What ought to be done to the man who invented the celebrating of anniversaries?
Mere killing would be too light. Anniversaries are very well up to a certain
point, while one's babies are in the process of growing up: they are joy-flags
that make gay the road and prove progress; and one looks down the fluttering
rank with pride. Then presently one notices that the flagstaffs are in process
of a mysterious change of some sort--change of shape. Yes, they are turning
into milestones. They are marking something lost now, not gained. From that
time on it were best to suppress taking notice of anniversaries.
- Notebook, 1896
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