„Her affection for him was now the breath and life of Tess's being; it enveloped her as a photosphere, irradiated her into forgetfulness of her past sorrows, keeping back the gloomy spectres that would persist in their attempts to touch her—doubt, fear, moodiness, care, shame. She knew that they were waiting like wolves just outside the circumscribing light, but she had long spells of power to keep them in hungry subjection there.“
„She knew whose love she doubted. It wasn't her parents' and it wasn't her friends: It was her own.“
— Ann Brashares, Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood
„He had come back a man, and faithless like a man. He knew that he had longed for her; that true friends share everything, except the past before they met. If only she would weep, even that, and let him comfort her; but she would not humble herself before a man. if only he would run to her side and cling to her; but his manhood was hard-won, no mortal should make him a child again.“
— Mary Renault English novelist 1905 - 1983
— Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
„It took her husband's long illness and her grace in caring for him to show her critics what she was made of.“
— Eleanor Clift American journalist 1940
Context: It took her husband's long illness and her grace in caring for him to show her critics what she was made of. Rarely did she spend more than an hour or two away from him, and during the decade of his decline, she guarded his image, his legacy, and his dignity. As his cognitive powers slipped away, eldest son Michael reminded him that he used to be president. "How did I do?" Reagan replied, his characteristic humor and humility intact. In the 1994 letter to the American people in which the former president revealed his illness, he wrote, "I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience. When the time comes I am confident that with your help she will face it with faith and courage." In their life together, Ronald Reagan never worried about anything; Nancy worried about everything, carrying a burden few appreciated until the end. She didn't have his gift for storytelling, but she made sure all the parts were in place, and by honoring him, she was true to herself, a woman for all times.
„And weeping fast as she had breath
Janet implored us, "Wake her from her sleep!"
And would not be instructed in how deep
Was the forgetful kingdom of death.“
— John Crowe Ransom American poet 1888 - 1974
"Janet Waking", line 25, from Two Gentlemen in Bonds (1927).
„That a human being had died did not distress her. Had it been somebody she knew it would have upset her; she wasn’t a monster. Had it been somebody she cared about. But it was nobody she knew, and it would have been disingenuous to pretend that the death of somebody she didn’t know affected her on an emotional level.“
— Adam Roberts British writer known for speculative fiction and parody novels; literature and writing academic 1965
Part 2, Chapter 6, “The Gate of Horn and the Gate of Ivory” (p. 150).
„He had the sudden urge to put his arms around her, but the look on her face said that if he made a move toward her, she would move away, and maybe she would keep moving away from him until the distance between them was too great to cross again in one lifetime.“
— Pat Cadigan science fiction author 1953
Chapter 29 (p. 339)