"I want to feel all there is to feel, he thought. Let me feel tired, now, let me feel tired. I mustn't forget, I'm alive, I know I'm alive, I mustn't forget it tonight or tomorrow or the day after that."
- ray bradbury, dandelion wine
'“It is true, that which I have revealed to you; there is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream—a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought—a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!”
He vanished, and left me appalled; for I knew, and realized, that all he had said was true.'
- mark twain, the mysterious stranger
"Oh, I can't explain. When I like people immensely I never tell their names to any one. It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvelous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it. When I leave town now I never tell my people where I am going. If I did, I would lose all my pleasure. It is a silly habit, I dare say, but somehow it seems to bring a great deal of romance into one's life. I suppose you think me awfully foolish about it?"
- oscar wilde, the picture of dorian gray
"Can a man of perception respect himself at all?"
- fyodor dostoyevsky, notes from the underground
"There is a lion in my living room. I feed it raw meat / so it does not hurt me. It is a strange thing / to nourish what could kill you / in the hopes it does not kill you. / We have lived like this, it and I, for so many years. / Sometimes it feels like we have always lived like this. / Sometimes I think I have always been like this."
- clementine von radics, the lion
"I’m not going there to die, I’m going to find out if I’m really alive."
- spike spiegel, cowboy bepop