"A certain light was beginning to dawn dimly within her, - the light which, showing the way, forbids it. At that early period it served but to bewilder her. It moved her to dreams, to thoughtfulness, to the shadowy anguish which had overcome her the midnight when she had abandoned herself to tears. In short, [she] was beginning to realize that her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her."
- Kate Chopin, The Awakening
"Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind. Nay, it is greatly overrated; and it is our selfishness which overrates it."
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden
"Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die."
- Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest