I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.
“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”
Jane Austen, Emma
“When your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi
“Men / Can counsel and speak comfort to that grief Which they themselves not feel; but, tasting it, Their counsel turns to passion… ‘Tis all men’s office to speak patience To those that wring under the load of sorrow, But no man’s virtue nor sufficiency, To be so moral when he shall endure The like himself. Therefore give me no counsel: My griefs cry louder than advertisement.”
Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, V.i