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Hope, it is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous.

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

There came a time when you realized that moving on was pointless. That you took yourself with you wherever you went.

Stephen King, Doctor Sleep

What do babies dream of? She must be dreaming of the before-life, just as I dream of the afterlife.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Memory was supposed to fill the time, but it made time a hole to be filled. Each second was two hundred yards, to be walked, crawled. You couldn’t see the next hour, it was so far in the distance. Tomorrow was over the horizon, and would take an entire day to reach.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

All predictions are wrong, that’s one of the few certainties granted to mankind.

Milan Kundera, Ignorance

Now time has a very different look; it is no longer the conquering present capturing the future; it is the present conquered and captured and carried off by the past.

Milan Kundera, Ignorance

Man can only be certain about the present moment. But is that quite true either? Can he really know the present? Is he in a position to make any judgment about it? Certainly not. For how can a person with no knowledge of the future understand the meaning of the present? If we do not know what future the present is leading us toward, how can we say whether this present is good or bad, whether it deserves our concurrence, or our suspicion, or our hatred?

Milan Kundera, Ignorance

The more vast the amount of time we’ve left behind us, the more irresistible is the voice calling us to return to it.

Milan Kundera, Ignorance

To die; to decide to die; that’s much easier for an adolescent than for an adult. What? Doesn’t death strip an adolescent of a far larger portion of future? Certainly it does, but for a young person, the future is a remote, abstract, unreal thing he doesn’t really believe in.

Milan Kundera, Ignorance

Time can be a greedy thing – sometimes it steals the details for itself.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

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