“To travel alone, I’d learned, isn’t to rely on yourself. To travel alone is to force yourself to depend on others. It is to fall in love with mankind.”
Ken Ilgunas, Trespassing Across America
“You want to know what weakness is? Weakness is treating someone as though they belong to you. Strength is knowing that everyone belongs to themselves.”
Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.
“I have already lost touch with a couple of people I used to be.”
Joan Didion On Keeping A Notebook
“I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment.”
“The difference between real material poison and intellectual poison is that most material poison is disgusting to the taste, but intellectual poison, which takes the form of cheap newspaper or bad books, can unfortunately sometimes be attractive.”
“Reading is merely a surrogate for thinking for yourself; it means letting someone else direct your thoughts.”
…we need to bear in mind that our opinion of other people, our ties with friends or family, have only the semblance of fixity and are, in fact, as eternally fluid as the sea.
Marcel Proust, The Guermantes Way
“Every artist is a man who has freed himself from his family, his nation, his race. Every man who has shown the world the way to beauty, to true culture, has been a rebel, a ‘universal’ without patriotism, without home, who has found his people everywhere.”
Chaim Potok, My Name Is Asher Lev