"No man lives without jostling and being
jostled. In all ways he has to elbow himself
through the world, giving and receiving offence."
Carlyle, "Sir Walter Scott," 1838
"Job endured everything- until his friends
came to comfort him, then he grew impatient."
Kierkegaard, Journal, 1849
"A sigh can break a man in two."
"The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills
me with thoughts which it seems to be the general
care of humanity to escape."
Dr Johnson, B, V, 222.