There were days when she was unhappy, she did not know why,—when it did not seem worth while to be glad or sorry, to be alive or dead; when life appeared to her like a grotesque pandemonium and humanity like worms struggling blindly toward inevitable annihilation. She could not work on such a day, nor weave fancies to stir her pulses and warm her blood.
~ The Awakening
by Kate Chopin
He lived alone, and, so to speak, outside of every social relation; and as he knew that in this world account must be taken of friction, and that friction retards, he never rubbed against anybody.
~ Around the World in 80 Days
by Jules Verne
Fear makes us feel our humanity.
~ Vivian Grey
by Benjamin Disraeli
Sir John had his shareperhaps rather a large shareof the more harmless and amiable of the weaknesses incidental to humanity. Among these, I may mention as applicable to the matter in hand, an invincible reluctanceso long as he enjoyed his usual good healthto face the responsibility of making his will.
~ The Moonstone
by Wilkie Collins
But I am a blasted tree; the bolt has entered my soul; and I felt then that I should survive to exhibit what I shall soon cease to be--a miserable spectacle of wrecked humanity, pitiable to others and intolerable to myself.
by Mary Shelley