"a sheltered, narrow existence fueled by fear and made liveable by insulation, isolation, and self-indulgence. It was a life lived in a bubble--but bubbles, being the most fragile constructions, are easily destroyed. All it takes is a little finger"
"I woke up to find the message in my left hand. It had me trembling. It wasn't a fax, telegram, memo, or the usual sort of missive bringing disturbing news. In fact, my hand held nothing at all. The trembling was the message…"
"If you're a fisherman, get in a boat. Don't just stand there in a forest saying, 'I'm a fisherman, I'm a fisherman!' I mean, prove it. "