HAPPINESS QUOTES VIII

quotations about Happiness

I think the serious things really are the things that make for happiness--people and things that are compatible, love.... So many people are content just to sit around and talk about them instead of getting out and attaining them. As if life were a joke of some kind.

WILLIAM FAULKNER, Mosquitoes

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Happiness has to be installed in each person as a state of affairs completely cut off from the process that brought it about and, in particular, from the real situation. Man has to be affected with happiness. It is a tonality given to him. Contradiction: if one does take care to give him happiness, it is because he is a free creature--but in order to give it to him, one turns him into an object.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, Notebooks for an Ethics

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Like all human emotions, feelings of happiness don't last. No matter how hard we try to hold on to them, they slip away every time. And as we shall see, a life spent in pursuit of those good feelings is, in the long term, deeply unsatisfying. In fact, the harder we chase after pleasurable feelings, the more we are likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.

RUSS HARRIS, The Happiness Trap

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If the behaviour of babies and small children is any guide, we emerge into the world with our tendencies to imbalance already well entrenched. In our playpens and high chairs, we are rarely far from displaying either hysterical happiness or savage disappointment, love or rage, mania or exhaustion--and, despite the growth of a more temperate exterior in adulthood, we seldom succeed in laying claim to lasting equilibrium, traversing our lives like stubbornly listing ships on choppy seas.

ALAIN DE BOTTON, The Architecture of Happiness

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The belief that happiness has to be deserved has led to centuries of pain, guilt, and deception. So firmly have we clung to this single, illusory belief that we've almost forgotten the real truth about happiness. So busy are we trying to deserve happiness that we no longer have much time for ideas such as: Happiness is natural, happiness is a birthright, happiness is free, happiness is a choice, happiness is within, and happiness is being. The moment you believe that happiness has to be deserved, you must toil forevermore.

ROBERT HOLDEN, Happiness Now: Timeless Wisdom for Feeling Good Fast

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I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves--such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine.

ALBERT EINSTEIN, The World As I See It

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Your attitude to life is far more important in determining your happiness than your money, appearance, social status or talent.

STEPHANIE DOWRICK, Choosing Happiness

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We live in a feel-good society, a culture thoroughly obsessed with finding happiness. And what does that society tell us to do? To eliminate "negative" feelings and accumulate "positive" ones in their place. It's a nice theory, and on the surface it seems to make sense. After all, who wants to have unpleasant feelings. But here's the catch: the things we generally value most in life bring with them a whole range of feelings, both pleasant and unpleasant. For example, in an intimate long-term relationship, although you will experience wonderful feelings such as love and joy, you will also inevitably experience disappointment and frustration.... It's pretty well impossible to create a better life if you're not prepared to have some uncomfortable feelings.

RUSS HARRIS, The Happiness Trap

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Who would dare speak the word "happiness" in these tortured times? Yet millions today continue to seek happiness. These years have been for them only a prolonged postponement, at the end of which they hope to find that the possibility for happiness has been renewed. Who could blame them? And who could say that they are wrong? What would justice be without the chance for happiness? What purpose would freedom serve, if we had to live in misery?

ALBERT CAMUS, Combat, Dec. 22, 1944

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A lump rises in our throat at the sight of beauty from an implicit knowledge that the happiness it hints at is the exception.

ALAIN DE BOTTON, The Architecture of Happiness

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Happiness--like love--is itself an attitude.

STEPHANIE DOWRICK, Choosing Happiness

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Constant happiness is the philosopher's stone of the soul.

VOLTAIRE, A Philosophical Dictionary

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Success is identical with happiness only on condition that we have aimed at and attained those things in life which are really worthwhile, and--if success is to be complete--the most worthwhile. Any success which does not result in happiness, in some one of its varied forms, for self or for others, is a sham.

FRANK CHAPMAN SHARP, Success: A Course in Moral Instruction

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If I think that happiness is possible, I know all too well its hidden nature--and by what wretched paradox, instead of being an excess that would elevate us in dignity, it is a numbness we are only aware of afterward.

ALBERT CAMUS, letter, Jun. 18, 1938

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The future seems a little gloomy! Go to bed early, sleep well, eat moderately at breakfast; the future looks brighter. The world's outlook may not have changed, but our capacity for dealing with it has. Happiness, or unhappiness, depends to some extent on external conditions, but also, and in most cases chiefly, on our own physical and mental powers. Some people would be discontented in Paradise, others ... are cheerful in a graveyard.

ARTHUR LYNCH, Moods of Life

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Happiness doesn't care how you get there.

ERNIE J. ZELINSKI, How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free

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Lives don't change. We simply become more comfortable with our core misery, which is a form of happiness.

DAVID WORTH, "The Case of the Missing Screenplay", Bored to Death

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He who strives for happiness is a fool.
The wise man makes happiness for another.

EDWIN LEIBFREED, "The Song of the Soul"

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Happiness is not so much in the amount of treasure we possess as in being content with what we have.

NICIAS BALLARD COOKSEY, Helps to Happiness

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Happiness is when you see your husband's old girlfriend and she's fatter than you.

CROFT M. PENTZ, The Complete Book of Zingers

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