十七世纪的荷兰画家维米尔创作的《戴珍珠耳环的少女》(Girl with a Pearl Earring)可谓无人不知，被誉为“北方的蒙娜丽莎”，画中女子欲言又止、似说还笑的容颜打动了无数人，同样给英国女作家特蕾西·雪佛兰(Tracy Chevalier)带来了灵感，同名小说便由此诞生。
Life is a folly. If you live long enough, nothing is surprising.
I had walked along that street all my life, but had never been so aware that my back was to my home.
You’re a fly in his web. We all are.
There needs to be some disorder in the scene, to contrast with her tranquility.
He saw things in a way that others did not, so that a city I had lived in all my life seemed a different place, so that a woman became beautiful with the light on her face.
I did not mind the cold so much when he was there.
You're so calm and quiet, you never say. But there are things inside you. I see them sometimes, hiding in your eyes.
The colors fight when they are side by side, sir.
There are colors in clouds.
I had been looking at clouds all my life, but I felt as if I saw them for the first time.
At first I could not meet his eyes. When I did it was like sitting close to a fire that suddenly blazes up.
It's those little daily incidents of life that are dramatic, and if you put a frame around it, suddenly they become much bigger and much more important than you ever imagined.
I have spent my life waiting for something to happen, and I have come to understand that nothing will. Or it already has, and I blinked during that moment and it's gone. I don't know which is worse--- to have missed it or to know there is nothing to miss.