It is often to the wary that the events in life are unexpected. Looser types—people who are not busy weighing and measuring every little thing—are used to accidents, coincidences, chance, things getting out of hand, things sneaking up on them. They are the happy children of life, to whom life happens for better or worse.
— Laurie Colwin, “A Mythological Subject,” in The Lone Pilgrim
We don’t learn to love each other well in the easy moments. Anyone is good company at a cocktail party. But love is born when we misunderstand one another and make it right, when we cry in the kitchen, when we show up uninvited with magazines and granola bars, in an effort to say, I love you.
—Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, with Recipes
Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.
—Hunter S. Thompson