“People are too durable, that’s their main trouble. They can do too much to themselves, they last too long.” -Bertolt Brecht
This quote is from the German Modernist playwright’s In The Jungle of Cities, a half-allegorical narrative about a prairie family moving to the city and a match between two boxers, Shlink and George Garga. The line is spoken by a Salvation Army officer about Garga’s sister Marie, who has, in desperation, turned to prostitution, and who hates herself for it. Garga insists that he loves her in spite of everything (“people remain what they are, even when their faces fall to pieces“).
…my take on this quote is that people continue to put themselves through unnecessary issues for long periods of time, because they feel like they can handle it. Instead of just asking for help; whether it be from The Lord or our earthly angels (read: loved ones).