Quotes with happiness
My capacity for happiness you could fit into a matchbox without taking out the matches first.
Life, the Universe and Everything (1982)
To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But, then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer, to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love, to be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy, therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness — I hope you're getting this down.
Love and Death (1975)
Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
All men seek one goal: success or happiness. The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society. First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal-a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends-wisdom, money, materials and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence
Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.
Illusions : The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977)
The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.
Social Insurance and Allied Services (1942)
It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self. As a matter of experience, we find that true happiness comes in seeking other things, in the manifold activities of life, in the healthful outgoing of all human powers.
Culture and Restraint (1901)
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
Intuitions and Summaries of Thought (1862)
Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!
Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
21 Suggestions for Success
Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
21 Suggestions for Success
Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own.
Money doesn’t always bring happiness. People with ten million dollars are no happier than people with nine million dollars.
Happiness and misery depend not upon how high up or low down you are-they depend not upon these, but on the direction in which you are tending.
When you interpret a role, you have to have a thousand colors to portray happiness, joy, sorrow, fear. How can you do this with only a beautiful voice? Even if you sing harshly sometimes, as I have frequently done, it is a necessity of expression. You have to do it, even if people will not understand.
Happiness implied a choice, and within that choice a concerted will, a lucid desire.
A Happy Death (1971)
Only it takes time to be happy. A lot of time. Happiness, too, is a long patience.
A Happy Death (1971)
Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all you heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
If money is all that a man makes, then he will be poor. Poor in happiness and poor in all that makes life worth living.
The three grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for.
Those who run after happiness will never be happy. Happiness is something that has to come to the fore from within.
Happiness is the absence of suffering. I think it's an interesting way of looking at it. I think the absence of suffering exists very rarely in the world we live in.
We communicate happiness to others not often by great acts of devotion and self-sacrifice, but by the absence of fault-finding and censure, by being ready to sympathize with their notions and feelings, instead of forcing them to sympathize with ours.
Self-culture; Physical, Intellectual, Moral and Spiritual: A Course of Lectures (1880)
Happiness is a hard thing because it is achieved only by making others happy.
The third way (1947)
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
I would advise any woman against having an affair with a married man believing he will ever leave his wife, no matter how often he says his wife does not understand him. Love is not as necessary to a man's happiness as it is to a woman's. If her marriage is satisfactory, a woman will seldom stray. A man can be totally contented and still be out howling at the moon.
He who finds though that lets us penetrate even a little deeper into the eternal mystery of nature has been granted great grace. He who, in addition, experiences the recognition, sympathy, and help of the best minds of his times, had been given almost more happiness than one man can bear.
How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose we know not, though sometimes sense it. But we know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.
The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him in employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
The high prize of life, the crowning glory of a man is to be born with a bias to some pursuit which finds him in employment and happiness-whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.
Take spring when it comes, and rejoice. Take happiness when it comes, and rejoice. Take love when it comes, and rejoice.
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
Letter to Madame Louise Colet, August 13, 1846.
I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains... My advice is : "Go outside, to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine, go out and try to recapture happiness in yourself and in God. Think of all the beauty that's still left in and around you and be happy!"
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
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
History is not the soil of happiness. The periods of happiness are blank pages in it.
Lectures on the Philosophy of History
Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
Love is the master-key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear. How terrible is the one fact of beauty!
A Mortal Antipathy (1885)
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.
Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell (1791)
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Don't wish me happiness -- I don't expect to be happy; it's gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor -- I will need them all.
Bring Me a Unicorn (1971)
The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
There is only one honest impulse at the bottom of Puritanism, and that is the impulse to punish the man with a superior capacity for happiness.
If this world affords true happiness, it is to be found in a home where love and confidence increase with the years, where the necessities of life come without severe strain, where luxuries enter only after their cost has been carefully considered.
The Amenities of Book Collecting and Kindred Affections (1918)
If one were to build the house of happiness, the largest space would be the waiting room.
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
Before we passionately desire anything which another enjoys, we should examine into the happiness of its possessor.
Happiness is in taste and not in things; and it is by having what we love that we are happy, not by having what others find agreeable.
It seems that nature, which has so wisely disposed our bodily organs with a view to our happiness, has also bestowed on us pride, to spare us the pain of being aware of our imperfections.
Jealousy is in a manner just and reasonable, as it tends to preserve a good which belongs, or which we believe belongs to us. Envy, on the other hand, is a fury that cannot endure the happiness of others.
To eke out the most happiness from an experience, we must anticipate it, savor it as it unfolds, express happiness, and recall a happy memory.
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive. I am not young and I love life. But I should scorn to shiver with terror at the thought of annihilation. Happiness is nonetheless true happiness because it must come to an end, nor do thought and love lose their value because they are not everlasting.
What I Believe (1925)
Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people’s happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.
Portraits from Memory and Other Essays (1956)
A life devoted to science is therefore a happy life, and its happiness is derived from the very best sources that are open to dwellers on this troubled and passionate planet.
Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays (1918)
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
Conquest of Happiness (1930)
An unwonted happiness swept over him; he made the forest to resound with his hymns of praise.
Life of St. Francis d'Assisi (1894)
In her last sufferings and her dying visions she had the supreme happiness of being surrounded by those who had devoted their lives to the same ideal as she.
Life of St. Francis d'Assisi (1894)
Money is human happiness in the abstract: he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes his heart entirely to money.
Parerga and Paralipomena (1851)
The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.
Happiness? That’s nothing more than good health and a poor memory.
The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase: If you pursue happiness you’ll never find it.
All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.
Truth is not always the best basis for happiness. There are certain lies which may constitute a far better and more secure foundation of happiness. There are people who perish when their eyes are opened.
The Autobiography of Wilhelm Stekel (1950)
It is not the function of the State to make men happy. They must make themselves happy in their own way, and at their own risk. The functions of the State lie entirely in the conditions or chances under which the pursuit of happiness is carried on.
Happiness is in action, and every power is intended for action; human happiness, therefore, can only be complete as all the powers have their full and legitimate play.
The philosophy of happiness, lectures on the crisis of being, and the progress of being (1869)
Are you so unobservant as not to have found out that sanity and happiness are an impossible combination?
The Mysterious Stranger (1916)
You never see the stock called Happiness quoted on the exchange.
The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. If you keep saying your slippers aren’t yours, then you’ll die searching, you’ll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny.
Cutting for Stone
...the path of true piety is so plain as to require but little political direction. To this consideration we ought to ascribe the absence of any regulation respecting religion from the Magna Charta of our country. To the guidance of the Ministers of the Gospel, this important object is, perhaps, more properly committed. It will be your care to instruct the ignorant, and to reclaim the devious: And in the progress of morality and science, to which our Government will give every furtherance, we may confidently expect the advancement of true religion, and the completion of our happiness.
Letter to the leaders of the Presbyterian Church, in Massachusetts Centinel, December 5, 1789, quoted in 1 Church and State in the United States, at 536-37 (Anson Phelps Stokes 1950). Responding to clergy complaints that the Constitution lacked mention of Jesus Christ.
There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.
Address to Congress, 8 January, 1790
I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
What a man does with his wealth depends upon his idea of happiness. Those who draw prizes in life are apt to spend tastelessly, if not viciously; not knowing that it requires as much talent to spend as to make.
Pleasure is the only thing one should live for. Nothing ages like happiness.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894
The Constitution of America only guarantees pursuit of happiness-you have to catch up with it yourself. Fortunately, happiness is something that depends not on position but on disposition, and life is what you make it.
True happiness must arise from well-regulated affections, and an affection includes a duty.
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)
Happiness is to have a little string onto which things will attach themselves.
A Moment's Liberty (1990)
The real happiness of life is in doing 'karma'.
Happiness is someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.