William Makepeace Thackeray quote about happiness from Vanity Fair - Long brooding over those lost pleasures exaggerates their charm and sweetness.
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Long brooding over those lost pleasures exaggerates their charm and sweetness.
 William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1847). copy citation

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“The old man was very much affected; so, of course, was his daughter; nor was Jos without feeling. In that long absence of ten years, the most selfish will think about home and early ties. Distance sanctifies both. Long brooding over those lost pleasures exaggerates their charm and sweetness. Jos was unaffectedly glad to see and shake the hand of his father, between whom and himself there had been a coolness—glad to see his little sister, whom he remembered so pretty and smiling, and pained at the alteration which time, grief, and misfortune had made in the shattered old man.” source

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