The Pleasures of Life

The Pleasures of Life

by Sir John Lubbock

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Life is a great gift, and as we reach years of discretion, we most of us naturally ask ourselves what should be the main object of our existence. Even those who do not accept "the greatest good of the greatest number" as an absolute rule, will yet admit that we should all endeavor to contribute as far as we may to the happiness of our fellow creatures.

There are many, however, who seem to doubt whether it is right that we should try to be happy ourselves. Our own happiness ought not, of course, to be our main object, nor indeed will it ever be secured if selfishly sought. We may have many pleasures in life, but must not let them have rule over us, or they will soon hand us over to sorrow; and "into what dangerous and miserable servitude doth he fall who suffereth pleasures and sorrows (two unfaithful and cruel commanders) to possess him successively?"

I cannot, however, but think that the world would be better and brighter if our teachers would dwell on the Duty of Happiness as well as on the
Happiness of Duty, for we ought to be as cheerful as we can, if only because to be happy ourselves, is a most effectual contribution to the happiness of others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781530143887
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/20/2016
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 877,812
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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