"I think people would be happier if they admitted things more often. In a sense we are all prisoners of some memory, or fear, or disappointment—we are all defined by something we can’t change."
— Simon Van Booy, The Illusion of Separateness
"I don’t know what’s the matter with me, why I’m so adept at distance, why I feel so remote from things, why life feels like a rumor."
— David Shields, How Literature Saved My Life
"The idea behind Sartre is existence precedes essence. We’re born, we exist…and then define ourselves by our actions. It gives us a great responsibility."
— Emma in Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)