The Brooklyn Eagle inscription:
I am with you, you men and women of a generation, or ever so many generations hence. Just as you feel when you look on the river and sky, so I felt...Walt Whitman, crossing Brooklyn ferry
The bench inscription:
To those who shall sit here rejoicing; To those who shall sit here mourning; Sympathy and greeting; so have we done in our time. 1892
Not to sound all hippy dippy sighy but I find peace in these special spots, looking at these words. There's great comfort in knowing that others have survived our hurt and experienced our joy.