The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it.
— C. P. Snow
The phrase “the pursuit of happiness” does seem to be a contradiction in terms. It makes happiness sound like something that’s somewhere you are not, and, coupled with the word pursuit, it brings to mind an image of chasing after an always-elusive prey. Similarly, in real life if you’re looking for some thing -some person, some purchase, some event – to make you happy, you’re wasting your time.
I’m reminded of another quote: “Success is having what you want, but happiness is wanting what you have.”
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