must never look
for happiness: one meets
it by the way.
to be happy, be. -Henry
Sometimes our thoughts turn back toward
a corner in a forest,
or the end of a bank, or an orchard powdered with
seen but a single time on some happy day, yet remaining
in our hearts
and leaving in soul and body an unappeased desire
which is not to be
forgotten, a feeling that we have just
rubbed elbows with happiness. -Guy de
|Happiness not only needs
no justification, but it is also
the only final test of whether what I
am doing is right for me. Only of course happiness is not the
same as pleasure;
it includes the pain of losing as well as the
pleasure of finding. -Joanna Field
How simple and frugal a
thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut,
wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. . . . All that is
required to feel
that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal
Kazantzakis, from Zorba the
about after happiness like an absent-minded man
hunting for his hat,
while it is in his hand or on his head.
|If you observe
really happy people you will
building a boat, writing a symphony, educating their children, growing double dahlias in
their gardens, or looking
dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. They will not be
for happiness as if it were a collar button
that has rolled
under the radiator. They will not be
striving for it as a goal
in itself. They will have become
aware that they are happy
in the course of living life
twenty-four crowded hours of the day.
-W. Beran Wolfe
Most true happiness comes from one's inner life, from the
of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good
inner life is difficult to achieve,
especially in these
trying times. It takes reflection, and contemplation and
|One is happy as a result of one's own
efforts--once one knows
the necessary ingredients of
a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point,
love of work, and, above all, a
clear conscience. -George Sand
|Caring about others, running the risk of
and leaving an impact on people, brings
happiness. -Rabbi Harold Kushner
be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed
by those we love, is certainly the nearest we
can come to happiness. -Mary Roberts Rinehart
The secret to happiness is this: Let
your interest be as wide as possible,
and let your
reactions to the things and persons that interest you
as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
Happiness is not a
to be prized,
it is a quality
of thought, a
state of mind. -Daphne
should tell ourselves
and for all that it is
of the soul to become as happy,
as lies in its power.
To this end we may sacrifice
passion for sacrifice,
never should be
but only the sign of being ennobled.
only wished to be happy, this could be easily
but we wish to be happier than other people,
and this is always difficult,
for we believe others to be
happier than they are. -Montesquieu
Happiness is a sunbeam
which may pass
through a thousand bosoms
without losing a
particle of its original ray;
nay, when it strikes a
like the converged light upon a mirror, it
reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not
perfected till it is shared. -Jane
Happiness comes of the capacity
feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think
freely, to risk
life, to be needed.
To be able to find joy
another's joy: that is
the secret of happiness.
I accept life unconditionally. Life holds so
to be happy about always. Most people ask
on condition. Happiness can be felt only if
you don't set conditions. -Artur Rubinstein
One road to happiness is to
cultivate curiosity about everything. Not only about
people but about subjects, not only about the arts but
about history and foreign customs. Not only about
countries and cities, but about plants and animals. Not
only about lichened rocks and curious markings on the
bark of trees, but about stars and atoms. Not only about
your friends but about that strange labyrinth we inhabit
which we call ourselves. Then, if we do that, we will
never suffer a moment's boredom. -Gerald Brenan
The happiness of life is made up of
minute fractions--the little
soon forgotten charities of
a kiss or smile, a kind look,
a heartfelt compliment, and
the countless infinitesimals
of pleasurable and genial
feeling. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge
one door of happiness closes another opens;
but often we
look so long at the closed door
that we do not see the
one which has been opened for us.
is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
something to hold in your hands,
like ticket stubs or change.
It doesn't need you to hold it down.
It doesn't need anything.
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing,
and disappears when it wants to.
You are happy either way.
Even the fact that you once lived in a peaceful tree house
and now live over a quarry of noise and dust
cannot make you unhappy.
Everything has a life of its own, it too could
wake up filled with possibilities
of coffee cake and ripe peaches,
and love even the floor which needs to be swept,
the soiled linens and scratched records. . .
Since there is no place large enough
to contain so much happiness,
you shrug, you raise your hands,
and it flows out of you
into everything you touch. You are not responsible.
You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit for the moon,
but continues to hold it, and share it, and in that way, be known.
from "So Much Happiness"
Why is it that so many people
are afraid to
admit they are happy? -William Lyon Phelps
we never let the things we canít have or donít have
have spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have
and can have.
As we value our happiness, let us not forget it.
One of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy
without the things we cannot or should not have.
-Richard L. Evans
Those who decide to use leisure as a means
who love good music, good books,
good plays, good company, good
they? They are the happiest people in the world.
-William Lyon Phelps
Happiness is a wine of the rarest
and seems insipid to a vulgar taste.
-Logan Pearsall Smith
creed is this:
Happiness is the only good.
The place to be happy is here.
The time to be happy is now.
The way to be happy is to make others so.
Robert G. Ingersoll
But what is happiness
except the simple harmony
between a person and the life he or she leads?
It is not how much we
but how much we enjoy,
that makes happiness. -Charles Haddon
Unquestionably, it is possible to do
it is done voluntarily by nineteen-twentieths
of humankind. -John Stuart Mill
Happiness is not in our
circumstances, 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. -John B. Sheerin
Just as a cautious
all his or her
capital in one concern,
so wisdom would
probably admonish us also
not to anticipate all our
happiness from one quarter. -Sigmund Freud
People who postpone
happiness are like children who try chasing rainbows
an effort to find the pot of gold at the rainbow's end. .
Your life will never be fulfilled until you are happy
here and now. -Ken Keyes, Jr.
is at once the best, the noblest,
and the pleasantest of things.
happily is an inward power
of the soul. -Marcus
It is neither
wealth nor splendor, but tranquility
and occupation, which give
intrinsic, it's an internal thing.
When you build it into
no external circumstances can take it away.
Buried deep in the maze
of commonplace, the pearl of true happiness lies.
And those who rejoice in little things, find the pathway that leads to
the prize. -Lucy M. Thompson
to have all the necessities of life and three meals a day will
not bring happiness.
Happiness is hidden in the unnecessary and in those
impractical things that bring delight to the inner person. . .
. When we lack proper time
for the simple pleasures of life,
for the enjoyment of eating, drinking, playing, creating,
visiting friends, and watching children at play, then we have
the purpose of life.
Not on bread alone do we live but on all these human
and heart-hungry luxuries.
|I try very hard to learn from people who are unhappy,
for I believe that they are the people who can best teach
me how to be happy. Ironically enough, these are
often the people who put up the greatest facade of
happiness--always bright and cheerful among company, but
when you talk to them alone, you find a great deal of
discontent or frustration or anger or discouragement.
I've found that happiness isn't all that
difficult. It's been very important for me to do
several things on my path to happiness, and here they are,
in no particular order:
Be true to myself, my principles, and
my faith. This faithfulness to myself keeps me from
beating myself up over actions that I'm not proud of.
If i base my actions on principle and truly follow
that principle, I won't engage in the self-denigration
that Ive seen so many others (especially alcoholics)
Give up the thoughts of being HAPPY.
Somehow our culture has turned happiness into this
unobtainable permanently ecstatic state--a result of too
many people in entertainment and advertising who have no
idea of what happiness truly is trying to tell us how to
be happy. They're not the problem--the problem is,
Not worry about things or events.
As Andy Rooney says above, happiness has less to do
with major events or the versions of success fed to us by
unhappy people from Hollywood or Madison Avenue than with acceptance and
awareness and appreciation of the little things in our
lives, like this wonderful computer that allows me to
build this website and share these great people's words
with so many others. And it's one of the cheaper
computers, certainly not a top-of-the-line model. But
it does a great job, and I love it, and I don't spend
time wishing for anything more.
Focus on others and their needs,
without getting obsessive about it and robbing myself of
quiet time and recreational time. I'm useless to
others if I'm not rested and in full command of my senses.
I work at balancing what I give of time and effort
with what I need to keep going and to stay happy. I
often say yes when people ask me to help, but I often say
no, too. It depends on where I am and how it will
affect other aspects of my life. Some of the least
happy people I know give so much of themselves that they're
always tired and cranky, and they often start resenting
the very people they're supposed to help.
Find my niches. I would love to
play the guitar and piano, but I'm not that good at
either. I am good at other things, so instead of
spending tons of time trying to learn a little bit of
everything, I try to focus on my strengths. I can
play chords on the guitar and enjoy it, but to spend
hours and hours trying to get really good--well, there
are plenty of great guitar players out there who can make
up for my absence in the world of music.
All in all, I know that happiness is
obtainable, and the first quotation of this page is a
very telling one. Ask yourself if you don't have
everything in your life that can make you happy, and then
ask yourself if you're happy. Look at yourself
through the eyes of someone who doesn't have what you
have--material goods, health, intelligence, ability,
creativity--and hear that person telling you, "I
would be so happy if I had only a part of what you have."
And don't answer, "Yes, but. . ." answer,
"You're right--I do have many gifts. I'll try
to be happy with them."
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