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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 man with toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound.
      - George Bernard Shaw

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Candida

But a lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Happiness and Beauty are by-products.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        Man and Superman--Maxims for Revolutionists

Hunting after happiness is like hunting after a lost sheep in the wilderness--when you find it, the chances are that it is a skeleton.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

The nearest we can come to) perfect happiness is to cheat ourselves with the belief that we have got it.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Ye seek for happiness--alas, the day!
  Ye find it not in luxury nor in gold,
    Nor in the fame, nor in the envied sway
      For which, O willing slaves to Custom old,
        Severe taskmistress! ye your hearts have sold.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Revolt of Islam
         (canto XI, st. 17)

Happiness is an exotic of celestial birth.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Happiness is a sunbeam, which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

There must be some mixture of happiness in everything but sin.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney

A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn't let them get her down.
      - Beverly Sills

If the chief part of human happiness arises from the consciousness of being beloved, as I believe it does, these sudden changes of fortune seldom contribute much to happiness.
      - Adam Smith (1)

Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse. If we attempt to steal a glimpse of its features it disappears.
      - Alexander Smith

We are never happy: we can only remember that we were so once.
      - Alexander Smith

All mankind are happier for having been happy; so that, if you make them happy now, you make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it.
      - Sydney Smith

Fortitude, justice, and candor are very necessary instruments of happiness, but they require time and exertion.
      - Sydney Smith

The haunts of happiness are varied and rather unaccountable, but I have more often seen her among little children, and home firesides, and in country houses, than anywhere else--at least, I think so.
      - Sydney Smith

Magnificent spectacle of human happiness.
      - Sydney Smith, America, "Edinburgh Review"

Mankind are always happier for having been happier; so that if you make them happy now, you make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it.
      - Sydney Smith,
        Lecture on Benevolent Affections

Happiness is unrepented pleasure.
      - Socrates

No one can be said to be happy until he is dead.
      - Solon

In the soul, when the supreme faculties move regularly, the inferior passions and faculties following, there arises a serenity infinitely beyond the highest quintessence of worldly delight.
      - Bishop Robert South

The saddest birds a season find to sing.
      - Robert Southwell

Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.
      - Benjamin Spock

Be happy, but be so by piety.
      - Madame de Stael (Baronne Anne Louise Germaine de Stael-Holstein),
        Corinne (bk. XX, ch. III)


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