“Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go.” —Bernard Malamud
“She wanted to tell him so much, on the tarmac, the day he left. The world is run by brutal men and the surest proof is their armies. If they ask you to stand still, you should dance. If they ask you to burn the flag, wave it. If they ask you to murder, re-create.” —Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann.