reading—I was too afraid to miss something important—but I sometimes wished I was the kind of person who would skip a paragraph because then all I’d do is read the dialogue and the action. Those were the only parts of books I ever really enjoyed. The conflict parts. The parts where people act on things and words and other people."
— Adam Levin, The Instructions
"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