True Happiness is of a Retired Nature

True Happiness is of a Retired Nature
The true happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self; and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions; it loves shade and solitude, and naturally haunts groves and fountains, fields and medows; in short, it feels everything it wants within itself, and receives no addition from multitudes of witnesses and spectators.

On the contrary, false happines loves to be in a crowd, and to draw the eyes of the world upon her. She does not receive satisfaction from the applauses which she gives herself, but from the admiration which she raises in others. She flourishes in courts and palaces, theatres and assemblies, and has no existence but when she is looked upon. -Addison

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