It is... axiomatic that we should all think of ourselves as being more sensitive than other people because, when we are insensitive in our dealings with others, we cannot be aware of it at the time: conscious insensitivity is a self-contradiction.
Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
Profession: Anglo-American Poet
If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the best of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.
Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)
Profession: British Novelist
It is all a question of sensitiveness. Brute force and overbearing may make a terrific effect. But in the end, that which lives by delicate sensitiveness. If it were a question of brute force, not a single human baby would survive for a fortnight. It is the grass of the field, most frail of all things, that supports all life all the time. But for the green grass, no empire would rise, no man would eat bread: for grain is grass; and Hercules or Napoleon or Henry Ford would alike be denied existence.
Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)
Profession: British Author
One of the effects of a safe and civilized life is an immense oversensitiveness which makes all the primary emotions somewhat disgusting. Generosity is as painful as meanness, gratitude as hateful as ingratitude.
Author: George Orwell (1903-1950)
Profession: British Author, ''Animal Farm''
How frail the human heart must be --a mirrored pool of thought...
Author: Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
Profession: American Poet
What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast. We suffer for nothing. Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.
Author: Mario Puzo (1920)
Profession: American Novelist
The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.
Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist
A person who, because he has corns himself, always treads on other people's toes.
Author: Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)
Profession: British Author, Wit
I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
Author: Tennessee Williams (1914-1983)
Profession: American Dramatist
It's not catastrophes, murders, deaths, diseases, that age and kill us; it's the way people look and laugh, and run up the steps of omnibuses.
Author: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
Profession: British Novelist, Essayist