21 February 2013

The Only Substitute for Happiness

Arthur Symons, in the introduction to The Poems of Ernest Dowson (London: John Lane, 1909), pp. xvii-xviii:
To unhappy men, thought, if it can be set at work on abstract questions, is the only substitute for happiness; if it has not strength to overleap the barrier which shuts one in upon oneself, it is the one unwearying torture.