It gave me a strange feeling, and the rest of that night I didn’t say much, but merely sat there and drank, trying to decide if I was getting older and wiser, or just plain old.
Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary
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Why is it that everything I eat when I’m with you is so delicious? Could it be that you’re satisfying hunger and lust at the same time?
Banana Yoshimoto, Kitchen
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You have family... You have a wife who hates you. Kids who are furious with you. A brother and sister who make you insane. And a nephew who used to be kind of a drip but apparently is not so much of a drip now. That's called family.
Elizabeth Strout, The Burgess Boys
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It was important for him to believe that he’d spent his life among people who kept missing the point.
Don DeLillo, White Noise
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America, to me, should be shouting all the time, a bunch of shouting voices, most of them wrong, some of them nuts, but please, not just one droning glamourous reasonable voice.
George Saunders, In Persuasion Nation
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Sometimes we don’t even realize what we really care about, because we get so distracted by the symbols.
Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
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If we could see green, we’d see a thing that keeps getting more interesting the closer we get. If we could see what green was doing, we’d never be lonely or bored. If we could understand green, we’d learn how to grow all the food we need in layers three deep, on a third of the ground we need right now, with plants that protected one another from pests and stress. If we knew what green wanted, we wouldn’t have to choose between the Earth’s interests and ours. They’d be the same!
Richard Powers, The Overstory
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I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
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There are those who have. And there are those who have not. It's very simple: the girl had not. Hadn't what? Simply this: she had not. If you get my meaning that's fine. If you don't, it's still fine.
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
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Listen to me. I’m shy. I’m not stupid. I can’t meet people’s eyes. I don’t know if you understand what that’s like. There’s a whole world going on around me, I’m aware of that. It’s not because I don’t want to look at you, Lucinda. It’s that I don’t want to be seen.
Jonathan Lethem, You Don’t Love Me Yet
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He had accumulated enough memories to know that the world around him was continually being shaped by the world within him, just as everyone else’s experience of the world was shaped by his own memories, and while all people were bound together by the common space they shared, their journeys through time were all different, which meant that each person lived in a slightly different world from everyone else.
Paul Auster, 4 3 2 1
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Allegiance, after all, has to work two ways; and one can grow weary of an allegiance which is not reciprocal.
James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name
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For what is a man, what are we all, but bits of time caught for a moment in a tangle of blood, bones, skin, and brain? ... We are time’s containers. Time pours into us and then pours out again. In between the two pourings we live our destiny.
Louise Erdrich, Four Souls
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Love was love, one could find it with anyone, one could find it anywhere. It was just that you could never keep it. Not unless you were ready to die for it.
Norman Mailer, An American Dream
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Sometimes they just sit. Sometimes one turns on a radio and they listen to music, or to the news, but they don’t care about the actual news, just that the radio is issuing a steadyish sound whose particulars they do not have to follow to understand what the radio is actually telling them: life is being lived. No need to be a part of it as long as you know it’s streaming.
Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers
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I never said I didn’t want to marry. It just didn’t happen — I am not the sort of lady a man chooses to marry, for I am too plain and too serious. Now I am reconciled to being on my own.
Tracy Chevalier, Remarkable Creatures
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It didn’t drain me as I thought it might. Instead, it invigorated me. Such was love’s magic — the giver gained more than the receiver.
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Forest of Enchantments
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Culture is perishing in overproduction, in an avalanche of words, in the madness of quantity.
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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The trees by the side of the road are blazing, green fire undulating like the rippling flanks of a massive animal, wild and savage.
Han Kang, The Vegetarian
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The logic of the symbol does not express the experiment; it is the experiment. Language is the phenomenon, and the observation of the phenomenon changes its nature.
Carlos Fuentes, Christopher Unborn
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