It is good sometimes that the happy of this world should learn, were it only to humble their foolish pride for an instant, that there are higher, wider, and rarer joys than theirs.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE, "Crowds"
We all know by theory that there is no permanent happiness in this life: But the weight of the precept is not felt in the same manner as when it is confirmed to us by a heavy calamity.
SAMUEL RICHARDSON, Pamela
The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man.
JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU, Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
He that is discontented in one place will seldom be happy in another.
Like all happiness, it did not last long.
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Women
I found myself in possession of happiness once more, and the evils I had lately suffered, gave me uncommon relish for it.
ETHAN ALLEN, A Narrative of Colonel Ethan Allen's Captivity
Happiness lies in the imagination, not the act. Pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory.
JULIAN BARNES, Flaubert's Parrot
Happy domestic life is like a beautiful summer's evening; the heart is filled with peace; and everything around derives a peculiar glory.
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN, The True Story of My Life
Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy.
ROBERT ANTHONY, attributed, The Graduate's Book of Practical Wisdom
- But for now, happiness throws stones.
- It guards itself.
- I wait.
MARKUS ZUSAK, Getting the Girl
- The spider's most attenuated thread
- Is cord, is cable, to man's tender tie
- On earthly bliss; it breaks at every breeze.
EDWARD YOUNG, Night Thoughts
Most folks are just about as happy as they've made up their minds to be.
KEN ALSTAD, Savvy Sayin's
What mortal is there, over whose first joys and happiness does not break some storm, dispelling with its icy breath his fanciful illusions, and shattering his altar?
ALPHONSE DE LAMARTINE, Méditations Poétiques
Happiness, like air and water, the other two great requisites of life, is composite. One kind of it suits one man, another kind another. The elevated mind takes in and breathes out again that which would be uncongenial to the baser; and the baser draws life and enjoyment from that which would be putridity to the loftier.
WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR, Imaginary Conversations
We take less pains to be happy, than to appear so.
FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Moral Maxims
Happiness is just how you feel when you don't feel miserable.
JOHN LENNON, The Beatles Anthology
The happiest people are focused on living their own life (not someone else's) as well as possible.
HARRIET LERNER, Twitter post, January 2, 2015
Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.
OSCAR LEVANT, attributed, TIME Magazine, August 28, 1972
Happiness is the chief material also in the construction of Utopias.
WYNDHAM LEWIS, The Essential Wyndham Lewis
As I enter on the path of happiness, I scatter the dregs and shreds and clippings of the past behind me. I divest myself of all the crapulous years.
WILLIAM JOHN LOCKE, The Beloved Vagabond
In short, the world abounds with simple delusions which we may call "happiness", if we be but able to entertain them.
H. P. LOVECRAFT, letter to Kleiner, Cole, and Moe, October 1916
Happiness: We rarely feel it.
I would buy it, beg it, steal it,
Pay in coins of dripping blood
For this one transcendent good.
AMY LOWELL, "Happiness", Sword Blades and Poppy Seed
Happiness is a condition of mind not a result of circumstances.
JOHN LUBBOCK, attributed, Character and Conduct: A Book of Helpful Thoughts by Great Writers of Past and Present Ages
We cannot get happiness by striving after it, and yet with an effort we can impart it.
ROBERT WILSON LYND, Irish & English: Portraits and Impressions
Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.
Never put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket.
Happiness in it's uncut form
Is the feeling that I get, you're warm, warm
Happy's what I get when we do what we do
Happiness, mama, is being with u
PRINCE, "Girls & Boys"
Why do we so often settle for what makes us devoutly unhappy! Why do we accept that happiness just isn't possible?
ANNE RICE, The Wolves of Midwinter
Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens.
KEN ALSTAD, Savvy Sayin's