Quote by Diane Setterfield
I've nothing against people who love truth. Apart from the fact that they make dull companions.
This quote suggests that while the speaker does not hold any animosity towards people who value truth, they find them uninteresting as companions. It implies that individuals who prioritize truth may focus too much on facts and logic, potentially lacking emotional depth or vibrant conversations. The speaker seems to prefer more lively, engaging relationships that involve a greater variety of interests and experiences beyond a strict pursuit of truth.
There is something sustaining in the very agitation that accompanies the first shocks of trouble, just as an acute pain is often a stimulus, and produces an excitement which is transient strength. It is in the slow, changed life that follows--in the time when sorrow has become stale, and has no longer an emotive intensity that counteracts its pain--in the time when day follows day in dull unexpectant sameness, and trial is a dreary routine--it is then that despair threatens; it is then that the peremptory hunger of the soul is felt, and eye and ear are strained after some unlearned secret of our existence, which shall give to endurance the nature of satisfaction.
It is not merely enough to love literature if one wishes to spend one's life as a writer. It is a dangerous undertaking on the most primitive level. For, it seems to me, the act of writing with serious intent involves enormous personal risk. It entails the ongoing courage for self-discovery. It means one will walk forever on the tightrope, with each new step presenting the possiblity of learning a truth about oneself that is too terrible to bear.