Some reviews give pain. This is regrettable, but no author has the right to whine. He was not obliged to be an author. He invited publicity, and he must take the publicity that comes along.
E. M. Forster
A novel must give a sense of permanence as well as a sense of life.
Self-pity? I see no moral objections to it, the smell drives people away, but that's a practical objection, and occasionally an advantage.
But the body is deeper than the soul and its secrets inscrutable.
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.