...which for some reason had me look up the origin of this: "The world is so full of a number of things, I am sure we should all be as happy as kings."
It's from Robert Louis Stevenson, so, in an exploratory mood I spent a little bit of time looking up Stevenson on the Internet. He was an author, poet, musician, etc. etc., admired by many, many authors, including Nabokov, is seen as a postmodernist precursor, is more translated than Dickens, and died at 44 in the South Sea. Stevenson on literature: "The web,then, or the pattern, a web at once sensuous and logical, an elegant andpregnant texture: that is style, that is the foundation of the art of literature."
Sigh. Another overachiever.