"To be where the light always shines and the feeling is always new.
There is a realm where the intellectual mind is at home.
It is a place of clouds and books. Where every man alike and unlike man resides
This is where I have gone
And i have been trying to go back"
"today i’m gonna do my best
to drink coffee in the morning and live as if
i didn’t feel lonely and hopeless and helpless
to save myself for the world where i live"
"Intelligence and education that hasn’t been tempered by human affection isn’t worth a damn. Don’t misunderstand me. Intelligence is one of the greatest human gifts. But all too often a search for knowledge drives out the search for love. This is something I’ve discovered for myself very recently. I present it to you as a hypothesis: intelligence without the ability to give and receive affection leads to mental and moral breakdown, to neurosis, and possibly even psychosis. And I say that the mind absorbed in and involved in itself as a self-centered end, to the exclusion of human relationships, can only lead to violence and pain."
— Charlie from Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes (via 316intheafternoon
still i cannot get over this book, especially this quote.