Thinking beyond the present moment, into the past or future, was a sign of the relatively meaningful but unhappy life. Happiness is not generally found in contemplating the past or future.” That is, people who thought more about the present were happier, but people who spent more time thinking about the future or about past struggles and sufferings felt more meaning in their lives. Having negative events happen to you, the study found, decreases your happiness but increases the amount of meaning you have in life.
— Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
Sooner or later most of us arrive at a time in our lives where we say to ourselves, something is wrong. It happens to some people when they are very young and to others when they are much older. Different circumstances awaken this sense in different people, but it usually is not about the circumstances. The circumstances simply shine a light on it, but they themselves are just the symptoms. The circumstances are external, but the disease is within.
— Perfectly Imperfect
The truth is, wherever you choose to be, it’s the wrong place.
— Chuck Palahniuk, Diary (via honeyforthehomeless)
And therein lies the whole of man’s plight. Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition.
— Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being