As his temper was naturally sanguine, he indulged it on this
occasion, and his imagination worked upon a thousand concerns, to favour and
support his expectations of meeting his dear Sophia in the evening.
Reader, if thou hast any good wishes towards me, I will fully
repay them by wishing thee to be possessed of this sanguine disposition of
mind: since, after having read much, and considered long on that subject of
happiness which hath employed so many great pens, I am almost inclined to fix it
in the possession of this temper; which puts us, in a manner, out of the reach
of Fortune, and makes us happy without her assistance. Indeed, the sensations of
pleasure it gives are much more constant as well as much keener than those which
that blind lady bestows; nature having wisely contrived, that some satiety and
languor should be annexed to all our real enjoyments, lest we should be so taken
up by them, as to stop from further pursuits.
- Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Book Thirteen, Chapter 6
People live adrift an ocean of moods, tossed about by waves of feelings. Noone
can control his emotions, but all may control their expressions and the
beliefs that embed them.
Human happines depends mostly on
Everything a man is and may be depends on temperament: We all are creatures of
our moods. The most important ability insofar as one's well-being is concerned
is the ability to make and control one's moods.
And by far the most happiness is imaginary only, yet not the less
strongly felt for that.
het geluk for
Khalif Abdalrahman's ideas about the subject, with a note by Gibbon.