Breakfast in the corner drugstore is a celebration. Orange juice, toast, café au lait―an unadulterated pleasure. Sitting on my revolving stool, I participate in a moment of American life. My solitude does not separate me from my neighbors, who are also eating alone. Rather, it’s the pleasure I feel that isolates me from them. They are simply eating; they’re not on vacation."
— Simone de Beauvoir, America Day by Day (English translation of L’Amérique au Jour le Jour,based on her diary during he first trip to the United States)
— Simone de Beauvoir, Cahiers de jeunesse