Archive for the ‘happiness is not by getting your desires’ Category

When you get to the top, there’s nothing there

October 7, 2009

Jack Higgens, author of such successful novels and The Eagle Has Landed, was asked what he would like to have known as a boy. His answer: “That when you get to the top, there’s nothing there.

Tennis star Boris Becker was at the very top of the tennis world—yet he was on the brink of suicide. He said, “I had won Wimbledon twice before, once as the youngest player. I was rich. I had all the material possessions I needed … It’s the old song of movie stars and pop stars who commit suicide. They have everything, and yet they are so unhappy. I had no inner peace. I was a puppet on a string.

Explorer Penn Haddow said he was still a ‘tortured soul’ despite achieving his ambitions of reaching both Poles. The realisation of his dreams has not quieted the restlessness of his heart.

Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, 21.5.4

Happiness is not in getting what you want

August 26, 2009

Vronsky, meanwhile, notwithstanding the complete fulfilment of what he had so long desired, was not entirely happy. He soon began to feel that the realization of his desires brought him no more than a grain of sand out of the mountain of bliss he had expected. It showed him the eternal error people make in imagining that happiness is the realization of desires.

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, pp.490-491

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

Oscar Wilde