"There's a thing lots of Lunars call Essence fever. The - emotional intensity using Essence gives you, and the way it can wash over your mind if you're pulling on it right. Lots of people like it, I've triggered it on purpose before, but - it is an - altered state. Mentally."
"Just - I mean, we're all kinda crazy? And just about all of us were kinda crazy before we took our Second Breaths. And Exalting makes everything bigger and grander. You're not just a good painter, you're the most amazing painter ever. Your songs make people weep. Your fights are enormous and shake the world. And - your emotions are bigger, too, and - that's something we always tell new Lunars. Everything's gonna be a lot for a while, but meditate and take some deep breaths and have some fun, and it'll chill out."
"But - I dunno. Most of us had always just - figured if it was supernatural, it was just that using Essence gets you this momentum. It's a big rush, and no one wants to just - change what they're doing when they get going like that. But I've always thought of it as a normal rush? Like, you can do that with drugs, or - just having enough fun. And - there's long term stuff. Really powerful Lunars are all super crazy, but... I - didn't think I was that crazy, so - I figured it was just. Powerful people not even trying to hold themselves back, like I used to not, and the ways it's addictive are just - the ways fun's always addictive."
"But sitting here with my emotions - not even empty, but small like they used to be... I feel actually insane for the first time in centuries."