Many things of Taste one should not possess oneself. One enjoys them better if another’s than if one’s own. The owner has the good of them the first day, for all the rest of the time theyare for others. You take a double enjoyment in other men’s property, being without fear of spoiling it and with the pleasure of novelty. Everything tastes better for having been without it: even water from another’s well tastes like nectar. Possession not alone hinders enjoyment: it increases annoyance whether you lend or keep. You gain nothing except keeping things for or from others, and by this means gain more enemies than friends.

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