Virgil, Aeneid 1.461-462:
“Here too virtue has its rewards, here too
there are tears for events, and mortal things touch the heart.”
Aeneas is observing a mural in Dido’s palace depicting the destruction of Troy. He comments that the fall of the great city is known and felt throughout the world. Similarly, when tragedies like the MH17 plane crash happen, the power of mass communication allows us to grieve over the event, even at a distance. This is also one of Bill’s favorite quotes.