"Courage- just that; courage as a rule of life, and something to cling to always. I began to build up this enormous faith in myself. I began to see that in all my idols in the past some manifestation of courage had unconsciously been the thing that attracted me. I began separating courage from the other things of life…the liking what you like always; the utter disregard for other people’s opinions- just to live as I liked always and die in my own way…And courage to me meant ploughing through that dull gray mist that comes down on life- not only overriding people and circumstances but overriding the bleakness of living. A sort of insistence on the value of life and the worth of transient things…My courage is faith- faith in the eternal resilience of me- that joy’ll come back, and hope and spontaneity. And I feel that till it does I’ve got to keep my lips shut and my chin high, and my eyes wide- not necessarily any silly smiling."
"I’m not sentimental - I’m a romantic as you are. The idea, you know, is that the sentimental person thinks things will last - the romantic person has a desperate confidence that they won’t." -F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side Of Paradise