Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion
a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same
- Which Was the Dream?
...the size of a misfortune is not determinable by an outsider's measurement of it, but only by the measurement applied to it by the person specially affected by it. The king's lost crown is a vast matter to the king, but of no consequence to the child. The lost toy is a great matter to the child, but in the king's eyes it is not a thing to break the heart about.
- Mark Twain's Autobiography
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