Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.
— Mark Twain

We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.
Marcel Proust gradually quote

Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.
— Niccolo Machiavelli

Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still.
— Robert Sternberg

When someone you love dies, and you're not expecting it, you don't lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes—when there's a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she's gone, forever—there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.
— John Irving