Honoré de Balzac, Cousin Bette
In Balzac's novel, Cousin Bette, there are few characters deserving of much sympathy. Most are ridiculously self-absorbed. Yet, his point in the above quote is well taken. Is it not the alterations between good and evil (light and dark) that make life so interesting? As Evelyn Waugh noted in Brideshead Revisited, "Oh God, make me good, but not yet."