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நாளொரு பக்கம் 51

நாளொரு பக்கம் 51

Wednesday, the 15th April 2015

One is happy as a result of one's own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: 
simple tastes,
a certain degree of courage,
self denial to a point, 
love of work, and above all, 
a clear conscience.
-Amantine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin, novelist (1804-1876)

‘Aurore’ to friends, who took the male pen-name George Sand with the same ease with which she took to male claaothing and lovers, Amantine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin’s novels ranked next to Victor Hugo’s. She would have been a challenge to the most gifted psychiatrist, the complex female that she was! That need not detract us from her pithy summing up of the elusive ‘happiness’ that everyone chases, only to be downsized at every stage.

  1. simple tastes: easily said than done, as her own life exemplifies!
  2. a certain degree of courage: Degrees vary; but we can have our Lakshman Rekhas.
  3. self-denial to a point: She is delightfully vague!
  4. love of work: This is a cultivated trait. You have to work for it!
  5. a clear conscience: ‘Aurore’! Antidote?!
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