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Happiness is reflective, like the light of heaven.
      - Washington Irving

Upon the road to Romany
  It's stay, friend, stay!
    There's lots o' love and lots o' time
      To linger on the way;
        Poppies for the twilight,
          Roses for the noon,
            It's happy goes as lucky goes,
              To Romany in June.
      - Wallace Irwin, From Romany to Rome

He is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Of all the cankers of human happiness none corrodes with so silent, yet so baneful an influence, as indolence.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Perfect happiness, I believe, was never intended by the Deity to be the lot of one of His creatures in this world; but that He has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it, is what I have steadfastly believed.
      - Thomas Jefferson

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

It is the people who can do nothing who find nothing to do, and the secret to happiness in this world is not only to be useful, but to be forever elevating one's uses.
      - Sarah Orne Jewett

Human happiness has always its abatements; the brightest sunshine of success is not without a cloud.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Little would be wanting to the happiness of life, if every man could conform to the right as soon as he was shown it.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

None are happy but by anticipation of change.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Nothing is more idle than to inquire after happiness, which nature has kindly placed within our reach.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

So scanty is our present allowance of happiness that in many situations life could scarcely be supported if hope were not allowed to relieve the present hour by pleasures borrowed from the future.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Terrestrial happiness is of short duration. The brightness of the flame is wasting its fuel; the fragrant flower is passing away in its own odors.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

We seldom require more to the happiness of the present hour than to surpass him that stands next before us.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

In order to be happy, think of the ills you have been spared.
      - Joseph Joubert

We deem those happy who, from the experience of life, have learned to bear its ills, without being overcome by them.
  [Lat., Ducimus autem
    Hos quoque felices, qui ferre incommoda vitae,
      Nec jactare jugum vita didicere magistra.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XII, 20)

Your success and happiness lie in you. . . . Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
      - Helen Adams Keller

The full use of your powers along lines of excellence.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
        his definition of happiness

If you cannot catch the bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.
      - Nikita Khrushchev, in "Time" magazine

We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Happiness is in taste and not in things; and it is by having what we love that we are happy, not by having what others find agreeable.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The happiness or unhappiness of men depends no less upon their dispositions than their fortunes.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We are never so happy, nor so unhappy, as we suppose ourselves to be.
  [Fr., On n'est jamais si heureux, ni si malheureux, qu'on se l'imagine.]
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes

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