Henry James Quote
To live only to suffer—only to feel the injury of life repeated and enlarged—it seemed to her she was too valuable, too capable, for that. Then she wondered if it were vain and stupid to think so well of herself. When had it even been a guarantee to be valuable? Wasn't all history full of the destruction of precious things? Wasn't it much more probable that if one were fine one would suffer?
The Novels and Tales of Henry James: The portrait of a lady.-v. 5-6. The Princess Casamassima (ed. 1908)