“There is something about compliments that scares me. Part of the reason may be that… there is a part of me that knows I am not as good as his compliment implies.”—Hugh Prather "Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person"
“Insecurity can mean lack of self-knowledge: I am not secure with myself — I can’t rely on myself — I don’t know how I operate. I am insecure to the point I keep parts of myself hidden from myself. Or insecurity can mean I know how I operate, but don’t think it’s good enough. When I find myself trying to figure out beforehand how I act (should act, that is, planning it out), this shows me I lack respect for the way I am — I can’t be trusted to be perfect, and so I have to make rules. Otherwise, I just might slip and be a human being.”—Hugh Prather "Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person"
“Every day we’re told that we live in the greatest country on earth. And it’s always stated as an undeniable fact: Leos are born between July 23 and August 22, fitted queen-size sheets measure sixty by eighty inches, and America is the greatest country on earth. Having grown up with this in our ears, it’s startling to realize that other countries have nationalistic slogans of their own, none of which are ‘We’re number two!’”—David Sedaris (via dailysedaris)