It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.
— J. K. Rowling

It is difficult to admit that my family is the center of my life, having spent my life insisting I didn’t want children, that writing was my life’s center. I just want you to join me here, in this world, where philosophically perfect, unchallenged selfhood is no longer possible.
— Sarah Manguso

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.
— -Mark Victor Hansen