This is a meme. It came from Mark Lawrence, and Kirsty (what started it), and Genevieve. Encountering truth in fiction, the kind of truth that gives me a shiver, is one of the greatest pleasures of my existence.
There are so few people given to us to love. I want to tell my daughters this, that each time you fall in love it is important, even at nineteen. Especially at nineteen. And if you can, at nineteen, count the people you love on one hand, you will not, at forty, have run out of fingers on the other. There are so few people given to us to love, and they all stick.
Anne Enright, The Gathering
In the old nursery rhyme, when the cat went to see the queen, he caught a little mouse under her chair; that was long long ago and the queen was different from our queen, but the mouse was the same.
Mice have always been the same.
Rumer Godden, The Mousewife
"If you're going to stop a band playing every time someone has an accident, you'll lead a very strenuous life."
Katherine Mansfield, The Garden Party