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“When one's own problems are unsolvable, and all best efforts frustrated, it is life-saving to listen to other people's problems.”
“All that the Devil asks is acquiescence ...”
“To be a friend takes time, and time is what nobody has. Therefore, real friends are rare.”
“Russians understand the rhythm of despair.”
“Pain heightens every sense. More powerfully than any drug, it intensifies colors, sounds, sight, feelings. Pain is like a glass wall. It is impossible to climb it, but you must, and, somehow, you do. Then there is an explosion of brilliance and the world is more apparent in its complexity and beauty.”
“When pain has been constant, it has its own momentum and laws. The vital thing is to break its ascendancy over the mind.”
“France, like every other Western country except the United States, has long accepted the principle that comprehensive health care is the right of every citizen. No Frenchman need ever fear that catastrophic illness will wipe him out financially. How long, do you suppose, will it take us, in the United States, to catch up?”
Suzanne Massie, U.S. writer
Full name: Suzanne Rohrbach Massie.