Quotation by Henry Brooks Adams

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 Brooks Adams (1838–1918), U.S. historian. Letter, March 8, 1886, to Henry B. Holt. Henry B. Adams and His Friends, pp. 158-159, ed. Harold Dean Cater.

Letter, March 8, 1886, to Henry B. Holt.
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