Suggested reading: The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis.
  1. There seemed to be three choices: to give up trying to love anyone, to stop being selfish, or to learn to love a person while continuing to be selfish.
  2. I feel I am buried alive under all these thoughts, though at the same time I feel compelled to lie still, since perhaps I am actually dead after all.
  3. You see how circumstances are to blame. I am not really an odd person if I put more and more small pieces of shredded Kleenex in my ears and tie a scarf around my head: when I lived alone I had all the silence I needed.
  4. If your eyeballs move, this means you're thinking, or about to start thinking. If you don't want to be thinking at this particular moment, try to keep your eyeballs still.
  5. Emotion, said the monk, is like a storm: it stays for a while and then it goes.
  6. I can talk for a long time only when it's about something boring.
  7. No one is calling me. I can't check the answering machine because I have been here all this time. If I go out, someone may call while I'm out. Then I can check the answering machine when I come back in.
  8. The word "fine" is the greatest abbreviation and obviously wrong.