Emily Byrd Starr's Dichotomy of Living

"Emily came downstairs laggingly, feeling that all the colour and music had somehow gone out of life, and that it stretched before her in unbroken greyness. Ten minutes later she was encompassed by rainbows and the desert of her future had blossomed like the rose." -L.M. Montgomery, Emily Climbs

"'There are times when I hate life. Other times again when I love it fiercely with an agonized realization of how beautiful it is — or might be…'" -L.M. Montgomery, Emily's Quest

"'There! I feel better for that little outburst of discontent. It has ejected something from my system. I know that into everybody's life must come some days of depression and discouragement when all things in life seem to lose savour. The sunniest day has its clouds; but one must not forget that the sun is there all the time.
How easy it is to be a philosopher — on paper!'" -L.M. Montgomery, Emily's Quest

"'Life never seems the same to me as it used to. Something is gone. I am not unhappy. But life seems a sort of negative affair. I enjoy it on the whole and have many beautiful moments. I have success — at least a sort of success — in growing measure and a keen appreciation of all the world and the times offer for delight and interest. But underneath it all is the haunting sense of emptiness.'" -L.M. Montgomery, Emily's Quest

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