the point is that when you do love a thing, its gladness is a reason for loving it, and its sadness a reason for loving it more

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The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it. The point is not that this world is too sad to love or too glad not to love; the point is that when you do love a thing, its gladness is a reason for loving it, and its sadness a reason for loving it more.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, The Flag Of The World
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