“Let us set out to seek what we shall never find.”

– Queste del Saint Graal, pg. 164

“What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?”

– Job 2:10

“We could watch the madmen, on clement days, sauntering and skipping among the trim gravel walks and pleasantly planted lawns; happy collaborationists who had given up the unequal struggle, all doubts resolved, all duty done, the undisputed heirs at law of a century of progress, enjoying their heritage at their ease.”

– Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited, pg. 28

“Words, Caravaggio. They have a power.”

– Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient, pg. 234

“It is also true that in those dark times a wise man had to believe things that were in contradiction among themselves.”

– Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose, pg. 25

“Our lives are what they have become.”

– Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence, pg. 302

“There are nights when I think Sal Paradise was right; boys and girls in America have such a sad time together. Sucking off each other at the demonstrations and making sure their makeup’s straight, crushing one another with colossal expectations, dependent, undisciplined, and sleeping late.”

– The Hold Steady, “Stuck Between Stations”, Boys and Girls in America