“Countless are, as the sand in the sea, the deep desires of men, and none resembles the other, and all of them, whether shameful, or great, in the beginning are obedient, but later become terrible masters over him.”
"I’ve built a wall around me, never letting anybody inside and trying not to venture outside myself"
"When we make our own misery we sometimes cling to it even when we want so bad to change, because misery is something we know. The misery is comfortable."
— Dean Koontz, One Door Away from Heaven
“We can never flee the misery that is within us.”
“Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”
"April 27. Incapable of living with people, of speaking. Complete immersion in myself, thinking of myself. Apathetic, witless, fearful. I have nothing to say to anyone - never."
— Franz Kafka, Diaries of Franz Kafka
"And all the books you’ve read have been read by other people. And all the songs you’ve loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that’s pretty to you is pretty to other people. And that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing “unity”."
— Stephen Chbosky, The perks of being a wallflower
“If you liked being a teenager, there’s something really wrong with you.”
“Hope, it is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous.”