"i have a lot more patience for others than i have for myself, and i’m much better at bringing out the best in others than in myself. that’s just the kind of person i am. i’m the scratchy stuff on the side of the matchbox. but that’s fine with me. i don’t mind at all. better to be a first-class matchbox than a second-class match."
haruki murakami, ノルウェイの森 (norwegian wood)