Words of Wisdom #31

“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 not part nor of man’s nature, nor of his destiny. If these goods rain down on him it’s only at provisory title: he can neither protect himself against their coming, neither prevent them to go. One should not get excited because he possess a carriage and a dignitary cap. You must not get in tow of the common people, because you find yourself in a miserable condition. He who finds his own happiness both in misery and in the carriage and in the dignitary cap, will be without concerns. If the deprivation of provisional goods destroys happiness, it is because this was vain”.

-Zhuangzi

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