Sometimes our biggest mistakes give us our greatest reward.
—Kristin Billerbeck in A Girl’s Best Friend
Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man.
It is not the conscious changes made in their lives by men and women — a new job, a new town, a divorce — which really shape them, like the chapter headings in a biography, but a long, slow mutation of emotion, hidden, all-penetrative; something by which they may be so taken up that the practical outward changes of their lives in the world, noted with surprise, scandal, or envy by others, pass almost unnoticed by themselves.
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
The things that go wrong often make the best memories.
—Gretchen Rubin in The Happiness Project
You're immature. You've been unable to adjust to the idea of war."
"You have a morbid aversion to dying. You probably resent the fact that you're at war and might get your head blown off any second."
"I more than resent it, sir. I'm absolutely incensed."
". . . Misery depresses you. Ignorance depresses you. Persecution depresses you. Violence depresses you. . . . You know, it wouldn't surprise me if you're a manic depressive!
The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.