Quotation by Sigmund Freud

One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be "happy" is not included in the plan of "Creation."
Sigmund Freud (1856–1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. In Complete Works, vol. 21, ed. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961). Civilization and Its Discontents, ch. 2 (1930).

Freud defined happiness as, in the strictest sense, "the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree." It was thus episodic by nature, since "we are so made that we can derive intense enjoyment only from a contrast and very little from a state of things."
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