Hemingway’s piece on the world from ‘A Farewell to Arms’
“But we were never lonely and never afraid when we were together. I know that the night is not the same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist, and the night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started. But with Catherine there was almost no difference in the night except that it was an even better time. If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”
What I love about this quote is that it doesn’t mask the reality of the world. Hemingway always seemed to find beauty somewhere deep within his cynicism. This quotes lingers with me more when you consider the troubled soul that wrote it–one who would later shoot himself with a shotgun.