"How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete."
"God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing."
"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become."
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
"Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives."
"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad."
"Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult."