The World Is Not Enough

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No, not the 1999 Bond film, but the 1958 quote from German Catholic Thomistic philosopher Josef Pieper, in his work Happiness and Contemplation (p. 38):

“Man as he is constituted, endowed as he is for a thirst for happiness, cannot have his thirst quenched in the finite realm; and if he thinks or behaves as if that were possible, he is misunderstanding himself, he is acting contrary to his own nature. The whole world would not suffice this ‘nature’ of man. If the whole world were given to him, he would have to say, and would say: it is too little.”

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