It is only when we are very happy, that we can bear to gaze merrily upon the vast and limitless expanse of water, rolling on and on with such persistent, irritating monotony, to the accompaniment of our thoughts, whether grave or gay. When they are gay, the waves echo their gaiety; but when they are sad, then every breaker, as it rolls, seems to bring additional sadness, and to speak to us of hopelessness and of the pettiness of all our joys.

Emma, Baroness Orczy (1865-1947) Hungarian-British author, artist [Emma ("Emmuska") Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála Orczy de Orczi]
The Scarlet Pimpernel, ch. 21 “Suspense” (1903)
Added on 7-Nov-08 | Last updated 7-Nov-08
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