"I love your loneliness. It is brave. It makes the universe want to protect you." — Ben Okri, “Astonishing the Gods”

"What else should our lives be but a continual series of beginnings, of painful settings out into the unknown, pushing off from the edges of consciousness into the mystery of what we have not yet become."
— David Malouf, “An Imaginary Life”

"Certain things indeed I have learnt here: for instance that my happiness has a sad face, so sad that for years I took it for my unhappiness and drove it away." — Iris Murdoch, “Under the Net”