Archive for the ‘Happiness’ Category

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.

— Samuel Johnson (1772, by Joshua Reynolds; Public Domain)

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Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.

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— Hermann Hesse

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Most pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.

—Søren Kierkegaard (1840, sketched by his cousin; Public Domain)

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The consideration that human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected will always continue to prompt me to promote the former by inculcating the practice of the latter.

—George Washington (by Gilbert Stuart; Public Domain)

The roots of personal happiness grow within us; they thrive or wither based on our daily thoughts and—especially—actions. When we remain on the right moral path and continually do the work required to move forward, happiness finds us. When we deviate or stagnate, it eludes us.


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The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself.

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

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—William Feather 

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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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