If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the best of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.
George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.
The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.
A person who, because he has corns himself, always treads on other people's toes.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.
I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) American playwright.
It's not catastrophes, murders, deaths, diseases, that age and kill us; it's the way people look and laugh, and run up the steps of omnibuses.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist and essayist.
It is... axiomatic that we should all think of ourselves as being more sensitive than other people because, when we are insensitive in our dealings with others, we cannot be aware of it at the time: conscious insensitivity is a self-contradiction.
W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.