Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

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Jean Antoine Petit-Senn (1792–1870) was a poet of Genevan origin. Among many quotes attributed to him is this one...

"Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance."[1]

...which appeared in the American comic strip Mutts on November 19, 2007.

According to the 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica:

Jean Antoine Petit-Senn (1792–1870) was a thorough Genevese and a biting satirist, a pensive poet, the Genevese La Bruyère, as he liked to be called, but was not fully appreciated till after his death, when his widely scattered writings were brought together.[2]


  1. ^ "Jean Antoine Petit-Senn, French-Swiss lyric poet, (1792 - 1870)". Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  2. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Switzerland § Literature". Encyclopædia Britannica. 26 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 265.