"I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty."
- Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
"It was like autumn, looking at her. It was like driving up north to see the colors"
- Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
"There is no ideal world for you to wait around for. The world is always just what it is now, and it’s up to you how you respond to it."
- Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies
"I hated knowing what I wanted and knowing what was right and knowing they weren’t the same thing."
- Maggie Stiefvater, Forever
"Her mother’s absence was like another language she’d had to learn, its full complexity and nuance emerging only after years of study, and even then, because it was foreign, a language never fully absorbed."
- Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland
"After a lengthy stretch of time spent quietly looming in the shadows, you’ll feel like you want the spotlight — until it’s actually on you, then you immediately shrink and remember why you were avoiding attention."
- Christopher Hudspeth,
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"Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama."
- Miguel Ruiz