Saturday, December 29, 2007


The Contagion of Misery

Samuel Johnson, Rasselas, chapter 35:
I know that the unhappy are never pleasing, and that all naturally avoid the contagion of misery. To hear complaints is wearisome alike to the wretched and the happy; for who would cloud by adventitious grief the short gleams of gaiety which life allows us, or who that is struggling under his own evils will add to them the miseries of another?
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