What does Benjamin Franklin mean here in his essay, "On True Happiness"?
There is no happiness, then, but in a virtuous and self-approving conduct. Unless our actions will bear the test of our sober judgments and reflections upon them, they are not the actions, and, consequently, not the happiness, of a rational being.
In the above excerpt, what does Franklin mean by "but"? I think "but" here means "except", but "There is no happiness except in a self-approving conduct" doesn't really make sense; though "There is no happiness except in a virtuous conduct" makes sense.