Pleasure’s not a problem—until we think we can’t be happy without it.
All sentient beings share a longing for happiness. Some men think the road to happiness leads through pleasure—or at least a mnemonic accumulation of pleasurable experiences. It doesn’t. Pleasure comes and goes.
We help more people than we can possibly know when we help ourselves.
Some men believe that if they work hard their diligence will produce happiness in the future. But how can this be? No one in human history has ever been happy in the future.
Take the direct route to happiness: Drop all concern with past and future.