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The most poignant quotes
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate and learn from

Note: Throughout history the rich and famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.


"Find your happiness in yourself. ~ Albert Camus

No one is happy all his life long. ~ Euripides

He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy. ~ Johann von Goethe

And you would accept the seasons of your heart just as you have always accepted that seasons that pass over your fields and you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief. ~ Kahlil Gibran

Happiness belongs to the self-sufficient. ~ Aristotle

The first step toward happiness is to determine to be happy. ~ George Hodges

To fill the hour-that is happiness. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. ~ Dave Gardner

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness. ~ George Santayana

Be happy. It is a way of being wise. ~ Colette

Happiness: An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Whoever is happy will make others happy, too. ~ Mark Twain

Happiness is activity. ~ Aristotle

"Happiness is not perfected until it is shared." ~ Jane Porter

To be happy, drop the words "if only" and substitute instead the words "next time." ~ Smiley Blanton

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. ~ Ruth E. Renkl

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

Happiness: An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another. ~ Ambrose Bierce

The world is so full of a number of things I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Happiness is good health and a bad memory. ~ Ingrid Bergman

Happiness is a perfume you can't pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t'were his own. ~ Johann von Goethe

We are never so happy or unhappy as we think. ~ La Rouchefouchauld

To be truly happy and contented, you must let go of what it means to be happy or content. ~ Confucius

Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go. ~ Louise Driscoll

Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so. ~ Robert Ingersoll

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it. ~ Alexandre Dumas

Man is happy only as he finds work worth doing -- and does it well. ~ E. Merrill Root

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

The key to happiness is not to get more, but to enjoy what we have and to fill the empty frame of our lives instead of enlarging it. ~ Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. ~ Allan K. Chalmers

Happiness, to some elation, is to others, mere stagnation. ~ Amy Lowell

In order to be utterly happy, the only thing necessary is to refrain from comparing this moment with other moments in the past, which I often did not fully enjoy because I was comparing them with other moments of the future. ~ Andr Gide

When I was a small child I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong. Happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away. ~ Anna Pavlova

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. ~ Anne Frank

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government. ~ Aristotle

Getting what you go after is success; but liking it while you are getting it is happiness. ~ Bertha Damon

"Happiness is not a string of miscellaneous adventures or experiences but an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy and strong. The amount of work is the same." ~ Francesca Reigler

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

Happiness is a small house, with a big kitchen. ~ Alfred Hitchcock

Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it. ~ Mary Baker Eddy

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them. ~ Albert Camus

Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others. ~ Siddhartha Gautama

If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation. ~ Ana Nin

Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to change. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Man is happy only as he finds work worth doing -- and does it well. ~ E. Merrill Root

Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go and you learn at once how big and precious it is. ~ Maxim Gorky,

"I happy am, if well with you." ~ Anne Bradstreet

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them. ~ Leo Tolstoy

Happiness is a sunbeam, which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror; it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared. ~ Jane Porter

Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation? ~ Jane Austen

Happiness? Thatís nothing more than health and a poor memory. ~ Albert Schweitzer

Happiness lies in the consciousness we have of it. ~ George Sand

Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object. ~ Hermann Hesse

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Getting what you go after is success; but liking it while you are getting it is happiness. ~ Bertha Damon

True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. ~ Helen Keller

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. ~ Robert Frost

"Be happy. If you're successful but unhappy, that's emptiness." ~ John McEnroe

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from teh achievement of one's values. ~ Ayn Rand

Happiness is the space between unhappiness. ~ Don Marquis

Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton, Heretics, 1908

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. ~ Aristotle

The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Happiness isn't a fortune in a cookie. It's a deeper, wider, funnier, and more transporting than that. ~ Elvis Costello, Esquire, 11/03

There is a French proverb: To live happy, live hidden. Where can Brigitte Bardot hide? ~ Brigitte Bardot

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. ~ Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind

In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it. ~ John Ruskin

To be of use to the world is the only way to be happy. ~ Hans Christian Andersen

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. ~ F.H. Bradley

I'm not a big proponent of happiness. I think it's highly overrated. I think misery is underrated. There's so much value in that. You can't have one without the other. ~ Brad Pitt, Vanity Fair, May 2004

The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure. ~ Francoise de Motteville

The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others. ~ William Lyon Phelps

Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a breeze, a moment's glanceóit is little that makes the best happiness. ~ Friedrich W. Nietzsche

Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. ~ Samuel Johnson

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. ~ J. Robert Oppenheimer

A happy life is made of little things. ~ Carol Holmes

Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy.~ Cynthia Nelms

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