"What I like about a good author is not what he says but what he whispers."
Logan Pearsall Smith
"One never took the time to savor the details; one said; another day, but always with the hidden knowledge that each day was unique and final, that there never would be a return, another time."
Paul Bowles (The Sheltering Sky)
"Live the life full of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual."
"My heart stopped. It just stopped beating. And for the first time in my life, I had that feeling. You know, like the world is moving all around you, all beneath you, all inside you, and you’re floating. Floating in midair. And the only thing keeping you from drifting away is the other person’s eyes. They’re connected to yours by some invisible force, and they hold you fast while the rest of the world swirls and twirls and falls completely away."
Wendelin Van Draanen (Flipped)
"If you want to understand a society, take a good look at the drugs it uses. And what can this tell you about American culture? Well, look at the drugs we use. Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in."
"Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why."
"The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers. Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less. We buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families. More conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less sense. More knowledge, but less judgement. More experts, but yet more problems. More medicine, but less wellness."
"Even now, all possible feelings do not yet exist, there are still those that lie beyond our capacity and our imagination. From time to time, when a piece of music no one has ever written or a painting no one has ever painted, or something else impossible to predict, fathom or yet describe takes place, a new feeling enters the world. And then, for the millionth time in the history of feeling, the heart surges and absorbs the impact."
Nicole Krauss (The History of Love)
"We hug for a long time. The kind of hug that tells the other person all the things you know you won’t say in the next few hours. What you’re feeling, how much you care, how much you missed him, how many people you have hugged while thinking of him, and how many other people you’ve hugged since him that you didn’t want to. You don’t want to stop hugging because once you do the other person won’t know how you feel any more. Real hugs remind you that most hugs are fake, the same way that real moments remind you that most moments aren’t real."
Michelle Singer (Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cancer)
"They like what science gives them, but not the questions science asks."