“Through people we become human,” my favorite quote since last year. Its weight, skyrocketing as one and the other day of my early 20s pass by. How much weight would this dictum bestow upon me in my 30s, 40s, or even in 50s?
When I see a man anxious, I say, “What does this man want? If he did not want something which is not in his power, how could he be anxious?” For this reason a lute player when he is singing by himself has no anxiety, but when he enters the theatre, he is anxious even if he has a good voice and plays well on the lute; for he not only wishes to sing well, but also to obtain applause: but this is not in his power.
We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.
—Francois de la Rochefoucauld (via quote-book)