— Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
— Aaron Weiss
The Angel of Death Came to David's Room.
— Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
„The destination of the soul: this is what I, led on by Nils Holgersson, came to seek in the literature of Western Europe.“
— Kenzaburō Ōe Japanese author 1935
Context: The destination of the soul: this is what I, led on by Nils Holgersson, came to seek in the literature of Western Europe. I fervently hope that my pursuit, as a Japanese, of literature and culture will, in some small measure, repay Western Europe for the light it has shed upon the human condition. Speech at the Nobel Banquet (10 December 1994) http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1994/oe-speech.html
„Literature was not born the day when a boy crying "wolf, wolf" came running out of the Neanderthal valley with a big gray wolf at his heels; literature was born on the day when a boy came crying "wolf, wolf" and there was no wolf behind him.“
— Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Literature
„While thoughts exist, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living.“
— Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus
„Loneliness and frustration,
We both came down with an acute case.
And when the lights came up at two,
I caught a glimpse of you.
And your face looked like something
Death brought with him in his suitcase“
— Warren Zevon American singer-songwriter 1947 - 2003
"The French Inhaler"
„The very point of developing regulation around industrial society was that they were not only exploiting the workers to death they were befouling the planet, so regulation came because of that.“
— Chip Berlet American political analyst 1949
Context: You can go to any major history and see the effect of unregulation. The very point of developing regulation around industrial society was that they were not only exploiting the workers to death they were befouling the planet, so regulation came because of that. What the right wing wants is for the public to have this role in the societal debate over balance of these issues and no power. The public power to confront these errors of industry is government regulation. Interview (4 November 1994) quoted in Backlash Global Subversion of the Environmental Movement (1996), p. 51
„In the end, death came uniformly to all, and all extracted as much satisfaction from their dying as this essentially graceless process could afford.“
— Jack Vance American mystery and speculative fiction writer 1916 - 2013
Chapter 1, section 1
„The eons came and the eons fled
And the sleep that wrapped us fast
Was riven away in a newer day
And the night of death was past.“
— Langdon Smith American journalist 1858 - 1908
Context: Yet happy we lived and happy we loved, And happy we died once more; Our forms were rolled in the clinging mold Of a Neocomian shore. The eons came and the eons fled And the sleep that wrapped us fast Was riven away in a newer day And the night of death was past.