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I've learned to be happy with what I have, and even if I lost it, I'd still be happy, because (see start of sentence.) ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2019


The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. ~Mark Twain, 1896


There are lots of ways of being miserable, but there’s only one way of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness. If you make up your mind not to be happy there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a fairly good time. ~Edith Wharton, "The Last Asset," in Scribner's Magazine, 1904  [Followed by, "That was Schopenhauer's idea, I believe." —tg]


Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around. ~E. L. Konigsburg, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, 1967


Happiness is always a by-product. It never comes to those who concentrate on securing it... It always comes as a result of something else. The pursuit of noble things, the things essentially worth while... As a man goes on life's journey, with a brave heart, doing the best he can... he often hears the faint flutter of invisible wings, he feels a presence, a companion. It is Happiness. ~Chicago Herald, c. 1917


Happiness? Simple, really. You don't let short-term concerns ruin your life, and you don't let long-term concerns ruin your day. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Happiness is always a by-product. 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 (1913–1995)


All persons carry with them some means of happiness. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


I don't think you can feel a sense of entitlement and still be happy. Happiness always comes from feeling that you've been blessed. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


[M]an is fond of reckoning up his troubles, but does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground, 1864, translated by Constance Garnett, 1918


The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance:
The wise grows it under his feet.
~James Oppenheim, "The Wise," War and Laughter, 1916


After stumbling around looking for contentment for years I suddenly learned that you cannot find it by hunting furiously for it. Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. ~John Barrymore, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1934


"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best—," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called. ~A.A. Milne


Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. When one takes a rest, the other one tends to take up the slack. ~Hazelmarie "Mattie" Elliott


[H]appiness in its loftiest sense is a prayer... ~Mrs. J. Page Hopps, "Happiness as a Fine Art," 1904


I'm perfectly happy. — If only it were true. Not that I suppose anybody is ever perfectly happy, really. But just to be ordinarily contented, to be at peace. ~Noël Coward's Brief Encounter, 1945


Other people become less confusing once you realize that Happiness is not one-size-fits-all. ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com


Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants and to serve them one’s self, so as to have somewhat left to give, instead of being always prompt to grab? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. ~Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts, 1931


...Thus pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find...
~William Wordsworth, "Stray Pleasures," 1806


But in giving happiness they give life, that is why happiness is worth having. When you play you are happy, while you are happy you are in eternity — for happiness annihilates time and space. ~Holbrook Jackson, "Peterpantheism," Romance and Reality: Essays and Studies, 1911


Happiness is a form of courage. ~American proverb


We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all. ~Jean de La Bruyere


Tranquil pleasures last the longest. We are not fitted to bear long the burden of great joys. ~Christian Nestell Bovee, "Pleasure," Intuitions, 1862


Don't dream of happiness; deserve it. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Don'ts for Girls, 1902


Merriment comes in sparks, joy in flashes, and happiness in lightnings. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "Happiness," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940


Every now and then,
when the world sits just right,
a gentle breath of heaven
fills my soul with delight...
~Hazelmarie "Mattie" Elliott, A Breath of Heaven


The secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Happiness is a well-balanced combination of love, labour, and luck. ~Mary Wilson Little, Reveries of a Paragrapher, 1897


A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. ~Variation of "The test of a well-adjusted motorist is his ability to enjoy the scenery while on a detour" from Evan Esar, 20,000 Quips & Quotes, 1968


There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. ~Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington


A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness. ~Bernard Le Bovier, Sieur de Fontenelle


And she had lain awake through the silent midnight so alive with a tingling, electric joy that she could not sleep. ~Kate J. Neely, "Letty's Proposal," 1862


She wielded her desires like a magic pen and scrawled the great wonderword Happiness across her life in letters of flame and gold and diamonds and roses! ~Anita Vivanti Chartres (1866–1942), The Hunt for Happiness, 1896  [A little altered. Actually, the word was Fame but she later wanted to rewrite it as Happiness when she realized that Fame was disappointment, disillusion, and incompleteness. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


A happy thought is like a seed that sows positivity for all to reap. ~Miriam Muhammad, September 2009 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter


Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination. ~Immanuel Kant


The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony. ~V. S. Pritchett


Real elation is when you feel you could touch a star without standing on tiptoe. ~Doug Larson


Be happy, and a reason will come along. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Tucker seemed too happy to smile, his expression solemn and prayerful. ~Abby Geni, The Wildlands, 2018


Let us be thankful to people who bring us happiness; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust  [He continues: But let us be even more grateful to the cruel, unkind, and indifferent, who have devastated our hearts and enabled us to finally contemplate ourselves. —tg]


With some whose nerves have a deep covering of fat, happiness is less of a problem than it is an accident of anatomy. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "Happiness," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940


Franklin smiled benevolently at the questioner, and quickly, blandly, he replied, “My friend, the Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself!" ~Author unknown, 1950s


Some pursue happiness, others create it. ~Author unknown


Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


As people spin faster and faster in the pursuit of merely personal happiness, they become exhausted in the futile effort of chasing themselves. ~Andrew Delbanco


Happiness is breathlessly chasing you. ~Terri Guillemets


The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. ~Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954


Man must search for what is right, and let happiness come on its own. ~Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi


The search for happiness is unlike any other search, for we search last in the likeliest places. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Happiness is always the serendipitous result of looking for something else. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer, lumpenbangenpiano.com


If you search the world for happiness, you may find it in the end, for the world is round and will lead you back to your door. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Happiness is no apple that you can peel and eat. ~W. Béran Wolfe, M.D. (1900–1935), How to Be Happy Though Human, 1931


Happiness is a quality and an attribute of the good life. The more you try to define it the less you know about it. It is as ineluctable as electricity, as evanescent as melody, as indefinable as health, as variable as speed, time, matter, and the other fictions on which life itself is built. Happiness knows no standards and no limits. ~W. Béran Wolfe, M.D. (1900–1935), How to Be Happy Though Human, 1931


Nearly every human being is looking for happiness, but very few know what happiness is. Nevertheless if you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. He will not be searching for happiness, as if it were a collar stud that has rolled under the dressing-table. He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself, nor will he be seeking it among the nebulous wastes of metaphysics. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day. ~W. Béran Wolfe, M.D. (1900–1935), How to Be Happy Though Human, 1931


For it is our thesis that living happily is a fine art that nearly everyone who possesses an iota of intelligence, courage, and a sense of humor can learn. ~W. Béran Wolfe, M.D. (1900–1935), How to Be Happy Though Human, 1931


The art of being a complete, and happy, human being may be likened to a process of creative self-sculpture. This term best describes the art of attaining poise and satisfaction, of gaining the courageous hopefulness and sense of freedom, the objective self-esteem that are the essential premises of happiness. Our heritage as human beings is the raw material of the fine art of being human. Every man must take this rock and hew out a design for himself. If he succeeds in this task within the time limit set by nature, he may well consider himself a happy human being. ~W. Béran Wolfe, M.D. (1900–1935), How to Be Happy Though Human, 1931


If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years. ~Bertrand Russell


The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment. ~Doug Larson


The next morning Brush woke up and lay for a long time staring at the ceiling. He felt wonderfully well. ~Thornton Wilder, Heaven's My Destination, 1935


The best climate is found in the state of Contentment. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


I think the key to life is just being a happy person, and happiness will bring you success. ~Diego Val


Often one's greatest happiness needs less to be pursued than welcomed. ~Robert Brault, 2017, rbrault.blogspot.com


Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world; some people go through life creaking. ~Friendly Calendar, 1911


My crown is in my heart, not on my head;
Not decked with diamonds and Indian stones,
Nor to be seen: my crown is called content:
A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy.
~William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III [III, 1, Henry VI]


Isn't it cool when the days that are supposed to feel good, actually do? ~Jim Carrey


      So take joy home,
And make a place in thy great heart for her,
And give her time to grow, and cherish her;
Then will she come, and oft will sing to thee,
When thou art working in the furrows; ay,
Or weeding in the sacred hour of dawn.
It is a comely fashion to be glad—
Joy is the grace we say to God...
~Jean Ingelow, "Dominion," A Story of Doom and Other Poems, 1867


Joy is such stuff as the hinges of Heaven's doors are made of. ~Robert Haven Schauffler, "A Defense of Joy," The Joyful Heart, 1914


The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid. ~J. D. Salinger, 1952


Joy is not in things, it is in us. ~Charles Wagner


Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. ~John Stuart Mill, Autobiography, 1873


The surest way to find a paradise on earth, the old gardener told us, is to plant your own. ~Dr. SunWolf, professorsunwolf.com


You can't postpone sorrow, so why would you postpone happiness? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


There is no way to peace; peace is the way. There is no way to happiness; happiness is the way. If you are determined, you can do it with your breathing. ~Thich Nhat Hanh


I dunno, you get to a point in life where you'd settle for life, liberty and the pursuit of can't complain. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


What is joy? A sunbeam between two clouds. ~Madame de Luzy


Real happiness is not of temporary enjoyment, but is so interwoven with the future that it blesses for ever. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


We can't control the world. We can only (barely) control our own reactions to it. Happiness is largely a choice, not a right or entitlement. ~David C. Hill, hill-kleerup.org/blog


We are seldom happy with what we now have, but would go to pieces if we lost any part of it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable. ~Joseph Roux, translated by Isabel F. Hapgood


If you feel happy to the point of saying so, listen! unhappiness is at your door. ~Joseph Roux, translated by Isabel F. Hapgood


So long as we can lose any happiness we possess some; and it is the truth that most people possess more than they realize, for we know how pathetically often loss reveals what a great quantity has been possessed but not realized. ~Booth Tarkington, c. 1926


Jumping for joy is good exercise. ~Author unknown


Joy never feasts so high,
As when the first course is of misery.
~John Suckling, Aglaura, 1638  [Ziriff —tg]


Happiness is distraction from the human tragedy. ~J. M. Reinoso


We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. ~Thomas Merton, 1955


Seeking happiness, I passed many travelers headed in the opposite direction, seeking happiness. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


I must admit that I love the things of this world... I love things that sparkle and shine and glow… I love things that taste good… I love beautiful sounds… ~Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts, 1971  [Peppermint Patty to Charlie Brown —tg]


The happy have whole days, and those they choose,
The unhappy have but hours, and those they lose.
~Colley Cibber, The Double Gallant: or, The Sick Lady's Cure, 1707


Happiness... is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. ~Iris Murdoch, The Nice and the Good, 1968


Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults. ~Thomas Szasz, as quoted in Abe Arkoff, Psychology and Personal Growth, 1980


The greatest gift we give to someone who loves us is simply to be happy. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things. ~Ernest Dimnet


One joy scatters a hundred griefs. ~Chinese proverb


Doing cartwheels in the green grass of happiness and skipping high towards the blue heavenly skies of joy! ~Terri Guillemets


We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. ~George Bernard Shaw, Candida, 1898


Even happiness worries sometimes. ~Terri Guillemets


A man's as miserable as he thinks he is. ~Seneca


I went away thinking about the concept of a 'right to happiness'. At first this sounds to me as odd as a right to good luck... A right to happiness doesn't, for me, make much more sense than a right to be six feet tall, or to have a millionaire for your father, or to get good weather whenever you want to have a picnic... But of course that was not what Clare meant. She meant that he had not only a legal but a moral right to act as he did... that behind the laws of the state there is a Natural Law. I agree with her. I hold this conception to be basic to all civilization... but... I don't think it is obvious that people have the unlimited 'right to happiness' which she suggests. ~C. S. Lewis (1898–1963)


Misery is almost always the result of thinking. ~Joseph Joubert


Whatever you set aside to seek happiness, remember where you put it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment – a little makes the way of the best happiness. ~Friedrich Nietzsche


HAPPINESS.—A butterfly, which when pursued, seems always just beyond your grasp; but if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~"A Chapter of Definitions," Daily Crescent, 1848 June 23rd


People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy. ~Anton Chekhov, 1898


Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness, without dreaming of it; but likely enough it is gone the moment we say to ourselves, "Here it is!" like the chest of gold that treasure-seekers find. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1851


Real happiness is more of a habit than a goal, more of an attitude than an attainment. It is the companion of cheerfulness, not the creature of circumstance. Happiness is what overtakes us when we forget ourselves, when we learn to open our eyes in optimism and close the door in the face of defeat. ~William Arthur Ward


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


It is strange what a contempt men have for the joys that are offered them freely. ~Georges Duhamel, The Heart's Domain (La Possession du monde), translated by Eleanor Stimson Brooks, 1919


If the day and night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal, — that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. ~Henry David Thoreau, "Higher Laws," Walden, or Life in the Woods, 1854


The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little stardust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched. ~Henry David Thoreau, "Higher Laws," Walden, or Life in the Woods, 1854


There is no expert on what happiness is but many on what it might have been. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


If a person's basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience. On the other hand, if someone is suffering from depression, anxiety, or any form of emotional distress, then even if he or she happens to be enjoying physical comforts, he will not really be able to experience the happiness that these could bring. ~Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama


Eden is that old fashioned House
We dwell in every day,
Without suspecting our abode
Until we drive away...
~Emily Dickinson


If you flatter yourself properly you will be better able to enjoy yourself. Stretch your joy so that others enjoy you too. ~Willis Goth Regier, In Praise of Flattery, 2007


      Let a joy keep you.
Reach out your hands
And take it when it runs by...
Joy always,
Joy everywhere—
Let joy kill you!
Keep away from the little deaths.
~Carl Sandburg, "Joy," Chicago Poems, 1916


We never give up wanting things for ourselves, but there comes a day when what we want for ourselves is someone else's happiness. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Unquestionably it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen twentieths of mankind, even in those parts of our present world which are least deep in barbarism... ~John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, 1863


When you’re really happy, the birds chirp and the sun shines even on cold dark winter nights — and flowers will bloom on a barren land. ~Terri Guillemets


Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. ~Author unknown


Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. ~Samuel Johnson, 1759


Considering the way the world is, one happy day is almost a miracle. ~Paulo Coelho


Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


On the whole, the happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except the fact that they are so... ~William R. Inge


But to be happy it is essential not to be too concerned with others. ~Albert Camus, The Fall, 1956, translated by Justin O'Brien


Sometimes we don't find the thing that will make us happy because we can't give up the thing that was supposed to. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Happiness is like the penny candy of our youth: we got a lot more for our money back when we had no money. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness. ~Don Marquis


Joy is more divine than sorrow; for joy is bread, and sorrow is medicine. ~Henry Ward Beecher


No matter how carefully you plan your life, in the end your happiness comes down to someone who one day just walked into it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Americans pursue happiness as they would a firefly, and when caught trap it in a jar until it suffocates from lack of freedom. ~Terri Guillemets, "Glow of happiness," 2004


[T]he beautiful world of blossom and love and friendship had lost none of its power to please her fancy and thrill her heart... life still called to her with many insistent voices. ~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables  [the comfort of knowing the world goes on after grief, and we can too —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


When a man has lost all happiness, he’s not alive. Call him a breathing corpse. ~Sophocles


One day you just say "To heck with it," and you go looking for trouble, and you find happiness. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


May I have, through life, a perfect digestion
And, also, the full price of a meal!
And may I, I pray, have a comfortable bed,
Which is asking, I know, a great deal!
~Gertrude T. Buckingham, "My Prayer," 1940s


The test of all happiness is gratitude... ~Gilbert K. Chesterton, "The Ethics of Elfland," Orthodoxy, 1908


Many things can make you miserable for weeks; few can bring you a whole day of happiness. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960


I don't think most people want to be unhappy. It's just something they've gotten good at. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Contentment is the more serene brother of Happiness. ~Terri Guillemets


...and to be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others, bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread. ~C. C. Colton


Happiness pulses with every beat of my heart. ~Terri Guillemets


Man should have an intuition of this far-reaching cosmic purpose and then, if he takes care to see that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things, the difficulties of earthly existence will not destroy his peace of mind. ~Epictetus


How little we know
As we follow its track
How much of the search
Will be circling back.
~Robert Brault, "On Searching For Happiness," rbrault.blogspot.com, 2018


BRASSBOUND.  I don't say I was happy in it; but I wasn't unhappy, because I wasn't drifting. I was steering a course and had work in hand. Give a man health and a course to steer; and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.
LADY CICELY.  Sometimes he won't even stop to trouble about whether other people are happy or not.
~George Bernard Shaw, Captain Brassbound's Conversion, 1899


Happiness is the natural flower of duty. ~Phillips Brooks


But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? ~Albert Camus


Happiness is an occasional brief glance into how simple it all can be. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. ~The Smart Set: A Magazine of Cleverness, 1914


Looking back on a happy life, one realizes that one was not happy all the time. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Cheerfulness is just as natural to the heart of a man in strong health as colour is to his cheek; and wherever there is habitual gloom, there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labour, or erring habits of life. ~John Ruskin, "Of Mountain Beauty: The Mountain Gloom," Modern Painters, 1856


Consequently, we should try as much as possible to maintain a high degree of health; for cheerfulness is the very flower of it. ~Arthur Schopenhauer


With penetrating insight, the mystics will tell us that when we have a desire for a certain thing, a certain experience, and we fulfill that desire, the happiness we feel is not something given by that thing or experience; it is due to having no craving for a little while. ~Eknath Easwaran, The Mantram Handbook


[T]he true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life... ~William Morris, "The Aims of Art," 1887


If yu ever find happiness bi hunting for it, yu will find it, az the old woman did the spektakles she had lost, safe on her own noze all the time. ~Josh Billings, Trump Kards, 1877


It is not happiness until you capture it and store it out of the reach of time. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Oh, God, if I'm anything by a clinical name, I'm a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. ~J. D. Salinger


Before we set our Hearts too much upon any Thing, let us examine how happy those are, who already possess it. ~François VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)


Every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. ~Irving Hoffman


He forgets that to be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. ~Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness, 1958


Don't shade your eyes from the bright joy of the world. ~Terri Guillemets


[U]sefulness is happiness, and... all other things are but incidental. ~Lydia Maria Child, The American Frugal Housewife, 1829


Happiness Makes Up in Height for What It Lacks in Length  ~Robert Frost


The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash. ~Author unknown


To be happy, you must fancy that everything you have is a gift, and you the chosen, though you worked your tail off for every bit of it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


All of us have had the experience of a sudden joy that came when nothing in the world had forewarned us of its coming — a joy so thrilling that if it was born of misery we remembered even the misery with tenderness. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from French by Lewis Galantière


Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve. ~Robert Lynd


So often the shortest distance to happiness is the length of an about-face. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Yet the name of Abdalrahman may be added to the list of those who from the time of Solomon to the present age, have complained that the possession of a throne could never afford any lasting satisfaction. An authentic memorial, which ought to temper the ardour of ambition, was found in the closet of the Caliph after his decease; was transcribed, and carefully preserved, as an instructive lesson to posterity. "I have now reigned above fifty years in victory or peace; beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honours, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity; in this situation I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: they amount to fourteen: O man! place not thy confidence in this present world." The admonition was probably read, admired, and neglected... ~Alexander Beaumont, History of Spain, 1793  [Abd al-Rahman —tg]


Play happiness as the soundtrack of your life. ~Terri Guillemets


HAPPINESS, n.  An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Word Book, 1906



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