Yes, getting your wish would have been so nice. But isn't that exactly why pleasure trips us up? Instead, see if these things might be even nicer — a great soul, freedom, honesty, kindness, saintliness. For there is nothing so pleasing as wisdom itself, when you consider how sure-footed and effortless the works of understanding and knowledge are.

— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 5.9 (resource), Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

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