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Happiness is activity. Aristotle

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No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change. Barbara De Angelis

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Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle

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To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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Happiness is a sort of action. Aristotle

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The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. Marcus Aurelius

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Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Joseph Addison

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If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence. Aristotle

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Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized. G. K. Chesterton

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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi

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Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so. Edgar Allan Poe

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Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention. Greg Anderson

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To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Joseph Addison

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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Gautama Buddha

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If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it as the old woman did her lost spectacles. Safe on her own nose all the time. Josh Billings

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Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. Marcus Aurelius

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What ever our wandering our happiness will always be found within a narrow compass, and in the middle of the objects more immediately within our reach. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does. J. M. Barrie

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Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit. Hosea Ballou

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Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged. Louisa May Alcott

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True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions. Joseph Addison

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Call no man happy till he is dead. Aeschylus

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Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses. Dale Carnegie

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But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a person and life they lead. Albert Camus

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It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow. Miguel de Cervantes

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That is happiness: to be dissolved into something complete and great. Willa Cather

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The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The creed of a true saint is to make the best of life, and to make the most of it. Edwin Hubbel Chapin

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Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted. Deepak Chopra

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There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he who thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool. Charles Caleb Colton

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Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don't put off being happy until some future date. Dale Carnegie

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Gaiety --a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine. Denis Diderot

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I look on that man as happy, who, when there is question of success, looks into his work for a reply. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Shall I give you my recipe for happiness? I find everything useful and nothing indispensable. I find everything wonderful and nothing miraculous. I reverence the body. I avoid first causes like the plague. Norman Douglas

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Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life. Arnold Bennett

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A good way I know to find happiness, is to not bore a hole to fit the plug. Josh Billings

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To be happy we must not be too concerned with others. Albert Camus

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When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter. Albert Camus

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The secret of happiness is something to do. John Burroughs

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Happiness is an agreeable sensation, arising from contemplating the misery of others. Ambrose Bierce

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The Greeks said grandly in their tragic phrase, Let no one be called happy till his death; to which I would add, Let no one, till his death be called unhappy. Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires. Epicurus

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It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is. Desiderius Erasmus

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Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Nathaniel Hawthorne

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True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents. John W. Gardner

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Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Scarcely one person in a thousand is capable of tasting the happiness of others. Henry Fielding

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Happiness, or misery, is in the mind. It is the mind that lives. William Cobbett