A fire broke out backstage in a theatre. The clown came out to warn the public; they thought it was a joke and applauded. He repeated it; the acclaim was even greater. I think that's just how the world will come to an end: to the general applause of wits who believe it's a joke.
Life has become a bitter drink to me, and yet I must take it like medicine, slowly, drop by drop.
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.