Robert Louis Stevenson quote about suffering from Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - If I am the chief of sinners, I am the chief of sufferers also.
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If I am the chief of sinners, I am the chief of sufferers also.
 Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886). copy citation

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“I mean from henceforth to lead a life of extreme seclusion; you must not be surprised, nor must you doubt my friendship, if my door is often shut even to you. You must suffer me to go my own dark way. I have brought on myself a punishment and a danger that I cannot name. If I am the chief of sinners, I am the chief of sufferers also. I could not think that this earth contained a place for sufferings and terrors so unmanning; and you can do but one thing, Utterson, to lighten this destiny, and that is to respect my silence.» Utterson was amazed; the dark influence of Hyde had been withdrawn, the doctor had returned to his old tasks and amities; a week ago, the prospect had smiled with every promise of a cheerful and an honoured age; and now in a moment, friendship, and peace of mind, and the whole tenor of his life were wrecked.” source

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