I love the power of words and I try to choose them with great care. I can’t believe i’ve never run across this quote before. So powerful and so truthful. I think this, striking a chord with the reader, is the one thing each writer strives for.
If … I can by any lucky chance, in these days of evil, rub out one wrinkle from the brow of care, or beguile the heavy heart of one moment of sorrow; if I can now and then penetrate through the gathering film of misanthropy, prompt a benevolent view of human nature, and make my reader more in good humor with his fellow beings and himself, surely, surely, I shall not then have written entirely in vain. – Washington Irving