A pithy plea for pity in a rocky, raging universe. See Keats’ equally eloquent expression of the need for tolerance. And George Eliot importunes us to err on the side of compassion rather than severity.
We all have a weak side easily exposed. Let’s go easy on one another, on ourselves.
‘Let no one underestimate the need of pity. We live in a stony universe whose hard, brilliant forces rage fiercely.’
Source: Theodore Dreiser, quoted in The Economist Espresso, 27 August 2018
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