A happy life is a life in accordance with one' s own nature
Incidentally, and in accordance with what gathers all the Stoics, I rule myself on nature; not to move away from it, to bend to its law and its example, here is wisdom.
The happy life, it is thus that which is in agreement with one' s own nature.
It can only be attained if the soul is first of all healthy and in constant possession of this health, courageous also, and energetic, then magnificently patient, ready for all situations, attentive without anxiety to its body and to what concerns it, interested finally in all the resources of life without admiration for any of them, decided to use the gifts of fortune without being subjected to them.
It seems that there is a very specific area in the brain which could be called poetic memory and which records what has charmed us, what has moved us, what gives our life its beauty.
Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity... It is, in short, the subject of the history of the Grail. Only a predestined being has the ability to ask another: what is your torment? And he doesn't have it when he enters life. He has to go through years of dark night.
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Almost everyone in the world is self-absorbed within themselves. They regard themselves as the most important beings. People rarely speak bad about themselves. They are the heroes in their own story no matter how much entanglement of lies and bullshit is needed to achieve a gratifying and satisfying version of the tale.
By observing their actions, you could trace back their thought pattern, intentions, interest, and vision. Stop for a moment and analyze the action. Stop caring about what they say, what they think about how the world should be, how everyone can execute their best, or why the world is so messed up. They speak whatever hell it takes to sound amazing. Listen to their actions. Listen only and only to their actions.