Happiness

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
- Maria Mitchell
Where fear is, happiness is not.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
A wise woman recognizes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage to act to correct it, she knows the meaning of true generosity, happiness is the reward for a life lived in harmony, with a courage and grace.
- Suze Orman
If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.
- Bertrand Russell
Beauty is the promise of happiness.
- Edmund Burke
My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.
- Michael J. Fox
Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.
- Blaise Pascal
Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war.
- William S. Burroughs
Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
- Saint Augustine
One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.
- Maria Montessori
The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done.
- Thomas Carlyle
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
- Immanuel Kant
How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.
- William James
The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau
The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.
- Sigmund Freud
If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.
- Epictetus
Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.
- Hermann Hesse
My creed is that: Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so.
- Robert Green Ingersoll
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
- Gustave Flaubert
Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.
- William Blake
The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage.
- Thucydides
Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?
- Chuck Palahniuk
Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever; no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself; no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.
- Thomas Carlyle
Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
- Zhuangzi
Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
You take away all the other luxuries in life, and if you can make someone smile and laugh, you have given the most special gift: happiness.
- Brad Garrett
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore; only the life I have lived. The pain now is part of the happiness then.
- Anthony Hopkins
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
- Honore de Balzac
Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.
- Charles Caleb Colton
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. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
I have this really high priority on happiness and finding something to be happy about.
- Taylor Swift
Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.
- Samuel Johnson
The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable.
- Anton Chekhov
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
- Mary Wollstonecraft
I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
- John Stuart Mill
He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.
- Samuel Johnson
Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
- Ambrose Bierce
The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions.
- George Eliot
In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
- Ingrid Bergman
Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.
- J. Donald Walters
Joy can only be real if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
- Leo Tolstoy
Happiness is the natural flower of duty.
- Phillips Brooks
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
- Jane Austen
Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.
- Heraclitus
Happiness is your own treasure because it lies within you.
- Prem Rawat
The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.
- Benjamin Disraeli
The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency.
- Quentin Crisp
For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I am about to be married, and am of course in all the misery of a man in pursuit of happiness.
- Lord Byron
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