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  • Doug Belshaw 12:00 pm on April 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    The happy man, therefore, possesses sound judgement; the happy man is satisfied with his present situation, no matter what it is, and eyes his fortune with contentment, the happy man is the one who permits reason to evaluate every condition of his existence.

    Seneca, ‘On the Happy Life’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 10:00 am on April 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    We may also odd the following definition, that of calling that man happy who recognizes no good and evil apart from a good and an evil mind, who holds honour dear and is content with virtue, who is not the sort of person to let the workings of chance go to his head or crush his spirit, who does not recognize any good greater than the one he alone can confer upon himself, and who will find true pleasure in despising pleasures.

    Seneca, ‘On the Happy Life’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 8:00 am on April 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Accordingly, the happy life is the one that is in harmony with its own nature, and the only way it can be achieved is if, first, the mind is sound and constantly in possession of its sanity, and secondly, if it is brave and vigorous, and, in addition, capable of the noblest endurance, adapting to every new situation, attentive to the body and to all that affects it, but not in an anxious way, and finally, if it concerns itself with all the things that enhance life, without showing indie respect for any one of them, taking advantage of Fortune’s gifts, but not becoming their slave.

    Seneca, ‘On the Happy Life’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 6:00 am on April 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Human concerns are not so happily arranged that the majority favours the better things: evidence of the worst choice is the crowd. So let us enquire what is the best, not what is the most customary, thing to do, and what establishes our claim to unending happiness, not what the rabble, that worst of truth’s exponents, had set its stamp of approval on.

    Seneca, ‘On the Happy Life’

     
  • Doug Belshaw 4:30 pm on March 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    He who seeks happiness for himself by making others unhappy is bound in the chains of hate and from those be cannot be free.

    The Dhammapada (3rd century BC)

     
  • Doug Belshaw 4:30 pm on March 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ecclesiasticus, happiness, misfortune   

    One days happiness makes a man forget his misfortune, and one days misfortune makes him forget his past happiness.

    Ecclesiasticus

     
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