"He'd heard people ask, 'If you could have anyone, living or dead, come to dinner, who would it be?' Shakespeare's name usually came up at once; he'd also heard Mother Teresa, the Pope, St. Augustine, Thomas Jefferson, Pavarotti, Bach, Charles Schultz…"

"For his money, he couldn't think of anyone he'd rather be having for dinner than the very ones who were coming."

Author: Out to Canaan by Jan Karon