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True Happiness

How happy is he born and taught
That serveth not another's will;
Whose armor is his honest thought,
And simple truth his highest skill;

Whose passions not his masters are;
Whose soul is still prepared for death,
Not tied unto the world with care
Of prince's ear, or vulgar breath;

Who hath his life from rumors freed;
Whose conscience is his strong retreat;
Whose state can neither flatterers feed,
Nor ruin make oppressors great.

This man is freed from servile bands
Of hope to rise or fear to fall;
Lord of himself, though not of lands,
And having nothing, yet hath all.

That which we are we shall teach, not voluntarily, but involuntarily.
Make the inner better, and the outer will be better at once.
—Johann Kaspar Lavater
Do not wait for something great to prove your faithfulness and steadiness, but prove it by the every day's occurrences.
—Johann Kaspar Lavater
He who knows himself is severe towards himself; but patient to every weak one and does not condemn the wicked.
—Johann Kaspar Lavater

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Henry Wotton

  • Born March, 30 1568 and died in December 1639
  • English author, diplomat and politician.
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