There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those whom people in general take to be happy.
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- Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.
- Pain, scorned by yonder gout-ridden wretch, endured by yonder dyspeptic in the midst of his dainties, borne bravely by the girl in travail. Slight thou art, if I can bear thee, short thou art if I cannot bear thee!
- A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.
- Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.
- Where the fear is, happiness is not.
- Happy the man who can endure the highest and the lowest fortune. He, who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity, has deprived misfortune of its power.