"How can I stop fearing other people? How can I know who I am? How to let my native sense of meaning flow and connect with people and the world? Why this sense of horror, coming over me? Fear?"
"To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do."
"It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important."
"Things are sweeter when they’re lost. I know—because once I wanted something and got it. It was the only thing I ever wanted badly, and when I got it it turned to dust in my hand."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and the Damned
"There’s nothing more intimate in life than simply being understood. And understanding someone else."
"I like you more and I love you and I am very much afraid of you."