An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. ‘Can they be brought together?’ This is a practical question. We must get down to it. ‘I despise intelligence’ really means: ‘I cannot bear my doubts.’

— Albert Camus (via petrichour)

Some people underestimate how erotic it is to be understood.

Mary Rakow (via mocsow)

— Joyce Carol Oates

C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy