But the tears are necessary.

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

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Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

He was obscurely terrified she should cease to be something he could feel himself unworthy of.

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

La felicità dipende più dal numero di sensazioni positive che si provano, che gli psicologi definiscono «effetto positivo», che non dalla loro intensità.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Il Cigno nero

Moi, je veux tout, tout de suite, – et que ce soit entier – ou alors je refuse! Je ne veux pas être modeste, moi, et me contenter d’un petit morceau si j’ai été bien sage. Je veux être sûre de tout aujourd’hui et que cela soit aussi beau que quand j’étais petite – ou mourir.

Jean Anouilh, Antigone

Comprendre. Toujours comprendre. Moi, je ne veux pas comprendre. Je comprendrai quand je serai vieille. (Elle achève doucement.) Si je deviens vieille. Pas maintenant.

Jean Anouilh, Antigone

Life’s but a walking shadow; a poor player,
that struts an frets his hour upon the stage,
and then is heard no more: it is a tale
told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
signifying nothing.

William Shakespeare, Macbeth