Marginalia, no.221

… as if to be caught happy in a world of misery was for an honest man the most despicable of crimes.

~ Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

It may have been stolen from others but I can feel no guilt for my own happiness. Martin Gardner once wrote (in a sort of Chestertonian ecstasy) that “all the evils of the world are a small price to pay for the privilege of existing.” The phrase is perhaps miscalculated; Gardner can’t very well pay for evils suffered by others, even if he wanted to. Still, loot is for spending. An honest thief never thinks twice.

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