qotd: fear

fullsizeoutput_32f4We have nothing left to fear but insincerity.

—Qiu Miaojin, Last Words From Montmartre

qotd: loyalty

Version 3

Loyalty is not a passive, negative guardianship of the gate . . . It is an active, determined desire that demands total self-awareness and deliberate engagement.

—Qiu Miaojin, Last Words from Montmartre

qotd: want

Version 2

What we miss—what we lose and what we mourn—isn’t it this that makes us who, deep down, we truly are. To say nothing of what we wanted in life but never got to have.

—Sigrid Nunez, The Friend