1. The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith
"The fact that I killed this man. It's not going to change my life."
2. Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray
"Revenge may be wicked, but it's natural."
3. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
"I see what is right and approve, but I do what is wrong."
4. Scum Manifesto, by Valerie Solanas
"To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he's a machine, a walking dildo."
5. Less Than Zero, by Bret Easton Ellis
"Clay, did you ever love me?" "Yeah, sure, I guess."
6. A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole
"I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip."
7. Sula, by Toni Morrison
"Like any artist without an art form, she became dangerous."
8. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
"I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents."
9. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
"I am always saying 'Glad to've met you' to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though."
10. Notes From Underground, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
"I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea."
11. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., Adelle Waldman
"It was not always unpleasant to deal with a hysterical woman. One feels so thoroughly righteous in comparison."
12. Othello, by William Shakespeare
"But for my sport and profit. I hate the Moor:
And it is thought abroad, that 'twixt my sheets
He has done my office: I know not if't be true;
But I, for mere suspicion in that kind,
Will do as if for surety."
13. Story of My Life, by Jay McInerney
"It's like, you can't trust anybody, and if somebody you know doesn't fuck you over it's just because the price of selling you down the river was never high enough."
14. Red Dragon, by Thomas Harris
"We live in a primitive time, don't we, Will? Neither savage nor wise. Half measures are the curse of it. Any rational society would either kill me or give me my books."
15. An Education, by Lynn Barber
"I learned not to trust people; I learned not to believe what they say but to watch what they do; I learned to suspect that anyone and everyone is capable of 'living a lie.' I came to believe that other people - even when you think you know them well - are ultimately unknowable."
16. Confessions of a Sociopath, by M.E. Thomas
"When you grow up as a girl, it is like there are faint chalk lines traced approximately three inches around your entire body at all times, drawn by society and often religion and family and particularly other women, who somehow feel invested in how you behave, as if your actions reflect directly on all womanhood."
17. American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis
"Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do? My pain is constant and sharp and I do not hope for a better world for anyone. In fact, I want my pain to be inflicted on others. I want no one to escape."