Everything seems beautiful because you don't understand. Those flying fish, they're not leaping for joy, they're jumping in terror. Bigger fish want to eat them. That luminous water, it takes its gleam from millions of tiny dead bodies, the glitter of putrescence. There's no beauty here, only death and decay.
Curtis Siodmak (1902–1988), German screenwriter, and Jacques Tourneur. Paul Holland (Tom Conway), I Walked with a Zombie, on the boat to Betsy, who's been admiring the beauty of the tropical sea (1942).