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HAPPINESS
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[ Also see Blessedness Bliss Cheerfulness Contentment Delight Enjoyment Felicity Gaiety Gladness Heart Heaven Holiness Home Joy Laughter Luck Merriment Mirth Moderation Paradise Pleasure Satisfaction Smiles Success Unhappiness ]

Happiness is a homemade article.
      - Proverb

It is no happiness to live long, nor unhappiness to die soon; happy is he that hath lived long enough to die well.
      - Francis Quarles

The happiness of the wicked flows away as a torrent.
  [Fr., Le bonheur des mechants comme un torrent s'ecoule.]
      - Jean Baptiste Racine, Athalie (II, 7)

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
      - Ayn Rand

The happiness life consists, like the day, not in single flashes of light, but in one continuous mild serenity. The most beautiful period of the heart's existence is in this calm, equable light, even although it be only moonshine or twilight. Now the mind alone can obtain for us this heavenly cheerfulness and peace.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Brethren, happiness is not our being's end and aim. The Christian's aim is perfection, not happiness; and every one of the sons of God must have something of that spirit which marked his Master.
      - Frederick William Robertson

Every one speaks of it, few know it.
      - Madame Jeanne Marie Phlipon de La Platiere Roland

Happiness--a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

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

The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

So long as you do not quarrel with sin, you will never be a truly happy man.
      - John Charles Ryle

Happiness lies in the consciousness we have of it, and by no means in the way the future keeps its promises.
      - George Sand (pseudonym of Mme. Armandine Lucile Dupon Dudevant),
        Handsome Lawrence (ch. III)

Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
      - George Santayana

The will of a man is his happiness.
  [Ger., Des Menschen Wille, das ist sein Gluck.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Lager (VII, 25)

The two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?
      - Charles M. Schulz

O mother, mother, what is bliss?
  O mother, what is bale?
    Without my William what were heaven,
      Or with him what were hell?
      - Sir Walter Scott,
        translation of a ballad of Burger's

The great blessings of mankind are within us, and within our reach, but we shut our eyes, and, like people in the dark, we fall foul upon the very thing we search for, without finding it.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

No man can live happily who regards himself alone, who turns everything to his own advantage. Thou must live for another, if thou wishest to live for thyself.
  [Lat., Non potest quisquam beate degere, qui se tantum intuetur, qui omnia ad utilitates suas convertit; alteri vivas oportet, si vis tibi vivere.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (XLVIII)

But, O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes!
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Orlando at V, ii)

Would I were with him, wheresome'er he is, either in heaven or in hell!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Bardolph at II, ii)

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.
      - George Bernard Shaw

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.
      - George Bernard Shaw


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