I'm a new fan of G.K. Chesterton
"Some consider such romantic views of flood or fire slightly lacking in reality. But really this romantic view of such inconveniences is quite as practical as the other. The true optimist who sees in such things an opportunity for enjoyment is quite as logical and much more sensible than the ordinary "indignant Ratepayer" who sees in them an opportunity for grumbling. . . . An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience only an adventure wrongly considered."
from On Running After One's Hat
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