“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things."
–Henry David Thoreau
(I was going to correct the antiquated "men" here to "mankind" or "(wo)men" or something, but then I realized that it's quite poignant the way it is…the fact that nothing is said about women speaks to their even quieter desperation, in a way. So, left Thoreau alone on that one for now. I'll make up for it with an upcoming project, promise.)
(Thank you to my longtime friend and first wife Adam for the quote, too.)