I was quiet, but I was not blind.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
"That you have lost your child is unspeakable but that you are here together and that you are continuing to parent him, despite his loss, is extraordinary. And I appreciate that you continue to be parents to your son even though your son is gone".
- Melissa Harris-Perry to Lucia McBath and Ron Davis, parents of Jordan Davis
War and Peace by Cândido Portinari
Life, even normal life, is arduous, demanding, and ultimately threatening. We all have to deal with it, and none of us really knows how. We are all traumatized by life, by its unpredictability, its randomness, its lack of regard for our feelings and the losses it brings.
The Trauma of Everyday Life by Mark Epstein
I could start fires with what I feel for you.
The Thankful Poor by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1894)