"Clarissa had a theory in those days — they had heaps of theories, always theories, as young people have. It was to explain the feeling they had of dissatisfaction; not knowing people; not being known. For how could they know each other? You met every day; then not for six months, or years. It was unsatisfactory, they agreed, how little one knew people"

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway 
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"She felt very young; at the same time unspeakably aged. She sliced like a knife through everything; at the same time was outside, looking on. She had a perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, fat out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day."

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

"This is why dreams can be such dangerous things: they smolder on like a fire does, and sometimes they consume us completely"

Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

"In Minna’s life, she’d rarely talked just to talk, the way she and Samuel seemed to be doing now, without any clear purpose other than to make words out loud and see how they landed. It was pleasant, and silly, and also very serious, for you could not admit that anything you said might in fact mean something."

Anna Solomon, The Little Bride

""Let time pass and we will see what it brings." For he was never as good a student as she was. His forced immobility, the growing lucidity of his conviction that time was fleeting, his mad desire to see her, everything proves to him that his fear of falling had been more accurate and more tragic than he had foreseen. For the first time, he began to thing in a reasoned way about the reality of death."

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

"But when a woman decides to sleep with a man, there is no wall she will not scale, no fortress she will not destroy, no moral consideration she will not ignore at its very root: there is no God worth worrying about."

Dr. Urbino, Love in the Time of Cholera
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"If we widows have one advantage, it is that there is no one left to give us orders."

Fermina Daza, Love in the Time of Cholera