This is why a woman needs to have a tub (and candle) ready even today, because she doesn’t know what is waiting for her - she has no way of knowing what democracy will look like in an Eastern European country.
Slavenka Drakulić, from “On Doing Laundry” in How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed
Most important, I hope you’ll see hazard only in those storm-clouds where it exists and live life more fully in the clear skies between them.
— Gavin de Becker, from The Gift of Fear
Now I had only to trust in myself.
Samantha Shannon, from The Bone Season
If ever you write an account, Watson, you can make rabbits serve your turn.
— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, from “The Adventure of the Norwood Builder” in The Return of Sherlock Holmes
“We look forward to getting you back.”
Chuck Palahniuk, from Fight Club
The Cossacks rowed swiftly over the waters in the narrow two-ruddered skiffs, dipping the oars in smooth rhythm, carefully skirting the sandbanks from which frightened birds fluttered, and they remembered their Ataman.
— Nikolai Gogol, from Taras Bulba,
trans. Peter Constantine