Today’s a rough day for a lot of people. I’m not going to get into this in detail at this point, but I will point out some resonant quotes from literature that I’ve come across recently.
From Chapter 9 of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby:
They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made…
From the movie version of The Two Towers, spoken by Sam Gamgee as Frodo is losing the ability to continue:
It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.
From Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 (via Bette Midler’s Twitter Feed @BetteMidler):
It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.