My ability to give was limited, I was not inexhaustible. I was not serene, not really. I wanted things, for myself.
Margaret Atwood, Lady Oracle
I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life, I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.
Simone de Beauvoir
Is it splendid, or stupid, to take life seriously?
'Children, never look back!' and this meant that we must never allow the future to be weighed down by memory. For children have no past, and that is the whole secret of the magical innocence of their smiles.
Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting