12 Nov 09
"There is therefore a necessity for pleasure, for working, as happiness can be defined, toward
known goals over not unknowable obstacles. And the necessity for pleasure is such that a great
deal of pain can be borne to attain it. Pleasure is the positive commodity. It is enjoyment of work,
contemplation of deeds well done; it is a good book or a good friend; it is taking all the skin off
one's knees climbing the Matterhorn; it is hearing the kid first say daddy; it is a brawl on the Bund
at Shanghai or the whistle of amour from a doorway; it's adventure and hope and enthusiasm and
'someday I'll learn to paint'; it's eating a good meal or kissing a pretty girl or playing a stiff game of
bluff on the stock exchange. It's what Man does that he enjoys doing; it's what Man does that he
enjoys contemplating; it's what Man does that he enjoys remembering; and it may be just the talk
of things he knows he'll never do."
— L. Ron Hubbard
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* Matterhorn: a famous mountain peak in the Alps rising 14,692 feet (4,478 meters). It is located on the border of Switzerland and Italy.
* Bund: a famous landmark in Shanghai, China, a boulevard along the Huang-p'u River lined with parks and European-style buildings.
Excerpted from the book, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. This quote can be found on page 39,
chapter entitled The Goal of Man.
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