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Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
—  Buddha
The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent.
Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
It's good to be just plain happy; it's a little better to know that you're happy; but to understand that you're happy and to know why and how and still be happy, be happy in the being and the knowing, well that is beyond happiness, that is bliss.
To show a child what has once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own, so that there is now a double delight seen in the glow of trust and affection, this is happiness.
Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything.
To me it seems basic to the getting rid of fear to know that our trials, of whatever nature, are not motiveless. In our present stage of development we could hardly do without them. So often looking ... ugly ... they are in reality the branches by we which we catch on and climb. They are not obstacles to happiness ... Every call of duty has its place in this ideal; every irksome job, every wearisome responsibility. The fact that we are not always aware of it in no way annuls the other fact that it is so.
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.
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Happiness is as a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, my alight upon you.
But, O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes!
Happiness isn't a static thing; it's the quest for happiness that allows us to think we're happy, while we continue to search for more.
The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing.
Happiness is a wine of the rarest vintage, and seems insipid to a vulgar taste.
Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.
The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.
Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another.
Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don't even remember leaving open.
—  Rose Lane
Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.
In civilized life, where the happiness, and indeed almost the existence, of man depends so much upon the opinion of his fellow men, he is constantly acting a studied part.
No one's happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy.
—  Ayn Rand
A smile appears on the faces of most archaic figures, a happiness of expression seeming to transcend that of human beings.
Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.
He who seeks for applause only from without has all his happiness in another's keeping.
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness.
The influences that really make and mar human happiness are beyond the reach of the law. The law can keep neighbors from trespassing, but it cannot put neighborly courtesy and goodwill into their relations.
If you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his life than in giving him a thousand guineas.
There is nothing too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.
When once a man has made celebrity necessary to his happiness, he has put it in the power of the weakest and most timorous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it. His enemies may indulge their pride by airy negligence and gratify their malice by quiet neutrality.
Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
The gift of happiness belongs to those who unwrap it.
Every job has drudgery, whether it is in the home, in the professional school or in the office. The first secret of happiness is the recognition of this fundamental fact.
Those who have given themselves the most concern about the happiness of peoples have made their neighbors very miserable.
Your own happiness increases the more you give your happiness away.
Happiness is a man's greatest achievement; it is the response of his total personality to a productive orientation toward himself and the world outside.
Those who won our independence ... valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would have thus been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.
Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
If frugality were established in the state, if our expenses were laid out rather in the necessaries than the superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness.
Happiness isn't something you experience, it's something you remember.
Always being truthful is a source of happiness. Being honest with our neighbors is a source of happiness.
Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.
Spiritual power is a force which history clearly teaches has been the greatest force in the development of men. Ye. we have been merely playing with it and never have really studied it as we have the physical forces. Some day people will learn that material things do not bring happiness, and are of little use in making people creative and powerful. Then the scientists of the world will turn their laboratories over to the study of spiritual forces which have hardly been scratched.
Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.
I see nothing wrong with the human trait to desire. In fact, I consider it integral to our success mechanism. Becoming attached to what we desire is what causes the trouble. If you must have it in order to be happy, then you are denying the happiness of the here and now.
It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness.
Happiness is a way station between too much and too little.
Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.
—  Don Herold
All men have happiness as their object: there is no exception. However different the means they employ, they all aim at the same end.
Chastity is a monkish and evangelical superstition, a greater foe to natural temperance even than unintellectual sensuality; it strikes at the root of all domestic happiness, and consigns more than half of the human race to misery.
Beauty for some provides escape, Who gain a happiness in eyeing The gorgeous buttocks of the ape Or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.
I accept life unconditionally. Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition.
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
To find a career to which you are adapted by nature, and then to work hard at it, is about as near to a formula for success and happiness as the world provides. One of the fortunate aspects of this formula is that, granted the right career has been found, the hard work takes care of itself. Then hard work is not hard work at all.
The lives and happiness of our children, as far ahead as the mind can reach, depend on us today. If we succeed, posterity looking back will record that this was indeed man's finest hour.
We possess only the happiness we are able to understand.
Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.
I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go.
More than ever before, in our country, this is the age of the individual. Endowed with the accumulated knowledge of centuries, armed with all the instruments of modern science, he is still assured personal freedom and wide avenues of expression so that he may win for himself, his family and his country greater material comfort, ease and happiness; greater spiritual satisfaction and contentment.
Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe.
Angelic happiness is in service, from service, and according to service.
A sense of duty pursues us ever. It is omnipresent, like the Deity. If we take to ourselves the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, duty performed or duty violated is still with us, for our happiness or our misery. If we say the darkness shall cover us, in the darkness as in the light our obligations are yet with us.
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
Genius is entitled to respect only when it promotes the peace and improves the happiness of mankind.
Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don't put off being happy until some future date.
It is great happiness to be praised of them who are most praiseworthy.
To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it in this world we must do something.
I believe the root of all happiness on this earth to lie in the realization of a spiritual life with a consciousness of something wider than materialism; in the capacity to live in a world that makes you unselfish because you are not overanxious about your own comic fallibilities; that gives you tranquility without complacency because you believe in something so much larger than yourself.
One leaf left on a branch and not a sound of sadness or despair. One leaf left on a branch and no unhappiness. One leaf left all by itself in the air and it does not speak of loneliness or death. One leaf and it spends itself in swaying mildly in the breeze.
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.
If my heart can become pure and simple, like that of a child, I think there probably can be no greater happiness than this.
There is no happiness in life and there is no misery like that growing out of the dispositions which consecrate or desecrate a home.
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.
Family prayer is the greatest deterrent to sin, and hence the most beneficent provider of joy and happiness. The old saying is yet true: 'The family that prays together stays together.'
The highest happiness of man ... is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
I enjoyed my own nature to the fullest, and we all know that there lies happiness, although, to soothe one another mutually, we occasionally pretend to condemn such joys as selfishness.
A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed receipt.
Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.
What an exciting super-tomorrow it will be! Americans are today making the greatest scientific developments in our history. That is a promise of new levels of employment, industrial activity and human happiness.
Liberty sets the mind free, fosters independence and unorthodox thinking and ideas. But it does not offer instant prosperity or happiness and wealth to everyone.
Happiness is a by product of an effort to make someone else happy.
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.
A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.
The power of choice is a God-given gift, and the purpose of life is happiness. Things which pertain to the physical nature are so easily obtained and the pleasure so immediate that many spend most of their time seeking them and neglecting the permanent joys of the spirit.
Like the musician, the painter, the poet, and the rest, the true lover of flowers is born, not made. And he is born to happiness in this vale of tears, to a certain amount of the purest joy that earth can giver her children, joy that is tranquil, innocent, uplifting, unfailing.
Use the big thinker's vocabulary. Use big, bright, cheerful words. Use words that promise victory, hope, happiness, pleasure, avoid words that create unpleasant images of failure, defeat, grief.
Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness.
Sir, I am a true laborer: I earn that I eat, get that I wear, owe no man hate, envy no man's happiness, glad of other men's good, content with my harm, and the greatest of my pride is to see my ewes graze and my lambs suck.
The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man
The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.
Happiness doesn't depend on what we have, but it does depend on how we feel towards what we have. We can be happy with little and miserable with much.
Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one's self to do without it.
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
Gilbert White discovered the formula for complete happiness, but he died before making the announcement, leaving it for me to do so. It is to be very busy with the unimportant.
The Christian Sunday should be a festival, gathering up all the life of the week and offering it to God in worship and then spending the day in a way which most truly promotes joy and happiness and refreshment for oneself and for other people.
—  Olive Wyon
The happiness which brings enduring worth to life is not the superficial happiness that is dependent on circumstances. It is the happiness and contentment that fills the soul even in the midst of the most distressing of circumstances and most bitter environment. It is the kind of happiness that grins when things go wrong and smiles through the tears. The happiness for which our souls ache is one undisturbed by success or failure, one which will root deeply inside us and give inward relaxation, peace, and contentment, no matter what the surface problems may be. That kind of happiness stands in need on no outward stimulus.
As the happiness of the people is the sole end of government, so the consent of the people is the only foundation of it, in reason, morality, and the natural fitness of things.
—  John Adams
False happiness is like false money; it passes for a time as well as the true, and serves some ordinary occasions; but when it is brought to the touch, we find the lightness and alloy, and feel the loss.
In the broader sense, work is the means to achieve happiness, prosperity. and salvation. When work and duty and joy are commingled, then man is at his best.
The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.
When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.
Truth is like the stars; it does not appear except from behind obscurity of the night. Truth is like all beautiful things in the world; it does not disclose its desirability except to those who first feel the influence of falsehood. Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.
The Greatest Happiness is to scatter your enemy and drive him before you. To see his cities reduced to ashes. To see those who love him shrouded and in tears. And to gather to your bosom his wives and daughters.
Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.
Perfect happiness, I believe, was never intended by the Deity to be the lot of one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it is what I have steadfastly believed.
Marriage is a lottery in which men stake their liberty and women their happiness.
Hope is itself a species of happiness, and perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.
Happiness ... it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
The man who is born with a talent which he is meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it.
That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.
We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest and our attention to something besides ourselves.
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
Like William Morris, Joe Hollis asks us to perceive paradise gardening as a juncture where artfulness directly serves life. In fact, we might go so far as to define this paradise as the place where art is indistinguishable from life, and where simplicity is codified as the best path for achieving happiness.
I know, indeed, of nothing more subtly satisfying and cheering than a knowledge of the real good will and appreciation of others. Such happiness does not come with money, nor does it flow from fine physical state. It cannot be brought. But it is the keenest joy, after all; and the toiler's truest and best reward.
Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable and others extremely difficult.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise man grows it under his feet.
May we never let the things we can't have, or don't have, or shouldn't have, spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have. As we value our happiness let us not forget it, for one of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy without the things we cannot or should not have.
When in the fresh mornings I go into my garden before anyone is awake, I go for the time being into perfect happiness.
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.
Each has his own happiness in his hands, as the artist handles the rude clay he seeks to reshape it into a figure; yet it is the same with this art as with all others: only the capacity for it is innate; the art itself must be learned and painstakingly practiced.
Money doesn't always bring happiness. People with ten million dollars are no happier than people with nine million dollars.
There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
If each one of us could make just one other happy, the whole world would know happiness.
Happiness is not in our circumstance but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are
If this world afford true happiness, it is to be found in a home where love and confidence increase with the years, where the necessities of life come without severe strain, where luxuries enter only after their cost has been carefully considered.
The object of living is work, experience, happiness.
—  Henry Ford
Liberty is to the collective body what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty no happiness can be enjoyed by society.
I believe the recipe for happiness to be just enough money to pay the monthly bills you acquire, a little surplus to give you confidence, a little too much work each day, enthusiasm for your work, a substantial share of good health, a couple of real friends, and a wife and children to share life's beauty with you.
The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
We never enjoy perfect happiness; our most fortunate successes are mingled with sadness; some anxieties always perplex the reality of our satisfaction.
The habit of being uniformly considerate toward others will bring increased happiness to you.
If we suffer in the sufferings of others and feel happy in the happiness of others, we are loving God.
—  Meher Baba
The highest happiness on earth is marriage. Every man who is happily married is a successful man even if he has failed in everything else.
One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.
Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.
Happiness, it is said, is seldom found by those who seek it, and never by those who seek it for themselves.
Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.
When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness and your own duty.
Service to a just cause rewards the worker with more real happiness and satisfaction than any other venture of life.
Happiness Makes Up in Height for What It Lacks in Length.
Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.
What is without us has no connection with happiness, only so far as the preservation of our lives and health depends upon it ... Happiness springs immediately from the mind.
The profoundest affinities are the most readily felt; they remain a background and standard for all happiness and if we trace them out we succeed.
The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.
Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself.
The two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom.
Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.
There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
—  Henry Ford
Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens.
I know not if this earth on which I stand is the core of the universe or if it is but a speck of dust lost in eternity. I know not and I care not. For I know what happiness is possible to me on earth. And my happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.
—  Ayn Rand
I am a true laborer: I earn that I eat, get that I wear, owe no man hate, envy no man's happiness, glad of other men's good, content with my harm.
From a sensitive woman's heart springs the happiness of mankind, and from the kindness of her noble spirit comes mankind's affection.
It is necessary to the happiness of a man that he be mentally faithful to himself.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Life is so brief that we should not glance either to far backwards or forwards ... therefore study how to fix our happiness in our glass and in our plate.
FUTURE, n. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true, and our happiness is assured.
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
Life is a place of service, and in that service one has to suffer a great deal that is hard to bear, but more often to experience a great deal of joy. But that joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.
One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist.
O happiness! our being's end and aim! Good, pleasure, ease, content! whate'er thy name: That something still which prompts the eternal sigh, For which we bear to live, or dare to die.
There is only one real happiness in life, and that is the happiness of creating.
I believe in one God and no more, and I hope for happiness beyond this life. I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy.
Happiness is only a by-product of successful living.
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
It takes a highly intellectual individual to enjoy leisure ... Most of us had better count on working. What a man really wants is creative challenge with sufficient skills to bring him within the reach of success so that he may have the expanding joy of achievement ... Few people overwork; plenty overeat, overworry, overdrink ... Few realize real joy and happiness of conquest. The basis of mental health for the average adult is more work, provided the work is not mere drudgery.
Unhappiness is the hunger to get; happiness is the hunger to give ... If the individual should set out for a single day to give happiness, to make life happier, brighter and sweeter, not for himself but for others, he would find a wondrous revelation of what happiness really is.
Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.
The most unproductive, empty, fruitless fellow in the world is the man with a barren heart. Happiness can never reach him, for nothing good and lasting can lodge in his heart. It is solid as a billiard ball. Contrast this man with his barren heart with the human that plays the game of life fairly and honestly and is willing to make others happy by his own sacrifices.
First you must learn to control your self. The rest follows. Blessed is he who knows himself and commands himself, for the world is his and love and happiness and peace walk with him wherever he goes.
All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin.
It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
The art of contentment is the recognition that the most satisfying and the most dependably refreshing experiences of life lie not in great things but in little. The rarity of happiness among those who achieved much is evidence that achievement is not in itself the assurance of a happy life. The great, like the humble, may have to find their satisfaction in the same plain things.
If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness and perfection, he must tell you to make it a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you. or it is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you, if you thank and praise God for it, you will turn it into a blessing.
We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive fights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
Happiness is a small and unworthy goal for something as big and fancy as a whole lifetime, and should be taken in small doses.
Think to Thank. In these three words are the finest capsule course for a happy marriage, formula for enduring friendship, and a pattern for personal happiness.
It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.
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.
I was happy but happy is an adult world. You don't have to ask a child about happy, you see it. They are or they are not Adults talk about being happy because largely they are not. Talking about it is the same as trying to catch the wind. Much easier to let it blow all over you. This is where I disagree with the philosophers. They talk about passionate things but there is no passion in them. Never talk happiness with a philosopher.
I never knew what real happiness was until I got married and by then it was too late.
The men and women who have the right ideals ... are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice, and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty.
The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.
Suspicion is far more apt to be wrong than right; oftener unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.
Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
REVOLUTION, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment ... the substitution of the rule of an Administration for that of a Ministry, whereby the welfare and happiness of the people were advanced a full half-inch.
A lifetime of happiness: no man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.
The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.
Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as a source of it.
Happiness is open to all, since, when you boil it down, it merely consists of contentment with what you have got and doing what you can for other people.
Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.
There is no more mistaken path to happiness than worldliness, revelry, high life.
There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness.
Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations.

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