Loss of zest in civilised society is very largely due to the restrictions upon liberty which are essential to our way of life. ...
At every moment of life the civilised man is hedged about by restrictions of impulse: if he happens to feel cheerful he must not sing or dance in the street, while if he happens to feel sad he must not sit on the pavement and weep, for fear of obstructing pedestrian traffic. In youth his liberty is restricted at school, in adult life it is restricted throughout his working hours.
Source: The Conquest of Happiness, 1930, Chap.11:Zest
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