• What a vast fraternity it is,--that of 'Hearts that Ache.' For the last three months it has seemed to me as though all society were coming to me, to drop its mask for a moment and initiate me into the mystery. How we do suffer! And we go on laughing; for, as a practical joke at our expense, life is a success.

    Henry Adams, Jacob Claver Levenson, Massachusetts Historical Society (1982). “The Letters of Henry Adams: 1886-1892”
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