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"Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit."—Norman Vincent Peale

"Happiness and self-confidence come naturally when you feel yourself moving and progressing toward becoming the very best person you can possibly be."—Brian Tracy

"Let us never know what old age is.
Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years."—Ausonius

"Happiness is the art of learning how to get joy from your substance."—Jim Rohn

“The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.”—William Cowper

“Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.”—Douglas Jerrold

"Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses."—Dale Carnegie

"Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life."—Burton Hillis

"If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time.”—Josh Billings

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”—Helen Keller

"Happiness depends upon ourselves."—Aristotle

“Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually."—Stephen Covey

”One cannot divine nor forecast the conditions that will make happiness; one only stumbles upon them by chance, in a lucky hour, at the world's end somewhere, and holds fast to the days, as to fortune or fame.”—Willa Cather

“Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their gladness.”—Maurice Materlinck

"Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is."—Maxim Gorky


“A man is not so much hurt by what happens as by his opinion of what happens.”—Michel de Montaigne

“What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.”—Anon (This remark is sometimes attributed to Thomas Hewitt Key)

“Mind moves matter.”—Vergil

“The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”— Milton in Paradise Lost

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”— Abraham Lincoln

“If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can even win the prize
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.”
(C.W. Longenecker, The Victor)

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”—Helen Keller

"Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased,
Pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow,
Raze out the written troubles of the brain,
And with some sweet oblivious antidote
Cleanse the stuff’d bosom of that perilous matter
Which weights upon the heart?"—Shakespeare

“The lightning-bug is brilliant, but he hasn’t any mind;
He stumbles through existence with his headlight on behind.”—Eugene F. Ware

“If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet”—Isaac Singer

“It is life that shakes and rocks us; it is literature which stabilises and confirms.”—H. W. Garrod

“Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough of literature”—Emerson

“There is no duty we so much under-rate as the duty of being happy.”—R. L. Stevenson

“Let the precept be, ‘Be easy.’”— Richard Steele

“He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”—New Testament, Matthew

"For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe”—Anon

"Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here."—Harry S. Truman

“Forgiveness is primarily for our own sake so that we no longer carry the burden of resentment.”—Jack Kornfield

“Forgiveness is the fragrance of the violet that clings to the heel that crushed it.”— George Roemisch

“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”--Bible

“I never ask the wounded person how he feels; I myself become the wounded person.”—Walt Whitman

“The hills are dearest which our childish feet
Have climbed the earliest; and the streams most sweet
Are ever those at which our young lips drank."— Whittier

“There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem Apparelled in celestial light”—Wordsworth

“Blissful are the simple, for they shall have much peace” — Thomas A’. Kempis

“We should aim rather at levelling down our desires than levelling up our means.”—Aristotle

“The fewer desires, the more peace.”—Thomas Wilson

“Desire attained is not desire,
But as the cinders of the fire.”—Sir Walter Raleigh

"Better never trouble trouble
Until trouble troubles you,
For you're sure to make your trouble
Double trouble when you do.
And your trouble, like a bubble,
That you're troubling about,
May be nothing but a cipher
With the rim rubbed out."--Dr. David Keppel

"A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted."—George Santayana

"Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is."—Maxim Gorky

"The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so."—William Ralph Inge

"The happy man's without a shirt."—John Heywood

"Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness."—George Orwell

"The secret of happiness is to face the world is horrible, horrible, horrible."—Bertrand Russell

"Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized."—Gilbert K. Chesterton

"It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty
than to live a long time and be bored all the while."—Don Marquis

"Remember, happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think."—Dale Carnegie

"The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things."—Epictetus

"Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve."—Robert S. Lynd

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know."—Ernest Hemingway

"A world full of happiness is not beyond human power to create; the obstacles imposed by inanimate nature are not insuperable. The real obstacles lie in the heart of man, and the cure for these is a firm hope, informed and fortified by thought."—Bertrand Russell

"Happiness depends, as Nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose."—William Cowper

"Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it."—François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

"I am happy and content because I think I am."—Alain-René Lesage

"It appeared to me obvious that the happiness of mankind should be the aim of all action, and I discovered to my surprise that there were those who thought otherwise."—Bertrand Russell

"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 paradise in a few years."—Bertrand Russell

"Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved."—Victor Hugo

"Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible."—St. Augustine

"The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom."—Arthur Schopenhauer

"The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man."—Jean Jacques Rousseau

"Present joys are more to flesh and blood
Than a dull prospect of a distant good."—John Dryden

"The highest happiness of man ... is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable."—Goethe

“Happiness is nothing more than health and a poor memory."—Albert Schweitzer

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”—Cesare Pavese

“I want to sing like the birds sing not worrying about who hears or what they think.”—Rumi

“I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.”—Golda Meir

“The quieter you become the more you can hear.”—Baba Ram Dass

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”—William Shakespeare

“True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.”—William Penn

“Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it.”—Seneca

“Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.”—Marcus Aurelius

“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.”—Albert Camus

“All great truths begin as blasphemies.”—George Bernard Shaw

"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

"Be happy. It's one way of being wise."—Colette

“If my heart can become pure and simple like that of a child, I think there probably can be no greater happiness than this.”—Kitaro Nishida

“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”—Henry Miller

“To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.”—Jose Ortega Y Gasset

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”—Kahlil Gibran

“Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.”—William Law

“A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.”—Soren Kierkegaard

“We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest and our attention to something outside ourselves.”— Ethel Perry Andrus

“Only when one is connected to one's inner core is one connected to others. And, for me, the core, the inner spring, can best be re-found through solitude.”—Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.”—Joseph Addison

“Remember this very little is needed to make a happy life.”—Marcus Aurelius

“Think highly of yourself because the world takes you at your own estimate.”—Anonymous

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”—Buddha

“Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.”—Robert Ingersoll

“Home is not where you live but where they understand you.”—Christion Morgenstern

“Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye.”—Austin O'Malley

“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles.. by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”—Mark Twain

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought , and attended to my answer.”—Henry David Thoreau

“Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”—Abraham Lincoln

“We are never so happy or unhappy as we think.”—Francois duc la Rochefoucauld

“Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.”—Francois duc la Rochefoucauld

“Life is not a matter of milestones, but of moments.”—Rose Kennedy

“To be at peace with ourselves we need to know ourselves.”—Caitlin Matthews

“Adopt the pace of nature.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having.”—Henry Miller

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”—Aristotle

"I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable ... but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."—Agatha Christie

"The purpose of our lives is to be happy."—The 14th Dalai Lama

"The good and the wise lead quiet lives."—Euripides

“You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.”—Albert Camus

“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.”—Jacques PrÈvert

"The hardest habit of all to break is the terrible habit of happiness."—Theodosia Garrison

”Happiness is the ability to recognize it.”—Carolyn Wells

”Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.”—Daphne du Maurier

”How little has situation to do with happiness!”—fanny Burney

”Happiness lies in the consciousness we have of it.”—George Sand

”Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes real happiness. It is not obtained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”—Helen Keller

"A mind employed is always happy. This is the true secert, the grand recipe for felicity."—Thomas Jefferson

"Outer changes always begin with an inner change of attitude."—Albert Einstein

"Whoever is happy will make others happy, too."—Anne Frank

"The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts."—Marcus A. Antoninus

"It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy."—John D. Rockefeller

"Real happiness comes from inside. Nobody can give it to you."—Sharon Stone

”Happiness is a tide: it carries you only a little way at a time; but you have covered a vast space before you know that you are moving at all.”—Mary Adams

”The only people who are truly happy are the people we do not know very well.”—Susan Isaacs

”What is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.”—Willa Cather


“To live without loving is not really to live”—Moliere

“That you may be loved, be lovable.”—Ovid

“If you would be loved, love.”—Hecato

“When we come to the last moment of this lifetime, and we look back across it, the only thing that’s going to matter is, 'What was the quality of our love?”'—Richard Bach

“The bravest sight in all this world is a man fighting against odds”—Franklin K. Lane

“Storms make oaks take deeper root.”—George Herbert

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”—Albert Camus

“If thou are faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small”—Old Testament

“But how can finite grasp Infinity?”—Dryden

“It is an infinite sphere whose centre is everywhere, its circumference nowhere.”—Blaise Pascal

“Want what you have and you will always get what you want.”—Buddha

“The soul is neither born nor does it ever die. It neither was, will be, or is. It is unborn, ancient and everlasting. It is not killed when the body is killed.”—Gita

“As men discarding old clothes put on new ones, our soul leaves old body and takes on a new body.”—Gita

“You have right to action only, never to its results; never be attached to the results of your actions; but don’t take to inaction also.”—Gita

“As the wind carries away a boat upon the waters, ignorance, which moves the senses among their objects, carries away the mind’s discrimination. O mighty-armed Arjuna, he whose senses are completely restrained from contact with their objects is said to be established in the state of Self Realization.”— Gita

“Yogis, abandoning attachment, act with body, mind, intelligence, and even with the senses, only for the purpose of purification”—Gita

“Each of us must make our own true way, and when we do, that way will express the universal way”—D.T. Suzuki

"What is the use of running when you are on the wrong road?" —John Ray

"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"—New Testament: Matthew

“Meditation opens the mind to the greatest mystery that takes place daily and hourly; it widens the heart so that it may feel the eternity of time and infinity of space in every throb; it gives us a life within the world as if we were moving about in paradise.”—Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

“If you do not pray, everything can disappoint you by going wrong. If you do pray, everything can still go wrong, but not in a way that will disappoint you.”—Hubert van Zeller

“Prayer is not the moment when God and humans are in relationship, for that is always. Prayer is taking initiative to intentionally respond to God’s presence.” —L. Robert Keck

“The art of meditation may be exercised at all hours and in all places; and men of genius, in their walks, at tables and amidst assemblies, turning the eye of the mind inwards, can form artificial solitude; retired amidst a crowd, calm amidst distraction, wise amidst folly.”—Isaac D’Israeli

“Throw a lucky man into the sea and he will come out with a fish in his mouth.”—Anonymous

“What is the highest of all goods achievable by action? …both the general run of man and people of superior refinement say that it is happiness …but with regard to what happiness is they differ.”—Aristotle

“We hold these truths to be self-evident-- that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”—Declaration of Independence

"The most perfect society is that whose purpose is the universal and supreme happiness."—Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

"If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having."—Henry Miller

"Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts."—Chinese proverb

"It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy"—Immanuel Kant

"He who lives happiest has forgotten most"—Rober Anton Wilson

"The happy think a lifetime short, but to the unhappy one night can be an eternity."—Lucian

"To describe happiness is to diminish it."—Henri B. Stendhal

"Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords."—Samuel Johnson

"The surest way to happiness is to lose yourself in a cause greater than yourself.”—Anonymous

"Happiness is unrepentant pleasure."—Socrates

"Happiness is a very pretty thing to feel, but very dry to talk about."—Jeremy Bentham

"Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it."—Alexandre Dumas

"To be happy is not the purpose of our being rather it is to deserve happiness."—Johann G. Fichte

"The happier the moment the shorter."—Pliny The Elder

"Happiness, though an indefinite concept, is the goal of all rational beings."—Immanuel Kant

"The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation."—Jeremy Bentham

"Let no man be called happy before his death. Till then, he is not happy, only lucky."—Solon

"To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright"—Walter Benjamin

"I have the happiness of a passing moment, and what more can mortal ask?"—George Gissing

"I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: they amount to fourteen."—Abd-El-Raham

"Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day. It will not keep; it cannot be accumulated; nor have we got to go out of ourselves or into remote places to gather it, since it has rained down from a Heaven, at our very door."—Tryon Edwards

"...happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it..."—Aristotle

"Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning; truth and beauty can't."—Aldous Huxley

"If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator. He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day."—W. Beran Wolfe

"Happiness is in the taste, and not in the things."—La Rochefoucauld

"The happiness which we receive from ourselves is greater than that which we obtain from our surroundings. . . . The world in which a person lives shapes itself chiefly by the way in which he or she looks at it."—Arthur Schopenhauer

"Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul."—Democritus

"There is no happiness; there are only moments of happiness."—Spanish Proverb

"Happiness is the light on the water. The water is cold and dark and deep."—William Maxwell

"Happiness ain't a thing in itself - it's only a contrast with something that ain't pleasant."—Mark Twain

"The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces beyond your control."—Ogden Nash

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."—Marcel Proust

"Tranquil pleasure constitutes human beings' supreme good"—Epicurus

"What is the worth of anything,
But for the happiness 'twill bring?"—Richard Owen Cambridge

"By heaven we understand a state of happiness infinite in degree, and endless in duration."—Benjamin Franklin

"The great end of all human industry is the attainment of happiness. For this were arts invented, sciences cultivated, laws ordained, and societies modeled, by the most profound wisdom of patriots and legislators. Even the lonely savage, who lies exposed to the inclemency of the elements and the fury of wild beasts, forgets not, for a moment, this grand object of his being."—David Hume

"To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life slowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future."—Bertrand Russell

"Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults."—Thomas Szasz

"He is happy that knoweth not himself to be otherwise."—Thomas Fuller

"He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sun rise."—William Blake

"I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them."—John Stuart Mill

"It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy"—Immanuel Kant

"Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys."—Christian Nestell Bovee

"I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy."—J.D. Salinger

"Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed."—Storm Jameson

“In the woods is perpetual youth.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”—Ursula LeGuin

“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”—Henry Miller

“To affect the quality of the day; that is the art of life.”—Henry David Thoreau

“An intellectual improvement arises from leisure.”—Samuel Johnson

“He who knows enough is enough will always have enough.”—Lao -tzu

“Real learning comes when the competitive spirit has ceased.”—J. Krishnamurti

“There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”—Edith Wharton

“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”—William Blake

“The only joy in the world is to begin.”—Cesare Pavese

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”— Emily Dickinson

“It is eternity now. I am in the midst of it. It is about me and the sunshine.”—Richard Jefferies

“The reason angels can fly is that they take themselves so lightly.”—G. K. Chesterton

“You can't change the past, and you can ruin a perfectly good present, by worrying about the future.”—Anonymous

“The future you shall know when it has come; before then forget it.”—Aeschylus

“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”—Anonymous

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”—Addison

"The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too."—Teresa of Avila

"Who says the eternal being does not exist? Who says the sun has gone out? Someone who climbs up on the roof and closes his eyes tight, and says, I don't see anything."—Rumi

"Take away the complaint 'I have been harmed,' and the harm is taken away."—Marcus Aurelius

“Cut not the wings of your dreams, for they are the heartbeat and the freedom of your soul.”— Flavia

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”—Langston Hughes

"Do not rely completely on any other human beings. . . We meet all life's greatest test alone."—Agnes Macphail

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them."—Leo Tolstoy

"Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead."—Scottish Proverb

"It doesn't get any better than this."—Anonymous

”Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”—Margaret Lee Runbeck


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