I'm currently reading Jonathan Safran Foer's 'Here I Am', and it got me remembering some of the beautiful passages from his previous novel 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'. The following is one that has always stayed with me. The first time I read it I was on a train to London and weeping silently.
Love, we must part now: do not let it be Calamitous and bitter. In the past There has been too much moonlight and self-pity: Let us have done with it
Somewhere on the other side of this wide night and the distance between us, I am thinking of you.
'The water was steady and black. An inch below the surface my body disappeared as if it didn't exist. I swam straight out towards the rising sun, which was under-lighting the clouds with a dramatic orange as if I had been swimming into a Renaissance landscape.'