From BEWARE OF PITY by Stefan Zweig

He pities the fool who pities the fool.

But to my own astonishment I found the requisite strength again and again. In some mysterious way, once one has gained an insight into human nature, that insight grows from day to day, and he to whom it has been given to experience vicariously even one single form of earthly suffering, acquires, by reason of this tragic lesson, an understanding of all its forms, even those most foreign to him, and apparently abnormal. […]

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May 1st, 2010 / 10:21 am