You’re like a lighthouse shining beside the sea of humanity, motionless:
all you can see is your own reflection in the water. You’re alone, so you
think it’s a vast, magnificent panorama. You haven’t sounded the depths.
You simply believe in the beauty of God’s creation. But I have spent all
this time in the water, diving deep into the howling ocean of life, deeper
than anyone. While you were admiring the surface, I saw the shipwrecks,
the drowned bodies, the monsters of the deep.
Alfred de Musset, Lorenzaccio