A merciless fate threw me into this maelstrom. I wanted much, I began much, but the gale of the world carried away me and my work.
(Draza Mihajlovic (1893-1946), Yugoslavian soldier, Serbian guerrilla leader. Final defense plea at his trial, July 15, 1946, Belgrade, before his execution by Tito's forces, against whom he had been engaged in civil war.)
There's something tragic in the fate of almost every personit's just that the tragic is often concealed from a person by the banal surface of life.... A woman will complain of indigestion and not even know that what she means is that her whole life has been shattered.
(Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Letter, October 14, 1859, to Countess Elizaveta Lambert. Turgenev: Letters, ed. David Lowe (1983).)
If today there is a proper American "sphere of influence" it is this fragile sphere called earth upon which all men live and share a common fatea sphere where our influence must be for peace and justice.
(Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. speech, Jan. 6, 1967, Buffalo, New York.)