The really potent part of love is that it allows you to carry around beliefs about yourself that make you feel special, desirable, precious, innately good. Your lover couldn't have seen these qualities in you, even temporarily, if they weren't part of your essential being.
Whoever said love is blind is dead wrong. Love is the only thing that lets us see each other with the remotest accuracy.
The way that other people judge me is none of my business.
Absolutely lonely people have few personal interactions of any kind.
I always felt that it was my job to try to help other people get it and deal with it.
Only since the Industrial Revolution have most people worked in places away from their homes or been left to raise small children without the help of multiple adults, making for an unsupported life.
People are so afraid of authority figures and doctors are authority figures.
When you meet people, show real appreciation, then genuine curiosity.
At times in my life, I have been utterly lonely. At other times, I've had disgusting infectious diseases. Try admitting these things in our culture.
I majored in Chinese. I was never really good at Chinese but I really, really benefited from having been exposed to Asian philosophy early in my life.
I really do think that any deep crisis is an opportunity to make your life extraordinary in some way.
In one century, we've added 28 years to our average life span - a change so rapid that our brains couldn't possibly have evolved to accommodate it.
No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf, or give us self-esteem. No one can spare us from life's slings and arrows, and when death comes, we meet it alone.
No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.
Seek art from every time and place, in any form, to connect with those who really move you.