"My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddlestrings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony." Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet.
"If you’re an introvert, you also know that the bias against quiet can cause deep psychic pain. As a child you might have overheard your parents apologize for your shyness. Or at school you might have been prodded to come ‘out of your shell’— that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go, and some humans are just the same." Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (via calloway)