The history of mankind is the instant between two strides taken by a traveler.
Other opportunities arise from time to time that almost don't accord with the overall situation, opportunities whereby a word, a glance, a sigh of trust may achieve more than a lifetime of exhausting endeavour.
At that point I asked myself: How is it that she is not amazed at herself, that she keeps her lips closed and makes no such remark?
So now you know what else existed in the world outside of you, before you knew only about yourself!
By imposing too great a responsibility, or rather, all responsibility, on yourself, you crush yourself.
But when I want to draw close to someone, and fully commit myself, then my misery is assured. Then I am nothing, and what can I do with nothingness? I must admit that your letter this morning (by the afternoon it had changed) arrived at just the right moment; I was in need of those very words.