“When a man’s words show the depth of the pain through which he has passed, he is not, indeed,…”

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“When a man’s words show the depth of the pain through which he has passed, he is not, indeed, condemned, but the world begins to talk of his tragic state of soul, and to take on a mournful look fitting to the occasion. Others more scrupulous feel that phrases and mournful looks are unfitting, yet they cannot dwell at length on the tragedies of outsiders, so they take on an exaggeratedly stern bearing, as if to say, “We feel deeply, but we do not wish to show our feeling.” They really feel nothing, only want to make others believe how sensitive and modest they are.”

Lev Shestov, All Things Are Possible

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