“All men desire peace, but very few desire those things that make for peace.”

— Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ

“In this respect, pleasure is similar to peace of mind. The more it is sought and desired in itself and alone, the less it is to be found and enjoyed . . . The very desire for peace of mind necessarily excludes it, and is incompatible with it.

— Giacomo Leopardi, Zibaldone

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