Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

F. L. Lucas on the sources of happiness

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Vitality of mind and body; the activity to employ and maintain them; the zest and curiosity that they can animate; freedom to travel widely in nature and art, in countries of the world and countries of the mind; human affections; and the gift of gaiety—these seem to me, then, the main causes of happiness. I am surprised to find how few and simple they are.

F.L. Lucas, The Greatest Problem

(And for extra credit, please see Lin Yutang on the philosophy of half-and-half, which remains closest, after all these years, to my own personal idea of happiness.)

Written by nevalalee

September 5, 2011 at 12:05 am

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  1. “That too-hasty profit snatched from approaching loss”

    P.s. love Peanuts comics. :)

    Word Salad

    September 5, 2011 at 11:17 am

  2. @Drew: Thanks for the link. I was tempted to quote Lucas on Simonides, who says that happiness is health, comeliness, riches, and to be young among one’s friends. Lucas adds: “For ‘riches,’ indeed, one might prefer to substitute ‘a competence.'”

    @Word Salad: Rilke is good, isn’t he?


    September 5, 2011 at 12:08 pm

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