A great part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles,
but in avoiding them.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A husband and wife who have separate bedrooms have either drifted apart
or found happiness.
-Honore de Balzac
A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without
All explorers are seeking something they have lost. It is seldom that
they find it, and more seldom still that the attainment brings them
greater happiness than the quest.
-Arthur C. Clarke
Both marriage and death ought to be welcome: the one promises happiness,
doubtless the other assures it.
-Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Drunkenness is temporary suicide: the happiness that it brings is merely
negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness.
Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a
man's hands just to see how miserable he can make himself.
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even
from the cliffs of despair.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Forget about likes and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do
what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.
-George Bernard Shaw
God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if
it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there.
-Rev. Billy Graham
Grief and sadness knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever
can; and common sufferings are far stronger than common joys.
-Alphonse de Lamartine
Grief is the obverse of happiness. They are two sides of a single coin,
and only the vulnerable know either.
Happiness and misery depend as much on temperament as on fortune.
-Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Happiness equals reality minus expectations.
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
Happiness is a belt-fed weapon.
-(Bumper Sticker) Unattributed
Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who
seek happiness for itself seek victory without war.
-William S. Burroughs
Happiness is a form of courage.
Happiness is a good feeling I get when things go a particular way; joy
is an attitude I adopt in spite of how things go.
Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object.
Happiness is a way station between too little and too much.
Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of
temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not
something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you
had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck
from your own brand of unhappiness.
Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond your
grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Happiness is beneficial for the body but it is grief that develops the
powers of the mind.
Happiness is doing it rotten your own way.
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family- in
Happiness is that ridiculous life goal of illiterates.
Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.
Happiness isn't good enough for me. I demand euphoria!
-(From the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes) Bill Watterson
Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.
Happiness lies in the consciousness we have of it.
Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy
of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
Happiness, it is said, is seldom found by those who seek it, and never
by those who seek it for themselves.
-F. Emerson Andrews
He that is happy, by whatever means, desires nothing but the continuance
How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country
where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.
I believe that a man's pursuit of happiness should not be impeded by his
employer's lack of imagination.
I believe that inherent within the God-given right to the pursuit of
happiness, is the equally God-given right to the pursuit of unhappiness.
That is why I support gay marriage.
I can sympathize with people's pains, but not their pleasures. There is
something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.
I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than
in attempting to satisfy them.
-John Stuart Mill
I sometimes think that shame, mere awkward, senseless shame, does as
much towards preventing good acts and straightforward happiness as any
of our vices do.
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.
If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness,
you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and
correction and it's not so bad.
Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without
regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is
to do good.
It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to
himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving,
it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe.
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to
find it elsewhere.
It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does
that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and
-W. Somerset Maugham
It is poor government that does not realize that the prolonged life,
health and happiness of its people are its greatest asset.
-William James Mayo
It's all there in the Declaration of Independence. We are the only
nation in the world based on happiness.
It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth
have both failed.
-Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard
Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out
Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is
essential to your own.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is
not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is
Men who seek happiness are like drunkards who can never find their house
but are sure that they have one.
-Voltaire (François Marie Arouet)
Men's hearts are cold. They are indifferent. Not all the coal that is
dug warms the world. It remains indifferent to the lives of those who
risk their life and health down in the blackness of the earth; who crawl
through dark, choking crevices with only a bit of lamp on their caps to
light their silent way; whose backs are bent with toil, whose very bones
ache, whose happiness is sleep, and whose peace is death.
-Mary Harris Jones (Mother Jones)
Money can't buy you happiness, but it helps you look for it in a lot
Money doesn't buy happiness, but with it at least you can be miserable
My recipe for marital happiness is whenever you can, read at meals.
Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the
liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt.
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for
happiness, the good he seeks.
No one has a right to happiness.
Nothing thicker than a knife's blade separates happiness from melancholy.
Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be
One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and
intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
-Rita Mae Brown
One of the universal rules of happiness is: always be wary of any
helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual.
People far prefer happiness to wisdom, but that is like wanting to be
immortal without getting older.
-Sydney J. Harris
Pleasure is the only thing to live for. Nothing ages like happiness.
Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its
Reason, Observation and Experience- the Holy Trinity of Science- have
taught us that happiness is the only good; that the time to be happy is
now, and the way to be happy is to make others so. This is enough for us.
-Robert G. Ingersoll
Remember: Anyone who says money can't buy happiness simply hasn't
learned where to shop.
Science has promised us truth. It has never promised us either peace or
-Gustave Le Bon
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.
Sometimes it's hard to avoid the happiness of others.
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
That action is best which accomplishes the greatest happiness for the
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from
-Henry Ward Beecher
The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do,
something to love, and something to hope for.
The great secret of happiness in love is to be glad that the other
fellow married her.
The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions
and not our circumstances.
The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of
morals and legislation.
The happiness of most people we know is not ruined by great catastrophes
or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little
The man who is unhappy will, as a rule, adopt an unhappy creed, while
the man who is happy will adopt a happy creed; each may attribute his
happiness or unhappiness to his beliefs, while the real causation is the
other way round.
The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the
greatest miseries, that have afflicted the human race, have had their
origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion. It has
been the most dishonorable belief against the character of the divinity,
the most destructive to morality, and the peace and happiness of man,
that ever was propagated since man began to exist.
The one thing your friends will never forgive you is your happiness.
The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
The right to the pursuit of happiness is nothing else than the right to
disillusionment phrased in another way.
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking
what one has to do.
-James M. Barrie
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not
The secret of happiness... is to be happy already.
The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible,
The secret to true happiness is a combination of low expectations and
The trouble is not that we are never happy- it is that happiness is so
There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in
others' eyes my sun, the music in others' ears my symphony, the smile on
others' lips my happiness.
There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.
There is no such thing as happiness, only lesser shades of melancholy.
There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and
that is to have a clear conscience, or none at all.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life
of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for
happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of
To spare oneself from grief at all cost can be achieved only at the
price of total detachment, which excludes the ability to experience
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to
consume wealth without producing it.
-George Bernard Shaw
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.
Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by
preparation, foolish preparation?
You can't postpone sorrow, so why would you postpone happiness?
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