Ricard: happiness or pleasure

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The most common error is to confuse pleasure for happiness.
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Pleasure, says the Hindu proverb, “is only the shadow of happiness.”
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It is the direct result of pleasurable sensual, esthetic, or intellectual stimuli.
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The fleeting experience of pleasure is dependent upon circumstance, on a specific location or moment in time.
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It is unstable by nature, and the sensation it evokes soon becomes neutral or even unpleasant.
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Likewise, when repeated it may grow insipid or even lead to disgust; savoring a delicious meal is a source of genuine pleasure, but we are indifferent to it once we’ve had our fill and would get sick of it if we continued eating.
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It is the same thing with a nice wood fire: coming in from the cold, it is pure pleasure to warm ourselves by it, but we soon have to move away if we don’t want to burn ourselves.
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Pleasure is exhausted by usage, like a candle consuming itself.
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It is almost always linked to an activity and naturally leads to boredom by dint of being repeated.
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