"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."
"I don’t mean to suggest that I loved you the best,
I can’t keep track of each fallen robin.
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel,
that’s all, I don’t even think of you that often."
— Leonard Cohen, Chelsea Hotel No. 2