It is impossible that anything so natural, so necessary, and so universal as death, should ever have been designed by Providence as an evil to mankind.
It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.
Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping
The Stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself
would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.
The best portion of a good man's life is his little,
nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
I might even engage with you in
controversy over the word poverty, urging that no man is poor who
rejects the superfluous and has at his command all the necessities of
life, which nature has ordained should be exceedingly small. For he
who desires least will possess most, inasmuch as he who wants but
little will have all he wants. The measure of wealth ought therefore
not to be the possession of lands and investments, but the very soul
of man. For if avarice make him continually in need of some fresh
acquisition and insatiable in his lust for gain, not even mountains of
gold will bring him satisfaction, but he will always be begging for
more that he may increase what he already possesses. That is the
genuine admission of poverty. For every desire for fresh acquisition
springs from the consciousness of want, and it matters little how
large your possessions are if they are too small for you. Philus had a
far smaller household than Laelius, Laelius than Scipio, Scipio than
Crassus the Rich, and yet not even Crassus had as much as he wanted;
and so, though he surpassed all others in wealth, he was himself
surpassed by his own avarice and seemed rich to all save himself. On
the other hand, the philosophers of whom I have spoken wanted nothing
beyond what was at their disposal, and, thanks to the harmony existing
between their desires and their resources, they were deservedly rich
and happy. For poverty consists in the need for fresh acquisition,
wealth in the satisfaction springing from the absence of needs. For
the badge of penury is desire, the badge of wealth contempt.
: Alas the day, what shall I do with my doublet and hose? What did he
when thou saw'st him? What said he? How looked he? Wherein went he?
What makes he here? Did he ask for me? Where remains he? How parted he
with thee? and when shalt thou see him again? Answer me in one word.
Antonia Fraser The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England
of England (reigned 1714-1727)
George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham
Methinks, I see the wanton houres flee, And as they passe, turne back and laugh at me
Joseph Addison (1672-1719)
The great essentials for happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.
How about something to eat?
'Why are you called Esprit?' they asked.
The story of Pierre
(Esprit) Séguier is told briefly in Robert Louis Stephenson's Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes
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