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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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Humor Friday

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.

—Oscar Wilde (1882, by Napoleon Sarony; 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 find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.

—John Burroughs (by Ernest Walter Histed; 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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