"I don't mean to ruin the ending for you, sweet child, but life is one long headwind. To make any kind ofimpact requires self-will bordering on madness. The world will be hostile, it will be suspicious of your intent, it will misinterpret you, it will inject you with doubt, it will flatter you into self-sabotage. My God, I'm making it sound so glamorous and personal! What the world is, more than anything? It's indifferent."
"Say amen to that," Spencer said.
"But you have a vision. You put a frame around it. You sign your name anyway. That's the risk. That's the leap. That's the madness: thinking anyone's going to care."
-- Maria Semple, Today Will Be Different.
Semple, btw, is my new favorite non-genre fiction writer. fwiw. fyi.