every individual can make himself happy


 

We are born

under circumstances that

would be favourable if we did not

abandon them. It was nature’s intention

that there should be no need of great equipment

for a good life: every individual can make himself happy.

External goods are of trivial importance and without much influence

in either direction: prosperity does not elevate the sage and

adversity does not depress him. For he has always made

the effort to rely as much as possible on himself

and to derive all delight from

himself.

 

Seneca