A woman's pity, which is talkative, carries the sick person's bed to the public marketplace.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 497, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 282, "Sympathetic Women," (1879).)
(Mildred Augustus Wirt Benson (b. c. 1906), U.S. author. As quoted in the New York Times, sect. 4, p. 7 (May 9, 1993).
On the heroine of the extremely popular mystery series for teenage girls that she initiated in 1930, using the pseudonym "Carolyn Keene," with publication of The Secret of the Old Clock.)
It's a tragic irony. The sick stayed well and the healthy became blind.
(Philip Yordan (b. 1913), U.S. screenwriter, and Steve Sekely. Christine Durrant (Nicole Maurey), Day of the Triffids, discussing the triffids' attack on England, which left their victims blind (1963).)