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A great obstacle to happiness is to anticipate too great a happiness.
    ~.~ Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle

A happy life is one which is in accordance with its own nature.
    ~.~ Seneca

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
    ~.~ Hugh Downs

A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn't let them get her down.
    ~.~ Beverly Sills

A joy that's shared is a joy made double.
    ~.~ John Ray

A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
    ~.~ Washington Irving

I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience.
    ~.~ William Shakespeare

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
    ~.~ Anatole France

A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.
    ~.~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence... of the voyager.
    ~.~ Author Unknown

A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else.
    ~.~ John Locke

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

Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and do what you will.
    ~.~ Dan Millman

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
    ~.~ Benjamin Disraeli

All that we are is the result of what we have thought... If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him... If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
    ~.~ Buddha

All things are possible until they are proved impossible-even the impossible may only be so, as of now. Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.
    ~.~ Pearl S. Buck

And so, peace of mind is the most important key to peace on earth. It is our strength to be peacemakers. It is our reward as peacemakers. It is the beginning and the end of the riddle. Inner peace is the secret of happiness and fulfillment. It is a reason for living, and the strength to share life, love and the hope of peace on earth.
    ~.~ Author Unknown

As happy a man as any in the world, for the whole world seems to smile upon me!
    ~.~ Samuel Pepys

As long as we think our lives are not good enough (materially), we will not have happiness. As soon as we realize our lives are good enough, happiness immediately appears. That is the practice of contentment.
    ~.~ Thich Nhat Hanh

As we are now living in an eternity, the time to be happy is today.
    ~.~ Anonymous

Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.
    ~.~ John Stuart Mill

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

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

Being happy is something you have to learn. I often surprise myself by saying ‘Wow, this is it. I guess I'm happy. I got a home I love. A career that I love. I'm even feeling more and more at peace with myself.’ If there's something else to happiness, let me know. I'm ambitious for that, too.
    ~.~ Harrison Ford

Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.
    ~.~ La Rochefoucauld

Blessed are the happiness makers. Blessed are they who know how to shine on one's gloom with their cheer.
    ~.~ Henry Ward Beecher

But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
    ~.~ William Shakespeare

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads.
    ~.~ Albert Camus

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!
    ~.~ Amanda Bradley

Cheerfulness in most cheerful people is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline.
    ~.~ Edwin Percy Whipple

Contentment makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.
    ~.~ Benjamin Franklin

Contentment is a pearl of great price, and whoever procures it at the expense of ten thousand desires makes a wise and a happy purchase.
    ~.~ John Balguy

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
    ~.~ Socrates

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

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
    ~.~ Aristotle

Do not blindly believe what others say. See for yourself what brings contentment, clarity and peace. That is the path for you to follow.
    ~.~ Buddha

Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.
    ~.~ Plutarch

Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; say your prayers; be courteous to your creditors; keep your digestion good; exercise; go slow and easy. Maybe there are other things your special case requires to make you happy, but my friend, these I reckon will give you a good lift.
    ~.~ Abraham Lincoln

Do you always want to be right, or do you want to be happy?
    ~.~ H. Jackson Browne

Do you want my one-word secret of happiness - It's growth - mental, financial, you name it.
    ~.~ Harold S. Geneen

Enjoy your happiness while you have it, and while, you have it do not too closely scrutinize its foundation.
    ~.~ Joseph Farrall

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.
    ~.~ Carl Jung

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.
    ~.~ Jacques Prevert

Every life has its dark and cheerful hours. Happiness comes from choosing which to remember.
    ~.~ Author Unknown

Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.
    ~.~ Karl Marx

Farms and in castles, in homes, studies, and cloisters - where sensible people manage to live relatively lusty and decent lives, as moral as they must be, as free as they may be, and as masterly as they can be. If we only knew it, this elusive arrangement is happiness.
    ~.~ Erik H. Erikson

Fate often puts all the material of happiness into a man's hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them.
    ~.~ Don Marquis

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.
    ~.~ Emily Dickinson

For peace of mind, we need to resign as general manager of the universe.
    ~.~ Larry Eisenberg

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
    ~.~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Freedom is the real foundation of happiness. Sometimes if you don't know how to love, love will deprive you of your freedom and deprive the person you love of her freedom.
    ~.~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.
    ~.~ William Makepeace Thackeray

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
    ~.~ Mark Twain

Happiness - that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life - impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.
    ~.~ Charles Caleb Colton

Happiness... is not a destination: it is a manner of traveling. Happiness is not an end in itself: It is a by-product of working, playing, loving and living.
    ~.~ Haim Ginott

Happiness adds and multiplies, as we divide it with others.
    ~.~ A. Nielsen

Happiness and sorrow are twins. Let them come and go like clouds.
    ~.~ Author Unknown

Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.
    ~.~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
    ~.~ Denis Waitley

Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our affection seems wounded it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again - this is the brave and happy life.
    ~.~ J. E. Buckrose

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

Happiness comes when we test our skills towards some meaningful purpose.
    ~.~ John Stossel

Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.
    ~.~ John Mason Good

Happiness consists of three things: someone to love, work to do, and a clear conscience.
    ~.~ Author Unknown

Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak.
    ~.~ J. August Strindberg

Happiness depends on ourselves. We should be able to identify our happiness with what he have.
    ~.~ Aristotle

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.
    ~.~ Theodore I. Rubin

Happiness doesn't come from doing what we like to do but from liking what we have to do.
    ~.~ Wilfred A. Peterson

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens...
    ~.~ Douglas Jerrold

Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.
    ~.~ Author Unknown

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

Happiness in the present is only shattered by comparison with the past.
    ~.~ Doug Horton

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.
    ~.~ Arnold Bennett

Happiness involves working toward meaningful goals.
    ~.~ Michel De Montaigne

Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
    ~.~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Happiness is a by-product. You cannot pursue it by itself.
    ~.~ Samuel Levenson

Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.
    ~.~ Gretta Brooker Palmer

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.
    ~.~ Mildred Barthel

Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.
    ~.~ Deepak Chopra

Happiness is a habit - cultivate it.
    ~.~ Elbert Hubbard

Happiness is a hard thing because it is achieved only by making others happy.
    ~.~ Stuart Cloete

Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object.
    ~.~ Hermann Hesse

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonizing preoccupation with self.
    ~.~ Iris Murdoch

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

Happiness is a positive cash flow.
    ~.~ Fred Adler

Happiness is a state of activity.
    ~.~ Aristotle

Happiness is a state of non-contradictory joy - a joy without penalty or guilt, a joy that does not clash with any of your values and does not work for your own destruction, not the joy of escaping from your mind, but of using your minds fullest power, not the joy of faking reality, but of achieving values that are real, not the joy of a drunkard, but of a producer...
    ~.~ Ayn Rand

Happiness is a sunbeam which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror, it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared.
    ~.~ Jane Porter

Happiness is a Swedish sunset - it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it.
    ~.~ Mark Twain

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.
    ~.~ Robertson Davies

Happiness is almost always a rebound from hard work.
    ~.~ Author Unknown

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

Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling, enduring, and accomplishing.
    ~.~ George Sheehan

Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.
    ~.~ William H. Sheldon

Happiness is found along the way - not at the end of the road.
    ~.~ Sol Gordon

Happiness is good for the body but sorrow strengthens the spirit.
    ~.~ Author Unknown

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
    ~.~ Ingrid Bergman

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
    ~.~ George Burns

Happiness is in the heart, not in the circumstances.
    ~.~ Author Unknown

Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and softly sits on your shoulder.
    ~.~ L. Richard Lessor

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.
    ~.~ William Bennett

Happiness is like a kiss... you must share it to enjoy it.
    ~.~ Bernard Meltzer

Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.
    ~.~ Chinese Proverb

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.
    ~.~ Tyron Edwards

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

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.
    ~.~ William Butler Yeats

Happiness is never stopping to think if you are.
    ~.~ Palmer Sondreal

Happiness is not a destination you arrive. It it the journey you take to get there.
    ~.~ Anonymous

Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
    ~.~ Burton Hills

Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.
    ~.~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness is not a place to travel, but a way of getting there.
    ~.~ Author Unknown

Happiness is not a possession to be prized. It is a quality of thought, a state of mind.
    ~.~ Daphne Du Maurier

Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result.
    ~.~ Robert Ingersoll

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
    ~.~ Margeret Lee Runbeck

Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.
    ~.~ Rabbi H. Schachtel

Happiness is not in having being; it is in doing.
    ~.~ Lilian Eichler Watson

Happiness is not pleasure, it is victory.
    ~.~ Zig Ziglar

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
    ~.~ Jim Rohn

Happiness is nothing more than health and a poor memory.
    ~.~ Albert Schweitzer

Happiness is perfume, you can't pour it on somebody else without getting a few drops on yourself.
    ~.~ James Van Der Zee

Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don't even remember leaving open.
    ~.~ Rose Wilder Lane

Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it.
    ~.~ Mary Baker Eddy

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of ones values.
    ~.~ Ayn Rand

Happiness is the act of being tough with ourselves and tender with others.
    ~.~ Author Unknown

Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye.
    ~.~ Austin O'Malley

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.
    ~.~ Don Marquis

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

Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experience.
    ~.~ George Santayana

Happiness is understanding that friendship is more precious than mere things, more precious than getting your own way, more precious than being in situations where true principles are not at stake.
    ~.~ J. Donald Walters

Happiness is what happens to us when we try to make someone else happy.
    ~.~ Anonymous

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.
    ~.~ Oscar Levent

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
    ~.~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
    ~.~ Robert Frost

Happiness must be cultivated. It is like character. It is not a thing to be safely let alone for a moment, or it will run to weeds.
    ~.~ Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.
    ~.~ John Barrymore

Happiness presents itself to man, wearing the crown of sorrow on its head. He who welcomes it must also welcome sorrow.
    ~.~ Swami Vivekananda

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