"The enjoyment of [God] is the
only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied…. Fathers and mothers,
husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends are but
shadows, but enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams,
but God is the sun. These are but streams, but God is the fountain. These are
but drops, but God is the ocean."
—Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
And, From Abd Er-Rahman III of Spain:
I have now reigned about 50 years in
victory or peace, beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected
by my allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call,
nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity. In
this situation, I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine
happiness which have fallen to my lot. They amount to fourteen.