“The Ancients considered happy who can no longer increase his happiness and not, like today, who owns carriage and dignitary cap. The carriage and the dignitary cap belong to the person; they belong neither to the nature of man, nor to his destiny. If these goods fall out of the sky on him, it’s only at provisory title: he can neither protect himself against their coming, nor prevent them from going away. We must not exalt ourselves because we possess carriage and dignitary cap. We must not get in tow of the common people, because we find ourselves in a miserable situation. He who finds his happiness both in misery and in the carriage and in the dignitary cap, will be without worries. If the deprivation of provisional goods destroys happiness, it is because this was vain”.
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