…curious way that my idealism has been mixed with my fatalism, so that I can possess the soul of a dreamer and that of a cynic at the same time.
He knew me by heart. It infuriated me that he knew me by heart.
Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.
An Autobiography, Agatha Christie
Better to lose oneself in action than to wither in despair.