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Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?

—George Eliot (Photo Licensed)


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Hugo on Love

Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.

—Victor Hugo (1876, by Étienne Carjat; Public Domain)

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Hawthorne on Happiness

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 (by Matthew Brady; Public Domain)

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The man who can put himself in the place of other men, who can understand the workings of their minds, need never worry about what the future has in store for him.

—Owen D. Young, American industrialist (1922; Public Domain)

Here’s the real challenge in this: it requires us to shift our focus away from ourselves and towards others—a daunting task. Doing this, however, allows us to change our perspective on life. The ability to see the world through the eyes of others, to tap into their innermost concerns and desires, not only gives us the ability to truly help them move forward, it also helps us to lead a balanced, happy, spiritually-driven life.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.

Image by Tim Hill from Pixabay

—William Feather 

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We are living in a time when creeds and ideologies vary and clash. But the gospel of human sympathy is universal and eternal.

—Samuel Hopkins Adams (by Paul Thompson, 1922; Public Domain)

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To the European, it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to ‘be happy.’ But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to ‘be happy.’

—Victor Frankl (by Dr. Franz Vesely; Creative Commons)

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