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You cannot find peace by avoiding life.

— Virginia Woolf

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When you feel perpetually unmotivated, you start questioning your existence in an unhealthy way; everything becomes a pseudo intellectual question you have no interest in responding whatsoever. This whole process becomes your very skin and it does not merely affect you; it actually defines you. So, you see yourself as a shadowy figure unworthy of developing interest, unworthy of wondering about the world - profoundly unworthy in every sense and deeply absent in your very presence.

— Ingmar Bergman

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There is, indeed, nothing more vexing than to be, for instance, wealthy, of good family, decent-looking, not badly educated, fairly intelligent, even good-natured, and at the same time, to have no talents, no peculiarities, not even a single quirk, not one idea of one’s own, to be decidedly “like everyone else.” You have wealth, but it’s not that of a Rothschild; your family is honorable, but had never distinguished itself in any way; your appearance is seemly, but expresses very little; you have a decent education, but have no idea what use to make of it; you have brains, but no ideas of your own; you have a heart, but no magnanimity; and so on and so forth, in every respect. There is an extraordinary multitude of such people in the world, far more, indeed, than it appears; they may, like all other people, be divided into two major classes: some of limited intelligence, the others “much cleverer.” The first are happier.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot

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The others in the dorm thought I wanted to be a writer because I was always alone with a book, but I had no such ambition. There was nothing I wanted to be.

Haruki Murakami

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