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Friday, February 11, 2011

Happiness

"Le bonheur n'est pas chose aisée: il est très difficile de le trouver en nous, et impossible de le trouver ailleurs."
Nicolas de Chamfort (1741-1794)

3 comments:

  1. Fortuna imperatrix mundi (nimium quem fovet stultum facit)

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  2. Very impressing, grandiloquent, but over the top!
    What is with those people who easily find happiness at their toy train set and others who only need a piano to wipe off their unhappiness or those who are simply notoriously industrious?

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  3. Yes, I agree with cs. Happyness is not continuous joy, but the right series of up and downs with alternating moments of pain and joy.

    Chamfort might even agree, but his esprit loves irony too much to say something straight on happyness. And maybe he was also superstitious and tried to outsmart fortunam imperatricem.

    Rectius vives, Licini, neque altum
    semper urgendo neque, dum procellas
    cautus horrescis, nimium premendo
    litus iniquum.

    Auream quisquis mediocritatem
    diligit, tutus caret obsoleti
    sordibus tecti, caret invidenda
    sobrius aula.

    Saepius ventis agitatur ingens
    pinus et celsae graviore casu
    decidunt turres feriuntque summos
    fulgura montis.

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