"'I can sympathise with everything, except suffering,' said Lord Henry, shrugging his shoulders. 'I cannot sympathise with that. It is too ugly, too horrible, too distressing. There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.'"
- The Picture of Dorian Grey, ch. 3
Interesting point of view ... even if I don't agree wth it ;). Because I don't think we talk about "life's sores" nearly enough. We're actually rather good at ignoring them.