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Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide by Frédéric Lenoir
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“Don’t seek that all that comes about should come about as you wish, but wish that everything that comes about should come about just as it does, and then you will have a calm and happy life,”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“each unhappy friend makes our capital of happiness drop by 7 percent.”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“every happy friend increases our probability of being happy by 9 percent,”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“Happiness involves pleasure.1 —Aristotle”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“The glorious masterpiece of man is to live to purpose.1 —Montaigne”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“I recognized happiness from the noise it made as it left,” as Jacques Prévert”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“I do feel that [life] is a grim, painful, nightmarish, meaningless experience and that the only way that you can be happy is if you tell yourself some lies and deceive yourself. —Woody Allen”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“contemporary individualism is nothing more than a form of narcissism.”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“Egocentrism, indifference to others and to the world have become, for many people, the norm.”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“Epicurus notes that it is essential to eliminate all pointless fears, starting with the two biggest: fear of the gods, and fear of death. He does not deny the existence of the former (probably out of political caution, since his materialist conception of the world makes the existence of any divinities implausible), but he keeps the gods at a distance, explaining that experience shows that they have no influence on human life. So there is no point in praying to them and being afraid of them, presenting them with all sorts of offerings and sacrifices. Likewise we need to rid ourselves of the idea of the soul’s immortality, as it introduces the fear of a possible punishment after death. Epicurus borrows from Democritus his idea of a reality composed entirely of indivisible atoms, an approach that underpins his own ethical vision. For him the human being, body and soul, is an agglomeration of atoms that dissolve at death. Epicurus explains that the fear of dying stems purely from our imagination, since so long as we are alive, we have no experience of death, and when we die there will be no individual consciousness left to feel the dissolution of the atoms that make up our bodies and our souls. Once”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“he keeps the gods at a distance, explaining that experience shows that they have no influence on human life.”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“So there is no point in praying to them and being afraid of them, presenting them with all sorts of offerings and sacrifices.”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“Help others, yes, but not at our own expense. Act with courage, but never exaggerate our strengths.”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“L’être humain chez qui prédomine l’érotisme donnera la priorité aux relations de sentiment avec d’autres personnes ; le narcissique, se contentant plutôt de lui-même, cherchera ses satisfactions essentielles dans ses phénomènes psychiques internes ; l’homme d’action restera attaché au monde extérieur sur lequel il peut mettre sa force à l’épreuve”
Frédéric Lenoir, Du Bonheur: Un Voyage Philosophique
“Notre corps se détend et se régénère au contact de la terre, et notre esprit cueille bien vite les fruits de ce bien-être : à son tour il se vide, s’apaise, se clarifie. Compte tenu de l’interaction profonde entre corps et esprit, l’inverse est tout aussi vrai : lorsque notre esprit est serein ou joyeux, le corps en tire les bénéfices, et nous verrons plus loin qu’il est possible de transformer des émotions désagréables – comme la peur, la tristesse ou la colère – par la force de l’esprit”
Frédéric Lenoir, Du Bonheur: Un Voyage Philosophique
“three sorts of desire: natural and necessary desires (eating, drinking, dressing, having a roof over our heads …); natural and non-necessary desires (fine cooking, beautiful clothes, a comfortable home …); non-natural and non-necessary desires (power, honors, great luxury …).”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“« il est impossible que l’on soit heureux si l’on ne veut pas l’être ; il faut donc vouloir son bonheur et le faire40 ».”
Frédéric Lenoir, Du Bonheur: Un Voyage Philosophique
“l’argent représente bien davantage que la simple acquisition de biens matériels. Il peut aussi nous permettre d’assouvir nos passions, de voyager, de vivre de manière plus autonome. Autant d’excellentes raisons de le désirer non comme une fin en soi, mais comme un moyen de nous faciliter l’existence et de nous aider de surcroît, parfois, à réaliser nos aspirations profondes.”
Frédéric Lenoir, Du Bonheur: Un Voyage Philosophique
“we need to satisfy only the first group in order to be happy;”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“we should master ourselves and put up with adversity by distinguishing between what depends on us, what we can act upon and the rest, which we have no control over.”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“When each man most seeks his own advantage for himself, then men are most useful to one another.1 —Baruch Spinoza”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“So we must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed towards attaining it.1 —Epicurus”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“Emmanuel Kant pour qui le bonheur ne doit pas être recherché en tant que tel, mais doit résulter d’une morale : « Fais ce qui te rend digne d’être heureux. »”
Frédéric Lenoir, Du Bonheur: Un Voyage Philosophique
“Tu ne seras jamais heureux tant que tu seras torturé par un plus heureux56. Sénèque”
Frédéric Lenoir, Du Bonheur: Un Voyage Philosophique
“Epicurus advocated an ethic of moderation:”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“l’on s’habitue très vite au confort que permet le progrès technique. Ce qui était au départ de simples commodités devient rapidement des besoins, et on est « malheureux de les perdre sans être heureux de les posséder60 ».”
Frédéric Lenoir, Du Bonheur: Un Voyage Philosophique
“Now, as Aristotle points out, “with regard to what happiness is [people] differ, and the many do not give the same account as the wise.”3”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“Running around accusing others is not as good as laughing.2 —Chuang Tzu”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“nine-tenths of our happiness depend on health alone […] a healthy beggar is happier than an ailing king,”
Frédéric Lenoir, Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide
“Nul ne pourra être heureux s’il veut aller à contre-courant de sa nature profonde.”
Frédéric Lenoir, Du Bonheur: Un Voyage Philosophique

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