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Happiness Quotes

When one door of happiness closes, another one opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. Helen Keller
Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. Marcus Tullius Cicero
The secret of happiness is this: Let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather that hostile. Bertrand Russell
If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years. Bertrand Russell
Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness. Lao-tzu
The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for. Joseph Addison
The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. John F. Kennedy
I have now reigned about 50 years in victory or peace, beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity. In this situation, I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot. They amount to fourteen. Abd Er-Rahman III
The hatred we bear our enemies injures their happiness less than our own. J. Petit-Senn
The herd instinct seems to be the strongest human emotion, one that the race is constantly breeding off as the mavericks are liquidated. Happiness is running with the crowd. John Train
Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys. Alphonse Marie Louis de Lamartine
If my heart can become pure and simple like that of a child, I think there probably can be no greater happiness than this. Kitaro Nishida
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. George Bernard Shaw, Candida (1898) act 1
Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think. Alexander Pope
Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations. Jane Austen
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo
Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf. Survival first, then happiness as we can manage it. Orson Scott Card
Every day I live I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing and which, shirking pain, misses happiness as well. Mary Cholmondeley
The grand essentials of happiness are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Allan K. Chalmers
They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius, Analects
( quotes are updated each month )