"For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die."
"It struck him that in moments of crisis one is never fighting against an external enemy, but always against one’s own body… On the battlefield, in the torture chamber, on a sinking ship, the issues that you are fighting for are always forgotten, because the body swells up until it fills the universe, and even when you are not paralysed by fright or screaming with pain, life is a moment-to-moment struggle against hunger or cold or sleeplessness, against a sour stomach or an aching tooth."
"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swaps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists… it is real… it is possible… it’s yours."
"Is it possible, in the final analysis, for one human being to achieve perfect understanding of another? We can invest enormous time and energy in serious efforts to know another person, but in the end, how close can we come to that person’s essence? We convince ourselves that we know the other person well, but do we really know anything important about anyone?"
"Love is when you can’t be apart from someone for too long…you’re always thinking of them, and when you’re with them you never want to say goodbye. Love is far from simple. It’s quite complex. It’s a mix of about everything. It’s sadness, joy, passion, hatred, excitement, it’s almost every feeling you can imagine and more. You know love when you find it, it’s that person that when they smile it brightens up your day, you can’t stop staring at them for fear of losing them, they’re always on your mind, you daydream of being with them, even if they’re less than 20 feet away…and you can’t stand it when they’re not with you, the worst feeling you could ever feel is when you know that person you love is not with you…you can’t tell when love will happen, you just know when it does, that moment when you first lay eyes on that person, and you never want to look away…that is love. Nothing less."