„Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren't. I'm not surprised some people prefer books.“

—  Julian Barnes, kniha Flaubert's Parrot

Zdroj: Flaubert's Parrot

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anglický prozaik 1946

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Varianta: There are some books that reached through the noise of life to grab you by the collar and speak only of the truest things.
Zdroj: The Marriage Plot

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