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Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion. Happiness in this sense was used to translate the Greek eudaimonia, and is still used in virtue ethics. There has been a transition over time from emphasis on the happiness of virtue to the virtue of happiness.A widely discussed political value expressed in the United States Declaration of Independence of 1776, written by Thomas Jefferson, is the universal right to "the pursuit of happiness." This seems to suggest a subjective interpretation but one that nonetheless goes beyond emotions alone. In fact, this discussion is often based on the naive assumption that the word happiness meant the same thing in 1776 as it does today, an error committed even by history professors such as Arthur Schlesinger. In fact, happiness meant "prosperity, thriving, wellbeing" in the 18th century.Nowadays, happiness is a fuzzy concept and can mean many different things to many people. Part of the challenge of a science of happiness is to identify different concepts of happiness, and where applicable, split them into their components. Related concepts are well-being, quality of life and flourishing. At least one author defines happiness as contentment. Some commentators focus on the difference between the hedonistic tradition of seeking pleasant and avoiding unpleasant experiences, and the eudaimonic tradition of living life in a full and deeply satisfying way…

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THE QUOTABLE HAPPINESS

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Various

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The Quotable Happiness

THE QUOTABLE HAPPINESS

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Edited by Lars Blackmore

Philosophers and religious thinkers often define happiness in terms of living a good life, or flourishing, rather than simply as an emotion. Happiness in this sense was used to translate the Greek eudaimonia, and is still used in virtue ethics. There has been a transition over time from emphasis on the happiness of virtue to the virtue of happiness.

A widely discussed political value expressed in the United States Declaration of Independence of 1776, written by Thomas Jefferson, is the universal right to “the pursuit of happiness.” This seems to suggest a subjective interpretation but one that nonetheless goes beyond emotions alone. In fact, this discussion is often based on the naive assumption that the word happiness meant the same thing in 1776 as it does today, an error committed even by history professors such as Arthur Schlesinger. In fact, happiness meant “prosperity, thriving, wellbeing” in the 18th century.

Nowadays, happiness is a fuzzy concept and can mean many different things to many people. Part of the challenge of a science of happiness is to identify different concepts of happiness, and where applicable, split them into their components. Related concepts are well-being, quality of life and flourishing. At least one author defines happiness as contentment. Some commentators focus on the difference between the hedonistic tradition of seeking pleasant and avoiding unpleasant experiences, and the eudaimonic tradition of living life in a full and deeply satisfying way…

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

– Dr. Seuss

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

– Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

– Abraham Lincoln

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

– Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married

“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”

– Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

– Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

“The Seven Social Sins are:

Wealth without work.

Pleasure without conscience.

Knowledge without character.

Commerce without morality.

Science without humanity.

Worship without sacrifice.

Politics without principle.”

From a sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.”

– Frederick Lewis Donaldson

“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”

– Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”

– Albert Camus

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

– Dalai Lama XIV

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

– John Lennon

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”

“Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing

can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity

to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel

that there is something in them

To look at the sunny side of everything

and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,

and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others

as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past

and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times

and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself

that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,

and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,

not in loud words but great deeds.

To live in faith that the whole world is on your side

so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”

– Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

– J.R.R. Tolkien

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”

– Audrey Hepburn

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”

– Charles M. Schulz

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”

– Jonathan Safran Foer

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”

– Tom Bodett

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”

– Gabriel García Márquez

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

– Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

– George Burns

“The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.”

– Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

– Marcel Proust

“You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes”.”

– Lauren Oliver, Delirium

“Hope

Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,

Whispering ‘it will be happier’...”

– Alfred Tennyson

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”

– Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”

– Mark Twain

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.”

– Paul Simon

“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get”

– W.P. Kinsella

“Happiness [is] only real when shared”

– Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”

– Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

“The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.”

– Bette Midler

“Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.”

– Orhan Pamuk, Snow

“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”

– Ayn Rand

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

– L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

“I’m happy. Which often looks like crazy.”

– David Henry Hwang, M. Butterfly

“It’s like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.”

– Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough. And I will always believe the same about you.”

– Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”

– J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“All happiness depends on courage and work.”

– Honoré de Balzac

“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”

– Mark Twain

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

– George Washington Burnap, The Sphere and Duties of Woman: A Course of Lectures

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

– Mother Teresa

“I think and think and think, I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.”

– Jonathan Safran Foer

“I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.”

– Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”

– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”

– Hunter S. Thompson

“Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.”

– Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead

“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”

– Charlotte Brontë

“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,

They danced by the light of the moon.”

– Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat

“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”

– Rita Mae Brown

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”

– Aristotle

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

“I’d far rather be happy than right any day.”

– Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“I know that’s what people say— you’ll get over it. I’d say it, too. But I know it’s not true. Oh, youll be happy again, never fear. But you won’t forget. Every time you fall in love it will be because something in the man reminds you of him.”

– Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn