"And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.”
—Raymond Carver, “Late Fragment”
"Anxiety can just as well express itself by muteness as by a scream."
— Søren Kierkegaard, The Concept of Anxiety
“Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.”
"Listening is the most dangerous thing of all, listening means knowing, finding out about something and knowing what’s going on, our ears don’t have lids that can instinctively close against the words uttered, they can’t hide from what they sense they’re about to hear, it’s always too late."
—Javier Marías, A Heart So White