The problem, simply put, is that we cannot choose everything simultaneously. So we live in danger of becoming paralyzed by indecision, terrified that every choice might be the wrong choice … Equally disquieting are the times when we do make a choice, only to later feel as though we have murdered some other aspect of our being by settling on one single concrete decision. By choosing Door Number Three, we fear we have killed off a different–but equally critical–piece of our soul that could only have been made manifest by walking through Door Number One or Door Number Two.
Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: a Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
Seeing someone read a book you love is seeing a book recommend a person.
-found on the web page for McLeod’s Books in Vancouver
If we possess our why of life we can put up with almost any how.
–Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
We do not belong to those who have ideas only among books, when stimulated by books. It is our habit to think outdoors–walking, leaping, climbing, dancing, preferably on lonely mountains or near the sea where even the trails become thoughtful. Our first questions about the value of a book, of a human being, or a musical composition are: Can they walk? Even more, can they dance?
–Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science (366)