"When you stay in your room and rage or sneer or shrug your shoulders, as I did for many years, the world and its problems are impossibly daunting. But when you go out and put yourself in real relation to real people, or even just real animals, there’s a very real danger that you might end up loving some of them. And who knows what might happen to you then?" — Jonathan Frazen
"I want a soul mate who can sit me down, shut me up, tell me ten things I don’t already know, and make me laugh. I don’t care what you look like, just turn me on. And if you can do that, I will follow you on bloody stumps through the snow. I will nibble your mukluks with my own teeth. I will do your windows. I will care about your feelings. Just have something in there." — Henry Rollins
"A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession." — Albert Camus
"I was beginning to look at challenges as merely great opportunities to avoid mediocrity. Yes, challenges increased the possibility of things like failure, disappointment, and pain- but in its own way, I discovered, mediocrity absolutely insured them."