"Nothing was to be lost by beginning at the beginning..."
"Falling in love could be achieved in a single word--a glance."
"A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended."
"It wasn't only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you."
"The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse. "
"And though you think the world is at your feet, it can rise up and tread on you."
"The anticipation and dread he felt at seeing her was also a kind of sensual pleasure, and surrounding it, like an embrace, was a general elation--it might hurt, it was horribly inconvenient, no good might come of it, but he had found out for himself what it was to be in love, and it thrilled him."
"That love which does not build a foundation on good sense is doomed."
"Let his name be cleared and everyone else adjust their thinking. He had put in time, now they must do the work. His business was simple. Find Cecilia and love her, marry her and live without shame."
"These were everyday sounds magnified by darkness. And darkness was nothing - it was not a substance, it was not a presence, it was no more than an absence of light."
"However, withered, I still feel myself to be exactly the same person I've always been. Hard to explain that to the young. we may look truly reptilian, but we're not a separate tribe."
"In my dreams I kiss your cunt, your sweet wet cunt. In my thoughts I make love to you all day long."