“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, feeling, a way of looking at things – which you thought special and particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come and taken yours.” – Alan Bennett

“To be humble is to have doubt and hesitation, yet forge forward with perseverance.” – Rascal, author of The David Chronicles

“It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then, like most clichés, that cliché is untrue.” – Stephen Fry

“God must have loved the plain people; He made so many of them.” – Abraham Lincoln

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Marriage is an institution in which a man loses his Bachelor’s Degree and the woman gets her Master’s.” – Anonymous

“Inspiration fornicates asexually.” – PinkPau

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” – John Keating, Dead Poets Society

“Meeks: I’ll try anything once.
Dalton: Except sex.” – Dead Poets Society

“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.” – Yann Martel, Life of Pi

“In youth we learn; in age we understand.” – Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

“The only sacrifice is to live outside the will of God.” – David Livingstone

“All things in moderation, including moderation.” – Mark Twain

“For you, a thousand times over.” – Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

“I think we are all hopelessly flawed.” – Friedrich Bhaer, Little Women

“I can, with one eye squinted, take it all as a blessing.” – Flannery O’Connor

“The serious writer has always taken the flaw in human nature for his starting point, usually the flaw in an otherwise admirable character. Drama usually bases itself on the bedrock of original sin, whether the writer thinks in theological terms or not. Then, too, any character in a serious novel is supposed to carry a burden of meaning larger than himself. The novelist doesn’t write about people in a vacuum; he writes about people in a world where something is obviously lacking, where there is the general mystery of incompleteness and the particular tragedy of our own times to be demonstrated, and the novelist tries to give you, within the form of the book, the total experience of human nature at any time. For this reason, the greatest dramas naturally involve the salvation or loss of the soul. Where there is no belief in the soul, there is very little drama.” – Flannery O’Connor

“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?” – Albert Einstein

“Me: Why do writers write?
Wayne: To not feel alone.”

“The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense.” – Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice

“Life is a hell of a thing to happen to a person.” – David Rossi, Criminal Minds

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” – Cyril Connolly

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.” – Kahlil Gibran

“In this matter of writing, resolve as one may to keep to the main road, some bypaths have an enticement not readily to be withstood. I am going to err into such a bypath. If the reader will keep me company I shall be glad. At the least, we can promise ourselves that pleasure which is wickedly said to be in sinning, for a literary sin the divergence will be.” – Herman Melville, Billy Budd, Sailor

“Writers are always selling somebody out.” – Joan Didion