The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.


She was widely read enough to appreciate my literary wit but not so widely read that she knew my sources. I like that in a woman. I could say things to her like, ‘The most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.’ And safe in her ignorance of J.D. Salinger, I felt witty, charming, and yes, even youthful.

–David Mitchell. Cloud Atlas.

Vienna, mannequin, Wien



3 comments on “Citation

  1. butimbeautiful
    April 26, 2013

    Nice quote. It does perfectly describe the difference between the two – although perhaps I would characterise happiness as a gas, content as a solid.

  2. Hmm, you’ll have to take that up with Salinger. 🙂

  3. Daniela
    April 27, 2013

    Brilliant … again -:)!

    Also, I have just nominated you for ‘The Word Press Family Award’. If you choose to participate all the ‘rules and regulations’ are to be find here:

    Take Care,

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