Poets’ Corner – Antoine de Chandieu

Never having and always desiring,

Such are the consequences for him who loves the world.

The more he abounds in honor and riches,

The more he is seen aspiring for more.

He does not enjoy what belongs to him:

He wants, he values, he adores what other people have.

When he has everything, it is then that he has nothing.

Because having everything, he desires everything still.

– from Octonaires on the Vanity of this World


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