"The act of being personally misconstrued, informed to one’s face one is no more complex than a few words haphazardly strung together like blotchy undershirts on a clothesline — well, it can gall the most self-possessed of individuals."
— Marisha Pessl, “Special Topics in Calamity Physics” (via thymoss)
"A trace of strangeness in this sense easily enters even the most intimate relationships. In the stage of first passion, erotic relations strongly reject any thought of generalization: the lovers think that there has never been a love like theirs; that nothing can be compared either to the person loved or to the feelings for that person. An estrangement - whether as cause or as consequence it is difficult to decide - usually comes at the moment when this feeling of uniqueness vanishes from the relationship. A certain skepticism in regard to its value, in itself and for them, attaches to the very thought that in their relation, after all, they carry out only a generally human destiny; that they experience an experience that has occurred a thousand times before; that, had they not met their particular partner, they would have found the same significance in another person."