“From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.”
~Edgar Allan Poe, “Alone”
That man of loneliness and mystery,
Scarce seen to smile, and seldom heard to sigh.
He knew himself a villain—but he deem’d
The rest no better than the thing he seem’d;
And scorn’d the best as hypocrites who hid
Those deeds the bolder spirit plainly did.
He knew himself detested, but he knew
The hearts that loath’d him, crouch’d and dreaded too.
Lone, wild, and strange, he stood alike exempt
From all affection and from all contempt.
~ Lord Byron, “The Corsair”
Dracula had it right: sleep all day, live alone in a castle, and explode into a thousand bats to get out of social situations.
N.P.: “Young Blood” – The Naked and Famous
antistalking – verb – learning a person’s routine in order to avoid them.
“One cannot be betrayed if one has no people.” ~ Kobayashi