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“One does nothing who tries to console a despondent person with word. A friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds are called for.”

—Euripides (Public Domain)

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Love, whether newly born, or aroused from a deathlike slumber, must always create sunshine, filling the heart so full of radiance, which it overflows upon the outward world.

—Nathaniel Hawthorne (by Mathew Brady; Public Domain)

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Addison on Happiness

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.

—Joseph Addison (by Godfrey Kneller; Public Domain)

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Happiness & Perception

If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.

—Montesquieu (Public Domain)

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Empathy for Others

Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.

—Immanuel Kant (Public Domain)

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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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