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The staple of life is certainly suffering, though surely not its real meaning; and we differ mainly in our capacity to endure it – or to be diverted from it. I myself never found it consoling to have this denied or minimized; it seems to me to give one some strength just to know that pain is normal, and disappointment the rule, and disquiet the standard – and that the things that have the other quality (work, friendship, the arts) are the wonderful, incredible exceptions and mitigation.

Newton Arvin