A doctor is fascinated by death, and pain. And how much pain a man can endure.
(David Boehm, and Louis Friedlander. Dr. Richard Vollin (Bela Lugosi), The Raven, to a man he is about to torture (1935).
Suggested by the Edgar Allan Poe story; the director is better known as Lew Landers.)
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 362, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 291, trans. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Viking Press (1966). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Fourth and Last Part, "On the Higher Man," section 12 (issued privately in 1885, publication in 1892).)
There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.
(Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czechoslovakian author, critic. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, pt. 1, ch. 15 (1984).)