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.
- True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has 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.