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Happiness is the fine and gentle rain which penetrates the soul, but which afterwards gushes forth in springs of tears.
      - Maurice Guerin (Georges-Maurice de Guerin)

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.
      - John Gunther

Happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.
      - John Gunther

It is a great truth, wonderful as it is undeniable, that all our happiness--temporal, spiritual and eternal--consists in one thing; namely, in resigning ourselves to God, and in leaving ourselves with Him, to do with us and in us just as He pleases.
      - Madame Guyon

He who is good is happy.
      - William Habington (Habbington)

God loves to see his creatures happy; our lawful delight is His; they know not God that think to please Him with making themselves miserable. The idolaters thought it a fit service for Baal to cut and lance themselves; never any holy man looked for thanks from the true God by wronging himself.
      - Joseph Hall

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

There is something more awful in happiness than in sorrow--the latter being earthly and finite, the former composed of the substance and texture of eternity, so that spirits still embodied may well tremble at it.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

That happiness does still the longest thrive where joys and griefs have turns alternative.
      - Robert Herrick

The loss of wealth is loss of dirt,
  As sages in all times assert;
    The happy man's without a shirt.
      - John Heywood, Be Merry Friends

Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.
      - Napoleon Hill

You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.
      - Eric Hoffer

And there is ev'n a happiness
  That makes the heart afraid.
      - Thomas Hood, Ode to Melancholy

You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man; a contented mind confers it on all.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

You will not rightly call him a happy man who possesses much; he more rightly earns the name of happy who is skilled in wisely using the gifts of the gods, and in suffering hard poverty, and who fears disgrace as worse than death.
  [Lat., Non possidentem multa vocaveris
    Recte beatum; rectius occupat
      Nomen beati, qui Deorum
        Muneribus sapienter uti,
          Duramque callet pauperiem pati,
            Pejusque leto flagitium timet.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (IX, bk. 4, 9, 45)

Avoid greatness; in a cottage there may be more real happiness than kings or their favorites enjoy.
  [Lat., Fuge magna, licet sub paupere tecto
    Reges et regum vita procurrere amicos.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 10, 32)

Happiness is always the inaccessible castle which sinks in ruin when we set foot on it.
      - Arsene Houssaye

There are no rules for felicity.
      - Victor Hugo

When we are not too anxious about happiness and unhappiness, but devote ourselves to the strict and unsparing performance of duty, then happiness comes of itself--nay, even springs from the midst of a life of troubles and anxieties and privations.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

When we reflect on the shortness and uncertainty of life, how despicable seem all our pursuits of happiness.
      - David Hume

That Action is best which procures the greatest Happiness for the greatest Numbers; and that worst, which, in like manner, occasions misery.
      - Francis Hutcheson, the Elder,
        Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue
         (treatise II, sec. 3)

Deprive the average human being of his life-lie, and you rob him of his happiness.
      - Henrik Ibsen

I opened the doors of my heart.
  And behold,
    There was music within and a song,
      And echoes did feed on the sweetness, repeating it long.
        I opened the doors of my heart. And behold,
          There was music that played itself out in aeolian notes:
            Then was heard, as a far-away bell at long intervals tolled.
      - Jean Ingelow

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