“Normal people bring children into the world; we novelists bring books. We are condemned to put our whole lives into them, even though they hardly ever thank us for it. We are condemned to die in their pages and sometimes even to let our books be the ones who, in the end, will take our lives.”
—from The Angel’s Game, page 328
Note: I did verify this quotes with the final version, but I was unable to verify the page number; the page number cited is from my advance reading copy, so they may not be consistent with the page number for this quote in the final version of the book.