“And if someone felt that his life had been an utter failure,
and that he himself was only one among millions of wholy unimportant people who could be replaced as easily as broken window panes,
he would go and pour out his heart to Momo.
And, even as he spoke, he would come to realize by some mysterious means that he was absolutely wrong:
that there was only one person like himself in the whole world,
and that, consequently,
he mattered to the world in his own particular way.
Such was Momo’s talent for listening.”