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No eye to watch, and no tongue to wound us,
  And earth forgot, and all heaven around us!
      - Thomas Moore, Come O'er the Sea

Happiness may have but one night, as glory but one day.
      - Louis Charles Alfred de Musset

Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy.
      - Cynthia Nelms

The happiness of the human race in this world does not consist in our being devoid of passions, but in our learning to command them.
      - Old French Saying

What happiness is there which is not purchased with more or less of pain?
      - Margaret Oliphant

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
  The wise grows it under his feet.
      - James Oppenheim, The Wise

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.
      - George Orwell (pseudonym of Eric Blair)

It is quite easy for stupid people to be happy; they believe in fables, and they trot on in a beaten track like a horse on a tramway.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Before he is dead and buried no one ought to be called happy.
  [Lat., Dicique beatus
    Ante obitum nemo supremaque funera debet.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (bk. III, 136)

The common course of things is in favor of happiness; happiness is the rule, misery the exception. Were the order reversed, our attention would be called to examples of health and competency, instead of disease and want.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

Happiness is neither within us nor without us, it is the union of ourselves with God.
      - Blaise Pascal

If our condition were truly happy, we would not seek diversion from it in order to make ourselves happy.
      - Blaise Pascal

Thus we never live, but we hope to live; and always disposing ourselves to be happy, it is inevitable that we never become so.
      - Blaise Pascal, Thoughts (ch. V, sec. I)

Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

The happiness of the tender heart is increased by what it can take away from the wretchedness of others.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

That state of life is most happy where superfluities are not required and necessaries are not wanting.
      - Plutarch

Said Scopas of Thessaly, "But we rich men count our felicity and happiness to lie in these superfluities, and no in those necessary things."
      - Plutarch, Morals
         (vol. II, Of the Love of Wealth)

Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think.
      - Alexander Pope

Oh happiness! our being's end and aim!
  Good, Pleasure, Ease, Content! whate'er thy name;
    That something still which prompts th' eternal sigh,
      For which we bear to live, or dare to die.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 1)

Fix'd to no spot is Happiness sincere;
  'Tis nowhere to be found, or ev'rywhere;
    'Tis never to be bought, but always free.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 15)

Heaven to mankind impartial we confess,
  If all are equal in their happiness;
    But equal wants this happiness increase,
      All nature's difference keeps all nature's peace.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 53)

Happiness is not perfected until it is shared.
      - Jane Porter

Our happiness in this world depends on the affections we are enabled to inspire.
      - Duchesse de Praslin

It is ever thus with happiness;
  It is the gay to-morrow of the mind,
    That never comes.
      - Edna Dean Proctor

Happiness is beneficial for the body but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.
      - Marcel Proust

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