“He had begun to feel bloated from all he had acquired – the family, the houses, the cars, the bank accounts – and would, from time to time be overcome with the urge to prick everything with a pin, to deflate it all, to be free.”
– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
Know when to run”
– Kenny Rogers, The Gambler

“Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.”
– Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“Cry me a future where the revelations run amok.”
– Red Hot Chili Peppers, Especially In Michigan

“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”
– John Steinbeck

“At bottom, every man knows perfectly well that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.”
– Nietzsche

“She had, finally, spun herself fully into being.”
-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

“To shut your eyes is to guess nothing of blindness. Beneath your world of skies and faces and buildings exists a rawer and older world, a place where surface planes disintegrate and sounds ribbon in shoals through the air.”
– Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

“Do you know what it feels like to be aware of every star, every blade of grass? Yes. You do. You call it ‘opening your eyes again.’ But you do it for a moment. We have done it for eternity. No sleep, no rest, just endless… endless experience, endless awareness. Of everything. All the time. How we envy you, envy you! Lucky humans, who can close your minds to the endless deeps of space! You have this thing you call… boredom? That is the rarest talent in the universe! We heard a song — it went ‘Twinkle twinkle little star….’ What power! What wondrous power! You can take a billion trillion tons of flaming matter, a furnace of unimaginable strength, and turn it into a little song for children! You build little worlds, little stories, little shells around your minds, and that keeps infinity at bay and allows you to wake up in the morning without screaming!”
– Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

“Sometimes when I look at you, I feel I’m gazing at a distant star.
It’s dazzling, but the light is from tens of thousands of years ago.
Maybe the star doesn’t even exist any more. Yet sometimes that light seems more real to me than anything.”
― Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

“And though we cry, we must stay alive”
– Mumford & Sons, Hot Gates

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

“I guess you got to know the target before you aim
I guess you got to treat pleasure and pain the same”
– Trevor Hall, House of Cards

“I’m just a girl in a nurse’s uniform, but that doesn’t mean I know how to save these men, and they- they are men in uniforms, but that doesn’t mean they know how to die.”
– Marcus Sedgwick, The Foreshadowing

“But I can’t live forever, I can’t always be
One day I’ll be sand on a beach by a sea
The pages keep turning, I’ll mark off each day with a cross
And I’ll laugh about all that we’ve lost”
– Stars, Calendar Girl

“Once you let something go, it is yours forever.”
– Buddhist teaching

“People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.”
– Bob Dylan

‘Normal is an illusion. What is normal to a spider is chaos to a fly.”
– Unknown

“Facing time on her own
She mourns the day her love let go
But in her burdened heart she knows
Peace will come with morning”
– The Honey Trees, Love & Loss

“It was like when you make a move in chess and just as you take your finger off the piece, you see the mistake you’ve made, and there’s this panic because you don’t know yet the scale of disaster you’ve left yourself open to.”
– Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go