p13: "I had gone to no such place but to the smoke of cafes and nights when the room whirled and you needed to look at the wall to make it stop, nights in bed, drunk, when you knew that that was all there was, and the strange excitement of waking and not knowing who it was with you, and the world all unreal in the dark and so exciting that you must resume again unknowning and not caring in the night, sure that this was all and all and all and not caring."
p54: "Through the other noise I heard a cough, then came the chuh-chuh-chuh-chuh - then there was a flash, as when a blast furnace door is swung open, and a roar that started white and went red and on and on in a rushing wind. I tried to breathe but my breath would not come and I felt myself rush bodily out of myself and out and out and out and all the time bodily in the wind. I went out swiftly, all of myself, and I knew I was dead and that it had all been a mistake to think you just died. Then I floated, and instead of going on I felt myself slide back. I breathed and I was back."
p72: "'I am afraid of Him in the night sometimes.'
"'You should love him.'"
p73: "It was forbidden to play the flute at night. ... Because it was bad for the girls to hear the flute at night."
p170: "'I am the snake. I am the snake of reason.'
"'You're getting it mixed. The apple was reason.'
"'No, it was the snake.'"
p171: "'We never get anything. We are born with all we have and we never learn. We never get anything new. We all start complete.'"
p208: "We walked along together all going fast against time."
p249: "I know that the night is not the same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist, and the night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started. ... If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."