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The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
Albert Camus (The Myth of Sisyphus)
We have proved that justice in itself is the best thing for the soul itself, and that the soul ought to do justice
Plato (The Republic)
The happy life is joy based on the truth
There is one path alone that leads to happiness [...] renounce any claim to anything that lies outside the sphere of choice, to regard nothing as being your own, to surrender everything to fortune
Epictetus (Discourses, Fragments)
If happiness is the highest good of rational nature and anything that can be taken away is not the highest good - since it is suppressed by what can’t be taken away - Fortune by her very mutability can’t hope to lead to happiness
Boethius (The Consolation of Philosophy)
Happiness, then, is something final and self-sufficient and is the end of action
Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics)
How late it is to begin living only when one must stop! What foolish forgetfulness of morality to put off well-considered plans to one’s fifteenth and sixtieth year, and to want to begin life at a point that few have reached.
Seneca (Dialogues and Essays)
All happiness is of a negative rather than positive nature, and for this reason cannot give lasting satisfaction and gratification, but rather only ever a release from a pain or lack, which must be followed either by a new pain or by languor, empty yearning and boredom.
Arthur Schopenhauer (The World as Will)
Happiness is the longing for repetition
The purpose of the flow is to keep on flowing, not looking for a peak or utopia but staying in the flow. It is not a moving up but a continuous flowing; you move up to keep the flow going. There is no possible reason for climbing except the climbing itself; it is a self-communication.
Crates said “These people account one another happy because one does the opposite of the other; but I account myself happy because I no longer play either part, being neither the seller nor a buyer"
There is great satisfaction in the knowledge of a life well spent and the memory of many things well done
A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live.