"The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are."
"He may love you. He probably does. He probably thinks about you all the time. But that isn’t what matters. What matters is what he’s doing about it, and what he’s doing about it is nothing. And if he’s doing nothing, you most certainly shouldn’t do anything. You need someone who goes out of their way to make it obvious that they want you in their life."
"Fifteen years later, when Mom died, I was sure the permanence of things does not depend only upon our will. There is something greater, mysterious, unreachable, which determines the calendar of our days. My mom’s absence was a feeling I didn’t know yet; I didn’t know it existed - a secret revealed about destiny. Therefore, there was no point in questioning why she disappeared so suddenly. Somehow that knowledge touched us in a surprisingly liberating way. What remained was the love and the longing."
From Beginning to End (2009)
"We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it."