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“Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. ... If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself ...”
“... nobody becomes an artist unless they have to.”
“Despair was the killer. I had to prepare, hold hope between my palms like the flame of the last match in a long Arctic night.”
“I felt like an undeveloped photograph that he was printing, my image rising to the surface under his gaze.”
Janet Fitch, U.S. writer