"So could the search for a lasting style be a hymn to life, I ask. 'Yes', he says, 'a hymn to life, but accompanied by the huge difficulties of finding your way in a world that forces you to face reality."
"I love poetry because it's like a shot, like an attack, like a dose. And for a person who doesn't have very much free time, it does its work very quickly. So I read poems on my phone when I wake up in the morning. It opens you up for the rest of the day, and suddenly your life becomes a little bit more observed. And when it becomes more observed, it can't help but start to become more beautiful."
- Michelle Williams, Elle UK, April 2015. "Fresh Spirit" by April Long.
"The conductor stepped up, tapped twice on the rostrum, and a great hush descended. I felt the stillness, the auditorium alive, expectant. Then he brought down his baton and suddenly everything was pure sound. I felt the music like a physical thing; it didn't just sit in my ears, it flowed through me, around me, made my senses vibrate. It made my skin prickle and my palms dampen. Will hadn't described any of it like this. I had thought I might be bored. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. And it made my imagination do unexpected things; as I sat there, I found myself thinking of things I hadn't thought of for years, old emotions washing over me, new thoughts and ideas being stretched out of shape. It was almost too much, but I didn't want it to stop. I wanted to sit there forever."
- Jojo Moyes, "Me Before You". Penguin Books, 2012.