Saturday, August 13, 2011

Totally random post #1

A friend and I remember the same excerpt from Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Bring Me a Unicorn, and thought we'd easily find it online. Instead I found it only in its original French, in a biography about Alfred du Musset, who perhaps wrote it. Lindbergh attributes it only to "anonymous." We had to turn to my very old copy to find it.
"Dreaming beautiful dreams, etc...The outcome of this first test, then, is a sense of bitter thinking. Wounded in its first upsurge, in its very essence, the heart bleeds and appears torn for ever. And yet you live and you have to love in order to continue living; you love with apprehension, with defiance, and little by little, looking around you, you realize that life is not as sad as you had judged it to be. A steadier heart accepts the obstacles, the sorrows, the disgusts even; sure of itself, it anticipates them, fights them, and sometimes changes them into blessings. Having learned resignation, it enjoys the happy days more fully, expects them with greater ardor, prolongs them with greater care. Finally it reaches the point of telling itself: Suffering is nothing, since happiness exists. Allow your heart to beat, allow yourself to be loved, allow fate to take its course. There are lovely days on this earth."

Quoted by AML in her July 13, 1928 entry.

The photo is as random as this entry, though it represents an age when I knew the above passage by heart. Circa 1990, with Marie Taylor and Kim Justice. I'm still in touch with Marie and would love to find Kim again. I'm sure I thought I was fat at the time, which just proves another great quote, from It's a Wonderful Life:

"Youth is wasted on the wrong people."


  1. Did you have any further luck funding the source for this quote? I also had a cherished copy tucked away that I typed on my college typewriter many years ago. I forgot the book that I got it from..probably Bring Me a Unicorn. I'm ordering a copy of that now so I can refresh my memory. I never owned the book so I am thinking I got it out of the library or borrowed it. Is the biography about Alfred du Musset worth getting also? I think it is available in English.Thanks for your help.

  2. Hi Carol, I wish I could say I had found the source. I haven't looked into the biography of Alfred du Musset, but I wonder if any of the biographies of Anne M. Lindbergh pursued the source of the quote? If you have any luck, please share. It has stayed with me all these decades later. I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one.

  3. Deirdre, in answer to your question (from March 14, 2014 on my blog post, I too know the quotation only from the footnote given in _Bring Me a Unicorn_ where Anne Morrow Lindbergh attributes it only to anonymous.


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