“But if the best of life is, in fact, emotional, then one wanted the highest, the purest emotions: and that meant joy.
Joy was the highest.
How did one find joy?
In books it was found in love– a great love…
So if he wanted the heights of joy, he must have it, if he could find it, in great love. But in the books again, great joy through love always seemed go hand in hand with frightful pain…”
– A Severe Mercy