No one really knows the ones they love
If you knew everything they thought I bet that you'd wish that they'd just shut up
—Modest Mouse, "Lives"
"You don't get it. I didn't just hear what they were dumb enough to say out loud. I heard everything they were thinking about us. Every drop of pity, every shudder of horror, every bit of backhanded gratitude. Yes, I wanted to leave. Yes, I wanted to take Rita with me. It physically hurt to hear them thinking of her that way. How many times can you save the lives of this mob of people only to read their minds and find their contempt? Humanity are bastards; I've read enough of their minds to know."
—Mento, DC Nation, "Filthy Lucre" plotline
"It's like seeing people with their clothes off - I never imagined they were like that! They do things without thinking about them, and they think about things without the slightest intention of doing them. I'll tell you one thing, people aren't anything like I imagined..."
—The Twilight Zone, "A Penny For Your Thoughts"
"No-one should know exactly what someone else is thinking."
And if my thought-dreams could be seen - they'd probably put my head in a guillotine.
But it's alright, Ma - It's life, and life only
—Bob Dylan, Last lines of "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)"
"You can't possibly like somebody that you've opened up to, because you know them too well. The most you can do is tolerate them."
—Kira, "The Speed Of Thought"
"You know what people don't realize? That ignorance of what other people are thinking is one of the keys to human happiness. Lets you have friends and lovers. Lets you keep a job."
—Eric Letrobe, Alphas, "The Unusual Suspects"
"The most compassionate people you will ever meet, empathics, and the loneliest."
Vaniji Ralo: You have a lovely mind, soft and malleable as cookie dough. I will make a new mind for you, a new identity. But first you will become no one. You will be nothing. You will... is someone screaming?
Blitz: He's always screaming.
Vaniji: What are you doing? What ARE you? - Boy, I don't know what's wrong with you, but your brain's no place to be. - Aaugh! #$%&! What are you doing?! Stop it! It hurts! Stop it!
Blitz: I can't. I've tried so hard.
Vaniji: LET ME OUT! LET ME OUT! LET ME OUT!
Raven: Broke into the wrong brain, didn't you? He looks all frail and frightened, but he has a mind that will swallow you up before it lets you take over. Take it from me, more powerful minds than yours have tried.
"The most disappointing thing about learning telepathy is finding out how boring people really are."
Yoshihisa: "What's the secret to that mind-reading trick you do? That's so cool! If I could read people's minds, I could do anything!"
Haruka: You idiot. There's nothing cool about it, you idiot... You don't know anything! You don't know how it feels to look into other people's minds!
Kotoura-san, chapter 1.
"I welcome you to read my mind. But you wouldn't like what you see."