“What is necessary, after all, is only this: solitude, vast inner solitude. To walk inside of yourself and meet no one for hours - that is what you must be able to attain. To be solitary as you were when you were a child, when the grown-ups walked around involved with matters that seemed large and important because they looked so busy and because you didn’t understand a thing about what they were doing.”—Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (via somethingforthepain)
“i certainly believe we all suffer from damage, one way or another. How could we not,except in a world of perfect parents, siblings, neighbours, companions?
And then there is the question, on which so much depends, of how we react to the damage: whether we admit it or repress it, and how this affects our dealings with others. Some admit the damage, and try to mitigate it; some spend their lives trying to help others who are damaged; and then there are those whose main concern is to avoid further damage to themselves, at whatever cost. and those are the ones who are ruthless, and the ones to be careful of.”—Julian Barnes- the sense of an ending (via morbid-and-pale)