Read in The Guardian today that “The secret to happiness is low expectations.” Later read something on Twitter which I liked better:
The greatest hazard of all, losing the self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed.
—Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death, 32-33.
Just pulled Essays of Schopenhauer V off the shelf. My grandfather who did war relief in Minsk after The Great War cited this in his book.
Today I say “Down with expectations! Up with romantic era Danish and German philosophers!”