It’s life that matters, nothing but life—the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all.
What we don’t have is compelling evidence that suggests that people are morally or socially better for reading Tolstoy.
For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.
How astonishing it is, the fierceness with which we cling to beliefs that have made us miserable, or beliefs that prove to be so obviously inadequate when extreme suffering - or great joy - comes.
At the heart of all great art is an essential melancholy.
Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.
Nothing is as terrible to see as ignorance in action.
What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.
Of all ghosts the ghosts of our old loves are the worst.