History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia
I fly from pleasure, said the prince, because pleasure has ceased to please; I am lonely because I am miserable, and am unwilling to cloud with my presence the happiness of others. "You, Sir, said the sage, are the first who has complained of misery in the happy valley. I hope to convince you that your complaints have no real cause. You are here in full possession of all that the emperour of Abissinia can bestow; here is neither labour to be endured nor danger to be dreaded.
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Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of AbissiniaUser Review - kasia - Goodreads
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I came for the Orient-as-hypothetical-space-for-philosophizing-at, and stayed for the actual philosophy. Oriental weirdness aside (because there is some ... Read full review
Review: The History of Rasselas, Prince of AbissiniaUser Review - Timothy Bartel - Goodreads
A deceptively simple, viciously skeptical exploration of the limits of human pleasure and the endless search for the good life. Every kid should read this in high school. Read full review