How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!
Where there is happiness, there is found pleasure in nonsense. The transformation of experience into its opposite, of the suitable into the unsuitable, the obligatory into the optional (but in such a manner that this process produces no injury and is only imagined in jest), is a pleasure;...
But there was happiness elsewhere which no description can reach.
Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.
Honesty, disinterestedness and good nature are indispensable to procure the esteem and confidence of those with whom we live, and on whose esteem our happiness depends.
We cannot endure being despised, or not being esteemed by any soul; and all the happiness of men consists in this esteem.
Grateful souls focus on the happiness and abundance present in their lives and this in turn attracts more abundance and joy towards them.
The proper basis for marriage is mutual misunderstanding. The happiness of a married man depends on the people he has not married. One should always be in love - that's the reason one should never marry.
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.
Each has his own happiness in his hands, as the artist handles the rude clay he seeks to reshape it into a figure; yet it is the same with this art as with all others: only the capacity for it is innate; the art itself must be learned and painstaking
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, must become a lover of books.
There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern... No, Sir; there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.
For who would dare to assert that eternal happiness can compensate for a single moment's human suffering
Happiness, Success, Excellence: They are not something you get for knowing the path; they are something you experience by walking it.
Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.
A lifetime of happiness? No man could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
George Bernard Shaw
Actual happiness looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn't???Nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the pi
No passion is stronger in the breast of a man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high.
The secret of happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible, horrible, horrible.
Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
Happiness is not a circus clown rolling around in a big tractor tire so that his arms and legs form 'spokes.' Happiness is when he stops.
Jack Handey Deep Thoughts
Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people's happiness.
The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.
Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.
Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives.
Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn't nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.