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A cheerful temper joined with innocence will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful and wit good-natured.
      - Joseph Addison, in the "Tatler", no. 192

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
      - Joseph Addison

I have always preferred cheerfulness to mirth. The latter I consider an art, the former as a habit of mind. Mirth is short and transient, cheerfulness fixed and permanent.
      - Joseph Addison

A cheerful spirit is one of the most valuable gifts ever bestowed upon humanity by a kind Creator. It is the sweetest and most fragrant flower of the Spirit, that constantly sends out its beauty and fragrance, and blesses everything within its reach. It will sustain the soul in the darkest and most dreary places of this world. It will hold in check the demons of despair, and stifle the power of discouragement and hopelessness. It is the brightest star that ever cast its radiance over the darkened soul, and one that seldom sets in the gloom of morbid fancies and forboding imaginations.
      - James H. Aughey

Cheerfulness is the friend and helper of all good graces, and the absence of it is certainly a vice.
      - James H. Aughey

Cheerfulness sharpens the edge and removes the rust from the mind. A joyous heart supplies oil to our inward machinery, and makes the whole of our powers work with ease and efficiency; hence it is of the utmost importance that we maintain a contented, cheerful, genial disposition.
      - James H. Aughey

To be free-minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of meat and sleep and of exercise is one of the best precepts of long lasting.
      - Francis Bacon

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
      - Bible, John (ch. XVI, v. 33)

Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. XIV, v. 28)

For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.
      - Bible, Zechariah (ch. IX, v. 17)

Between levity and cheerfulness there is a wide distinction; and the mind which is most open to levity is frequently a stranger to cheerfulness.
      - Hugh Blair

Levity may be the forced production of folly or vice; cheerfulness is the natural offspring of wisdom and virtue only. The one is an occasion agitation; the other a germane habit. The one degrades the character, the other is perfectly consistent with the dignity of reason and the steady and manly spirit of religion.
      - Hugh Blair

I have observed that in comedies the best actor plays the droll, while some scrub rogue is made the fine gentleman or hero. Thus it is in the farce of life. Wise men spend their time in mirth; it is only fools who are serious.
      - 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, Henry St. John

Cheerfulness is an offshoot of goodness and of wisdom.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The cheerful live longest in life, and after it, in our regards. Cheerfulness is, the offshot of goodness.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

If there is a virtue in the world at which we should always aim, it is cheerfulness.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Cheered up himself with ends of verse
  And sayings of philosophers.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto III, l. 1011)

Give us, O give us, the man who sings at his work! Be his occupation what it may, he is equal to any of those who follow the same pursuit in silent sullenness. He will do more in the same time,--he will do it better,--he will persevere longer. One is scarcely sensible of fatigue whilst be marches to music. The very stars are said to make harmony as they revolve in their spheres. Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, altogether past calculation its powers of endurance. Efforts, to be permanently useful, must be uniformly joyous,--a spirit all sunshine,--graceful from very gladness,--beautiful because bright.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, altogether past calculation its powers of endurance.
      - Thomas Carlyle

O God, animate us to cheerfulness! May we have a joyful sense of our blessings, learn to look on the bright circumstances of our lot, and maintain a perpetual contentedness.
      - William Ellery Channing

The creed of the true saint is to make the best of life, and make the most of it.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

A cheerful, easy, open countenance will make fools think you a good-natured man, and make designing men think you an undesigning one.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Every human soul has a germ of some flowers within; and they would open if they could only find sunshiny and free air to expand in. I always told you that not having enough of sunshine was what ailed the world. Make people happy, and there will not be half the quarrelling or a tenth part of the wickedness there is.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

You find yourself refreshed, by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others? You will find half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

Cheerfulness ought to be the viaticum vitae of their life to the old; age without cheerfulness is a Lapland winter without a sun.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

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