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- Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve.
- Robert S. Lynd
- Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.
- Robertson Davies
- Remember that happiness is a way of travel - not a destination.
- Roy M. Goodman
- Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
- Storm Jameson
- Depend not on another, but lean instead on thyself...True happiness is born of self-reliance.
- The laws of Manu
- Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.
- Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin (1973) "Emotions"
- Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
- Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885), Les Miserables, 1862
- Remember that it is nothing to do your duty, that is demanded of you and is no more meritorious than to wash your hands when they are dirty; the only thing that counts is the love of duty; when love and duty are one, then grace is in you and you will enjoy a happiness which passes all understanding.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Painted Veil, 1925
- The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
- William Cowper (1731 - 1800)
- The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.
- William Saroyan (1908 - 1981)