"I had found the perfect and true and original language, used by Adam and Eve, but when I tried to explain, the words I used had little to do with my thinking. I was losing it, it was slipping out of my grasp, this wonderful and priceless and true thing which must be saved for posterity. I felt terrible, and finally I couldn’t talk at all and slumped back onto the floor, closed my eyes and the music began to absorb me physically. I could smell it and touch it and feel it as well as hear it. Never had anything ever been so beautiful. I was a part of every single instrument, literally a part. Each note had a character, shape and color all its very own and seemed to be entirely separate from the rest of the score so that I could consider its relationship to the whole composition, before the next note sounded. My mind possessed the wisdoms of the ages, and there were no words adequate to describe them."

— Go ask Alice

"Then, immediately, longing of so many kinds welled up in him that he was afraid it would all come spilling out in a frightening mess of words if he didn’t shut his mouth and find some better direction for his thoughts."

— Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier

"-I know I don’t need him, Ada said. But I think I want him."

— Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier

"The why of it, like much in life, offered little access to logic."

— Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier

"She was so tired her legs felt burnt out from under her, but she believed she could get through this if she did one thing at a time and thought of the remaining things left to be done as sequential, not cumulative."

— Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier

"You could become so lost in bitterness and anger that you could not find your way back. No map nor guidebook for such journey."

— Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier

"But you could not say the song had been improved, for as was true of all human effort, there was never advancement. Everything added meant something lost, and about as often as not, the thing lost was preferable to the thing gained, so that over time we’d be lucky if we just broke even. Any thought otherwise was empty pride."

— Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier

"All God’s works but elaborate analogy. Every bright image in the visible world only a shadow of a divine thing, so that earth and heaven, low and high, strangely agreed in form and meaning because they were in fact congruent."

— Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier

"He tried to name which of the deadly seven might apply, and when he failed he decided to append an eighth, regret."

— Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier

"Cant I have the privacy of my own soul?"

— Go ask Alice

"Yesterday I remember thinking I was the happiest person In the whole world,in the whole galaxy, in all of gods creation."

— Go ask Alice

"When Ada disappeared into the trees, it was like a part of the richness of the world had gone with her. He had been alone in the world and empty for so long. But she filled him full, and so he believed everything that had been taken out of him might have been for a purpose. To clear the space for something better."

— Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier

"She smelled the sweet woodsmoke and thought that it would be a measure of one’s success at attending to the details of the world if one could identify trees by the scent of their smoke. It would be a skill one might happily aspire to master. There were many worse things to know. Things that did damage to others and eventually to oneself."

— Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier

"And they did what lovers often do when they think the future stretches out endless before them as bright as on the noon of creation day: they talked ceaselessly of the past, as if each must be caught up on the other’s previous doings before they can move forward paired."

— Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier

"And then she thought that you went on living one day after another, and in time you were somebody else, your previous self only like a close relative, a sister or brother, with whom you shared a past."

— Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier