He who has learned the limits of life knows that it is easy to provide that which removes the feeling of pain owing to want and makes one’s whole life perfect. So there is no need for things which involve struggle.
Wilson, Catherine. The Pleasure Principle: Epicureanism: A Philosophy for Modern Living (p. 243). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.
Some people need to own a car, but for others it’s just a convention to have one, and those who have disburdened themselves of a car are no longer bothered by having to negotiate to buy them, or by maintaining, repairing, inspecting, licensing, refuelling and reselling them.
~ Wilson, Catherine. The Pleasure Principle: Epicureanism: A Philosophy for Modern Living (p. 88). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.
Only those who can see above and beyond the American goal of respectable mediocrity can enjoy a life that leads to anything but a struggle to attain that end.
“Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut
“If you worship money and things … then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It’s the truth”
~ David Foster Wallace
“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like.”
~ Will Rogers