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Sorrow comes in great waves . . . but it rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us it leaves us on the spot and we know that if it is strong we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain. It wears us, uses us, but we wear it and use it in return; and it is blind, whereas we after a manner see.

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Source Notes: Letter to Grace Norton, 28 July 1883, in Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters, ed. Andrew Carroll (1997). James, who himself often suffered from depression, was writing to Norton, also a writer, to console her in a time of emotional distress.

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Henry James, OM (April 15, 1843 February 28, 1916), son of Henry James Sr. and brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American-born author and literary critic of the late 19th and early 20th century. He spent much of his life in Europe and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for novels, novellas and short stories based upon themes of consciousness.

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