"Maybe I don’t want to relate to you. Maybe I don’t want you to say “I have felt the same way before.”
Here’s a little fact about me: I like being alone. I like being by myself.
Here’s another fact: Sometimes I don’t want to be cheered up. Sometimes I just want to feel exactly what I’m feeling and I don’t want anyone to intervene.
I don’t want other people to relate to me. I want to feel my own things, not things that have been felt a million times before.
What I want is something in this life that can be mine and no one else’s. I don’t care if that’s selfish. Let me be selfish."
"Translations are merely subjective approximations and that is how I feel about everything I say: it is not what I am thinking but merely the closest I can get to it using the faulty reductive constraints of language. And so I often think it is better to say nothing than to express myself inexactly."
- Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You