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