• Almost Kien was tempted to believe in happiness, that contemptible life-goal of illiterates. If it came of itself, without being hunted for, if you did not hold it fast by force and treated it with a certain condescension, it was permissible to endure its presence for a few days

    Elias Canetti, Cicely Veronica Wedgwood (1947). “The tower of Babel”