The Architecture of Happiness

Lake GenevaIn the spring of 1137 the Cistercian monk St Bernard of
Clairvaux travelled all the way around without noticing it was even there. Likewise, after four years in his
monastery, St Bernard could not report whether the dining area had a vaulted ceiling
(it does) or how many windows there were in the sanctuary of his church
(three). On a visit to the Charterhouse of Dauphiné, St Bernard astonished his
hosts by arriving on a magnificent white horse diametrically opposed to the
ascetic values he professed, but he explained that he had borrowed the animal
from a wealthy uncle and had simply failed to register its appearance on a
four-day journey across France.

The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton

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