Wish I'd said that - February 23, 2018

"Chesterton begins his essay ["The Philosophy of Gratitude"] by recounting a passage from a letter he received in response to one of his essays. The writer wanted to know the meaning of the following sentence that he had read in Chesterton: 'No one can be miserable who has noticed anything worth being miserable about.' Chesterton tells us that he wrote this sentence in 'a wild moment.' But it was still true, whatever its wildness. If I notice that I am miserable, then I must have some sense of what it means to be not miserable. My condition, in other words, is not exclusively locked into misery."

James V. Schall SJ in Gilbert Magazine Vol. 13 # 8 (July-August 2010)