“Stop worrying about your identity and concern yourself with the people you care about. Ideas that matter to you. Beliefs you can stand by. Intelligent people make these choices with their hearts and they make them alone. The world does not deliver meaning to you. You have to make it meaningful and decide what you need and want and must do. It is a tough, unimaginably lonely way to be in the world. But that’s the deal: you have to live. You can’t live by slogans, dead ideas, cliches, or national flags. Finding an identity is easy. It’s the easy way out.”

– Zadie Smith, On Beauty