Simply put, the best sentence(s) I've read this past week, presented out of context and without commentary.
Well! He had known what love was--a sharp pang, a fierce experience, in the midst of whose flames he was struggling! but, through that furnace, he would fight his way out into the serenity of middle age,--all the richer and more human for having known this great passion.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell