It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment.
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Renée de l'Estorade in a letter Louise de Macumer, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
Never had he felt the joy of the word more sweetly, never had he known so clearly that Eros dwells in language.
(Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. originally published in "Die Neue Rundschau" 23, Oct. and Nov. 1912. Death in Venice, ch. 4, p. 236, trans. by David Luke, Bantam Classic (1988).
Gustav Aschenbach's (the novella's main protagonist) rapture to write in view of his idol Tadzio.)