„Stephen had spared no expense in making himself more unhappy, his own position as a rejected lover clearer.“

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Patrick O'Brian
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—  Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950
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„I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963
The Lesson for Today (1942), Context: I may have wept that any should have died Or missed their chance, or not have been their best, Or been their riches, fame, or love denied; On me as much as any is the jest. I take my incompleteness with the rest. God bless himself can no one else be blessed. I hold your doctrine of Memento Mori. And were an epitaph to be my story I’d have a short one ready for my own. I would have written of me on my stone: I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.

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