English novelist Samuel Butler (Erewhon, The Way of All Flesh) was born on this day in 1835. He wrote:
"Life is one long process of getting tired."
He was weary, worn out. His strenuous inner life, his contemplative exertions had taken their toll. Man was a thinking reed, but a reed. Sully’s weariness was profound. It couldn’t be assuaged even by eternal rest. -- Chapter 45, The Misforgotten.