- Guy de Maupassant, Le Horla et autres contes fantastiques
"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you."
"The desire to be taken seriously is precisely what compels people to follow the tried and true paths of knowledge around which I would like to map a few detours. Indeed terms like serious and rigorous tend to be code words, in academia as well as other contexts, for disciplinary correctness; they signal a form of training and learning that confirms what is already known according to approved methods of knowing, but they do not allow for visionary insight or flights of fancy.”
“The point is not to give girls the answers, and not even to give them permission to find the answers themselves, but hopefully inspire them to understand that they can give themselves that permission. They can ask their own questions and find their own answers.” (Tavi Gevinson at TEDxTEEN)