“Think no more about it – that is just what you yourself would like to be able to do, and you put out the light, because light makes all your thoughts too vivid, too real.  You try to creep away, to hide yourself in the dark, you tear the clothes from your body so as to breathe more freely, you throw yourself on your bed to try and deaden all feeling.  But your thoughts, they will not rest; they flutter like bats in ghostly confusion round and round the exhausted brain, they gnaw and nibble their way like rats through your leaden weariness.  The more quietly you lie there, the more restless is your memory, the more agitating the flickering pictures in the dark; and so you get up and light the lamp again to scare away the ghosts.”

Beware of Pity
Stefan Zweig


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