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Oh, Mirth and Innocence! Oh, Milk and Water!
  Ye happy mixture of more happy days!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Beppo (st. 80)

. . . all who joy would win
  Must share it.--Happiness was born a twin.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 172)

There comes
  For ever something between us and what
    We deem our happiness.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Sardanapalus (act I, sc. 2)

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
      - Albert Camus

What is there given by the gods more desirable than a happy hour?
  [Lat., Quid datur a divis felici optatius hora?]
      - Catullus (Caius Quintus Valerius Catullus),
        Carmina (LXII, 30)

The message from the hedge-leaves,
  Heed it, whoso thou art;
    Under lowly eaves
      Lives the happy heart.
      - John Vance Cheney,
        The Hedge-bird's Message

We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
  [Lat., In animi securitate vitam beatam ponimus.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Natura Deorum (I, 20)

Nature has granted to all to be happy, if we did but know how to use her benefits.
      - Claudian (Claudianus)

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions,--the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitesimals of pleasant thought and feeling.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Happiness is much more equally divided than some of us imagine. One man shall possess most of the materials, but little of the thing; another may possess much of the thing, but very few of the material. In this particular view of it, happiness had been beautifully compared to the man in the desert--he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Happiness is that single and glorious thing which is the very light and sun of the whole animated universe; and where she is not it were better that nothing should be.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves.
      - Confucius

Happiness seems made to be shared.
  [Fr., Le bonheur semble fait pour etre partage.]
      - Pierre Corneille, Notes par Rochefoucauld

If solid happiness we prize,
  Within our breast this jewel lies,
    And they are fools who roam;
      The world has nothing to bestow,
        From our own selves our bliss must flow,
          And that dear hut,--our home.
      - Nathaniel Cotton, The Fireside

Thus happiness depends, as Nature shows,
  Less on exterior things than most suppose.
      - William Cowper, Table Talk (l. 246)

Domestic Happiness, thou only bliss
  Of Paradise that hast survived the Fall!
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. III, l. 41)

It is by being fully involved with every detail of our lives, whether good or bad, that we find happiness, not by trying to look for it directly.
      - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi,
        Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Happiness lies, first of all, in health.
      - George William Curtis

It is something to look upon enjoyment, so that it be free and wild, and in the face of Nature, though it be but the enjoyment of an idiot. It is something to know that Heaven has left the capacity of gladness in such a creature's breast.
      - Charles Dickens

Without strong affection, and humanity of heart, and gratitude to that Being whose code is mercy, and whose great attribute is benevolence to all things that breathe, true happiness can never be attained.
      - Charles Dickens

Happiness is only to be found in a recurrence to the principles of human nature; and these will prompt very simple measures.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is, with thoughts of what may be.
      - John Dryden

They live too long who happiness outlive.
      - John Dryden

He who finds thought that lets us penetrate even a little deeper into the eternal mystery of nature has been granted great grace. He who, in addition, experiences the recognition, sympathy, and help of the best minds of his times, had been given almost more happiness than one man can bear.
      - Albert Einstein

The best happiness will be to escape the worst misery.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

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