‘I suppose I do have one embarrassing passion – I want to know what it feels like to care about something passionately.’

‘The world is so huge that people are always getting lost in it. There are too many ideas and things and people, too many directions to go. I was starting to believe that the reason it matters to care passionately about something is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size. It makes the world seem not huge and empty but full of possibility.’

The Orchid Thief, Susan Orlean