"You have a perception of the way things are, and you impose it on your memory, and in this way you think, in the same way that I think, that you are living something that is describable. When of course, what we actually live, what we actually experience—with our senses and our nerves—is a vast, absurd, beautiful, ridiculous chaos."
— Keith Ridgway
"As the psychologist Paul Huack has noted, “cultivating self-esteem” invariably means tying one’s sense of worth to being good at certain key things, which makes happiness conditional on not screwing up. The best bet is to replace “self-esteem” with self-acceptance."
— Oliver Burkeman