There's one from Zorba the Greek about why we read books, but unfortunately I can't find it and don't have the book with me at the moment.
As a second best though, I would go for the following, from J.P. Sartre:
"That is what I mean when I say that man is condemned to be free. Condemned, because he did not create himself, yet is nevertheless at liberty, and from the moment that he is thrown into this world he is responsible for everything he does"
"We are all creatures of light and darkness. Embracing your darkness won't kill the light. Goodness is stronger than that." - Anita Blake
Laurell K. Hamilton - 'Burnt Offering'
You can't get there from here, because when you get there you're still here and here is now there.
Regretfully, I've not read much these last few years outside of research for writing or cosmetics, but there is a part from a recent Dua Lipa song that really stood out to me as soon as I heard it.
"Sick intuition that they taught us so we won't freak out
We hide our figures, doin' anythin' to shut their mouths
We smile away to ease the tension so it don't go south
But there's nothin' funny now.
~Boys Will Be Boys.
"Seek simplicity and distrust it.” - A N Whitehead
Teeth of the Sky - Myths and Monsters competition, first place
Fire and Ice - A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words competition, first place
Monster - Survivor competition, first place