History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.
I didn’t want to be in love with you. I didn’t want to believe in love at all. It’s never happened to me before. And to be perfectly frank, I’m still not entirely happy about the whole thing. I think it’s going to be exhausting.
—Shana Abe in Queen of Dragons
I am stronger than depression and I am braver than loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me.
—Elizabeth Gilbert in Love
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
Anger is like that. Runs on its own fumes, devours itself voraciously, explosively, until one day there is no fire left. Only pure, cold, unbreakable hardness.
—Leah Raeder in Black Iris