I do not want to die.
I do not want anyone I love to die.

I am going to die.
And everyone I love is going to die.
And that makes life absurd.

Albert Camus


I wanted only to try to live in accord with the promptings which came from my true self.
Why was that so very difficult?

From Demian (1919) by Hermann Hesse


I must create a system of my own,
or be enslaved by another man’s.

William Blake


Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.

From The Way Of The World (1964) by Nicolas Bouvier