"Adventure: an event out of the ordinary without being necessarily extraordinary…. For the most banal event to become an adventure you must (and this is enough) begin to recount it.... But you have to chose: live or tell."
"To live fully, one must be free, but to be free one must give up security. Therefore, to live one must be ready to die. That's why I encourage everyone to take chances, to court danger, to welcome anxiety, to flaunt insecurity, to rock every boat and always cut against the grain."
"When they tell you to grow up, they mean stop growing. Reach a nice level plateau and settle there, predictable and unchanging, no longer a threat. If Sissy is immature, it means she's still growing; if she's still growing, it means she's still alive. Alive is a dying culture."
"Nothing happens while you live. The scenery changes, people come in and go out, that's all. There are no beginnings.... But everything changes when you tell about life; it's a change no one notices: the proof is that people talk about true stories..... you seem to start at the beginning... and in reality you have started at the end."