Beneath this mask I wear
There's nothing of me,
Just horror, shame, despair...
Why does she love me?
—Raoul, Love Never Dies
"Everyone sees what you appear to be, few really know what you really are."
—Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince Chapter XVIII
—House, House M.D
"Commander, I want you to understand, I acquired human characteristics... to bring your people and mine closer together. To symbolize our mutuality. It is supposed to be a dignified, inspiring transition for both humans and Minbari. So will you please explain to me why this... Hair. Refuses to cooperate?"
—Delenn, Babylon 5
Here is my real head, here is my real head
I wear this fucking mask because you cannot handle me
Here is my real head
—Marilyn Manson, "Organ Grinder"
"Are you surprised, dreamer? Are you surprised that I could be so much less of a man within? Do not be."
—Laenan Kite, Mirror Dreams
"In [Loki's] head there is a voice, wild with laughter, crying, Reject me, try it, lay one hand on me again and you will be atoms, all of you, and your pathetic ruin, nothing but dust. Outwardly he holds to that slight, polite smile."
So ya thought ya might like to go to the show
To feel the warm thrill of confusion that space cadet glow
Tell me is something eluding you sunshine?
Is this not what you expected to see?
If you wanna find out what's behind these cold eyes
Mirror, tell me something...
Tell me, who's the loneliest of all?
Fear of what's inside me...
Tell me, can a heart be turned to stone?
Mirror, mirror, what's behind you?
Save me from the things I see,
I can keep it from the world,
...You may think that person is perfect or that everyone likes her/him, but people do have flaws. And there are always people who acknowledge those flaws. And there are always going to be people who donít like you for whatever reason.
If you think someone thinks that she/he is perfect, then that person is probably putting up a front. A lot of people are insecure, and acting super confident (or faking it until they make it) might be their way of coping. Everyone has flaws and knows that they have flaws, even if you personally do not see them acknowledge those flaws.
Laughing. Kicking. Clapping on the beat. Feeling her somewhere behind him, doing the same. Wondering if she wanted as badly as he did to be out of here, to be in the dark, to be alone in the dark, where he could put his false face aside before the real one beneath could grow hot enough to set it afire.
— From Wizard and Glass, by Stephen King
So go ahead and bat your eyes and lie right to the world
For with everything you are, you're just a little girl
— "Just A Little Girl" by Trading Yesterday