„Contented, unambitious people are all very well in their way. They form a neat, useful background for great portraits to be painted against, and they make a respectable, if not particularly intelligent, audience for the active spirits of the age to play before. I have not a word to say against contented people so long as they keep quiet.“
— Jerome K. Jerome, libro I pensieri oziosi di un ozioso
Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1886), "On Getting On in the World".