By Sarah Parnass/Getty Images/iStockphoto “The world is filled with the promise of the future, but there’s always a feeling that it’s a distant future.

That we are at the point of an end.

That there’s nothing left to do.

That the past is past.

That everything’s just too complicated and too hard.

That history isn’t worth telling.”― Elizabeth Bishop “I have been in the business of writing for thirty-five years, and I have never been more grateful.

I’ve been fortunate to write a lot of books that have helped people change the world for the better.

But I never dreamed that my writing would lead to a Nobel Prize.”― Anne L. Johnson, author of A History of Love and Beauty, who won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature “My life has been a constant search for the meaning in everything.

When I am working on a book, I ask myself, “What does this mean to me?

What does this reveal about the world?

“When I’m writing it, I wonder, “How did I ever get here?

“And I write the book.

I want them to see it as my job, to be able to do something with it. “

I don’t want my children to see me in my work.

I want them to see it as my job, to be able to do something with it.

That I’m not a mere writer.

I’m a teacher.”― David Byrne, actor and comedian.

“My job as a writer is to tell the story of how a world can be made to look different.

To reveal how humans and animals can become more equal, and to create the world in which they live.

I do that through the creation of my characters and the world they live in.”― Christopher Hitchens, author and journalist.

“The work I do as a human being is to take my own experiences and give them to people in ways that make them feel better about themselves.

To give them the power to do what they do.”― Neil Gaiman, author The Sandman, and creator of The Graveyard Book, and Dark World.

“When I see something beautiful, I want to be the first person in the world to say, “I love it.

“When I see it in the mirror, I wish that I could say the same thing.

That if I saw that beautiful face and I didn’t know how to read it, then I could see it again, and again.

And so, every day, I have a story that I tell to my kids, telling them how much I love them, and what a wonderful person I am.

I love you.”― Stephen King, author the novel A Wrinkle in Time, the short story collection The Stand, and author of the children’s book, The Book of Common Prayer.

“One of the things that struck me about my life, and my writing, is that I can tell the difference between what’s possible and what’s not possible.

I can look at the future and see the things I want and I can see the world that I want.

And when I see that, I’m inspired.”― Mark Twain, author Twain’s Adventures in American Literature, and one of the greatest American novelists of all time.

“To be honest, I didn