Quote by Susan Gilbert-Collins
We can't be friends. That never works. I'd have to be all careful and brave and pathetic, you'd feel guilty all the time and you'd start being nice in weird fake ways to make up for it.' She was starting to cry, but she felt free, she felt relieved as you can only feel when you have wrecked yourself on the rocks and don't have to worry about navigating anymore.
In this quote, the speaker realizes that being friends with someone they have romantic feelings for would be futile and painful. They express their fears of being cautious and vulnerable while the other person would constantly feel guilty, leading to insincere kindnesses. Despite the tears, the speaker feels a sense of liberation and relief, as they no longer have to navigate the complexities of their feelings. It highlights the importance of acknowledging the limitations of certain relationships and the relief that can come from accepting and embracing the truth.
Who is left in the ghetto is the one man in a thousand in any age, in any culture, who through some mysterious workings of force within his soul will stand in defiance against any master. He is that one human in a thousand whose indomitable spirit will not bow. He is the one man in a thousand whose indomitable spirit cannot bow. He is the one man in a thousand who will not walk quietly to Umschlagplatz. Watch out for him, Alfred Funk, we have pushed him to the wall.
Man is head, chest and stomach. Each of these animals operates, more often than not, individually. I eat, I feel, I even, although rarely, think. This jungle crawls and teems, is hungry, roars, gets angry, devours itself, and its cacophonic concert does not even stop when you are asleep.