Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement - and we will make the goal.
Jerome P Fleishman
What is the use of running when we are on the wrong.
Fiction was invented the day Jonah arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Even bad books are books, and therefore sacred.
To read fiction means to play a game by which we give sense to the immensity of things that happened, are happening, or will happen in the actual world. By reading narrative, we escape the anxiety that attacks us when we try to say something true about the world. This is the consoling function of narrative — the reason people tell stories, and have told stories from the beginning of time.
What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.
I miss only, and then only a little, in the late afternoon, the sudden white laughter that like heat lightning bursts in an atmosphere where souls are trying to serve the impossible. My father for all his mourning moved in the atmosphere of such laughter. He would have puzzled you. He puzzled me. His upper half was hidden from me, I knew best his legs.
No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing.
Mario Vargas Llosa
Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint.