"...though her friendship with Leisha had never been what she would now call a friendship at all, but a complex system of reassurances and support for self-involved fantasies that they had propped up between them and reflected back and forth."

Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill

"'We now live in a society where everyone [fears] they're the same, so they want to specify and differentiate,' she said. 'My playlist is different from your playlist; my Facebook page is different from your Facebook page. It's a sense of anxiety, where you think you don't exist if you're not different from everybody else.'"

Curationism by David Balzer

"The truth was always that you were our ring. We'd summoned you out of ourselves, and you were not given a vote."

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

"'And if beauty is terror,' said Julian, 'then what is desire? We think we have many desires, but in fact we have only one. What is it?' 'To live,' said Camilla."

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

"I discovered that my obsession for having each thing in the right place, each subject at the right time, each word in the right style, was not the well-deserved reward of an ordered mind but just the opposite: a complete system of pretense invented by me to hide the disorder of my nature."

Memories of my Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"When I discover a different way to express something, I feel a kind of ecstasy. Unknown words present a dizzying yet fertile abyss. An abyss containing everything that escapes me, everything possible."

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

"Periodization refers to the way athletes train in cycles...[they] marshal the highest energy for key competitive events."

The Way We're Working Isn't Working by Tony Schwartz

"A mistake made once is an oversight. The same mistake made twice? An aberration. A blunder. But a third time?...A precedent has been established. You will get what you want. And there's no need to seek out these mistakes. For now it is they who seek you."

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

"The Japanese have a word what gets you out of bed in the morning: they call it your ikigai. Your ikigai is that sense you have when you wake up that this day matters, that there are new experiences to be had, that you have work to do, a contribution to make."

How to be Here by Rob Bell

"We were way too old and worn out for this shit, but there it was, right in front of us."

Lust & Wonder by Augusten Burroughs