Matt Haig on Kindness

You have no control over who people think you are. So don’t worry about it. If they want to hate some fictional version of you that exists in their mind, let them. Don’t exhaust yourself winning over people you can’t win over. Go where the kindness is.

Matt Haig

Benjamin Franklin on Virtue

Retirement does not always secure virtue; Lot was upright in the city, wicked in the mountain.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Joan Didion on Reputation

“The dismal fact is that self-respect has nothing to do with the approval of others — who are, after all, deceived easily enough; has nothing to do with reputation, which, as Rhett Butler told Scarlett O’Hara, is something people with courage can do without.”

~ Joan Didion