"Even when I detach, I care. You can be separate from a thing and still care about it. If I wanted to detach completely, I would move my body away. I would stop the conversation midsentence. I would leave the bed. Instead, I hover over it for a second. I glance off in another direction. But I always glance back at you."
Levithan. David. The Lover’s Dictionary.
"I love you—I do—but I am afraid of making that love too important. Because you’re always going to leave me. We can’t deny it. You’re always going to leave."
Levithan, David. Every Day.
"the free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them."
Charles Bukowski, Tales of Ordinary Madness
"We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?"
"Besides, nowadays, almost all capable people are terribly afraid of being ridiculous, and are miserable because of it."
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
"I’m so odd, and I’m so limited, and I’m so different from the ordinary human being—so you say. I have a strong suspicion that I’m the simplest of you all, and that its my extreme transparency that baffles you. I dont think I ever feel anything but the most ordinary emotions."
Virginia Woolf, from a letter
to Ethel Smyth