"I think it’s a question which particularly arises over women writers: whether it’s better to have a happy life or a good supply of tragic plots."

— Wendy Cope (via the-little-darkling)

"Surprizes are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable."

Emma (Jane Austen)

"The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line. The objection to it is not that it is predominantly painful, but that it is lacking in sense."

H.L. Mencken 

(Yes, I am having a bad week.  Already.)

"Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death…others through sheer inability to cross the street."

The Waves (Virginia Woolf)

Because it is a Virginia Woolf kind of day.

"The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom."

— H.L. Mencken

"Sarcasm and compassion are two of the qualities that make life on earth tolerable."

— Nick Hornby, Songbook