Not the usual, but one of the powerful and painful quotes I’ve ever read. In his journal on the day both his wife and mother died

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I’m not the OP, but one that I find painful was Mark Twain’s recollection when he was notified of his 24-year old daughter Suzy’s death.

>It is one of the mysteries of our nature that a man, all unprepared, can receive a thunder-stroke like that and live. There is but one reasonable explanation of it. The intellect is stunned by the shock, and but gropingly gathers the meaning of the words. The power to realize their fall import is mercifully wanting. The mind has a dumb sense of vast loss—that is all. It will take mind and memory months, and possibly years, to gather together the details, and thus learn and know the whole extent of the loss. A man’s house burns down. The smoking wreckage represents only a ruined home that was dear through years of use and pleasant associations. By and by, as the days and weeks go on, first he misses this, then that, then the other thing. And, when he casts about for it, he finds that it was in that house. Always it is an essential—there was but one of its kind. It cannot be replaced. It was in that house. It is irrevocably lost. He did not realize that it was an essential when he had it; he only discovers it now when he finds himself balked, hampered, by its absence. It will be years before the tale of lost essentials is complete, and not till then can he truly know the magnitude of his disaster.

Reference: [The Death of My Wife](http://www.everywritersresource.com/writingsense/2010/11/the-death-of-my-wife-by-mark-twain/) by Mark Twain

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