“The test of all happiness is gratitude; and I felt grateful, though I hardly knew to whom. Children are grateful when Santa Claus puts in their stockings gifts of toys or sweets. Could I not be grateful to Santa Claus when he put in my stockings the gift of two miraculous legs?
We thank people for birthday presents of cigars and slippers. Can I thank no one for the birthday present of birth?”
G. K. Chesterton, excerpt from Orthodoxy, 1908