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There is no duty we underrate so much as the duty of being happy.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson

Wealth I ask not, hope nor love,
  Nor a friend to know me;
    All I ask, the heavens above,
      And the road below me.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson, The Vagabond

Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.
      - Lytton Strachey

Because in the midst of happiness there is always a seed of unhappiness; it consumes itself like fire--it can't burn forever, sooner or later it must die; and this presentiment of the end destroys my happiness when it is at is height.
      - Johan August Strindberg, A Dream Play,
        (Robinson's translation)

The sweetest bird builds near the ground,
  The loveliest flower springs low;
    And we must stoop for happiness
      If we its worth would know.
      - Charles Swain

So endless and exorbitant are the desires of men that they will grasp at all, and can form no scheme of perfect happiness with less.
      - Jonathan Swift

No man is happy who does not think himself so.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.
      - Booth Tarkington (Newton Booth Tarkington)

Happy! Who is happy? Was there not a serpent in Paradise itself? And if Eve had been perfectly happy beforehand, would she have listened to the tempter?
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

True happiness (if understood)
  Consists alone in doing good.
      - James Thomson (1)

Man is the artificer of his own happiness.
      - Henry David Thoreau

To be happy is not only to be freed from the pains and diseases of the body, but from anxiety and vexation of spirit; not only to enjoy the pleasures of sense, but peace of conscience and tranquillity of mind.
      - John Tillotson

Happiness is a roadside flower growing on the highways of usefulness; plucked, it shall wither in thy hand; passed by, it is fragrance to thy spirit. Trample the thyme beneath thy feet; be useful, be happy.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

The great essentials of happiness are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
      - Unknown

He (Solon) considered that no one ought to be called happy as long as he was alive.
  [Lat., Neminem, dum adhuc viveret, beatum dici debere arbitrabatur.]
      - Valerius Maximus bk. VII, 2, ext. 2

O thrice, four times happy they!
  [Lat., O terque quaterque beati.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (I, 94)

Happiness is a good that Nature sells us.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Happiness is no laughing matter.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Happiness is a rare cosmetic.
      - George John Whyte-Melville

A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

There is a gentle element, and man may breathe it with a calm, unruffled soul, and drink its living waters, till his heart is pure; and this is human happiness.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

For it stirs the blood in an old man's heart;
  And makes his pulses fly,
    To catch the thrill of a happy voice,
      And the light of a pleasant eye.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis,
        Saturday Afternoon (st. 1)

True happiness is to no spot confined,
  If you preserve a firm and constant mind,
    'Tis here, 'tis everywhere.
      - John Huddlestone Wynne, History of Ireland

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