"The book fell open somewhere in the middle, and I saw that one of the sentences had been underlined faintly in pencil. 'Les moments de crise produisent un redoublement de vie chez les hommes.' Moments of crisis produce a redoubled vitality in men. Or, more succinctly perhaps: Men don't begin to live fully until their backs are against the wall."
Paul Auster (1947-). The Book of Illusions (2002). London: faber and faber, p. 238