May 4, 2015 O sweet solitude! I have known the charms with which you intoxicate your lovers. Woe betide the man who cannot go a single day in his life without feeling the torments of boredom, and who prefers, if need be, to converse with idiots rather than with himself! — Xavier de Maistre, A Nocturnal Expedition Around My Room (1825) (Andrew Brown, trans.).