Misfortune, and recited misfortune especially, may be prolonged to the point where it ceases to excite pity and arouses only irritation.
Constancy in the woman whom we have ceased to love is a very negative virtue – also very irritating.
The most extraordinary thing about the oyster is this: irritations get into his shell. He does not like them. But when he cannot get rid of them, he uses the irritations to do the loveliest thing an oyster ever has the chance to do. If there are irritations in our lives today, there is only […]
I don’t have pet peeves, I have whole kennels of irritation.
Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates.
Too many creatures, both insects and humans, estimate their own value by the amount of minor irritation they are able to cause to greater personalities than themselves.