— Colum McCann from the novel Zoli
"Among her favorites was an early Neruda, in Slovak, a copy of which she had bought for herself in a secondhand shop. She moved along, love songs at her hip, and I learned whole poems so that I could whisper them to her if we chanced on a moment alone."
"You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discover that it happened 100 years ago to Dostoyevsky. This is a very great liberation for the suffering, struggling person, who always thinks that he is alone. This is why art is important. Art would not be important if life were not important, and life is important."
— James Baldwin, Conversations with James Baldwin (via bookshavepores)
"Behind every word is a whole world."
— Heinrich Böll
"What one expresses in a work of art is the dark tragic destiny of being an instrument of something uncomprehended, incomprehensible, unknown."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald