Eeyore, the old grey Donkey, stood by the side of the stream, and
looked at himself in the water.
"Pathetic," he said. "That's what it is. Pathetic."
He turned and walked slowly down the stream for twenty yards,
splashed across it, and walked slowly back on the other side. Then he
looked at himself again.
"As I thought," he said, "no better from *this* side. But nobody
minds. Nobody cares. Pathetic, that's what it is.
- -- A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh," Chapter VI, "In Which Eeyore
Has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents"