What does happiness signify to you, I asked him, if it isn’t based on wealth and comfort?
“Happiness for me is a combination of feeling good about myself and having love,” he said. “And to feel good about myself, I have to do things that convince me I deserve it.”
“The point is, even though it’s sad to see people being foolish, there’s no use giving up. Nothing good can come of giving up. That just means you lose completely, right away.”
—Richard Stallman on the 30th anniversary of the GNU Manifesto.