"Never in my life had I seen anyone so clearly as I saw these people; not a detail of their clothes or features escaped me. And yet I couldn’t hear them, and it was hard to believe they really existed."
The Outsider, Albert Camus
"I was feeling very comfortable; the coffee had warmed me up, and through the open door came scents of flowers, and breaths of cool night air."
The Outsider, Albert Camus
"I once knew a man who built a railway all for himself. And d’you know what? He built it straight as an arrow, hundreds of kilometres without a single curve. There was a reason, but I can’t recall what it was. Reasons get forgotten."
Silk, Alessandro Baricco
  • "Do you know why Jean Berbeck stopped talking?"
  • "That's one of the many things he never said."
  • "Perhaps sometimes life shows you a side of itself which leaves you with nothing more to say."
  • - Silk, Alessandro Baricco
"Sated, we puff greedily on long cigars and awaited the fourth race. In that hothouse atmosphere, criminal records bloomed like orchids all around us."
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby

Other letters simply relate the small events that punctuate the passage of time: roses picked at dusk, the laziness of a rainy Sunday, a child crying himself to sleep. Capturing the moment, these small slices of life, these small gusts of happiness, move me more deeply than all the rest. A couple of lines or eight pages, a Middle Eastern stamp or a suburban postmark … I hoard all these letters like treasure. One day I hope to fasten them end to end in a half-mile streamer, to float in the wind like a banner raised to the glory of friendship.

It will keep the vultures at bay

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby
"When I look at my life and its secret colours, I feel like bursting into tears."
A Happy Death, Albert Camus
"You couldn’t relive your life, skipping the awful parts, without losing what made it worthwhile. You had to accept it as a whole—like the world, or the person you loved."
Stewart O’Nan
"No one expected me. Everything awaited me."
Just Kids, Patti Smith
"Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away."
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald