Paul Auster: “We construct a narrative for ourselves, and that’s the thread we follow from one day to the next. People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread.”

Erik Erikson: “To be adult means to see one’s own life in continuous perspective, both in retrospect and in future prospect.”

Clifford Geertz: “A human being is an organism that cannot live in a world that it cannot understand.”