"No matter how you look at literature, the fact is that great books are usually focused—in one way or another—on the issues of the day."
"A regret understood by no one: the regret to be a pessimist. It’s not easy to be on the wrong foot with life."
— Emil Cioran, The Book of Delusions
"Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth."
— Rumi, The Essential Rumi
“With relief, with humiliation, with terror, he understood that he too was a mere appearance, dreamt by another.”
― Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings
"Romance and poetry, ivy, lichens and wallflowers need ruin to make them grow."
— Nathaniel Hawthorne