There is no surer foundation for a beautiful friendship than a mutual taste in literature.
You can’t find intimacy—you can’t find home—when you’re always hiding behind masks. Intimacy requires a certain level of vulnerability. It requires a certain level of you exposing your fragmented, contradictory self to someone else. You running the risk of having your core self rejected and hurt and misunderstood.
Keep anyone with whom you can read in silence.
I am awed by her silences and her excited speech, her darkness, her self-possession. The completeness of a child is the most fragile and powerful thing in the world. A child’s confidence is the world’s wonder.