I read a passage in Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book last night, and even though the book is chock full of passages to be savored, this one stopped me and made me re-read it many times.
The ghouls are talking here, trying to convince Bod to become one of them, telling him just why being a ghoul is the best thing ever:
"Can you imagine...how it feels to be more important than kings and queens, than presidents or prime ministers or heroes, to be sure of it, in the same way that people are more important Brussels sprouts?"
Truth: simply and humorously expressed. That's why I want to write.
Here is another passage, from E. B. White's Charlotte's Web:
You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone's life can stand a little of that.
That touches me every time I read it.
Words. So powerful.