• The happy man needs nothing and no one. Not that he holds himself aloof, for indeed he is in harmony with everything and everyone; everything is "in him"; nothing can happen to him. The same may also be said for the contemplative person; he needs himself alone; he lacks nothing

    Josef Pieper
  • What distinguishes - in both senses of that word - contemplation is rather this: it is a knowing which is inspired by love. "Without love there would be no contemplation." Contemplation is a loving attainment of awareness. It is intuition of the beloved object

    Josef Pieper
  • The happy life does not mean loving what we possess, but possessing what we love." Possession of the beloved, St. Thomas holds, takes place in an act of cognition, in seeing, in intuition, in contemplation

    Josef Pieper
  • Happiness,... even the smallest happiness, is like a step out of Time, and the greatest happiness is sharing in Eternity

    Josef Pieper
  • The ultimate meaning of the active life is to make possible the happiness of contemplation

    Josef Pieper
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