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Happiness no more depends on station, rank, or any local or adventitious circumstances in individuals than a man's life is connected with the color of his garment. The mind is the seat of happiness, and to make it so in reality, nothing is necessary but the balm of gospel peace and the saving knowledge of the Son of God.
      - Unattributed Author

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 honors, 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!
      - Abder-Rahman III

The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
      - Joseph Addison

The utmost we can hope for in this world is contentment; if we aim at anything higher, we shall meet with nothing but grief and disappointment. A man should direct all his studies and endeavors at making himself easy now and happy hereafter.
      - Joseph Addison

True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise. It arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and, in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select friends.
      - Joseph Addison

Hold him alone truly fortunate who has ended his life in happy well-being.
      - Aeschylus, Agamemnon (928)

The sunshine of life is made up of very little beams, that are bright all the time.
      - Conrad Potter Aiken (used pseudonym Samuel Jeake, Jr.)

He who has no wish to be happier is the happiest of men.
      - William R. Alger

Happiness does away with ugliness, and even makes the beauty of beauty.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Happiness has no limits, because God has neither bottom nor bounds, and because happiness is nothing but the conquest of God through love.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
      - Anonymous

Different men seek happiness in different ways and by different means.
      - Aristotle

Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient.
      - Aristotle

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
      - Aristotle

Happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it.
      - Aristotle

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
      - Aristotle

Happiness may be defined as good fortune joined to virtue, or a independence, or as a life that is both agreeable and secure.
      - Aristotle

If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.
      - Aristotle

The activity of happiness must occupy an entire lifetime; for one swallow does not a summer make.
      - Aristotle

'Twas a jolly old pedagogue, long ago,
  Tall and slender, and sallow and dry;
    His form was bent, and his gait was slow,
      His long thin hair was white as snow,
        But a wonderful twinkle shone in his eye.
          And he sang every night as he went to bed,
            "Let us be happy down here below:
              The living should live, though the dead be dead."
                Said the jolly old pedagogue long ago.
      - George Arnold, The Jolly Old Pedagogue

If you love to read, if you love nature and if you have a dog, you've got it made.
      - Brooke Astor (Brooke Russell Kuser Marshall Astor)

Happiness and comfort stream immediately from God himself, as light issues from the sun; and sometimes looks and darts itself into the meanest corners, while it forbears to visit the largest and the noblest rooms.
      - James H. Aughey

Happiness without peace is temporal; peace along with happiness is eternal.
      - James H. Aughey

Why not seize the pleasure at once--How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!.
      - Jane Austen, Emma (vol. II, ch. XII)

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
      - Hosea Ballou, Manuscript--Sermons

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