"My goal is to not wake up at 40 with the bitter realization that I’ve wasted my life on a job I hate because I was forced to decide on a career in my teens."
"At the temple there is a poem called “Loss” carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it."
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
"How often, you wonder, has the direction of your life been shaped by such misunderstandings? How many opportunities have you been denied—or, for that matter, awarded—because someone failed to see you properly? How many friends have you lost, how many have you gained, because they glimpsed some element of your personality that shone through for only an instant, and in circumstances you could never reproduce? An illusion of water shimmering at the far bend of a highway."
Kevin Brockmeier, The View From the Seventh Layer
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."
"Close some doors. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they no longer lead somewhere."
"I think that one of these days you’re going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you’ve got to start going there."
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
"We’re all islands shouting lies to each other across seas of misunderstanding."
Rudyard Kipling, The Light That Failed