How little repining there would be…

7 May

How little repining there would be among mankind, at any condition of life, if people would rather compare their condition with those that are worse, in order to be thankful, than be always comparing them with those which are better, to assist their murmurings and complainings.

The life and adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe 

being thankful quote

2 Responses to “How little repining there would be…”

  1. unclerave May 7, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    I kind of agree and disagree with the quote, at the same time. I agree with it on the level of friends, neighbors, co-workers and other peers, but disagree with it on the level of corporate (and wealthy individuals) excesses and their not paying their fair share. And also in terms politics, civil rights, and various injustices. To remain silent only encourages the takers to take more. — YUR


  2. Bumba May 7, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    I recently read Henry Miller’s comment on Robinson Crusue where he points out the beauty and power of Defoe’s idea of “relative happiness”. Of course that may involve coming to terms with some of your Uncle Fred’s stale jokes.


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