“Hope. What is its dimension? How long is it? Where does it lead? When does it become habitual, automatic, the answer not only to doubt, but also to action, and redemption, and living?” ~ Josiah Bancroft, Senlin Ascends
“The weakest possible excuse to include anything in a story is: 'But it actually happened.' Everything happens; everything imaginable happens.” ~ Robert McKee, Story
“God save us from idealists!” Renzo cries softly. “They dream of a world without injustice, and what crime won’t they commit to get it?” ~ Mary Doria Russell, A Thread of Grace
"Don't you see that Americans need the anti-American? While it is better to be loved than hated, it is also better to be hated than ignored."
"Art separates the leaders of style from those who want to be perceived as stylish." ~ Sherwood Smith, King's Shield
"When you looked closely at anything, you could almost faint, Jules thought, although you had to look closely if you wanted to have any knowledge at all in life." ~ Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings
“Fear is a deadly thing, Heloise. It can drain a person of all their strength, make them weak before their enemies.” ~ Myke Cole, The Armored Saint
“He was attached to rivers, which he felt were designed to have water lilies on top and crocodiles underneath, and the Ankh always depressed him because if you put a water lily in it, it would dissolve.” ~ Terry Pratchett, Pyramids