Quotes for
the Journey:

Happiness 2

Happiness sneaks in through a
door you didn't know you left open.

John Barrymore


Pleasure and happiness are too often equated with being the same; in reality they are very different.  Pleasure comes.  It also goes.  It is the flavor and content of many of the impressions we encounter in our lives.  Happiness has not so much to do with the content or impressions of our experiences; but with our capacity to find balance and peace amid the myriad impressions of our lives.  Treasuring happiness and freedom, we learn to live our lives with openness and serenity.        -Christina Feldman

People of the noblest dispositions think themselves happiest when others share their happiness with them.        -Jeremy Taylor
Your success and happiness lie in you.  External conditions are the accidents of life.  The great enduring realities are love and service.  Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.  Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulty.       -Helen Keller
The happiness which we receive from ourselves is greater than that which we obtain from our surroundings. . . . The world in which a person lives shapes itself chiefly by the way in which he or she looks at it.       -Arthur Schopenhauer
The fountain of contentment must spring up in the mind.  They who have so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything  but their own dispositions will waste their lives in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief which they purpose to remove.        -Samuel Johnson

How simple and frugal a thing is happiness:  a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. . . . All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness, is a simple, frugal heart.        -Nikos Kazantzakis
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.        -George Bernard Shaw
We cannot be happy until we can love ourselves without egotism and our friends without tyranny.        -Cyril Connolly
It would be a great thing if people could be brought to realize that they can never add to the sum of their happiness by doing wrong.        -John Lubbock
To be happy is easy enough if we give ourselves, forgive others, and live with thanksgiving.  No self-centered person, no ungrateful soul can ever be happy, much less make anyone else happy.  Life is giving, not getting.        -Joseph Fort Newton
For most of life, nothing wonderful happens.  If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you're not going to be very happy.  If someone bases his or her happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn't going to be happy much of the time.  If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.       -Andy Rooney
If this world affords 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.        -A. Edward Newton
The first recipe for happiness is:  Avoid too lengthy meditations on the past.         -Andre Maurois

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.        -Charles L. Morgan
Happy the person who has learned the cause of things and has put under his or her feet all fear, inexorable fate, and the noisy strife of the hell of greed.       - Virgil
Everyday happiness means getting up in the morning and you can't wait to finish your breakfast. You can't wait to do your exercises.  You can't wait to put on your clothes. You can't wait to get out--and you can't wait to come home, because the soup is hot.       -George Burns
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to the stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear on cheerfully, do all bravely, awaiting occasions, worry never; in a word to, like the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.       -William Ellery Channing
In order to be utterly happy the only thing necessary is to refrain from comparing this moment with other moments in the past, which I often did not fully enjoy because I was comparing them with other moments of the future.
-Andre Gide


Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.       -Robert Frost
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 circumstances and the 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 of no outward stimulus.       -Billy Graham
Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you.       -Nathaniel Hawthorne
I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know:  the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.       -Albert Schweitzer
Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure; where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness.       -St. Augustine
To find out what one is fitted to do and to secure an opportunity to do it is the key to happiness.       -John Dewey
Everybody really knows what to do to have his life filled with joy.  What is it? Quit hating people; start loving them.  Quit being mad at people; start liking them.  Quit doing wrong; quit being filled with fear.  Quit thinking about yourself and go out and do something for other people.  Everybody knows what you have to do to be happy.  But the wisdom of the test lies in the final words:  "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them."        -Norman Vincent Peale

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