““You can’t stop living.” | Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” | Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
“I am not sad, he would repeat to himself over and over, I am not sad. As if he might one day convince himself. Or fool himself. Or convince others–the only thing worse than being sad is for others to know that you are sad. I am not sad. I am not sad. Because his life had unlimited potential for happiness, insofar as it was an empty white room.” | Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
“For most immigrants, moving to the new country is an act of faith. Even if you’ve heard stories of safety, opportunity, and prosperity, it’s still a leap to remove yourself from your own language, people, and country. Your own history. “ | The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
“Do they not look at the birds, held poised in the midst of (the air and) the sky? Nothing holds them up but (the power of) Allah.” | Quran 16:79 – Yusuf Ali translation
“The Colonel led all the cheers.
‘Cornbread!’ he screamed.
‘CHICKEN!’ the crowd responded.
And then, all together: ‘WE GOT HIGHER SATS.’
‘Hip Hip Hip Hooray!’ the Colonel cried.
‘YOU’LL BE WORKIN’ FOR US SOMEDAY!'” | Looking for Alaska by John Green
“We felt the imprisonment of being a girl.” | The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
“Since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.” V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
“There was a point to this story, but it has temporarily escaped the chronicler’s mind.” | So Long, And Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams
“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.” | The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde