'Sir, said he, if you had seen the miseries of the world, you would know how to value your present state'. 'Now, said the prince, you have given me something to desire; I shall long to see the miseries of the world, since the sight of them is necessary to my happiness.'
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), The History of Rasselas Prince of Abyssinia, 1759.
O jee, als dat maar goed afloopt...
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