"What could you know about me if we never slept or drank together?"
"Sometimes the thoughts and feelings I had didn’t really agree with each other, so I decided I must be lots of different people inside my brain."
"This creature softened my heart of stone. She died and with her died my last warm feelings for humanity."
— Joseph Stalin on his first wife, Ekaterina Svanidze
"I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between."
"The future came and went in the mildly discouraging way that futures do."
"In general, people are not drawn to perfection in others. People are drawn to shared interests, shared problems, and an individual’s life energy. Humans connect with humans. Hiding one’s humanity and trying to project an image of perfection makes a person vague, slippery, lifeless, and uninteresting."