Interpretation is the evidence of growth and knowledge, the latter through sorrow that great teacher.
(Eleonora Duse (1858-1924), Italian actor. As quoted in Actors on Acting, rev. ed., part 11, by Toby Cole and Helen Krich (1970).
The great stage actor had an omnipresent aura of sadness and was reticent and retiring.)
There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of wretchedness.
(Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), Italian poet. "Inferno," cto. 5, l. 121-3, The Divine Comedy (1321).
spoken by Francesca da Rimini. This thought appears in Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, bk. 2 (6th century).)