„Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.“

—  O. Henry, livro The Gift of the Magi

The Four Million (1906)
Fonte: "The Gift of the Magi"
Contexto: There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.

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