When you find out who you are, you will no longer be innocent. That will be sad for others to see. All that knowledge will show on your face and change it. But sad only for others, not for yourself. You will feel you have a kind of wisdom, very mistaken, but a mistake of some power to you and so you will sadly treasure it and grow it.
—Lorrie Moore, A Gate at the Stairs
Then I can be an example of starting over
‘Aren’t you going to tell me I’m not so bad?’ she asked.
‘Mmm-no. I was thinking how every man loves a hot girl with a history of making mistakes. Because it’s always possible she’ll make one with you.’
—Joe Hill, NOS4A2 (via mrlogos)