A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.
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- Precepts or maxims are of great weight; and a few useful ones on hand do more to produce a happy life than the volumes we can’t find.
- The mind is a matter over every kind of fortune; itself acts in both ways, being the cause of its own happiness and misery.
- 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.
- That moderation which nature prescribes, which limits our desires by resources restricted to our needs, has abandoned the field; it has now come to this — that to want only what is enough is a sign both of boorishness and of utter destitution.
- If sensuality were happiness, beasts were happier than men; but human felicity is lodged in the soul, not in the flesh.