Ivan Dominic Illich (; 4 September 1926 – 2 December 2002) was a 20th century polymath, polyglot, philosopher, Roman Catholic priest, theologian, historian, polemic, teacher, writer, and critic of the institutions of modern Western culture. Illich himself wished to be known as a friend.
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I believe in love. I believe in hard times and love winning. I believe marriage is hard. I believe people make mistakes. I believe people can want two things at once. I believe people are selfish and generous at the same time. I believe very few people want to hurt others. I believe that you can be surprised by life. I believe in happy endings.
The belief that unhappiness is selfless and happiness is selfish is misguided. It's more selfless to act happy. It takes energy, generosity, and discipline to be unfailingly lighthearted, yet everyone takes the happy person for granted. No one is careful of his feelings or tries to keep his spirits high. He seems self-sufficient; he becomes a cushion for others. And because happiness seems unforced, that person usually gets no credit.