What twisted people we are. How simple we seem, or pretend to be in front of others, and how twisted we are deep down. How paltry we are and how spectacularly we contort ourselves before our own eyes and the eyes of others…And all for what? To hide what? To make people believe what?
— Roberto Bolaño, 2666
He doesn’t know which is worse, a past he can’t regain or a present that will destroy him if he looks at it too clearly. Then there’s the future. Sheer vertigo.
— ― Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake
Perhaps most people in the world aren’t trying to be free…They just think they are. It’s all an illusion. If they really were set free, most people would be in a real bind. You’d better remember that. People actually prefer not being free.
— Haruki Murakami - Kafka on the Shore (via anec-dotes)