“SUCCESS IS A LOUSY TEACHER. IT SEDUCES SMART PEOPLE INTO THINKING THEY CAN’T LOSE.”
“MOURNING IS NOT FORGETTING.... IT IS AN UNDOING. EVERY MINUTE TIE HAS TO BE UNTIED AND SOMETHING PERMANENT AND VALUABLE RECOVERED AND ASSIMILATED FROM THE DUST. THE END IS GAIN, OF COURSE. BLESSED ARE THEY THAT MOURN, FOR THEY SHALL BE MADE STRONG, IN FACT. BUT THE PROCESS IS LIKE ALL OTHER HUMAN BIRTHS, PAINFUL AND LONG AND DANGEROUS.”
—MARGERY ALLINGHAM, THE TIGER IN THE SMOKE, 1956
The more someone is emotionally attached to a task, object, person, or activity, the more he or she experiences negative emotions when failure causes it to be lost. ...