"Life itself is a quotation."

–Jorge Luis Borges

“There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.”

—   Maya Angelou

“You don’t win races by wishing, you win them by running faster than everyone else does.”

—   Philip Pullman, Clockwork

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me.”

—   Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

“People die all the time. Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So you should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Fairly, and if possible, sincerely. It’s too easy not to make the effort, then weep and wring your hands after the person dies.”

—   Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

“As they walked away, hand in hand, they vowed to be together forever, not knowing that forever always ended.”

—   Cristiane Serruya, Trust: Betrayed

“We all know we’re going to die; what’s important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this.”

—   Anne Lamott

“Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.”

—   Henry Ward Beecher

“Time folds you in its arms and gives you one last kiss, and then it flattens you out and folds you up and tucks you away until it’s time for you to become someone else’s past time, and then time folds again.”

—   Margaret Atwood, The Tent

“Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked. Good mental machinery ought to break its own wheels and levers, if anything is thrust among them suddenly which tends to stop them or reverse their motion. A weak mind does not accumulate force enough to hurt itself; stupidity often saves a man from going mad.”

—   Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

“Art and life are subjective. Not everybody’s gonna dig what I dig, but I reserve the right to dig it.”

—   Whoopi Goldberg

“I am going to write a diary, that it may be published when I die.”

—   Lucy Maud Montgomery, Emily of New Moon

“Pack a pillow and blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it.”

—   Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

“How strange that the years and ocean between us have brought us closer together.”

—   Sarra Manning, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

“You will have five hundred million little bells, and I shall have five hundred million springs of fresh water…”

—   Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

“Well, it’s simple to love someone. But it’s hard to know when you need to say it out loud.”

—   Rebecca Stead, When You Reach Me