Things are sweeter when they’re lost. I know—because once I wanted something and got it. It was the only thing I ever wanted badly, Dot, and when I got it it turned to dust in my hand.
— Anthony Patch
I shall go on shining as a brilliantly meaningless figure in a meaningless world.
— Maury Noble
He says unloved women have no biographies—they have histories.
— Gloria Gilbert Patch
I had traded the fight against love for the fight against loneliness, the fight against life for the fight against death.
— Anthony Patch
There’s no beauty without poignancy and there’s no poignancy without the feeling that it’s going, men, names, books, houses—bound for dust—mortal—
— Dot