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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

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.
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 shared.
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
If you want happiness for an hour -- take a nap. If you want happiness for a day -- go fishing. If you want happiness for a month -- get married. If you want happiness for a year -- inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime -- help someone else.
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
The greatest joy of life is to love and be loved.
Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
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.
Remember, happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.
Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a person and life they lead.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.
We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves.
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.
Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.
True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
We wish to be happier than other people; and this is difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
Happiness is activity.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and do what you will.
It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable.
Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.
There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
Happiness is a sort of action.
Happiness ain't a thing in itself --it's only a contrast with something that ain't pleasant. And so, as soon as the novelty is over and the force of the contrast dulled, it ain't happiness any longer, and you have to get something fresh.
If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; If you want to be happy for life, plant a tree.
A person will be just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
Happiness consists more in small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
Happiness is a journey not a destination.
Happiness is not a horse, you cannot harness it.
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.
Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.
To fill the hour -- that is 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.
The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage.
Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly.
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; The wise grows it under his feet.
We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. which give happiness. Thomas Jefferson We never enjoy perfect happiness; our most fortunate successes are mingled with sadness; some anxieties always perplex the reality of our satisfaction.
I can sympathize with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.
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.
There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means -- either may do -- the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.
When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness.
Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.
Not only is there a right to be happy, there is a duty to be happy. So much sadness exists in the world that we are all under obligation to contribute as much joy as lies within our powers.
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get.
Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
We are no longer happy as soon as we wish to be happier.
True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.
Those who seek happiness miss it, and those who discuss it, lack it.
Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.
Happiness is a hard thing because it is achieved only by making others happy.
Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
Happiness is an agreeable sensation, arising from contemplating the misery of others.
When one is happy there is no time to be fatigued; being happy engrosses the whole attention.
Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.
Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged.
It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.
There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one: keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.
The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.
Call no man unhappy until he is married.
Like swimming, riding, writing, or playing golf, happiness can be learned.
What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
I had rather have a fool make me merry, than experience make me sad.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness
Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.
We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
My happiness derives from knowing the people I love are happy.
Happiness is not a reward -- it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment -- it is a result.
If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host.
What makes people happy is activity; changing evil itself into good by power, working in a God like manner.
A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
Enjoy your happiness while you have it, and while, you have it do not too closely scrutinize its foundation.
Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.
There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he who thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world. Someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
That is happiness: to be dissolved into something complete and great.
Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see 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.
To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin.
The secret of happiness is something to do.
We all want to be happy, and we're all going to die. You might say those are the only two unchallengeably true facts that apply to every human being on this planet.
We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are. Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself.
Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
Call no man happy till he is dead.
The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.
It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
Happiness is not pleasure, it is victory.
Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.
There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.
The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
The journey to happiness involves finding the courage to go down into ourselves and take responsibility for what's there: all of it.
Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm.
Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.
The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces beyond your control.
True happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope.
It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy
A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.
When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things -- not the great occasions -- that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.
Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing. One man may find happiness in supporting a wife and children. Another may find it in robbing banks. Still another may labor mightily for years in pursuing pure research with no discernible result. Note the individual and subjective nature of each case. No two are alike and there is no reason to expect them to be. Each man or woman must find for himself or herself that occupation in which hard work and long hours make him or her happy. Contrariwise, if you are looking for shorter hours and longer vacations and early retirement, you are in the wrong job. Perhaps you need to take up bank robbing. Or geeking in a sideshow. Or even politics.
The highest happiness of man is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.
One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be happy is not included in the plan of Creation.
If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.
Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
Be happy or die.
Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized.
Happiness is a small and unworthy goal for something as big and fancy as a whole lifetime, and should be taken in small doses.
All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.
Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower, and draws all good things toward you. Allow your love to nourish yourself as well as others. Do not strain after the needs of life. It is sufficient to be quietly alert and aware of them. In this way life proceeds more naturally and effortlessly. Life is here to Enjoy!
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.
Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.
Happiness consists of three things; Someone to love, work to do, and a clear conscience.
The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.
Man is the artificer of his own happiness.
Be open to your happiness and sadness as they arise.
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.
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
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.
Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens.
The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.
Happiness consists in activity -- it is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.
Happiness is a by-product. You cannot pursue it by itself.
I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.
We are never so happy nor so unhappy as we imagine.
Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
The mintage of wisdom is to know that rest is rust, and that real life is love, laughter, and work.
You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
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.
Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism, selfishness, evil --or else an absolute ignorance.
Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.
If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us so live as to deserve happiness.
Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it.
In order to have great happiness, you have to have great pain and unhappiness-otherwise how would you know when you're happy?
When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.
What ever our wandering our happiness will always be found within a narrow compass, and in the middle of the objects more immediately within our reach.
The Greeks said grandly in their tragic phrase, Let no one be called happy till his death; to which I would add, Let no one, till his death be called unhappy.
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.
To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.
The attitude of unhappiness is not only painful, it is mean and ugly. What can be more base and unworthy than the pining, puling, mumping mood, no matter by what outward ills it may have been engendered? What is more injurious to others? What less helpful as a way out of the difficulty? It but fastens and perpetuates the trouble which occasioned it, and increases the total evil of the situation. At all costs, then, we ought to reduce the sway of that mood; we ought to scout it in ourselves and others, and never show it tolerance.
There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow.
Happiness is not in having being; it is in doing.
Where there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy there is no creation: know the nature of joy.
The thing that counts most in the pursuit of happiness is choosing the right companion.
No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy. He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he should be.
We are made happy when reason can discover no occasion for it. The memory of some past moments is more persuasive than the experience of present ones. There have been visions of such breadth and brightness that these motes were invisible in their light.
Happiness is unrepentant pleasure.
Happiness is a wine of the rarest vintage, and seems insipid to a vulgar taste.
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
Life at its noblest leaves mere happiness far behind; and indeed cannot endure it. Happiness is not the object of life: life has no object: it is an end in itself; and courage consists in the readiness to sacrifice happiness for an intenser quality of life.
But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
There is no happiness; there are only moments of happiness.
While we pursue happiness, we flee from contentment.
Where one is wise two are happy.
Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.
Our happiness in this world depends on the affections we are able to inspire.
Happiness doesn't come from doing what we like to do but from liking what we have to do.
Our happiness depends on the habit of mind we cultivate. So practice happy thinking every day. Cultivate the merry heart, develop the happiness habit, and life will become a continual feast.
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.
If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier that other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.
I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.
Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.
Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe.
We cannot be contented because we are happy, and we cannot be happy because we are contented.
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
Happiness is experienced when your life gives you what you are willing to accept.
I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.
You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.
Happiness requires problems
Happiness is a how, not a what: a talent, not an object
The loss of wealth is loss of dirt, as sages in all times assert; The happy man's without a shirt.
Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.
The man who is born with a talent which he was meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it.
The hardest habit of all to break is the terrible habit of happiness.
It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life.
I look on that man as happy, who, when there is question of success, looks into his work for a reply.
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
Happiness, or misery, is in the mind. It is the mind that lives.
Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.
The creed of a true saint is to make the best of life, and to make the most of it.
Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!
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.
There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation.
If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.
It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich.
Full happiness comes from fully happy relationships. Anyone who denies this simply has not fully drunk from the infinite well of love.
The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
sometimes happiness is hard to find
Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention.
If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life.
If you optimize everything, you will always be unhappy.
The world will never be long without some good reason to hate the unhappy; their real faults are immediately detected, and if those are not sufficient to sink them into infamy, an additional weight of calumny will be super added.
Unhappiness is not knowing what we want, and killing ourselves to get it.
Never believe straight off in a man's unhappiness. Ask him if he can still sleep. If the answer's yes, all's well. That is enough.
He felt the loyalty we feel to unhappiness -- the sense that is where we really belong.
Let no one till his death be called unhappy. Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done.
Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.
Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.
Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world.
People who never achieve happiness are the ones who complain whenever they're awake, and whenever they're asleep, they are thinking about what to complain about tomorrow.
Happiness is perfume, you can't pour it on somebody else without getting a few drops on yourself
Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.
We are happy when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us.
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.
If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
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.
Happiness comes from... some curious adjustment to life.
That which you create in beauty and goodness and truth lives on for all time to come. Don't spend your life accumulating material objects that will only turn to dust and ashes.
Happiness is in the heart, not in the circumstances.
Happiness is good for the body but sorrow strengthens the spirit.
After what we can say you can be sure the happy heart will make the happy day.
Happiness is the act of being tough with ourselves and tender with others.
Not what you have, but what you see; Not what you see, but what you choose; Not what seems fair, but what is true; Not what you dream, but what you do; Not what you take, but what you give; Not as you pray, but as you live. These are the things that mar or bless The sum of human happiness.
The biggest lie on the planet: When I get what I want, I will be happy.
The secret to happiness is not in doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do.
Next to temperance, a quiet conscience, a cheerful mind and active habits, I place early rising as a means of health and happiness.
It is kind of happiness to know to what extent we may be unhappy.
If you're ever given the choice between happiness and intelligence choose happiness
If happiness could be brought, few of us could pay the price.
The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a life time.
You never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars.
Happiness was not made to be boasted, but enjoyed. Therefore tho others count me miserable, I will not believe them if I know and feel myself to be happy; nor fear them.
Men expect that religion should cost them no pains, that happiness should drop into their laps without any design and endeavor on their part, and that, after they have done what they please while they live, God should snatch them up to heaven when they die. But though the commandments of God be not grievous, yet it is fit to let men know that they are not thus easy.
Happiness is a perpetual possession of being well deceived.
The best advice on the art of being happy is about as easy to follow as advice to be well when one is sick.
Happiness comes when we test our skills towards some meaningful purpose.
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.
To describe happiness is to diminish it.
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources.
Happiness is never stopping to think if you are.
No man is happy; he is at best fortunate.
A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.
Let no man be called happy before his death. Till then, he is not happy, only lucky.
If you pursue happiness you never find it.
The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.
We are never happy; we can only remember that we were so once.
The soul's joy lies in doing.
Give a man health and a course to steer; and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.
A lifetime of happiness? No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
Joy comes from using your potential.
Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will lead.
The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.
The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.
Work and live to serve others, to leave the world a little better than you found it and garner for yourself as much peace of mind as you can. This is happiness.
Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experience.
It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.
Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization.
Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.
Anything you're good at contributes to happiness.
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.