• You were ambitious - for your life, what it was like when you woke up in the morning, and not for some attainment. Like most people who did not answer a particular calling from an early age, you placed work beside yourself; any occupation would fill up your day but not your heart. I liked that about you. I liked it enormously.

    Lionel Shriver (2011). “We Need to Talk about Kevin”, p.19, Counterpoint Press