“To put is still more plainly: the desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing. To hold your breath is to lose your breath. A society based on the quest for security is nothing but a breath-retention contest in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet.”—Alan Wilson Watts
“I will love you as a drawer loves a secret compartment, and as a secret compartment loves a secret, and as a secret loves to make a person gasp, and as a gasping person loves a glass of brandy to calm their nerves, and as a glass of brandy loves to shatter on the floor, and as the noise of glass shattering loves to make someone else gasp, and as someone else gasping loves a nearby desk to lean against, even if leaning against it presses a lever that loves to open a drawer and reveal a secret compartment. I will love you until all such compartments are discovered and opened, and until all the secrets have gone gasping into the world.”—Lemony Snicket (The Beatrice Letters)
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.”—Stanley Kubrick - Wikiquote
“I live in perpetual expectancy. You come and the time slips away in a dream. It is only when you go that I realize completely your presence. And then it is too late.”—Henry Miller (via dailystendhalnitesaudade)
Wow, this nails it for the most part, but I’d like to add a Myth #11: Introverts are always introverted. On the contrary, many of us find ourselves out of passion or necessity in situations or even careers that require us to be extroverts. Extroverts might be surprised by they number of introverts who find themselves on the performance stage, at the head of a boardroom, or in political office. Introverted passions - for creativity, big-picture ideas, synthetic thought, mastery of an instrument, tool, or trade - often thrust us into interesting, unexpected, “extroverted” occupations and avocations.