There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong
- Les Miserables
...Oh, at once, with the first glance at their faces, I understood everything, everything! This was the earth undefiled by the fall, the people who lived on it had not sinned, they lived in the same paradise in which, according to the legends of all mankind, our fallen forefathers lived, with the only difference that the whole earth here was everywhere one and the same paradise...
- Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
"The carnage upon the chessboard of life, left wounded humans in its wake"
"The Law is a grim, unsmiling thing. Not Justice, though. Justice is witty and whimsical and kind and caring."
- Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance