Happiness Quotes

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
happy couple

If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of…

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No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
peaceful field

Could we choose our environment, and were desire in human undertakings synonymous with endowment, all men would, I suppose, be optimists. Certainly most of us regard happiness as the proper end of all earthly enterprise. The will to…

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My happiness is so deep that it is a faith

Monday, February 15th, 2010
sunrise

Most people measure their happiness in terms of physical pleasure and material possession. Could they win some visible goal which they have set on the horizon, how happy they could be! Lacking this gift or that circumstance, they…

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The true antidote of greed is contentment

Friday, January 8th, 2010
barred window

When it comes to dealing with greed, one thing that is quite characteristic is that although it arrives by the desire to obtain something, it is not satisfied by obtaining. Therefore, it becomes sort of limitless, sort of bottomless, and that it leads to trouble. One interesting…

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(Learning) is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
grass

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may…”

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If you are foolish enough to be contented, don’t show it, but grumble with the rest

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
cows napping

…if you can do with a little, ask for a great deal. Because if you don’t you won’t get any. In this world, it is necessary to adopt the principle pursued by the plaintiff in an action for damages, and to demand ten times more than you are ready to accept. If you can feel satisfied with a hundred, begin by insisting on a thousand; if you start by suggesting a hundred, you will only…

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Appreciation is the purest, strongest form of love

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
boy kissing pears

It is the outward-bound kind of love that asks for nothing and gives everything. Research now shows that it is physiologically impossible to be in a state of appreciation and fear at the same time. Thus, appreciation is…

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When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong.

Friday, July 31st, 2009
jellyfish

Everything has its own place and function. That applies to people, although many don’t seem to realize it, stuck as they are in the wrong job, the wrong marriage, or the wrong house. When you know and respect your Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you don’t belong.

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Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you’ve got.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
tiny frog

Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you’ve got. Do you really want to be miserable? You can begin by being discontented. As Lao Tse wrote, “A tree as big around as you can reach starts with a small seed; a thousand-mile journey starts with one step.”

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Discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun.

Saturday, June 13th, 2009
curling tendril

When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is Fun.

From the state of the Uncarved Block comes the ability to…

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Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

Monday, April 13th, 2009
FDR First Inauguration 1933

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy, the moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days, my friends, will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our…

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Happiness that depends mainly on physical pleasure is unstable; one day it’s there, the next day it may not be.

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Now sometimes people confuse happiness with pleasure. For example, not long ago I was speaking to an Indian audience at Rajpur. I mentioned that the purpose of life was happiness, so one member of the audience said that…

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