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"I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing."
—Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
The more so, I say, because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.
"Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can."
In this world ... sin that pays its way can travel freely and without a passport, whereas virtue, if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.
Take high abstracted man alone and he seems a wonder, a grandeur, and a woe. But from the same point, take mankind in mass and for the most part, they seem a mob of unnecessary duplicates.