"To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do." — Herman Hesse
Cien años de soledad: Edición conmemorativa (The 40th Anniversary Edition)
Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
Although Russian critics dismissed the novel on its publication as a "trifling romance of high life", Fyodor Dostoevsky declared it to be "flawless as a work of art". His opinion was shared by Vladimir Nabokov, who especially admired "the flawless magic of Tolstoy's style", and by William Faulkner, who described the novel as "the best ever written".
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I won't even begin to pretend that I understood all that the author was trying to say. This will need to be reread in five to ten years time. I do know, however, that it is incredibly beautiful and sad, and full of valuable images and messages.
Milan Kundera - Unbearable Lightness Of Being