“I find that, as a rule, when a thing is a wonder to us it is not because of what we see in it, but because of what others have seen in it. We get almost all our wonders at second hand.” ~ Mark Twain, Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World
"There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me, only an entity, something illusory, and though I can hide my cold gaze and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable: I simply am not there." ~ Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho
"I have scars on my hands, with touching certain people." ~ J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction
"O Captain! my Captain! Our fearful trip is done; the ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;" ~ Walt Whitman, O Captain, My Captain!
"And when wind and winter harden all the loveless land, It will whisper of the garden, You will understand." ~ Oscar Wilde, To My Wife
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.” ~ Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
"Don’t let the bastards grind you down" ~ Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale