The human animal, like others, is adapted
to a certain amount of struggle for life, and when by means of great
wealth homo sapiens can gratify all his whims without effort, the mere
absence of effort from his life removes an essential ingredient of

The man who acquires easily things for
which he feels only a very moderate desire concludes that the
attainment of desire does not bring happiness. If he is of a
philosophic disposition, he concludes that human life is essentially
wretched, since the man who has all he wants is still unhappy. He
forgets that to be without some of the things you want is an
indispensable part of happiness.

Source: Bertrand Russell: The Conquest of
Happiness (London; Allen & Unwin, 1930):


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