Sunday, February 28, 2010
Oh, Happy February!
Thomas De Quincey, The Last Days of Immanuel Kant
Now came February, 1804, which was the last month that Kant was destined to see. It is remarkable that, in the memorandum book which I have before mentioned, I found a fragment of an old song, (inserted by Kant, and dated in the summer about six months before the time of his death,) which expressed that February was the month in which people had the least weight to carry, for the obvious reason that it was shorter by two and by three days than the others; and the concluding sentiment was in a tone of fanciful pathos to this effect"Oh, happy February! in which man has least to bearleast pain, least sorrow, least self-reproach!"