I care not so much what I am to others
as what I am to myself.
~Michel de Montaigne - French essayist (1533 - 1592)
we are faced with a simple choice:
either we resolve not to become attached to people and things,
or we decide to love them even more fiercely."
~Amélie Nothomb - The Character of Rain
"Once in awhile it really hits people that they don't have to experience the world in the way they have been told to."
I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use - silence, exile, and cunning.
James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man