"But I tried, didn’t I? Goddamnit, at least I did that."
"I want to say somewhere: I’ve tried to be forgiving. And yet. There were times in my life, whole years, when anger got the better of me. Ugliness turned me inside out. There was a certain satisfaction in bitterness. I courted it. It was standing outside, and I invited it in."
Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
"Life is not a PG feel-good movie. Real life often ends badly. Literature tries to document this reality, while showing us it is still possible for us to endure nobly."
Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
"It’s hard to enjoy practical jokes when your whole life feels like one."
Rick Riordan, The Last Olympian