Gretchen Rubin

“Anxiety and Ennui Are the Scylla and Charybdis on Which the Bark of Human Happiness Is Most Often Wrecked.”

“Anxiety and Ennui Are the Scylla and Charybdis on Which the Bark of Human Happiness Is Most Often Wrecked.”

“Anxiety and Ennui are the Scylla and Charybdis on which the bark of human happiness is most often wrecked.”

-- William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life

According to myth, "Scylla and Charybdis" are two sea hazards that blocked the Strait of Messina -- a rock shoal with a monster on one side , and a sea monster/whirlpool on the other.

Using this phrase is the same as saying "between a rock and a hard place" or "out of frying pan into the fire." So Lecky's point is that to be happy, we must steer between anxiety and ennui, and not allow ourselves to be wrecked by either.

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