Saturday, August 17, 2013


Enthusiasm as a Producer of Happiness

Bradford Torrey (1843-1912), "A November Chronicle," A Rambler's Lease (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1894), pp. 121-139 (at 134-135):
Altogether it was a high day for two enthusiasts, though no doubt it would have looked foolish enough to ordinary mortals, our spending several dollars of money and a whole day of time,—in November, at that,—all for the sake of ogling a few birds, not one of which we even attempted to shoot. But what then? Tastes will differ; and as for enthusiasm, it is worth more than money and learning put together (so I believe, at least, without having experimented with the other two) as a producer of happiness. For my own part, I mean to be enthusiastic as long as possible, foreseeing only too well that high spirits cannot last forever.

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