Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.

— Picoult, Jodi. My Sister’s Keeper.
Everyone knows how to talk, and no one knows what to say.

— Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down
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Dr. Manhattan

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Dr. Manhattan

Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am - and what I need - is something I have to find out myself.

— Chinua Achebe 
I learned not to trust people; I learned not to believe what they say but to watch what they do; I learned to suspect that anyone and everyone is capable of ‘living a lie’. I came to believe that other people - even when you think you know them well - are ultimately unknowable.

— Lynn Barber, An Education 

breastplate; the only signed work of Giovan Paolo Negroli (Italian, ca. 1513-1569) (x)

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