"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."
(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