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

  3. "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

  4. "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

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

  6. "'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

  7. "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?)

  8. "…there is often no shortage of threats to calm and thoughtful practice…"
    — William Miller & Stephen Rollnick, Motivational Interviewing

  9. "The thing about teaching and having children is that you always ended up treating your children like undergraduates, and your undergraduates like children. There was a particular tone of voice."
    — "Stone Animals" in Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

  10. "This was his weekly treat: to visit the bookshop, buy an overpriced caffeinated drink, read as much as he could for free, and become Obinze again. Sometimes he asked to be dropped off in central London after a delivery and he would wander about and end up in a bookshop and sink to the floor at a corner, away from the clusters of people. He read contemporary American fiction, because he hoped to find a resonance, a shaping of his longings, a sense of the America that he had imagined himself a part of. He wanted to know about day-to-day life in America, what people ate and what consumed them, what shamed them and what attracted them, but he read novel after novel and was disappointed: nothing was grave, nothing serious, nothing urgent, and most dissolved into ironic nothingness."
    — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah