On the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
Gabriel García Márquez, born March 6th, 1927
All the things that are lovely—
The things you never knew—
I wanted to gather them one by one
And bring them to you.
D.H. Lawrence, from Everlasting Flowers
She imagines him imagining her. This is her salvation.
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
Unexpected intrusions of beauty. That is what life is.
Saul Bellow, Herzog