"The truth is that nobody is owed an apology for anything. Apologies are lovely when they happen. But they change nothing. They do not reverse actions or correct damage. They are merely nice to hear."
Augusten Burroughs, This Is How
"I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why, some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness."
"Listen to me. I’m shy. I’m not stupid. I can’t meet people’s eyes. I don’t know if you understand what that’s like. There’s a whole world going on around me, I’m aware of that. It’s not because I don’t want to look at you. It’s that I don’t want to be seen."
Jonathan Lethem, You Don’t Love Me Yet
"Because that’s what she should lose, to come alive."
An 8-year old Friedrich Nietzsche was asked to explain to his mother why he had painted his sister, Elisabeth, without her head. His response
was the above.
"Every introvert alive knows the exquisite pleasure of stepping from the clamor of a party into the bathroom and closing the door."
Sophia Dembling - The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World
"The reason writers are such fragile beings, Marcus, is that they suffer from two sorts of emotional pain, which is twice as much as a normal human being: the heartache of love and the heartache of books. Writing a book is like loving someone. It can be very painful."
Joel Dicker (The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair)
"I’ve always envied people who sleep easily. Their brains must be cleaner, the floorboards of the skull well swept, all the little monsters closed up in a steamer trunk at the foot of the bed."
"It’s hard these days to separate how you feel with how you think you should feel. I wish I could strip away all the expectations, all the walls I’ve built around myself. I want to know me."
"Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind."
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar