What did I know of life, I who had lived so carefully? Who had neither won nor lost, but just let life happen to him? Who had the usual ambitions and settled all too quickly for them not being realised? Who avoided being hurt and called it a capacity for survival? Who paid his bills, stayed on good terms with everyone as far as possible, for whom ecstasy and despair soon became just words read in novels?
– Julian Barnes (from ‘The Sense of an Ending)
I’m scared I will be this person someday, Zonk.
And I hope you read this book someday. It’s a bit slow to take off, and it might not have the best plot ever, but it’s full of these little wisdoms..