A favorite quote of mine from JD Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye." I don't know what it is about this quote, but I always can nod my head at Holden and say, "yeah, yeah, I see where you're coming from." I sometimes wonder what it would be like to act on this wish of Caulfield's. When life gets tiresome and people irritate the hell out of me, I look to this quote for closure. "I figured I could get a job at a filling station somewhere, putting gas and oil in people's cars. I didn't care what kind of job it was, though. Just so people didn't know me and I didn't know anybody. I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes. That way I wouldn't have to have any goddam stupid useless conversations with anybody. If anybody wanted to tell me something, they'd have to write it on a piece of paper and shove it over to me. They'd get bored as hell doing that after a while, and then I'd be through with having conversations for the rest of my life. Everybody'd think I was just a poor deaf-mute bastard and they'd leave me alone."