The impossible cannot have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Life is a gift full of riddles in which suffering and happiness are inextricably intertwined. Any attempt to have one without the other was simply bound to fail.
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
What is the point of worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy.
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The mark of Friendship is not that help will be given when the pinch comes (of course it will) but that, having been given, it makes no difference at all.
The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis
You are the backstage crew in the drama of their lives. If they need you, they do not know it and do not care. Open your eyes.
Coconut by Kopano Matlwa
Humans often assumed symmetry and equality where none existed.
Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future.
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
No point in thinking, you just have to get on with life. We only have one after all, we should try and do our best. We can never get it right, but we must try.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Small pleasures. Don’t ever dismiss them, Ellen thinks. Tastes, smells, the feel of things, the sounds of birds, music. And talk. Small conversations with people you like. A good book.
The Johnstown Girls by Kathleen George