Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Dr. Johnson on happiness

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That all who are happy, are equally happy, is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness.

There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.

 I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government rather than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.

Resolve not to be poor; whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult. 

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