Introspective Quotes

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F. Scott Fitzgerald
“You're a slave, a bound helpless slave to one thing in this world, your imagination.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

Dean Koontz
“The heart is an artist that paints over what profoundly disturbs it, leaving on the canvas a less dark, less sharp version of the truth.”
Dean Koontz, Forever Odd

Elizabeth Bowen
“Darling, I don't want you; I've got no place for you; I only want what you give. I don't want the whole of anyone.... What you want is the whole of me-isn't it, isn't it?-and the whole of me isn't there for anybody. In that full sense you want me I don't exist.”
Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart

Katherine Dunn
“There are the those whose own vulgar normality is so apparent and stultifying that they strive to escape it. They affect flamboyant behaviour and claim originality according to the fashionable eccentricities of their time. They claim brains or talent or indifference to mores in desperate attempts to deny their own mediocrity.”
Katherine Dunn, Geek Love

Michael Chabon
“The magician seemed to promise that something torn to bits might be mended without a seam, that what had vanished might reappear, that a scattered handful of doves or dust might be reunited by a word, that a paper rose consumed by fire could be made to bloom from a pile of ash. But everyone knew that it was only an illusion. The true magic of this broken world lay in the ability of things it contained to vanish, to become so thoroughly lost, that they might never have existed in the first place.”
Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Robert Kirkman
“To me, the best zombie movies aren’t the splatter fests of gore and violence with goofy characters and tongue in cheek antics. Good zombie movies show us how messed up we are, they make us question our station in society… and our society’s station in the world. They show us gore and violence and all that cool stuff too… but there’s always an undercurrent of social commentary and thoughtfulness.”
Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye

Janet Fitch
“She’s never where she is,' I said. 'She’s only inside her head.”
Janet Fitch

Shannon L. Alder
“The most introspective of hearts tends to be the most sentimental. We cling to the smallest moments from our past because we fear that emotion will never come our way again.”
Shannon Alder

Kahlil Gibran
“Self is a sea boundless and measureless.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Katherine Dunn
“There are those whose own vulgar normality is so apparent and stultifying that they strive to escape it. They affect flamboyant behavior and claim originality according to the fashionable eccentricities of their time. They claim brains or talent or indifference to mores in desperate attempts to deny their own mediocrity. These are frequently artists and performers, adventurers and wide-life devotees.
Then there are those who feel their own strangeness and are terrified by it. They struggle toward normalcy. They suffer to exactly that degree that they are unable to appear normal to others, or to convince themselves that their aberration does not exist. These are true freaks, who appear, almost always, conventional and dull.”
Katherine Dunn, Geek Love

Dannika Dark
“Nothing is forever. Except atoms.”
Dannika Dark, Gravity

David  Arnold
What if … what if … what if … I play the What If? game all the time. But it’s rigged, is the thing. Impossible to win. Asking What If? can only lead to Maybe Things Could Have Been Different, via Was It My Fault?
David Arnold, Mosquitoland

Joe Dunthorne
“I spin around on the swivel chair and look up at the ceiling; Oliver being Oliver being Oliver being Oliver. I am suddenly aware of the separation between my-actual-self and myself-as-seen-by-others. Who would win in an arm wrestle? Who is better-looking? Who has the higher IQ?”
Joe Dunthorne, Submarine

Anatole France
“The wonder is, not that the field of stars is so vast, but that man has measured it.”
Anatole France

David Foster Wallace
“I felt more solidly composed, now that I was horizontal. I was impossible to knock down.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Toba Beta
“Always try coercing others proves one doesn't want to change himself.
(Suka maksain pendapat adalah bukti seseorang tak siap berubah).”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Ayn Rand
“The people had come to witness a sensational case, to see celebrities, to get material for conversation, to be seen, to kill time. They would return to unwanted jobs, unloved families, unchosen friends, to drawing rooms, evening clothes, cocktail glasses and movies, to unadmitted pain, murdered hope, desire left unreached, left hanging silently over a path on which no step was taken, to days of effort not to think, not to say, to forget and give in and give up. But each of them had known some unforgotten moment-a morning when nothing had happened, a piece of music heard suddenly and never heard in the same way again, a stranger's face seen in a bus-a moment when each had known a different sense of living. And each remembered other moments, on a sleepless night, on an afternoon of steady rain, in a church, in an empty street at sunset, when each had wondered why there was so much suffering and ugliness in the world. They had not tried to find the answer and they had gone on living as if no answer was necessary. But each had known a moment when, in lonely, naked honesty, he had felt the need of an answer.”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Neil Gaiman
“Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean.”
Neil Gaiman

David Foster Wallace
“This is why they started us here so young: to give ourselves away before the age when the questions 'why' and 'to what' grow real beaks and claws.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Darryl Steven Markowitz
“The problem is, we have too many cowardly, spineless, selfish people that would sacrifice their children’s future just to avoid the sacrifice love requires of them in the present. And they expect their children to respect them for that? Do they think we’re idiots just because we’re young?”
Darryl Steven Markowitz, The Sacrificial Wood

Carolyn Parkhurst
“It is not the content of our dreams that gives our second heart is dark color: it's the thoughts that go through our heads in those wakeful moments when sleep won't come. And those are the things we never tell anyone at all.”
Carolyn Parkhurst, The Dogs of Babel

Aleksandra Ninkovic
“Divine does not tempt us to see what's in our hearts, it tempts us so we could see what's in our hearts.”
Aleksandra Ninkovic, Write like no one is reading

Zoe Weil
“Live your epitaph”
Zoe Weil, Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life

Will Weaver
“Sometimes I feel as if there's an explanation to my life that continues to escape me; that I've missed something noble, something sublime; that in some way I have cheated is so strange, so harsh.”
Will Weaver, A Gravestone Made of Wheat

Stella Gibbons
“While she lay there with these old worn thoughts coming obediently into her mind, called there by habit and the familiar quiet of early morning, she was aware that at the back of her mind there was another thought that was not at all stale, but so fresh that it was nearly a feeling, with all a feeling's delicious power to kill thought.”
Stella Gibbons, Nightingale Wood

Vergílio Ferreira
“Assim, quantas vezes, desperto e abandonado, não entrei pela noite dentro, aguardando não bem a madrugada nem o meu sono final, mas o vazio absoluto de um nunca mais para o passado e para o futuro.”
Vergílio Ferreira

David Foster Wallace
“We are all dying to give our lives away to something, maybe. God or Satan, politics or grammar, topology or philately (...) To games or needles, to some other person.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

Darryl Steven Markowitz
“Where do thoughts come from, Father?”
King Mafferan looked deeply into his twelve-year-old eyes. “While I may not be sure all thoughts are my own, I am sure when I own them.”
Darryl Steven Markowitz, Call Of The Tree

Will Weaver
“She wrote that she, too, always felt an outsider "...even to myself.”
Will Weaver

Darryl Steven Markowitz
“My daughter, people are only used to seeing the glorified in a story, because a story is only a tiny, tiny piece of a person’s life. Legends, sacred writings, they’re all like that. But I assure you, dear child, every one of those people up there on that wall felt like, thought like, and suffered like you!”
Darryl Steven Markowitz, The Sacrificial Wood

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