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All achievement should be measured in human happiness.

WALTER LIPPMANN, A Preface to Politics

Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.

GEORGE SANTAYANA, The Life of Reason

Happiness was a term of hypocrisy used to bluff other people.

D. H. LAWRENCE, Lady Chatterley's Lover

The happy should not insist too much upon their happiness in the presence of the unhappy.


Happiness flourishes where there is happiness.

ANDRÉ MAUROIS, An Art of Living

And happiness ... Well, after all, desires torment us, don't they? And, clearly, happiness is when there are no more desires, not one ... What a mistake, what ridiculous prejudice it's been to have marked happiness always with a plus sign. Absolute happiness should, of course, carry a minus sign — the divine minus.


For no man lives, who always happy is.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

Happiness is sitting down to watch some slides of your neighbor's vacation and finding out that he spent two weeks in a nudist colony.

JOHNNY CARSON, Happiness Is a Dry Martini

We all seek happiness so eagerly, that in the pursuit we often lose that joyous sense of existence, and those quiet daily pleasures, the value of which our pride alone prevents us from acknowledging.

ARTHUR HELPS, Thoughts in the Cloister and the Crowd

Hate always sells well, but for repeat trade and the long pull happiness is sounder merchandise.

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, Stranger in a Strange Land

Happy are those men who live without ambition, distrust, or disguise.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

You have to fight to carve little pieces of happiness out of your life, or the everyday emergencies will eat up everything.


Maybe you have to wait for happiness. Maybe the rest is only words.


Isn't it clear that bliss and envy--they are the numerator and the denominator of the fraction known as happiness.


The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.

DOUG LARSON, attributed, Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men

Make cheer from your own heart, for the sun rises and sets according to your perspective on the universe.


To be caught happy in a world of misery was for an honest man the most despicable of crimes.

VIRGINIA WOOLF, To the Lighthouse

Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. Paradoxically, the one sure way not to be happy is deliberately to map out a way of life in which one would please oneself completely and exclusively.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, You Learn by Living

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, letter to Madame Louise Colet, Aug. 13, 1846

There is a new survey out about the happiest professions. I think the whole premise is flawed. You're supposed to find true happiness outside of work. From friends, family, and YouTube videos of old people falling down.

CRAIG FERGUSON, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Mar. 1, 2012

A man may be happy anywhere that knows how to be contented.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

And what is happy? It is a going always on. There is something better to be done than I have done, and spurred by the fair delusion of progress, I will seek to progress, to whip myself on, to more and more -- to learning. Always.

SYLVIA PLATH, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY, The Garden of Eden

Happiness is being stuck in an elevator and discovering the ravishing blonde with you is a liquor salesman with a case of samples.

JOHNNY CARSON, Happiness Is a Dry Martini

What would a narrative of happiness be like? All that can be described is what prepares it, and then what destroys it.

ANDRE GIDE, The Immoralist

My capacity for happiness ... you could fit into a matchbox without taking out the matches first.

DOUGLAS ADAMS, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.

AYN RAND, Anthem

States of profound happiness, like all other forms of intoxication, are apt to befuddle the wits; intense enjoyment of the present always makes one forget the past.

STEFAN ZWEIG, Beware of Pity

The only life that is happy is the life that can renounce the amenities of the world. To it the amenities of the world are so many graces of fate.

LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN, Notebooks, Aug. 16, 1916

The continual search for happiness is a primary reason that so many people are miserable. If you make happiness your goal, you are almost certainly destined to fail. You will be on a continual roller coaster, changing from successful to unsuccessful with every mood change. Life is uncertain, and emotions aren’t stable. Happiness simply cannot be relied upon as a measure of success.

JOHN C. MAXWELL, Your Road Map for Success

If you would have your home and your surroundings happy, be happy. You can transform everything around you if you will transform yourself.

JAMES ALLEN, Above Life's Turmoil

It is not events and the things one sees and enjoys that produce happiness, but a state of mind which can endow events with its own quality, and we must hope for the duration of this state rather than the recurrence of pleasurable events.

ANDRÉ MAUROIS, An Art of Living

To be happy, even to conceive happiness, you must be reasonable or ... you must be tamed. You must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted the fruits of your passions and learned your place in the world.

GEORGE SANTAYANA, Egotism in German Philosophy

Happy people die whole, they are all dissolved in a moment, they have had what they wanted.


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