Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz on panicking after having quit her job:

I was exhausted, I was wearing my boyfriend’s clothes because all of my clothes smelled and I was surrounded by books filled with 1850s medical horror stories and I thought, “What have I done? Why did anyone think I could do this? Wasn’t it so much simpler just to have an office job?”

And it was then that Thomas Dent Mutter, that genius, that cad, spoke to me through 150 years of history. He wrote a speech in 1847 that I just happened to be transcribing in 2010 and in it he said, “The world is no place of rest. I repeat, it is no place of rest but for effort. Steady, continuous undeviating effort. Our work should never be done and it is the daydream of ignorance to look forward to that as a happy time, when we shall wish for nothing more, and have nothing more to accomplish.”