Expectation is the root of all heartache.
— William Shakespeare
A person learns how to love himself through the simple acts of loving and being loved by someone else.
— Haruki Murakami, 1Q84
We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?
— Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras (136-137)
Having perfected our disguise, we spend our lives searching for someone we don’t fool.
— Robert Brault