Unfortunately, it is much easier to shut one's eyes to good than to evil. Pain and sorrow knock at our doors more loudly than pleasure and happiness; and the prints of their heavy footsteps are less easily effaced.
(Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #247, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).)
How many young hearts have revealed the fact that what they had been trained to imagine the highest earthly felicity was but the beginning of care, disappointment, and sorrow, and often led to the extremity of mental and physical suffering.
(Catherine E. Beecher (1800-1878), U.S. educator, writer. "Statistics of Female Health," Woman Suffrage and Women's Professions (1871).)
Sorrow has the fortunate peculiarity that it preys upon itself. It dies of starvation. Since it is essentially an interruption of habits, it can be replaced by new habits. Constituting, as it does, a void, it is soon filled up by a real "horror vacui."
(J. August Strindberg (1849-1912), Swedish dramatist, novelist, poet. The Son of a Servant, vol. 1, p. 99 (1886, trans. 1913).)
If you are to judge a man, you must know his secret thoughts, sorrows, and feelings; to know merely the outward events of a man's life would only serve to make a chronological tablea fool's notion of history.
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Later appeared as part of Romans et contes philosophiques (1831), and part of the Etudes philosophiques (1831). It then entered the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). Raphaël, in The Wild Ass's Skin (La Peau de chagrin), which was first published by Gosselin (1831).)