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Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one's self to do without it (George Eliot).

Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best (Bulwer).

The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and the beginning of his life (Goethe).

Happiness can be built only on virtue, and must of necessity have truth for its foundation (Coleridge).

Do not speak of your happiness to less fortunate than yourself (Plutarch).

It is better to desire the things we have than to have the things we desire (Henry Van Dyke).

Happiness is not having what you want. It's wanting what you have (Unknown).

Happiness is neither within us only, or without us; it is the union of ourselves with God (Pascal).

Seek happiness for its own sake, and you will not find it; seek for duty, and happiness will follow as the shadow comes with the sunshine (Tryon Edwards).

Men of the noblest dispositions think themselves happiest when others share their happiness with them (Jeremy Taylor).

All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin (Byron).

Happiness consists in the attainment of our desires, and in our having only right desires (Augustine).

The strength and the happiness of a man consists in finding our the way in which God is going, and going in that way, too (H. W. Beecher).

The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken (Longfellow).

Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring (Chinese Proverb).

Happiness is like the statue of Isis, whose veil no mortal ever raised (L. E. Landon).

No person is either so happy or so unhappy as he imagines (Rochefoucauld).

We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy, than in endeavoring to be so ourselves (Goldsmith).

This is the true joy of life--the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown to the scrap-heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish clod of ailments and grievances (G. Bernard Shaw).

Wealth I ask not, hope nor love, nor a friend to know me; all I ask, the heavens above me, and the road below me (Robert Louis Stevenson).

Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye (Austin O'Malley).

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet (James Openheim).

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it (Andy Rooney).

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be (Abraham Lincoln).

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved (Victor Hugo).

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go (Oscar Wilde).

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us (Helen Keller).

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for (Allan K. Chalmers).

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action (Benjamin Disraeli).

Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
Burton Hills

Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be
Cynthia Nelms

Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.
Scottish Proverb

The joy that isn't shared dies young.
Anne Sexton

No man is happy who does not think himself so.
Marcus Aurelius

Happiness sneaks through a door you didn't know you left open.
John Barrymore

What is given by the gods more desirable than a happy hour?

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
Robert Frost

Often the greatest enemy of present happiness is past happiness too
well remembered.
Oscar Hammling

A joy that's shared is a joy made double.
John Ray

Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow only a vision, but today well
lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a
vision of hope...

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more
things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they
will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be
who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what
you want.
Margaret Young

It may be that true happiness lies in the conviction that one has irremediably lost
happiness. Then we can begin to move through life without hope or fear, capable of finally enjoying all the small pleasures, which are the most lasting.
Maria Luisa-Bombal

Fate often puts all the material of happiness into a man's hands just to see how
miserable he can make himself with them.
Don Marquis

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
John Mason Brown

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.
Mildred Barthel.

Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.
William Bennett

What is the worth of anything,
But for the happiness 'twill bring?
Richard Owen Cambridge.

If you want happiness for an hour -- take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day -- go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month -- get married.
If you want happiness for a year -- inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime -- help someone else.
Chinese proverb

The joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days.
The Bible: Ecclesiasticus. XXX. 22

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens.
Douglas Jerrold.

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.
Helen Keller

We are never so happy, nor so unhappy, as we suppose ourselves to be.
La Rochefoucauld.

Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.
Karl Marx

Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get.
Bernard Meltzer

Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and do what you will.
Dan Millman

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
John Stuart Mill.

Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.
Doris Mortman

Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.
Gretta Brooker Palmer.

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
Agnes Repplier.

The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
Bertrand Russell

No joy can equal the joy of serving others.
Sai Baba

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
Albert Schweitzer

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.
William Shakespeare (Merchant of Venice).

Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.
Dodie Smith

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
Mark Twain.

If only we wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is difficult, since we think them happier than they are.

The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself.
Publilius Syrus

If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.
Bertrand Russell

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.
Bertrand Russell

A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.
George Santayana

The greater part of happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.
Martha Washington

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
Anne Frank

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
The 14th Dalai Lama

True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one's 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

The highest happiness of man ... is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.
Albert Camus

Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.
Charles Caleb Colton

No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.
Thomas Fuller

It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time and be bored all the while.
Don Marquis

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.
Jacques Prevert

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust

Happiness walks on busy feet.
Kittie Turmell

Happiness is nothing more than health and a poor memory.
Albert Schweitze

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

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which
give happiness.
Thomas Jefferson

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.

Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly,
one-directionally, without regret or reservation.
William H. Sheldon

The more refined one is, the more unhappy.
Anton Chekhov

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
Ernest Hemingway

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
George Burns

To fill the hour -- that is happiness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson He who laughs, lasts.
--Dr.Robert Anthony.

Very little is needed to make life happy. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
--Marcus Aurelius

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

Every life has its dark and cheerful hours. Happiness comes from choosing which to remember.

Take time to be friendly. It is the road to happiness.

Happiness is found along the way - not at the end of the road.
--Sol Gordon

A laugh is just like sunshine. It freshens all the day.

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

It never hurts to crack a smile.

Good humor makes all things tolerable.
--Henry Ward Beecher

It is not doing the thing we like, but liking the thing we have to do that makes life happy.

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
--Art Linkletter

Take time to laugh. It is the music of the soul.

Happiness involves working toward meaningful goals.

The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts; and the art of life is to have as many of them as possible.
--Mickel De Montaigne

If you don't enjoy what you have, how could you be happier with more?

Most smiles are started by another smile.

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
--Mark Twain

Few of us do as much as we want to for others. But there is always one gift we can bestow - a smile.
--Marjorie Holms

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

Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. John Barrymore Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. Robert Frost

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens... Douglas Jerrold Happiness is a Swedish sunset - it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it. Mark Twain

You have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. Bernard Shaw

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of ones values Ayn Rand

Happiness is a state of non-contradictory joy- a joy without penalty or guilt, a joy that does not clash with any of your values and does not work for your own destruction, not the joy of escaping from your mind, but of using your minds fullest power, not the joy of faking reality, but of achieving values that are real, not the joy of a drunkard, but of a producer ... Ayn Rand

Life without death and happiness without misery are contradiction and neither can be found alone, because each of them is a different manifestation of the same thing. Swami Vivekananda

Do not lose joy in life as you grow old in years. Let not your `joie de vivre’ be crushed under the weight of years. Zarathushtra

Seek your happiness in the happiness of all. Zarathushtra

Happiness presents itself to man, wearing the crown of sorrow on its head. He who welcomes it must also welcome sorrow. Swami Vivekananda

Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
Booker T. Washington 1856-1915

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
Washington Irving

Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers, and are famous preservers of youthful looks.
Charles Dickens 1812-1870

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.
Victor Hugo

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.
Dale Carneqie 1888-1955

Happiness is not having what you want. It's wanting what you have.

Laugh and the world laughs with you;
Weep and you weep alone.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1850-1919

When one door of happiness closes, another opens.
Helen Keller

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.
H. Mildred Barthel

The hours that make us happy make us wise.
John Masefield 1878-1967

Of all the unhappy people in the world, the unhappiest are those who have not found something they want to do. True happiness comes to him who does his work well, followed by a relaxing and refreshing period of rest. True happiness comes from the right amount of work for the day.
Lin Yutang 1895-1976

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value out of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
Mark Twain 1835-1910

When one door of happiness closes, another opens. -Helen Keller

Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves for we shall never cease to be amused.
- Unknown

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
- Margaret Lee Runbeck

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
-- Victor Borge

Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
- e. e. cummings

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but
it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
- Herm Albright

Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.
- Jim Beggs

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our
irritations and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.
- Mark Twain

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
- Horace Walpole

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
- Charlie Chaplin

A smile is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged,
sunshine to the sad, and an antidote for trouble.
- Unknown

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to
enjoy simply,to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
- Storm Jameson

He who has the courage to laugh is almost as much
a master of the world as he who is ready to die.
- Giacomo Leopardi

Humor is a serious thing. I like to think of it as one of our greatest
earliest natural resources, which must be preserved at all cost.
- James Thurber

If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
- Edith Wharton

It's not peace I want, not mere contentment. It's boundless joy and ecstasy for me.
- Kugell

Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart.
- Mort Walker

One joy scatters a hundred griefs.
- Chinese Proverb

Seven days without laughter makes one weak.
- Mort Walker

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever
solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
- C.S. Lewis

Choose a job you like and you will never have to work a day of your life.
- Confucius

Those who can laugh without cause have either found the
true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.
- Norm Papernick

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
- Joseph Addison

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length (Robert Frost).