Have we not, however, a word that does not denote enjoyment, as the word happiness does, but that

nevertheless indicates a satisfaction with one’s existence, an analogue of happiness that must necessarily accompany consciousness of virtue? Yes! This word is

selbstzufriedenheit
—in which one is conscious of needing nothing.

freedom,
law with an

and the

consciousness
disposition is

of freedom as an ability to follow the moral
unyielding

independence from the inclinations …and so far as I am conscious of this freedom in following my moral maxims, it is the sole source of an unchangeable contentment, necessarily combined with it and
resting on no special feeling, and this can be

called intellectual

contentment.
v:117–118

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