Here they are:
"That was another of our fears: that Life
wouldn't turn out to be like Literature."
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
"One's life is more formed, I sometimes think, by books than by human beings; it is out of books one learns about love and pain at secondhand. Even if we have the happy chance to fall in love, it is because we have been conditioned by what we have read, and if I had never known love at all, perhaps it was because my father's library had not contained the right books."
Graham Greene, Travels With My Aunt
"What if 'someday' is today?"
Wendy Welch, The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap
"The biggest jolt in growing up was to discover that you didn't like
what others liked and they thought you were crazy to like what you liked."
Dawn Powell, My Home Is Far Away
"Perhaps all dragons in our lives are really princesses
waiting to see us just once being beautiful and courageous."
Rainer Marie Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
"It is a good thing to turn your mind upside down
now and then, like an hour-glass, to let the
particles run the other way."
Christopher Morley, The Haunted Bookshop
"The problem with anger against God is that
it's impossible to go higher in the system to complain."
Peter Hoeg, The Quiet Girl
"Once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you
managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over.
But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be
the same person who walked in. That's what the storm is all about."
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
"I knew that if I allowed my fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. ... I simply did not let myself become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. And it wasn't long before I actually wasn't afraid."
Cheryl Strayed, Wild
"...nothing is more unlike a novel than real life."
Maria Edgeworth, Belinda