If success causes happiness, then every employee who gets a promotion, every student who receives an acceptance letter, everyone who has ever accomplished a goal of any kind should be happy.
But with each victory, our goalposts of success keep getting pushed further and further out, so that happiness gets pushed over the horizon.
Shawn Achor, Introduction to The Happiness Advantage
“You mean you’re comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom within it?”
“Yes.” Mrs. Whatsit said. “You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you.”
Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
“It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.'”
-Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
If you read only one satire in your life; please, please, please, please read Adams.