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Insensitivity

  • There's a certain class of people who will do you in and then remain completely mystified by the depth of your pain.

  • 'I knew you wouldn't mind' is the formula with which my friends begin the confession that they have made use of me in some indefensible way, or written a brutal criticism of my new novel.

  • People who cannot feel punish those who do.

  • There are two kinds of wimmen that go to see the sick. There's them low voiced, still footed wimmen, that walks right in, and lays their hands on your hot foreheads so soothin' like, that the pain gets ashamed of itself and sneaks off. ... Then there is them wimmen that go to have a good time of it, they get kinder sick of stayin' to home, and nothin' happenin'. So they take thier work and flock in to visit the afflicted.

  • A doctrine of endurance flows easily from our lips when we are enduring jam and our neighbors dry bread, and it is still possible for us to become resigned to the afflictions of our brother.

  • We do too little feel each others' pain; / We do relax too much the social chain / That binds us to each other; slight the care / There is for grief in which we have no share.

  • Whatever you do to recover from a loss, people will be critical because they believe that the only way to recover is their way. And you will even run into some people who should be run into by rhinos because they actually don't want to see you get over your tragedy at all; grief is a spectator sport for them.

  • ... toleration of exploitation, oppression, and injustice points to a condition lying like a pall over the whole of society; it is apathy, an unconcern that is incapable of suffering.

  • People of delicate health, selfish dispositions, and coarse minds, can always bear the sufferings of others placidly.

  • ... 'I told you how it would be.' Strange mode of comforting; but such is the satisfaction which vanity tastes at the expense of misfortune.

  • Self-love, so sensitive in its own cause, has rarely any sympathy to spare for others.

  • Isn't it funny how the people least impacted by tragedy are the most eager to move on?

  • It's odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you.

  • He was a man who could bear the troubles of others with calmness and fortitude.

  • It's one of the ironies of human nature that the most sensitive people are generally insensitive to the feelings of others.