Your greatness is measured by your kindness; your education and intellect by your modesty; your ignorance is betrayed by your suspicions and prejudices, and your real caliber is measured by the consideration and tolerance you have for others.
You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.
Opening the Mona Lisa at the end of WWII, 1945.
On the eve of World War II, curators at the Louvre swathed the museum’s most priceless painting – the “Mona Lisa” – in layers of waterproof paper, boxed it up, and spirited it to the French countryside for safekeeping. Leonardo da Vinci’s smiling maiden moved another five times during the war before she was brought, safe and sound, back to the Louvre.
I often think that the night is more alive and richly colored than the day.