"I had believed in friendship, in the love of women and in youth. Now that one after the other had left me, why did I not put my trust in God?"
- Herman Hesse from Peter Camenzine
"He had stopped wearing shoes because he liked the feeling of the warm earth on his feet, and because he had no shoes."
- Steinbeck from Pastures of Heaven
"That is the story of my youth upon reflection, it seems as brief as a summer night. A little music, love and vain glory - yet it was beautiful and rich and colorful like an elusion feast."