(Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973), British novelist, story writer, essayist, and memoirist; born in Ireland. From The House in Paris (1936). As quoted in Elizabeth Bowen, ch. 13, by Victoria Glendinning (1979).)
Atlas was permitted the opinion that he was at liberty, if he wished, to drop the Earth and creep away; but this opinion was all that he was permitted.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Fourth Notebook, 1918. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)
Old women snore violently. They are like bodies into which bizarre animals have crept at night; the animals are vicious, bawdy, noisy. How they snore! There is no shame to their snoring. Old women turn into old men.
(Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938), U.S. author. "What Is the Connection Between Men and Women?" Mademoiselle (New York, Feb. 1970).)