“What separates the successful from the unsuccessful are the expectations that they had for their own lives. Yet the message of the right is increasingly: It’s not your fault that you’re a loser; it’s the government’s fault.”
“Living your life according to what everyone else might think of you is to cede control of who you are. It is to outsource your identity to a bunch of strangers who do not know you.”
“I believe almost dogmatically in difference, in the idea that every single person is unique, with their own innate sense of self, and that it is this difference which brings all of us together as one.”
By Megan Thomas I hear people say things like, "I love reading, I just don't have the time", a lot. But I genuinely think that the only reason people think this is true is because they're imagining trying to get stuck into The Lord Of The Rings or War and Peace between tube stations or…
“My life was narrated for me by others. Their voices were forceful, emphatic, absolute. It had never occurred to me that my voice might be as strong as theirs.”
“Oh, how I regret not having worn a bikini for the entire year I was twenty-six. If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini, and don't take it off until you're thirty-four.”
"When I was a baby, I urinated in my own mouth. [...] The reason I'm telling you this is so that, straight out the gate, you know who I am and where I came from. This is how my life began and more or less how it continued for many, many years. This book is essentially the tale of a man repeatedly urinating into his own mouth. Pleased to meet you."
“Nearly everything I know about love, I've learnt from my long-term friendships with women.”
“Here’s how it usually goes: gays will start to wear something, it becomes a trend, and then ten years later, brosefs will co-opt it, and I’ll be like, “You’re behind the times.”"
The first of Karen Webb's three-part memoir, A French Life.