Behave like water, I told myself. Don’t try to oppose them. When they try to grasp you, slip through their fingers. Flow around them

The Penelopiad

Margaret Atwood

One of the paradoxes of writing is that when you write non-fiction everyone tries to prove that it’s wrong, and when you publish fiction, everyone tries to see the truth in it

Our Tragic Universe

Scarlett Thomas

It’s actually quite a good ethos for life: go into the unknown with truth, commitment and openness, and mostly you’ll be okay

Not My Father's Son

Alan Cumming

When you think about it – every person’s like a museum of their life

Orphans of the Carnival

Carol Birch

You know what surprises me? I’m surprised that you didn’t fall in love with me the very first time you saw me. Life is full of surprises

The Peanuts Guide to Love

Charles M. Schulz

Kate Grenville introduces One Life

The most immense thing about beauty is finding it gone

On Love

Charles Bukowski