In her memoir Life with Picasso, Francoise Gilot quoted Matisse:
As Matisse said, "When I look at a fig tree, every leaf has a different design. They all have their own manner of moving in space; yet in their own separate ways, they all cry, 'Fig tree.'"
It's one of my Secrets of Adulthood: I'm unique, just like everyone else.
Do you have any favorite memoirs to recommend? I'm in the mood to read a really terrific memoir. Maybe I'll finally read James Boswell's London Journal.