To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness  

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"To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness; though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless" is a famous dictum by French writer Gustave Flaubert, first recorded in a letter from August 6, 1846, to Louise Colet. It is collected in The Selected Letters of Gustave Flaubert, translated by Francis Steegmuller.

The original reads:

Etre bête, égoïste, et avoir une bonne santé, voilà les trois conditions voulues pour être heureux ; mais si la première nous manque, tout est perdu.[1]




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