Books and Thoughts

Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.

—    Susan Cain (via erraticintrovert)

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The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse.

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— Ian McEwan, Atonement

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What is the meaning of life? That was all — a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.

—    Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (via bookmania)