This is quite difficult! It would probably be easier for me to name my favorite books/other readable material, which probably makes no sense. But, from the ones I can think of right off:
Jo Rowling, Jonathan Safran Foer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, Stephen King, Tina Fey, Suzanne Collins, Carl Sagan.
look to the stars
let hope burn in your eyes
and we'll love, and we'll hate, and we'll die
all to no avail, all to no avail