Sunday, January 13, 2008

Undeserved happiness an adjustment

"I have been used to the gratification of believing myself to earn every blessing that I enjoyed. I have valued myself on honorable toils and just rewards. Like other great men under reverses," he added with a smile, "I must endeavor to subdue my mind to my fortune. I must learn to brook being happier than I deserve."

Captain Wentworth, in Jane Austen, Persuasion, chapter 23.