The Negative Character of Happiness

“It is just because all happiness is of a negative character that, when we succeed in being perfectly at our ease, we are not properly conscious of it. Everything seems to pass us softly and gently, and hardly to touch us until the moment is over; and then it is the positive feeling of something lacking that tells us of the happiness which has vanished; it is then that we observe that we have failed to hold it fast, and we suffer the pangs of self-reproach as well as of privation.”

Schopenhauer {p.90, Posthumous Papers, Selected and Translated by T. Bailey Saunders, 1896}

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~ by Thanatologist on 2009-03-04.

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