Quotation by W.N.P. Barbellion

The reason I do not spend my days in despair and my nights in hopeless weeping simply is that I am in love with my own ruin. I therefore deserve no sympathy, and probably shan't get it: my own profound self-compassion is enough. I am so abominably self-conscious that no smallest detail in this tragedy eludes me. Day after day I sit in the theatre of my own life and watch the drama of my own history proceeding to its close. Pray God the curtain falls at the right moment lest the play drag on into some long and tedious anticlimax.
W.N.P. Barbellion (1889–1919), British diarist. December 20, 1916 entry. The Journal of a Disappointed Man, Chatto and Windus (1919).

His diary records, among a myriad vivid details of daily life, the relentless progress of his own multiple sclerosis.
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