"It’s not my responsibility to be beautiful. I’m not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me."
"The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention."
"I never understood why you tried so hard to fit in, when you were obviously meant to stand out."
"I’ve wanted to start a business since I was sixteen, but every time I try, the demands of my regular job catch up to me and I get fatigued. A couple of years ago, my friend and I had a great idea. We started meeting every night after work. We had a great plan— potential sponsors, a marketing strategy, a time line. But then things got really busy at my job. So we started meeting every other night. Then every fourth night. Then we postponed it for a month, and never found the right moment to start again. Then a year later, I picked up the newspaper, and there was an article about somebody else— succeeding with the same idea. I was like, ‘fuck.’"
"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people? What would it be?"
"Follow your dreams."
"Did you follow your dreams?"
"Well, I started as a copy boy for the Daily News, going to school at night. And eventually I became editor of the New York Times Magazine and wrote 12 bestselling books. So, yes."