A Visit from the Goon Squad

“I was working for the city as a janitor in a neighborhood elementary school and, in summer, collecting litter in the park alongside the East River near the Williamsburg Bridge. I felt no shame whatsoever in these activities, because I understood what almost no one else seemed to grasp: that there was only an infinitesimal difference, a difference so small that it barely existed except as a figment of the human imagination, between working in a tall green glass building on Park Avenue and collecting litter in a park. In fact, there may have been no difference at all.”

A Visit from the Goon Squad, p. 71
By Jennifer Egan
Published 2010
Labels: Contemporary, Fiction, Quotes,

Tuck Everlasting

“The ownership of land is an odd thing when you come to think of it. How deep, after all, can it go? If a person owns a piece of land, does he own it all the way down, in ever narrowing dimensions, till it meets all other pieces at the center of the earth? Or does ownership consist of only a thin crust under which the friendly worms have never heard of trespassing?”

Tuck Everlasting, p. 7
By Natalie Babbit
Published 1975
Labels: Children's, Fiction, Quotes,

The House on Mango Street


“People who live on hills sleep so close to the stars they forget those of us who live too much on earth. They don’t look down at all except to be content to live on hills. They have nothing to do with last week’s garbage or fear of rats. Night comes. Nothing wakes them but the wind.”

Bums in the Attic from The House on Mango Street, pp. 86-7
By Sandra Cisneros
Published 1984
Labels: Fiction, Quotes,