A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart.
I am alone, and feel charm of existence in this spot, which was created for bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.
I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure.
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But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of system, and expound actual teachings of great explorer of truth, master-builder of human happiness.
When, while lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and meridian sun strikes upper surface of impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among tall grass by trickling stream.
And, as I lie close to earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear buzz of little world among stalks, and grow familiar with countless indescribable forms of insects and flies, then I feel presence of Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and breath