Life is serious all the time but living cannot be. . . . You may have all the solemnity you wish in your neckties, but in anything important—such as sex, death, and religion— you must have mirth or you will have madness.
G. K. Chesterton
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I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness, and a willingness to remain vulnerable.
We help each other—even unconsciously, each in our own effort, we lighten the effort of others—sorrow comes in great waves . . . but it rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us it leaves us on the spot and we know that if it is strong we are stronger, in as much as it passes and we remain.
By Henry James
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