A HAPPY LIFE
Aiming after a happy life is common
to lovers of knowledge and to Christians; but where is happiness to
He, who is good, is good that
he may be happy; and he, who is bad, would not be bad if he did not
hope that he might be happy thereby.
As touching the good, they are good
because they seek a happy life; as touching the bad, if I could say
to them -- "Do you wish to be happy?" -- they would answer
-- "We do." But while they aspire after the reward of the
good, they do evil. A happy life is the reward of the good; goodness
is the work, happiness is the reward.