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The happy man is the one who finds happiness in pain and effort.

The happy man is the one who finds happiness in pain and effort. The happy man is the one who finds happiness in pain and effort.
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Note that pleasures have little effect on us if we do not prepare to taste them. Even the pleasures of the table, which owe little to the mind, must nevertheless be given benevolent attention. Even more obviously, when it comes to the pleasures of the mind, one must want to conquer them, and it would be vain to wait for them. No one will say to the game of chess: " Have fun with it." It is by a continuous, exercised, trained will, that one pleases the mind. Even playing cards requires the desire to enjoy them. In a way, one could say that nothing in the world pleases oneself. It takes a lot of effort to enjoy geometry, drawing and music. And this connection between pain and pleasure is clearly seen in violent games. It is strange that runners, wrestlers and boxers find pleasure in all the pain they put themselves through; and yet this is beyond doubt. If one reflects enough on this paradox of man, one will in no way picture the happy man as the one to whom all happiness is brought; but on the contrary one will think him standing, in action and conquest, and making happy an exercised power.

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