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Where then does happiness lie? In forgetfulness not indulgence of the self. In escape from sensual appetites not in their satisfaction. We live in a dark self-enclosed prison which is all we see or know if our glance is fixed ever downward. To lift it upward becoming aware of the wide luminous universe outside this alone is happiness. At its highest level such happiness is the ecstasy that mystics have inadequately described. At more humdrum levels it is human love; the delights and beauties of our dear earth its colors and shapes and sounds; the enchantment of understanding and laughing and all other exercise of such faculties as we possess; the marvel of the meaning of everything fitfully glimpsed inadequately expounded but ever present.
Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge Category: Happiness
Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.
Don Marquis Category: Happiness
The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony.
V. S. Pritchett Category: Happiness
The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man
Jean Jacques Rousseau Category: Happiness
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
Anatole France Category: Happiness
Nobody really cares if youre miserable so you might as well be happy.
Cythina Nelms Category: Happiness
For each ecstatic instant We must an anguish pay In keen and quivering ratio To the ecstasy.
Emily Dickinson Category: Happiness
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
George Bernard Shaw Category: Happiness
There may be Peace without Joy and Joy without Peace but the two combined make Happiness.
Sir John Buchan Category: Happiness
For happiness one needs security but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh Category: Happiness
The more you love what you are doing the more successful it will be for you.
Jerry Gillies Category: Happiness
He is happy that knoweth not himself to be otherwise
Thomas Fuller Category: Happiness
True happiness we are told consists in getting out of ones self but the point is not only to get out you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.
Henry James Jr. Category: Happiness
We never enjoy perfect happiness; our most fortunate successes are mingled with sadness; some anxieties always perplex the reality of our satisfaction.
Pierre Corneille Category: Happiness
To know that we know what we know And that we do not know what we do not know that is true knowledge.
Henry David Thoreau Category: Happiness
Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe.
Orison Swett Marden Category: Happiness
Happiness is not a station you arrive at but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck Category: Happiness
If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.
Aristotle Category: Happiness
Let us be of good cheer remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.
James Russell Lowell Category: Happiness
A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
Fontenelle Category: Happiness
One should never direct people towards happiness because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too but only human beings can feel affection for each other and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn Category: Happiness
Now and then its good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Guillaume Apollinaire Category: Happiness
How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine a roast chestnut a wretched little brazier the sound of the sea.... All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple frugal heart.
Nikos Kazantzakis Category: Happiness
Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.
Dale Carnegie Category: Happiness
Happiness grows at our own firesides and is not to be picked in strangers gardens.
Douglas Jerrold Category: Happiness
With eyes Of conjugal attraction unreprov'd. Imparadised in one another's arms. With thee conversing I forget all time. And feel that I am happier than I know.
John Milton Category: Happiness
It is the person who is blind to what goes on around him that is most surprised when the same things happen to him.
M. Thompson Category: Happiness
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Albert Camus Category: Happiness
The world in its best state is nothing more than a larger assembly of beings combining to counterfeit happiness which they do not feel.
Samuel Johnson Category: Happiness
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because theyre not on your road doesnt mean theyve gotten lost.
H. Jackson Browne Category: Happiness
Happiness is an attitude of mind born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.
J. Donald Walters Category: Happiness
No matter what happens theres always somebody who knew it would.
Lonny Starr Category: Happiness
Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.
Newton Booth Tarkington Category: Happiness
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
Jane Austen Category: Happiness
It is neither wealth nor splendor but tranquility and occupation which give happiness.
Thomas Jefferson Category: Happiness
He who is virtuous is wise; and he who is wise is good; and he who is good is happy.
Boethius Category: Happiness
Happiness is no laughing matter.
Richard Whately Category: Happiness
What a man does tells us what he is.
F. D. Huntington Category: Happiness
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
Ingrid Bergman Category: Happiness
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful.
Herman Cain Category: Happiness
The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer up somebody else.
Mark Twain Category: Happiness
There is no more mistaken path to happiness than worldliness revelry high life.
Arthur Schopenhauer Category: Happiness
Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
Burton Hills Category: Happiness
If what Proust says is true that happiness is the absence of fever then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge experience and creation.
Anaïs Nin Category: Happiness
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
George Santayana Category: Happiness
Happiness isnt something you experience; its something you remember.
Oscar Levant Category: Happiness
I don't know what your destiny will be but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
Dr. Albert Schweitzer Category: Happiness
The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do something to love and something to hope for.
Allan K. Chalmers Category: Happiness
All who would win joy must share it; happiness was born a twin.
Lord George Gordon Byron Category: Happiness
Happiness is an inside job.
William Arthur Ward Category: Happiness
If all the misfortunes of mankind were cast into a public stack in order to be equally distributed among the whole species those who now think themselves the most unhappy would prefer the share they are already possessed of before that which would fall to them by such a division.
Socrates Category: Happiness
Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day.
Benjamin Franklin Category: Happiness
Happiness ... it lies in the joy of achievement in the thrill of creative effort.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Category: Happiness
The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon Category: Happiness
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
Eleanor Roosevelt Category: Happiness
Happiness is not in our circumstance but in ourselves. It is not something we see like a rainbow or feel like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are
John B. Sheerin Category: Happiness
Happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Category: Happiness
Happy the man who like Ulysses has made a fine voyage or has won the Golden Fleece and then returns experienced and knowledgeable to spend the rest of his life among his family!
Joachim Du Bellay Category: Happiness
To become different from what we are we must have some awareness of what we are.
Bruce Lee Category: Happiness
Joy is not in things; it is in us.
Richard Wagner Category: Happiness
The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; for happiness like a child must be allowed to grow up.
Charles Langbridge Morgan Category: Happiness
All men have happiness as their object: there is no exception. However different the means they employ they all aim at the same end.
Blaise Pascal Category: Happiness
Happiness depends as Nature shows Less on exterior things than most suppose.
William Cowper Category: Happiness
Man if he compare himself with all that he can see is at the zenith of power; But if he compare himself with all that he can conceive he is at the nadir of weakness.
Charles Caleb Colton Category: Happiness
In the misfortune of our best friends we find something which is not displeasing to us.
François Duc de La Rochefoucauld Category: Happiness
The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.
William Saroyan Category: Happiness
There is only one real happiness in life and that is the happiness of creating.
Frederick Delius Category: Happiness
Happy the man and happy he alone He who can call today his own; He who secure within can say: Tomorrow do thy worst for I have lived today.
Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace Category: Happiness
The highest happiness of man ... is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Category: Happiness
Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.
George Sheehan Category: Happiness
Happiness it is said is seldom found by those who seek it and never by those who seek it for themselves.
F. Emerson Andrews Category: Happiness
The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend upon himself and not upon other men has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation the man of manly character and of wisdom.
Plato Category: Happiness
Manifest plainness Embrace simplicity Reduce selfishness Have few desires.
Lao Tzu Category: Happiness
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
Ernest Hemingway Category: Happiness
The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.
Victor Hugo Category: Happiness
The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau Category: Happiness
Happiness doesn't depend on what we have but it does depend on how we feel towards what we have. We can be happy with little and miserable with much.
W. D. Hoard Category: Happiness
It is not by accident that the happiest people are those who make a conscious effort to live useful lives. Their happiness of course is not a shallow exhilaration where life is one continuos intoxicating party. Rather their happiness is a deep sense of inner peace that comes when they believe their lives have meaning and that they are making a difference for good in the world.
Ernest A. Fitzgerald Category: Happiness
Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
Sigmund Freud Category: Happiness
If you don't do it youll never know what would have happened if you had done it.
Ashleigh Brilliant Category: Happiness
Real wealth is not so much what we have as what we are.
Sterling W. Sill Category: Happiness
What a wonderful life Ive had! I only wish Id realized it sooner.
Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine Colette Category: Happiness
Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.
Theodore Isaac Rubin Category: Happiness
How would you know what happy is if youve never been otherwise.
Malcolm S. Forbes Category: Happiness
Happiness is inward and not outward; and so it does not depend on what we have but on what we are.
Henry van Dyke Category: Happiness
Ive noticed that a lot of people consider finding yourself to be a really frivolous and unproductive study. Im not sure why. Everything important in life really seems to get down-played so children can be encouraged to join the rat race and make as much money as possible instead of being told that they should be happy first
Sanjay Singh Category: Happiness
Happiness mainly depends on man's ability to work and the way in which he does it.
Richard L. Evans Category: Happiness
What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him
Louis L. Mann Category: Happiness
Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A Beauty Bomb. And every time a crisis developed we would launch one. It would explode high in the air explode softly and send thousands millions of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldnt go cheap either not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper magenta and peach and lime amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.
Robert Fulghum Category: Happiness
The secret of happiness is this let your interests be wide as possible and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
Bertrand Russell Category: Happiness
I am bigger than anything that can happen to me. All these things sorrow misfortune and suffering are outside my door. I am in the house and I have the key.
Charles Lummis Category: Happiness
There is only one happiness in this life to love and be loved.
George Sand Category: Happiness
To be stupid selfish and have good health are three requirements for happiness though if stupidity is lacking all is lost.
Gustave Flaubert Category: Happiness
Happiness is a man's greatest achievement; it is the response of his total personality to a productive orientation toward himself and the world outside.
Erich Fromm Category: Happiness
Hope is itself a species of happiness and perhaps the chief happiness which this world affords.
Dr. Samuel Johnson Category: Happiness
Beware of the man who works hard to learn something learns it and finds himself no wiser than before Bokonon tells us. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.
Kurt Vonnegut Category: Happiness
Happiness is not a reward it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment it is a result.
Robert Green Ingersoll Category: Happiness
The world is so full of a number of things; I am sure we should all be as happy as kings.
Robert Louis Stevenson Category: Happiness
Instant gratification takes too long.
Carrie Fisher Category: Happiness
Remember that happiness is a way of travel not a destination.
Roy Goodman Category: Happiness
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
Sir James Matthew Barrie Category: Happiness
Happiness is when what you think what you say and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi Category: Happiness
Men are failures not because they are stupid but because they are not sufficiently impassioned.
Struther Burt Category: Happiness
You must learn day by day year by year to broaden your horizon. The more things you love the more you are interested in the more you enjoy the more you are indignant about the more you have left when anything happens.
Ethel Barrymore Category: Happiness
Happiness comes through doors you didnt even know you left open.
Unknown Category: Happiness
Beware of the man who works hard to learn something learns it and finds himself no wiser than before.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Category: Happiness
Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.
Robert Frost Category: Happiness
If thou faint in the day of adversity thy strength is small.
The Bible Category: Happiness
It's no credit to anyone to work too hard.
Edgar Watson Ed Howe Category: Happiness
Only when mans life comes to end in prosperity can one call that man happy.
Aeschylus Category: Happiness
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
Epictetus Category: Happiness
We meet this evening not in sorrow but in gladness of heart.
Abraham Lincoln Category: Happiness
Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye.
Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others can not keep it from themselves.
Proverb Category: Happiness
The Greeks said grandly in their tragic phrase Let no one be called happy till his death; to which I would add Let no one till his death be called unhappy.
Elizabeth B. Browning Category: Happiness
The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. Theyre full of eagerness zest productivity. You can be too.
Norman Vincent Peale Category: Happiness
Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Category: Happiness
Happiness is a by product of an effort to make someone else happy.
Gretta Brooker Palmer Category: Happiness
True happiness is to understand our duties toward God and man; to enjoy the present without anxious dependence upon the future; not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have which is abundantly sufficient; for he that is so wants nothing. The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes and like people in the dark fall foul of the very thing we search for without finding it. Tranquility is a certain quality of mind which no condition of fortune can either exalt or depress.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca Category: Happiness
Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.
Greg Anderson Category: Happiness
It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
Desiderius Erasmus Category: Happiness
It isnt necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. Its only necessary to be rich.
Alan Alda Category: Happiness
People far prefer happiness to wisdom but that is like wanting to be immortal without getting older.
Sydney J. Harris Category: Happiness
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.
George Orwell Category: Happiness
It is only a poor sort of happiness that could ever come by caring very much about our own pleasures. We can only have the highest happiness such as goes along with being a great man by having wide thoughts and much feeling for the rest of the world as well as ourselves.
George Eliot Category: Happiness
Some people cause happiness wherever they go. Some people cause happiness whenever they go.
Oscar Wilde Category: Happiness
And there is even a happiness That makes the heart afraid.
Thomas Hood Category: Happiness
Happiness is the light on the water. The water is cold and dark and deep.
William Maxwell Category: Happiness
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply to enjoy simply to think freely to risk life to be needed.
Storm (Margaret) Jameson Category: Happiness
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
Eric Hoffer Category: Happiness
Happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary what is neither necessary nor destructive and what is destructive. In the middle category however that of the unnecessary but undestructive that of comfort luxury exuberance etc.
Ursula K. LeGuin Category: Happiness
Simplicity clarity singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy.
Richard Halloway Category: Happiness
In about the same degree as you are helpful you will be happy.
Karl Reiland Category: Happiness
Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.
Immanuel Kant Category: Happiness
We possess only the happiness we are able to understand.
Count Maurice Maeterlinck Category: Happiness
I don't mow lawns for the reason that I don't shave.
Kevin Solway Category: Happiness
If only wed stop trying to be happy wed have a pretty good time.
Edith Wharton Category: Happiness
Happiness is a matter of ones most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.
Jean Iris Murdoch Category: Happiness
Why then the world's mine oyster Which I with sword will open.
William Shakespeare Category: Happiness
There are two times in every mans life when he is thoroughly happy; just after he has met his first love and just after he has parted from his last one.
Henry Louis Mencken Category: Happiness
Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.
John Stuart Mill Category: Happiness
Happiness lies first of all in health.
George William Curtis Category: Happiness
A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
Marcus Tullius Cicero Category: Happiness
I believe the root of all happiness on this earth to lie in the realization of a spiritual life with a consciousness of something wider than materialism; in the capacity to live in a world that makes you unselfish because you are not overanxious about your own comic fallibilities; that gives you tranquility without complacency because you believe in something so much larger than yourself.
Sir Hugh Walpole Category: Happiness
Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life and that happiness not pain or mindless self-indulgence is the proof of your moral integrity since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.
Ayn Rand Category: Happiness
I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.
Theodore Roosevelt Category: Happiness
Don't mistake pleasure for happiness. They are a different breed of dogs.
Josh Billings Category: Happiness
The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions the little soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile a kind look a heartfelt compliment and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge Category: Happiness
The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.
Jeremy Bentham Category: Happiness
Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest But the happiest are usually the best.
Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton Category: Happiness
Most people would rather be certain they're miserable than risk being happy.
Dr. Robert Anthony Category: Happiness
Happiness is not having what you want but wanting what you have.
Rabbi H. Schachtel Category: Happiness
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Joseph Addison Category: Happiness
Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.
Don Herold Category: Happiness
False happiness renders men stern and proud And that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible And that happiness is always shared.
Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu Category: Happiness
For me happiness came from prayer to a kindly God faith in a kindly God love for my fellow man and doing the very best I could every day of my life. I had looked for happiness in fast living but it was not there. I tried to find it in money but it was not there either. But when I placed myself in tune with what I believe to be fundamental truths of life when I began to develop my limited ability to rid my mind of all kinds of tangled thoughts and fill it with zeal and courage and love when I gave myself a chance by treating myself decently and sensibly I began to feel the stimulating warm glow of happiness and life for me began to flow like a stream between smooth banks.
Andrew Young Category: Happiness
Happiness in the ordinary sense is not what one needs in life though one is right to aim at it. The true satisfaction is to come through and see those whom one lives come through.
Edward Morgan E. M. Forster Category: Happiness
There are some days when I think Im going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
Salvador Dali Category: Happiness
People don't notice whether its winter or summer when theyre happy.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Category: Happiness
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
Agnes Repplier Category: Happiness
One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
Rita Mae Brown Category: Happiness
Money cant buy friends but you can get a better class of enemy.
Spike Milligan Category: Happiness
How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.
Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine Category: Happiness
You know I know you know I know you know.
Thom Gunn Category: Happiness
Happy the man and happy he alone He who can call today his own: He who secure within can say Tomorrow do thy worst for I have lived today.
John Dryden Category: Happiness
Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. No path is wholly rough.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox Category: Happiness
I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go.
Martha Washington Category: Happiness
Fear less hope more; Whine less breathe more; Talk less say more; Hate less love more; And all good things are yours.
Jean Baptiste Moliere Category: Happiness
Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food but not appetite; medicine but not health; acquaintance but not friends; servants but not loyalty; days of joy but not peace or happiness.
Henrik Ibsen Category: Happiness
Happiness is always a byproduct. It is probably a matter of temperament and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.
Robertson Davies Category: Happiness