Quotation by Willa Cather

...what a thing it is to lie there all day in the fine breeze, with the pine needles dropping on one, only to return to the hotel at night so hungry that the dinner, however homely, is a fete, and the menu finer reading than the best poetry in the world! Yet we are to leave all this for the glare and blaze of Nice and Monte Carlo; which is proof enough that one cannot become really acclimated to happiness.
Willa Cather (1876–1947), U.S. novelist. Willa Cather in Europe, ch. 13 (1956).

Written on September 10, 1902 on her first trip to France, while stopping in the village of Cavalaire, which consisted "of a station house and a little tavern by the roadside."
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