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CHEERFULNESS
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[ Also see Amiability Complacency Contentment Gaiety Good Humor Happiness Joy Melancholy Merriment Moroseness Optimism Pessimism Pleasing Pleasure Smiles Vivacity ]

Let cheerfulness on happy fortune wait.
      - John Dryden

A cheerful, intelligent face is the end of culture.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

And so of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more of it remains.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing will supply the want of sunshine to peaches, and, to make knowledge valuable, you must have the cheerfulness of wisdom. Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished. The joy of the spirit indicates its strength. All healthy, things are sweet-tempered. Genius works in sport, and goodness smiles to the last.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more of it remains.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inner sunshine warms not only the heart of the owner, but all who come in contact with it.
      - James Thomas Fields

A cheerful face is nearly as good for an invalid as healthy weather.
      - Benjamin Franklin

An ounce of cheerfulness is worth a pound of sadness to serve God with.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Be thou like the bird perched upon some frail thing, although he feels the branch bending beneath him, yet loudly sings, knowing full well that he has wings.
      - Madame Gasparin

The soul that perpetually overflows with kindness and sympathy will always be cheerful.
      - Parke Godwin

If the soul be happily disposed, every thing becomes capable of affording entertainment, and distress will almost want a name.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Cheerful at morn he wakes from short repose,
  Breathes the keen air, and carols as he goes.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 1853)

Cheerfulness is health; the opposite, melancholy, is disease.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Sweetness of spirit and sunshine is famous for dispelling fears and difficulties; patience is a mighty help to the burden-bearer.
      - James Hamilton

A cherefull looke makes a dish a feast.
  [A cheerful look makes a dish a feast.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

The mind that is cheerful in its present state, will be averse to all solicitude as to the future, and will meet the bitter occurrences of life with a placid smile.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Cheerfulness is like money well expended in charity; the more we dispense of it, the greater our possession.
      - Victor Hugo

I like the laughter that opens the lips and the heart,--that shows at the same time pearls and the soul.
      - Victor Hugo

To be happy, the passions must be cheerful and gay, not gloomy and melancholy. A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty.
      - David Hume

When Goethe says that in every human condition foes lie in wait for us, "invincible only by cheerfulness and equanimity," he does not mean that we can at all times be really cheerful, or at a moment's notice; but that the endeavor to look at the better side of things will produce the habit, and that this habit is the surest safeguard against the danger of sudden is evils.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

Nature designed us to be of good cheer.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Cheer up, the worst is yet to come.
      - Philander Chase Johnson,
        in "Everybody's Magazine", May, 1920

Mirth is like a flash of lightning that breaks through a gloom of clouds and glitters for a moment. Cheerfulness keeps up a daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The habit of looking on the best side of every event is worth more than a thousand pounds a year.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Cheerfulness is full of significance; it suggests good health, a clear conscience, and a soul at peace with all human nature.
      - Charles Kingsley


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