Seneca On Happiness

BAFA8EA6-7CC8-4BF1-A084-515D5159D148Seneca (c. 4 BC – AD65)

It was nature’s intention that there should be no need of great equipment for a good life: every individual can make himself happy. External goods are of trivial importance and without much influence in either direction: prosperity does not elevate the sage and adversity does not depress him. For he has always made the effort to rely as much as possible on himself and to derive all delight from himself.