Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin
" I am man; I suffered, I was there."
The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
"And When Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children or else I shall die.
And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel; and he said, Am I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruits of the womb?
And she said, Behold my maid Bilhah, go unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her."
"In the dessert there is no sign that says, Thou shalt not eat stones."
The End of the Affair Graham Green.
"Man has places in his heart which do not yet exist, and into them enters suffering in order that they may have existence."
Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Already with thee! tender is the night... But here there is not light,
Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown
Through verdurvous glooms and winding mossy ways."
-Ode to a Nightingale
This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald
"Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes."