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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 ]

The happiest women, like the happiness nations, have no history.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Hume's doctrine was that the circumstances vary, the amount of happiness does not; that the beggar cracking fleas in the sunshine under a hedge, and the duke rolling by in his chariot, the girl equipped for her first ball, and the orator returning triumphant from the debate, had different means, but the same quantity of pleasant excitement.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To fill the hour, that is happiness; to fill the hour, and leave no crevice for a repentance or an approval.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is an equivalent for all troublesome things.
      - Epictetus

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.
      - Epicurus

If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us at least live so as to deserve happiness.
      - Johann Gottlieb Fichte

To be happy is not the purpose of our being, but to deserve happiness.
      - Johann Gottlieb Fichte

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
      - Gustave Flaubert

There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
      - Henry Ford

Happiness in the ordinary sense is not what one needs in life, though one is right to aim at it. The true satisfaction is to come through and see those whom one loves come through.
      - E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
      - Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.
      - Anne Frank

Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
      - Sigmund Freud

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
      - Robert Lee Frost

Those who seek for something more than happiness in this world must not complain if happiness is not their portion.
      - James Anthony Froude

To be happy is not the purpose for which you are placed in this world.
      - James Anthony Froude

Happiness is not the end of duty, it is a constituent of it. It is in it and of it; not an equivalent, but an element.
      - Henry Giles

A happy life is one spent in learning, earning, and yearning.
      - Lillian Gish

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Wouldst thou ever roam abroad? See, what is good lies by thy side. Only learn to catch happiness, for happiness is ever by you.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others,
  And in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Distichs

The highest happiness, the purest joys of life, wear out at last.
  [Ger., Das beste Gluck, des Lebens schonste Kraft
    Ermattet endlich.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Iphigenia auf Tauris (IV, 5, 9)

Still to ourselves in every place consign'd
  Our own felicity to make or find.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 431)

Now happiness consists in activity: such is the constitution of our nature: it is a running stream, and a stagnant pool.
      - John Mason Good, The Book of Nature
         (series III, lecture VII)

Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.
      - Maxim Gorky


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