„It isn't the big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones.“

Last update May 7, 2019. History
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American novelist 1876 - 1916

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Context: To give people pleasure in the things they must perforce use, that is one great office of decoration; to give people pleasure in the things they must perforce make, that is the other use of it.
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Count length of pleasure not by dial or glass
But by the heart“

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