Anna Karenina

“Anna Arkadyevna read and understood; but it was distasteful to her to read, that is, to follow the reflections of other people’s lives. She had too great a desire to live herself. If she read that the heroine of the novel was nursing a sick man, she longed to move with noiseless steps about the room of a sick man; if she read of a member of Parliament making a speech, she longed to be delivering the speech; if she read of how Lady Mary had ridden after the hounds, and had provoked her sister-in-law, and had surprised every one by her boldness, she too wished to be doing the same. But there was no chance of doing anything; and twisting the smooth paper-knife in her little hands, she forced herself to read.”

Anna Karenina, p. 91
By Leo Tolstoy
Published 1877
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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

“What happened was: they became a team, a family of two. There had been many times before they ran away when they had acted like a team, but those were very different from feeling like a team. Becoming a team didn’t mean the end of their arguments. But it did mean that the arguments became a part of the adventure, became discussions not threats. To an outsider the arguments would appear to be the same because feeling like part of a team is something that happens invisibly. You might call it caring. You could even call it love.”

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, p. 39
By E.L. Konigsburg
Published 1967
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