There are some people you like immediately, some whom you think you might learn to like in the fullness of time, and some that you simply want to push away from you with a sharp stick.
We can't win against obsession. They care, we don't. They win.
A life that is burdened with expectations is a heavy life. Its fruit is sorrow and disappointment.
Words used carelessly, as if they did not matter in any serious way, often allowed otherwise well-guarded truths to seep through.
It was his subconscious which told him this---that infuriating part of a person's brain which never responds to interrogation, merely gives little meaningful nudges and then sits humming quietly to itself, saying nothing.
People who need to bully you are the easiest to push around.
Rather than arriving five hours late and flustered, it would be better all around if he were to arrive five hours and a few extra minutes late, but triumphantly in command.