“I used to say that being rich makes no difference; but it does. One is not grateful enough for a good fire and a dinner served in time and a bath when you are tired, and a clean dress and ever so many pocket handkerchiefs. No, it does make a difference, not when you are happy, but when life is rather a dark affair, then some comforts in it do make it more bearable. It would be untrue not to confess that! And if you can’t get on together it is certainly easier to have several apartments instead of one cold room, and not plenty to eat, and the children crying. Poverty is in itself a much greater trial than we are always quite aware of …”
Carmen Sylva (Queen Elisabeth of Romania): Letters and poems, with an introduction and notes by Henry Howard Harper, Boston, The Bibliophile Society, 1920.