10 March 2014

Most Remarkable

George Gissing on his first trip to Rome, diary entry from 14 December 1888, Letters of George Gissing to Members of His Family (London : Constable, 1927), p. 264:
Woke early this morning an enjoyed wonderful happiness of mind. It occurs to me, is this not partly due to the fact that I spend my days solely in the consideration of beautiful things, wholly undisturbed by base necessities and considerations? In any case the experience is most remarkable.