Must link. Terry Teachout's periodic "Almanac" postings of quotes and musings rarely fail to inspire... but this one really did it for me today:
"Happiness is one of the hardest things to write about, and the difficulty of doing so makes me long to be a musician or a painter, for painters and musicians are at ease with the supreme emotion, which is not grief but joy abounding. To be able to make a joyful noise unto the Lord or a praise of colors and forms would seem to me to equate any man with gods or little children. Happiness annihilates time. We measure history by its catastrophes, we recall the weather by its storms, but the periods of peace and joy--who can describe them?"
Hugh MacLennan, The Watch That Ends the Night