Monday, May 02, 2005

Happiness Quotes

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.  ~Charles L. Morgan Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.  ~Iris Murdoch Happiness is... usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.  ~Thomas Szasz When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content.  ~Niccolo Machiavelli You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness.  ~Author Unknown 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 We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.  ~George Bernard Shaw, Candida, 1898 One should be either sad or joyful.  Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers.  ~Eugene O'Neill A man's as miserable as he thinks he is.  ~Seneca One filled with joy preaches without preaching.  ~Mother Teresa Misery is almost always the result of thinking.  ~Joseph Joubert My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.  ~Thornton Wilder Be happy.  It's one way of being wise.  ~ColettePrecisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment - a little makes the way of the best happiness.  ~Frederich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.  ~William Saroyan People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.  ~Anton Chekhov Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens.  ~Douglas Jerrold Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.  ~Don Herold If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.  ~Taisen Deshimaru It is strange what a contempt men have for the joys that are offered them freely.  ~Georges Duhamel If the day and night be such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more immortal - that is your success.  All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.  ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.  ~Jean de la Bruyere 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 The only time I was truly happy was as a child, before I knew what happiness was - or wasn't.  ~D.H. Mondfleur Eden is that old-fashioned house we dwell in every day Without suspecting our abode until we drive away. ~Emily Dickinson Happiness is a function of accepting what is.  ~Werner Erhard Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.  ~Maxim Gorky Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind.  ~John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, 1863 Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.  ~Joseph Addison Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought.  Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.  ~Samuel Johnson There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.  ~Freya Stark, The Journey's Echo Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.  ~Robert Brault In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness - otherwise how would you know when you're happy?  ~Leslie Caron On the whole, the happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.  ~William R. Inge I hate being happy.  It pisses me off.  Because I know if I try to grab it, it will slip away, like one of those goddamn water snakes.  And I hate just looking.  I always try to grab.  ~D.H. Mondfleur I don't necessarily want to be happy; I just want to stop feeling miserable.  ~Terri Guillemets To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.  ~Albert Camus, The Fall, 1956 Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.  ~Mahatma Gandhi 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 If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that's enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French by Richard Howard Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.  ~Quoted in The Cockle Bur When a man has lost all happiness, he's not alive.  Call him a breathing corpse.  ~Sophocles Many things can make you miserable for weeks; few can bring you a whole day of happiness.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.  ~Hosea Ballou To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.  ~Charles Caleb Colton Some pursue happiness, others create it.  ~Author Unknown The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.  ~Epictetus Gather the crumbs of happiness and they will make you a loaf of contentment.  ~Author Unknown Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.  ~George Bernard Shaw 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 not being pained in body or troubled in mind.  ~Thomas Jefferson We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.  ~Charles Kingsley You need to learn to be happy by nature, because you'll seldom have the chance to be happy by circumstance.  ~Lavetta Sue Wegman It is a comely fashion to be glad; Joy is the grace we say to God.  ~Jean Ingelow 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 button that has rolled under the radiator.  He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself.  He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day.  ~W. Beran Wolfe 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 Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other.  ~Norman Bradburn If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time.  ~Josh Billings Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy


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