“The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!”
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
“-Who are you then?"
-I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
“For all good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: and though this be true, Poems to which any value can be attached were never produced on any variety of subjects but by a man who, being possessed of more than usual organic sensibility, had also thought long and deeply. For our continued influxes of feeling are modified and directed by our thoughts, which are indeed the representatives of all our past feelings; and, as by contemplating the relation of these general representatives to each other, we discover what is really important to men, so, by the repetition and continuance of this act, our feelings will be connected with important subjects, till at length, if we be originally possessed of much sensibility, such habits of mind will be produced, that, by obeying blindly and mechanically the impulses of those habits, we shall describe objects, and utter sentiments, of such a nature, and in such connection with each other, that the understanding of the Reader must necessarily be in some degree enlightened, and his affections strengthened and purified.”
-William Wordsworth, Preface to lyrical ballads
"Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people."