"Is this really just about a fire? "As I get considerably beyond the biblical allotment of three score years and ten, I feel with increasing intensity that I can express my gratitude for still being around on the oxygen-side of the earth's crust only by not standing pat on what I have hitherto known and loved. While the oxygen lasts, there are still new things to love...""
"if you had once sentence for your child, wouldn't it be this? "...if you ever wonder what youíve done in your life, and everyone does wonder sooner or later, you have been Godís grace to me, a miracle, something more than a miracle.""
"A. funny. I don't find good novels funny very often, even when they're trying to be, but this was funny B. stunning in its ability to create worlds so far from your own but so familiar in what we all have in common"