"But really," she said, "you’re just at the beginning."
— Haruki Murakami, from “UFO in Kushiro”
[“Yes? Stop biting your lip, and say it.”
“Thank you, my thief.”]
“You’re welcome, my queen.”
— Megan Whalen Turner, from The Thief
How could I have ever been ashamed of loving Dante Quintana?
— Benjamin A. Sáenz, from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
[All these thoughts drifted like clouds through the virtual space of my mind’s eye - tiny electrical and chemical signals that combined to create an entire world - but then, after a while, everything just kind of melted away. All that was left was a calm blue void.] I felt very happy.
— Gavin Extence, from The Universe Versus Alex Woods
And this is it.
— Charles Bukowski, from Hollywood
He wondered, as if somehow he were able to see or hear me, whether at that very moment someone was not doing precisely that, and then experiencing the rush of joy every writer feels when finishing a novel, a happiness nothing else in life can bring, not sipping Scotch whiskey in the bathtub until the water goes cold, nor caressing a woman’s body, nor feeling the touch on the skin of the delicious breeze heralding the arrival of summer.
— Felix J. Palma, from The Map of Time