I read in self-defense. Woody Allen

I am nothing.
I’ll never be anything.
I couldn’t want to be something.
Apart from that, I have in me all the dreams in the world. Fernando Pessoa

Illusion is the first of all pleasures. Oscar Wilde

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. Ernest Hemingway

Clouds come from time to time – and bring to men a chance to rest from looking at the moon. Basho

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. Oscar Wilde

Activity of mind … is the only thing that keeps one’s life going. Virginia Woolf

We read to know that we are not alone. C.S. Lewis

When you can’t create you can work. Henry Miller

We are who we are only in the eyes of other people and their looks are what make us come to terms with ourselves as ourselves. Jean-Paul Sartre

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. Oscar Wilde

If I expect as little as possible, I won’t be hurt. Susan Sontag

People living deeply have no fear of death. Anais Nin

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. Albert Camus

People are very open-minded about new things… as long as they’re exactly like the old ones! Charles Kettering

Man starts over again everyday, in spite of all he knows, against all he knows. Emile Cioran

If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot. Emile Cioran

I’m simply an accident. Why take it all so seriously? Emile Cioran

Most of the time I don’t have much fun. The rest of the time I don’t have any fun at all. Woody Allen

If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment, all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning. Dostoevsky

Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it. Dan Dennett

The best way to get approval is to not need it.

You won’t arrive. It is an endless search. Anais Nin

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind. Albert Camus

Alas, after a certain age every man is responsible for his face. Albert Camus

He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool. Albert Camus

Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question. Albert Camus

When you can’t have what you want, it’s time to start wanting what you have. Kathleen A. Sutton

Every act of perception is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination. Oliver Sacks

It is one of the defects of my character that I cannot altogether dislike anyone who makes me laugh. Somerset Maugham

Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying. Simone de Beauvoir

Pessimism is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child’s play. Thomas Hardy

Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. Malcolm Forbes

My experience is what I agree to attend to. William James

Don’t think of death as an ending. Think of it as a really effective way of cutting down your expenses. Woody Allen

The only thing standing between me and greatness is me. Woody Allen