I guess each of us, at some time, finds one person with whom we are compelled toward absolute honesty, one person whose good opinion of us becomes a substitute for the broader opinion of the world.
Glen Cook (via larmoyante
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that is your own self. So you have to begin there, not outside, not on other people. That comes afterwards, when you have worked on your own corner.
Aldous Huxley (via petrinecross
I have so much I want to tell you, and nowhere to begin.
J.D. Salinger; Seymour - An Introduction (via theriverjordyn
And there were times when I knew how you felt and it was hell to know it.
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.
Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
Never waste your time trying to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you.
The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.
Stephen Fry (via delicateswans