"Today it seems to me that my whole life was nothing but a string of small near misses: the woman I was unable to love, the chance I failed to seize, the moments of happiness I allowed to drift away. A race whose result I knew before hand but in which I failed to bet on the winner. Had I been blind and deaf or did it take the harsh light of disaster for me to find my true nature?"
- Jean Dominique Bauby
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, 1997