'In a time before the rivers were drowned by the sea,' I begin, 'in a land between the sun and the moon…'


    — Carol Goodman, from The Seduction of Water

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For a few brief moments he had touched with the very tips of his fingers the edge of a magic world.


    — Roald Dahl, from George’s Marvelous Medicine

[And then she buried her head in his lap, and while she wept, he stroked her hair, and she did what Robbie had said she would do one day.] She forgave her father.


    — M. J. Rose, from The Book of Lost Fragrances

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Before leaving the following morning, everyone gathered outside the chapel and remembered the four children who had given CHERUB their lives.


    — Robert Muchamore, from The Recruit

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Make more than dust.


    — David Levithan, from Two Boys Kissing

We can no longer conceal from ourselves precisely what this will, under the direction of the ascetic ideal, expresses, which is hatred of anything human, animal or material; abhorrence of the senses, of reason itself; fear of happiness and beauty; the desire to escape from all illusion, change, growth, death, wishing, even from desiring itself – all this means – let us have the courage to confront it – a wish for oblivion, an aversion to life, a repudiation of everything vital to existence, but it is and remains a will! – and to say at the end that which I said at the beginning – Man will desire oblivion rather than not desire at all.


    — Friedrich Nietzsche, from On the Genealogy of Morals: A Polemic, trans. Michael A. Scarpitti