1) “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms ”
–Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
2) “I know there isn’t no beast — not with claws and all that, I mean– but I know there isn’t no fear, either.”
Ralph moved restlessly.
“Unless we get frightened of people”
— Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
3) “If I could put it into a very few words, dear sir, I should say that our prevalent belief is in moderation. We inculcate the virtue of avoiding excesses of all kinds– even including, if you pardon the paradox, excess of virtue itself.
— Lost Horizon, by James Hilton