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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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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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