This book, by Mark Helprin, is an Instagram caption goldmine.
  1. "But despite the cold and perhaps because of it, the sights she saw were what other people would have called dreams, desires, miracles."
  2. "Peter Lake had no illusions about mortality. He knew that it made everyone perfectly equal, and that the treasures of the earth were movement, courage, laughter, and love."
  3. "It was, like New York... Anything within it that was beautiful was beautiful in spite of itself, and would come to light surprisingly, apart from all expectations."
  4. "They cried because of the magic and the contradictions; because time had passed and time was left; because they saw themselves as if they were in a photograph that had winked fast enough to contradict their mortality; because the city around them had conspired to break a hundred thousand hearts."
  5. "Peter Lake thought of the city. A shelter from the absolute and the lordly, it now seemed like such a loving place, even though it had been so hard."
  6. "All great discoveries are products as much of doubt as of certainty, and the two in opposition clear the air for marvelous accidents."
  7. "He hated it as if he were about to love it - unforgivingly, irrationally, sadly."
  8. "You'll soon be forever in love with the things you now despise."
  9. "When they came around the corner and saw the darkened cliffs of Manhattan, she learned that (as fine as villages may be) the world is infatuated with its cities. The view downriver into Kips Bay was crowded with unforgettable gray canyons, and there were bridges everywhere, knitting together the islands by leaping currents"
  11. "Even electrons, supposedly the paragons of unpredictably, are tame and obsequious little creatures that rush around at the speed of light, going precisely where they are supposed to go."
  12. "If nothing is random, and everything is predetermined, how can there be free will? The answer to that is simple. Nothing is predetermined; it is determined, or was determined, or will be determined.
    No matter, it all happened at once, in less than an instant, and time was invented because we cannot comprehend in one glance the enormous and detailed canvas that we have been given - so we track it, in linear fashion, piece by piece."
  13. "Time, however, can be easily overcome; not by chasing the light, but by standing back far enough to see it all at once. The universe is still and complete.
    Everything that ever was, is; everything that ever will be, is - and so on, in all possible combinations."
  14. "When a great ship entered New York Harbor, it realigned the city's notion of itself, its place, and its purpose: the ship proclaimed that there was wide world beyond the Narrows.
    "I have been there," it said. "I have seen it. Now do your best to imagine the wonderful things that lie beyond, for I will not tell you exactly."
  15. "If there was such a thing as archeologists of the soul, they might reconstruct all that has gone before from shame and love, two everlasting columns that rise into time though everything else is worn away."
  16. "To be mad is to feel with excruciating intensity the sadness and joy of a time which has not arrived or has already been."
  17. "Those events which have passed, and which are the foundations of our lives, must be somewhere, he thought. They must be recapturable, even if only in a perfect world.
    How just would it be if for our final reward we were to be made masters of time, and if those we love could come alive again not just in memory, but in truth."