Only the gentle are ever really strong.
I hate solitude, but I’m afraid of intimacy. The substance of my life is a private conversation with myself which to turn into a dialogue would be equivalent to self-destruction. The company which I need is the company which a pub or a cafe will provide. I have never wanted a communion of souls. It’s already hard enough to tell the truth to oneself.
The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like “be realistic”.
John Green in his toast at his brother’s wedding.