”I don’t think sadness is sorted in my mind with kindness, but I think melancholy is. But then, melancholy seems to me to be an inescapable part of nearly all art, or nearly all great art, really. Mixed up with up other qualities too, but it’s always there somewhere, I think. And certainly in my notion of kindness, there must be melancholy too, because we love people, and we’re going to lose those people. So melancholy is bound to enter our emotions too. And it would be weaker without melancholy. I love melancholy myself. I brood on melancholy.
Jan Morris (from Around the World in 50 Years: Jan Morris, Travel Writer Extraordinaire, in conversation with Paul Holdengräber)