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Nothing is more fatal to happiness than the remembrance of happiness.
What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.
Ah, this, that we call happiness, how intimate a part of the soul it is, and of what little importance are the outside elements which seem to go to its making!
We call happiness a certain set of circumstances that makes joy possible. But we call joy that state of mind and emotions that needs nothing to feel happy.
Families, I hate you! Shut-in homes, closed doors, jealous possessions of happiness.
Why have you not understood that all happiness is a chance encounter and that every moment presents itself to you like a beggar by the roadside?
Drunkenness is never anything but a substitute for happiness.
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