You have to be willing to be happy. Despite the mess of your life – just accept what’s happened, throw away your ideals, and create a new map of happiness to follow.
We do not have the ideal world, such as we would like, where morality is easy because cognition is easy. Where one can do right with no effort because he can detect the obvious.
In a brutal country like ours where human life is cheap, it’s stupid to destroy yourself for the sake of your beliefs. Beliefs, high ideals—only people living in rich countries can enjoy such luxuries.
Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.[Glückseligkeit nicht ein Ideal der Vernunft, sondern der Einbildungskraft ist.]
As a girl, she had come to believe in the ideal man—the prince or knight of her childhood stories. In the real world, however, men like that simply didn’t exist.