“Don’t struggle too hard to understand people… They’re hideously complicated. Unhappy people do the oddest, most terrible things, just trying to keep despair at bay. All you have to do is accept them… go around them… take evasive action.” – Geraldine McCaughrean

“Alas”, said the mouse, “the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the right and left, but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already, and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into.”
   “You only need to change your direction,” said the cat, and ate it up.

— Franz Kafka’s A Little Fable