philosophy is a cheery endeavour

“One feels inclined to say that the intention of man to be happy, isnot included in the plan for creation” – Freud”Sleep is good, death is better. But best of all, is never to have been born.” – Heinrich Heine”The best that can be hoped for in life is the transformation ofhysteric misery into common unhappiness” – Freud”The existentialist says at once that man is in anguish” -Sartre”Throughout the ages, the wisest of man have passed the samejudgement of life– it is no good” – Nietzsche”I don’t know why we’re here, but I’m pretty sure it’s not to enjoyourselves” – Wittgenstein”Today it is bad, and day by day it will get worse, until at last theworst of all arrives” – Schopenhauer,

misfortune and contentment

“Those who say that life is only a combination of misfortunes mean that life itself is a misfortune. If it is a misfortune, then death is a happiness. Such people did not write in good health, with their purses stuffed with money, and contentment in their souls from having held Cecelias and Marinas in their arms and being sure that there were more of them to come… If pleasure exists, and we can only enjoy it in life, then life is a happiness. There are misfortunes, of course, as I should be the first to know. But the very existence of these misfortunes proves that the sum of good is greater. I am infinitely happy when I am in an dark room and see the light coming through a window which opens on a vast horizon.”

– Giacomo Casanova, History of My Life (Willard R. Trask, translator)