Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Peace and happiness are overrated

In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love. They had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
--Harry Lime, The Third Man, being quoted by Clyde Haberman to defend New York's last-place showing in the U.S. state happiness rankings. NB: Connecticut is only one slot above New York. California comes in at #46, and Massachusetts at #43.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't agree with you.To most of us,we just want to live in a happy life.Givng up the peace and happiness just because of some greatest people can be born is not deserved.I think Switzerland is better than Italy for we human being.