Another Country by James Baldwin:
She tried to dry her eyes. Vivaldo gave her his handkerchief and put one arm around her shoulders.
“You know, the world is hard enough and people is evil enough without all the time looking for it and stirring it up and making it worse. I keep telling him, I know a lot of people don’t like what I’m doing. But I don’t care, let them go their way, I’ll go mine.”