I read Dickens and Shakespear without shame or stint; but their pregnant observations and demonstrations of life are not co-ordinated into any philosophy or religion: on the contrary, Dickens’s sentimental assumptions are violently contradicted by his observations; and Shakespear’s pessimism is only his wounded humanity.
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I find the pessimist to be, if not exactly pleasant, then at least sincere.
Such a pessimist.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- The Impossible Knife of Memory