Honoré de Balzac about human nature (“Father Goriot”, 1835) - Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness.
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Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness.
 Honoré de Balzac, Father Goriot (1835). copy citation

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