He is happy, whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent, who can suit his temper to any circumstances.
—David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals (via drakontomalloi)
John Singer Sargent - Nude Egyptian Girl. 1891
Katsushika Hokusai - Rokurokubi. A drawing from the Hokusai Manga. N.d.
Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a heaven in hell’s despair.
—William Blake, The Clod and the Pebble, Songs of Experience (via drakontomalloi)