"But, in any case, whatever our state of mind life seems for most of our lives an intense occupation—keeping busy, competing intellectually, physically, nationally, seeking justice, demanding love, perfecting our institutions. All the fashions of survival. Everything we do to make history, the archive of our inventiveness. As if there were no context."
E. L. Doctorow in Edgemont Drive
"Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw."
"Don’t you dare
Tell me I’m perfect
If I’m not good enough
To make you want to stay."