Powells has a new interview with Myla Goldberg on their site. I was especially taken with this exchange:
Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.
"...human speech is like a cracked tin kettle, on which we hammer out tunes to make bears dance when we long to move the stars."
The first time I read that, in Madame Bovary, I had to stop reading and look at the floor for a while in order to recover.
That quote from Flaubert captures the limits of language (which I've been grappling with) and the gorgeousness and depth of language all at once. I may need to look at the floor for awhile to recover, myself.